Satellites are the work horses of the mod. Their main purpose is to gather data for successful and lucrative asteroid mining missions, but they are also needed in power generation, biome scanning/terraforming and ore scanning.
The Satellite assembling machine is a multi-block machine that requires a power input hatch block under it to operate. It's recommended to visit the link above and familiarize yourself with the GUI of this machine.
Before you can place any parts in the assembling machine, you must have a satellite chassis in the top left slot. The top right slot of the machine is reserved for a satellite type component. This satellite type component determines what job the satellite performs. It can be one of the following:
The top row of slots on the right is reserved for power generation. All satellites require a solar panel to operate. In some satellites, the more power generation the greater its effects. It is recommended to fill all three slots. The bottom row is for power or data storage. Power storage is primarily for the Microwave Receiver satellites and uses batteries. The other satellites need Data Chips to store the information they process.
Once you have Steps 2 and 3 completed and have placed an id chip or link in the left middle slot, you can build the satellite. The picture shows a completed satellite used for gathering distance data. Pressing the "Build" button will produce a new satellite item and if you hover over it in your inventory you can see all the information regarding the satellite. You will also see that the id chip has been programmed with the ID of the newly made satellite and a description of the type of satellite.
PLEASE COPY THE ID CHIP. Once the satellite is launched, there is no getting it back so the ID chip is your only link to that satellite. To copy it, place a blank ID chip (or ore scanner/biome changer remote) in the right-most slot of the top left-hand side. Place the programmed chip in the middle left slot and press the green "Write to Secondary Chip" button to the far right, outside the GUI.
Its time to launch your satellite. Place the assembled satellite in a satellite bay on an assembled rocket. See Un-manned Rocket Launch for more details. Once your satellite is in space, you can use the programmed chips or ore scanner/biome changer remote. Click the links below for more information on how to use the satellite you launched: