INCOME: HowTo - Regular Mining And Dual Hotspot Mining - #00041

Regular mining is defined as not doing the "blow the rock up" thing. You will fly around a designated mining area, looking for asteroids with valuable ore, then use a regular mining laser to chip off fragments.

It's lucrative, especially if you go to dual hotspot locations (read more in 'procedures'). Single hotspots alone are a good way of income for themselves, though. I won't provide an estimate of credits per hour earned as mining differs a lot by location, ship used and cmdr's skills but ... it's worth it. Definitely.

You need about 10 million credits for a suitable ship, a well stocked collection of beverages-of-your-choice and some knowledge. Here comes the latter.

We'll talk about
  1. Equipment
  2. Location
  3. and
  4. Procedure
as mining is easy, but should be well prepared.

First of all, it's about being prepared:


In theory, you could use a Sidewinder for mining. It will be a pain to do, it will not rake in a lot of money, but hypothetically...

Far better suited for mining is everything with as much capacity as a Cobra Mk III. This 'swiss knife in space' can do everything on a budget, you even got several ways to outfit it for mining.

If (!) you're a good pilot who doesn't crash into asteroids while flying through an asteroid field, you can basically use that Cobra Mk III without a shield. If you do so, please upgrade to a military bulkhead for a minimum of protection (and don't blame me if your ship is destroyed while carrying a fortune in valuable ore).

For REGULAR mining, you should buy a Cobra Mk III with these modules (for availability of ship and modules near your current location, please use the fabulous

CORE modules:

Lightweight Alloy
Sufficient if you're using a shield generator as primary protection. Not so if going shieldless. Get a military bulkhead if you skip on your shield generator for that greedy extra tons

Power Plant
4A as you need to power up a few things. 'A' helps keeping the heat down when using the mining lasers

4A for a bit more agility and less boredom

Frame Shift Drive
4A as the next suitable mining location might be further away than your local pub route

Life Support
3D because you don't expect your canopy to break and D is lightest

Power Distributor
3A for your heat dissipating mining lasers. If you can, engineer this thing to weapon focused and Cluster Capacitors or Super Conduit

3D for less weight, you are not really interested in stuff going on in the distance

Fuel Tank
4C which gives you about 100ly of safe travel distance without refuelling. CAUTION you don't carry a fuel scoop!

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