Guide to Mining

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Introduction to Mining

For a job that is primarily out in space, mining is a relatively safe (given that the miner is experienced), even boring, occupation. Still, the entire station is depending on you to bring back those all-important phoron and minerals. Just follow a few guidelines here to keep yourself from becoming lost in the mines.

Mining is located South of Cargo through the break room. It has access to the smelter, rewards terminal, voidsuits, equipment, and airlock.

While mining can be extremely easy, every good miner knows that they have one mortal enemy. Holes. Avoid them at all costs and be sure to bring a GPS locator just in case.

Your Base of Operations

  • This is the mining bay, your base of operations. Within the area you will find multiple pieces of equipment and machinery to aid you in your work.


Standard Equipment

Within the orange lockers (highlighted in red as mining equipment on the above image) you will find some items to help you start out your shift. This basic gear will be your way to gain some mining points so that you can gain better, more efficient gear. But more on that later. Below is a list of the gear found in the lockers.

  • A GPS Unit - Mining can be dangerous at times, it's wise to take one of these so that you can be found in case of an emergency.
  • A Key - A key that is able to start a minecart. Useful for those who wish to make a transportation network within the mines.
  • A Scanner Pad - This nifty gadget will point you in the direction of any ore around you. However be warned that it is not 100% accurate.
  • A Pickaxe - A standard pickaxe that will break down a rock face in around three swings. Note that the pickaxe must be wielded by activating it in your hand for it to break rock walls quickly.
  • A Shovel - A shovel that can be used to dig up sand and other minerals that may be lurking within the ground.
  • An Ore Satchel - This orange bag is one of the miners greatest tools. Clicking on a tile with this bag will deposit all ore and rock on said tile into the bag for quick storage or transferring of the minerals.
  • An Analyzer - A simple analyzer that shows data collected from your atmospheric environment.
  • Shoes, Some black gloves and a Mining Jumpsuit - Standard uniform should you somehow lose your own.
  • Supply Radio Headset - A headset for the supply channel, should you lose your own.
  • Industrial Satchel/Backpack - A satchel or a backpack that can be used to hold items so long as they fit inside.

EVA Equipment

Within the mining bay you have access to some basic EVA equipment so you can survive within the harsh conditions of the asteroid. The EVA equipment can be found in the bottom left of the mining bay (as marked on the picture above). Below is a list of said items:

  • Mining Voidsuit, helmet and breathe mask - Basic EVA gear. With this you are able to survive the dangerously low pressure and temperature outside of the station. Don't forget to pack your oxygen!
  • Mining Suit Cycler - A machine used to decontaminate and refit voidsuits so that other species may wear them.
  • Tank Storage Unit - Contains partially filled oxygen tanks that can be fitted into a voidsuit
  • Oxygen Cannister - Can be used for filling or refilling oxygen tanks. Oxygen tanks can hold the maximum output of a cannister.
  • Coloured beacons - Useful to marking a route through the mines.

Other gear that can be found within the mining bay:

  • Ore boxes - These boxes hold huge amounts of ore. They work most efficiently with ore satchels. Simply pick up the ore with the satchel and click on the ore box with the satchel inhand to transfer all of it's contents into the box. They can also be placed against the unloading machine, which will deposit it's contents onto the conveyor to be smelted.
  • Portable Suit Cooling Units - These devices are primarily used by IPCs. They keep the IPCs cool within voidsuits and rigsuits due to the lack of airflow within the suits. Industrial IPCs can carry suit coolers on their back and do not require a suit. Other IPC types, however, require a suit as well as a cooler in the suit storage slot (Where an oxygen tank would usually go)
  • Mechanical Toolbox - A toolbox containing a standard set of tools. Useful for adding and removing powercells and modules to rigsuits, or setting up industrial drills.
  • Mobile Ladder - A ladder that can be placed either below an open space (allowing the user to travel up a level) or on an open space (allowing the user to travel down a level).
  • Hoist Kit - A deployable and collapsible hoist that can be used to raise or lower objects between levels. To use the hoist kit, first click and drag the object to the clamp using your mouse. Next, click on the green frame of the hoist kit, this will give a message stating that you reverse the direction. Clicking the green frame again will raise or lower the clamp and thus, the object attached (however an object does not need to be attached for the hoist to raise/lower). To detach an object from the hoist, drag the clamp to an empty tile adjacent to the hoist that is not blocked. If there is nowhere to unclamp to, you can click and drag the hoist to your own tile, as this also works.


When you've put on all your gear after joining the shift, chances are you'll only have the basics. A pickaxe, ore scanner, ore box and an ore satchel as well as the appropriate EVA gear and possible the ladder/hoist kit; although you should try make sure you don't accidentally hide it from your co-workers, as it can benefit everyone on the mining team.

The first thing you want to aim for is high value minerals, so you can purchase some better gear. This includes, but is not limited to: gold, diamond, phoron and silver. Rumour has it that some levels are more densely packed with minerals than others.

Processing your goods

First and foremost you should set up the smelter, see Furnace 101 below. Assuming you've collected your ore, you're going to want to transfer it to the smelting belt on the far right of the mining bay. To do this, either dump the ore infront of the unloading machine Unloader.gif and it will start to move the items onto the belt. Assuming you set the smelter correctly and it is turned on, you should see materials go in as ore and come out as sheets and bars respective to the type of ore put in. After smelting, compressing or alloying, the materials will now follow the belt round to the stacking machine, which will stack the materials. The stacking machine can be controlled via the console on the wall below it Miningconsole.gif. This will allow you to place the materials in a crate for cargo to ship to whomever needs them.

Mining Points And The Mining Vendor

As materials pass through the smelter you may notice that points begin to rack up within the ore processing console Miningconsole.gif. Inserting your ID by clicking the blue "Insert ID" will allow you to claim the points for your own. Which can be cashed in at the mining equipment vendor MinerEquip.png to purchase new tools and devices to aid your mining. Below is a table to give you some idea on what you can purchase within the mining vendor.

Mining Vendor Contents

Item Picture Cost Description
Food Ration Ration.png 5 Some food to keep you going.
Poster Poster.png 20 A poster that you could put up somewhere.
Ore Scanner Pad Pinpointer.gif 50 Points to the nearest ore deposit. Green means close, blue means quite close, red means far away.
5 Red Flags Redflag.png 50 Can be placed. Could be used for marking a route on the asteroid.
5 Green Flags Greenflag.png 50 Can be placed. Could be used for marking a route on the asteroid.
5 Yellow Flags Yellowflag.png 50 Can be placed. Could be used for marking a route on the asteroid.
5 Purple Flags Purpleflag.png 50 Can be placed. Could be used for marking a route on the asteroid.
Ore-Bag Satchel.png 50 Can pick up large amounts of ore with just one click. Can also transfer said ore to an ore box or drop it all.
Meat Pizza Pizza.png 50 It's Pizza.. You eat it..
Lantern Newlantern.png 75 Light source: Shines light around you with a radius. This also extends behind you. Good for avoiding holes.
Shovel Shovel.png 100 For digging holes in the sand.
Pickaxe Pickaxe.png 100 Used for breaking down rocks and gaining the treasures within.
KA White Tracer Rounds Modkit KA.png 100 Adds a white glow to the projectile fired from the Kinetic Accelerator
Compressed Rail Cartridge Compressed matter cartridge.png 100 Used as ammunition for the Rapid Railway Fabricator
Ore Box OreCrate.png 150 A huge, heavy box for storing large amounts of ore. When ordered through the equipment vendor, it is delivered via cargo shuttle.
Emergency Flood Light Inf box.png 150 A kit that can be assembled easily for a long range light source.
Premium Cigar Cigar2off.png 150 Some say they make you live longer.
KA Adjustable Tracer Bolts Modkit KA.png 150 Adds a coloured glow of your choice to the projectile fired from the Kinetic Accelerator
Seismic Charge Seismic Charge.png 150 A plantable explosive that delivers a low-medium intensity explosion for the purpose of shattering rock.
Lottery Chip Efundcard.png 200 It could be your lucky day!
Ripley Paint Kit Modkit.png 200 Gives you a random paint kit that can be applied to a Ripley. I wonder if there's a clown one?
Material Scanners Material.png 200 Allows you to see materials within large rock formations.
Mining Drill Handdrill.png 200 A drill that is faster than the pickaxe.
Deep Ore Scanner Forensic0old.png 250 Scans for mineral deposits within the ground.
Magboots Mashoe.png 300 Can stop you from falling down open spaces
Autochisel Jackhammer.png 400 Bet the Greeks wished they had this, eh?
Jetpack Jetpack.png 400 Allows traversal up, down and across open spaces. Note that you must activate the jetpack and the stabilizers for it to work. It should also be placed on your back.
Drone Drill Upgrade Mainboard.png 400 Allows you to upgrade the mining drill on a Mining Drone
Industrial Drill Brace Mining Drill Brace.png 500 A large brace that is part of the Industrial Drill Assembly (See Drill 101)
Point Transfer Card Data1.png 500 Gives you a card loaded with 500 points. Can be used to give points to other miners.
Explorers Belt Explorers Belt.png 500 A belt that can hold multiple items, usually items to do with mining.
Item Warp Beacon Item Warp Beacon.png 500 A Beacon that is used along with the Item Warp Pack to transport non-living matter.
Item Warp Pack Item Warp Pack.png 600 A Pack that is used along with the Item Warp Beacon to transport non-living matter. Has 3 charges.
Drone Health Upgrade Mainboard.png 600 Increases the max health of a mining drone.
Rapid Railway Fabricator RCD.png 600 A swift way of making tracks for minecarts.
Brute First-aid kit Mining First Aid kit.png 600 Contains some bandages and trauma kits, useful in the event of an unexpected fall.
Ore magnet Ore Magnet.png 600 Attracts nearby ores to your tile.
Minecart Mining Cart.png 600 A trolley that attaches to the Mining Engine
Resonator Resonator.png 700 A handheld device used for shattering rock.
Mining Rig Mining rig.png 750 A rigsuit that can hold multiple modules.
KA Range Increase Modkit KA.png 750 Increases the range of the Kinetic Accelerator's projectiles
100 credits Space cash.png 1000 Just in case you want to buy yourself something nice.
Mass Driver Inf box.png 800 A device that can "throw" objects and even people. Use with care.
Mining Drone Mining Drone.png 800 A nifty little drone that mines for you.
Mining Engine Mining Engine.png 800 The main mine-cart engine. Good for cross-asteroid transportation.
Drone Kinetic Accelerator Upgrade Mainboard.png 800 Increases the efficiency of the Drone KA.
Ore Summoner Ore Summoner.png 800 Teleports any ore you can see onto your tile instantly. Note that it does not work between levels.
KA Cooldown Decrease Modkit KA.png 1000 Increases the fire rate of the Kinetic Accelerator.
Lazarus Injector Lazarus Injector.png 1000 A device that is able to raise animals from the dead.
Industrial Drill Head Mining Drill Head.png 1000 A large, automatic drill that digs for ore deposits underground.
Super Resonator Super Resonator.png 1250 An upgraded version of the Resonator.
KA AoE Damage Modkit KA.png 1500 Increases the area of effect. Instead of destroying 1 tile, you will now mine a 3x3 square.
Diamond Pickaxe Diamond Pickaxe.png 1500 A much better version of the standard pickaxe. Mines rock in 1-2 swings.
Thermal Drill Thermal Drill.png 3750 A large drill that fires 2, 4 or 6 second bursts of laser-based projectiles to mine rock quickly.

Ripley APLU 101

If Robotics is kind (insert: functioning), odds are one of the first creations from their lab will be a Ripley APLU for Mining. The machine is typically outfitted with a drill and a hydraulic clamp. Although a good Roboticist will quickly explain the features when asked, the Ripley does offer external lighting, life support, and various user-control security measures. To access the APLU's menu, click on the "Exosuit Interface" tab followed by "View Stats." To select your active tool, click on the name under "Equipment." An underline means it is not active. To load a box into the Ripley, click on the box while facing it with your hydraulic clamp active. To mine, walk into the rock wall with your drill active.

Drill 101

For most drill functions, you will need a crowbar, wrench, and a screwdriver. At time of writing, the drill is found in three parts - A mining drill head and two mining drill braces. In order to set the drill up, drag all three pieces to the drill site. The mining station has two drills available for use.

To set up the drill, place the two braces beside the drill head, and if necessary, turn them so the arms face the drill. Click on the braces with a wrench in your hand to secure them in place. To turn the drill on, click on the drill.

As the drill is powered by a power cell, the occasional change is required. To change, click on the drill head with a screwdriver in your hand. Click on the drill afterwards to remove the power cell. Science can upgrade the drill with bigger power cells.

To empty the drill, place an ore box beside it. Click "Unload Drill" under the "Objects" tab.

Furnace 101

The furnace Furnace.gif can be loaded via the unloading machine Unloader.gif and must be turned on via the ore redemption console Miningconsole.gif infront of it. It is also configured from here. You can produce multiple products at once, but smelting or compressing something that has no corresponding product will produce useless slag.

an example of a working setup for the smelter.

The Ores

Name Wall Raw Ore Smelted Compressed Door Uses
Hematite Mining iron.gif Ironore.png Iron None Irondoor.gif For use in steelmaking.
Impure silicates Minefloor.png Sandore.png
Sanddoor.gif For making glass, which has a plethora of station applications.
Native gold Mining gold.gif Goldore.png Golddone.png None Golddoor.gif For making various electronics.
Native silver Mining silver.gif Silverore.png Silverdone.png None Silverdoor.gif Making mechs and for material research.
Phoron Mining phoron.gif Plasmaore.png None Plasmadone.png Plasmadoor.gif The reason you're here.
Diamond Mining diamond.gif Diamondore.png None Diamonddone.png DiamondDoor.gif For making mech parts, among other industrial uses.
Pitchblende Mining pitchblende.gif Uraniumore.png Uraniumdone.png None Uraniumdoor.gif For various radioactive tasks.
Coal Mining coal.gif Coalore.png Plastic.png None None For use in steelmaking and plastics.
Platinum Mining platinum.gif Platinumore.png Platinum.png Osmium None For making osmium or sending to Centcomm via Cargo.
Hydrogen None Hydrogenore.png Tritium Hydrogen.png None For making tritium fuel or metallic hydrogen for R&D.

The Alloys

Raw Ores Product Name Uses
Ironore.png Coalore.png Metal.png Steel For use in all kinds of tasks around the station.
Ironore.png Coalore.png Platinumore.png Metal r.png Plasteel An alloy of hematite, platinum and coal, for reinforced tables and reinforced walls

Shipping the Ores

One of the reasons why the NSS Aurora exists is to mine phoron to send back to Central. Although phoron is always in demand with Medical and Science, by shipping phoron back to Central you receive an abundance of credits for the Cargo account.

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