The Satellite Terminal is used to interface with satellites that have been launched into orbit. In order to interface with a satellite the Satellite Terminal must be placed on the planet the satellite orbits around OR a space station orbiting in the same system as the satellite.
The Satellite Terminal draws a small amount of RF power when connected to a satellite to maintain the link. If unpowered the Satellite Terminal will be unable to download data or interface with the satellite.
Data can be automatically pulled from the satellite by connecting a data pipe to the Satellite Terminal.
Data can also be extracted from the Satellite Terminal directly by using the data pipes. In the case of the internal buffer of the Satellite Terminal being empty with a connected satellite, the data cables will pull data directly from the satellite without requiring the user to hit the "connect" button.
The "X" tab in the top right corner self destructs the the satellite stored in the satellite ID chip rendering the satellite permanently unusable!
The connect button downloads data from the satellite and stores the data in the data buffer.