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The destination control compass is an airship navigation device and an advanced piece of Barsoomian technology invented by Carthoris, the son of John Carter. The control compass is an improved version of the older destination compass and allows the craft to operate on autopilot, proceeding on a set course to an intended destination without the need for manual intervention.

The device is also equipped with what Carthoris called an "obstruction evader" designed to prevent collision with objects including other vessels by diverting the craft around such obstacles.