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Economy: Asteroid Mining

Asteroid fields have a material class, which affects what material deposits will be found. The class of any given asteroid field is hidden.

The rarity rate determines the proportion of deposits found in a given asteroid field class. For fields where the class matches, the rarity rate is increased by 10x. (This means that it is possible to find any material type in any field, however it is less likely to find materials where the material class does not match the asteroid field class).

Some material types cannot be found in asteroid fields.

Icon Image Name Usage W / V (T/m3) Rarity Rate Price
Quantum Quantum Quantum Armour 12 / 1 130 488
Meleenium Meleenium Meleenium Durasteel 11 / 1 500 52
Rockivory Rockivory Rockivory Antigrav Units / Mechanical Parts 12 / 1 60 260
Varium Varium Varium Droids / Equipment 10 / 1 90 1300
Hibridium Hibridium Hibridium Cloaking Technology 14 / 1 30 9100
Icon Image Name Usage W / V (T/m3) Rarity Rate Price
Ardanium Ardanium Ardanium Fuel Canisters 8 / 1 150 423
Duracrete Duracrete Duracrete Building Materials 9 / 1 250 163
Varmigio Varmigio Varmigio Hyperdrives 9 / 1 240 208
Lommite Lommite Lommite Transparisteel 6 / 1 200 293
Durelium Durelium Durelium Hyperdrives 8 / 1 120 1690
Icon Image Name Usage W / V (T/m3) Rarity Rate Price
Rudic Rudic Rudic Electronics 1 / 1 120 540
Laboi Laboi Laboi Lightsabers 4 / 1 2 65000
Adegan Adegan Adegan Lightsabers 3 / 1 2 65000
Nova Nova Nova Explosives 2 / 1 50 2600
Lowickan Lowickan Lowickan Valuable Gems 4 / 1 25 11050
Vertex Vertex Vertex Valuable Gems 4 / 1 80 1300
Berubian Berubian Berubian Valuable Gems 3 / 1 2 65000

Prospecting is the process of searching and revealing material deposits within an asteroid field.

Prospecting an asteroid field is conducted from ships with Asteroid Mining Sensors.

Asteroid Deposits can only be found on squares with asteroids present (highlighted in purple).

When you prospect a square the following will occur:

  • If there is an unrevealed deposit at your location, you will roll to reveal the deposit.
  • You will be notified of the distance to the nearest unrevealed deposit if it is within 2 units of your location.
  • You will be notified if there are no unrevealed deposits within 2 units of your location.

For reference, the 2 unit range is the area inside the green border.

Time taken to conduct a single prospecting action is governed by the following equation:

Equations
Base Time = 4 hours
Scale = (1 - (0.05 * Computer Operations)) * (1 - (0.05 * Piloting)) * (1 - (0.05 * Perception))
Time = Base Time * Scale

Prospecting currently has a flat cost of 100,000 credits.

The chance of revealing a deposit at your location is governed by the following equation:

Equations
Chance = Total Sensors * ((Computer Operations / 25))
Chance is clamped between 10% and 96%

If you fail this check, you will be notified there is a deposit present, but it will not be revealed.

The following ships have mining sensors:

Image Ship Sensors
Y-8 Mining Vessel Y-8 Mining Vessel 240 Sensors
YT-510 YT-510 240 Sensors
J-type 327 Starship J-type 327 Starship 160 Sensors
J-type 322 Starship J-type 322 Starship 160 Sensors
H-type Yacht H-type Yacht 160 Sensors
Muurian Transport Muurian Transport 160 Sensors
Zeta-class Long-Range Shuttle Zeta-class Long-Range Shuttle 120 Sensors
BR-23 Courier BR-23 Courier 120 Sensors
Simiyiar-class Light Freighter Simiyiar-class Light Freighter 160 Sensors

The size of a deposit is governed by the following equation:

Equations
Size = Material Rarity * random(0.1, 1.5) * 550

Between 20 and 29 deposits will be spawned per asteroid field.

Deposits have a stability rating, which determines how long they exist for. Deposits can last for up to 14 months.

Stability rating is displayed on revealed deposits when prospecting:

  • Stable: Deposit has more than 6 months remaining.
  • Unsettled: Deposit has less than 6 months remaining.
  • Unsteady: Deposit has less than 3 months remaining.
  • Volatile: Deposit has less than 1 month remaining.
Deposits can be mined by any ship with asteroid mining capabilities:
Image Ship Mining Power
Y-8 Mining Vessel Y-8 Mining Vessel 1000 Mining Power
At least one ship in the squad participating in mining must have Asteroid Mining capability. For example, it is possible to squad a mining ship with a non-mining ship. If able, the non-mining ship will be used as cargo capacity for the extracted materials.

Once mining, you may leave the ship mining and it will continue mining until the set yield is hit, capacity is filled, or deposit is exhaused.
The maximum amount that can be yielded in a single action is governed by the following equation:
Equations
Max Yield: floor(11.5 * Material Rarity * (Squad Mining Power / 1000))
Squad Mining Power: sum(Mining Power of all ships in the squad) * Mining Power Skill Factor
Mining Power Skill Factor: 1 + ((((Fighter/Freighter Combat or Capital Ship Combat) + Computer Operations) * 3) / 100)
Mining Power is affected by the related Space Combat skill, and the Computer Operations skill. Each increases mining power by 3%.
The cost of mining is calculated using the following equation:
Equations
Mining Cost: RM Price * Yield * 1.55 * Yield Discount
The yield discount discourages smaller yields, by increasing the effective cost per unit for smaller yields. If you use the standard yield amount, this will always be favourable to you (= x0.75):
Equations
Yield Discount: lerp(1, 0.75, clamp(actualYield / theoreticalMaximumYield(using mining power of 300), 0, 1))
lerp = Linear Interpolation
The minimum amount of time for mining is always 60 minutes.

The maximum yield always takes a base amount of 72 hours to yield, and scales linearly to this duration based on yield amount.

The base time is multiplied by a concurrent duration factor:
Equations
Base Yield Time: Between 60 mins and 72 hours.

Actual Yield Time: Base Yield Time * Concurrent Duration Factor * Piloting Skill Factor

Concurrent Duration Factor:
x0.8 IF this is the characters only mining action.
x1 IF the character is running <= 3 actions.
x((actions / 3) * CDF Skill Factor) otherwise

CDF Skill Factor: 1 - (((Space Command + Management) * 2) / 100 )

Piloting Skill Factor: 1 - ((piloting * 2) / 100)
This means that as you run more concurrent mining actions, your mining yields slower and slower. If you only have a single mining action running, it will run at a slight bonus speed.

There is a maximum limit of 10 concurrent actions one character can run at a time.

Base time is reduced by a skill factor: Each level of piloting reduces overall duration by 2%.
The amount of XP earned is based on the proportion of the mining action's yield and the max yield possible for the ships used.
Equations
XP = floor(15 * yield / max_yield)

where:

  • yield: The amount of raw material mined
  • max_yield: The maximum yield possible for the ships used