In Star Citizen, mining is the process of extracting minerals and other materials from planets, moons, and asteroids for profit. The activity is primarily done with ship-mounted mining equipment or handheld mining tools, and can occur in open space, on a planet/moon, or underground.
The mining process in Star Citizen consists of four main stages:
- Prospecting: Discovering and scanning mineral deposits.
- Fracturing: Breaking dense rocks into smaller fragments using mining lasers.
- Extraction: Collecting and storing mineral fragments.
- Refinement: Removing impurities and unwanted elements from the extracted minerals.
Example of a Mining Operation
- A mining crew uses a ship’s dedicated scanner to search for mineral deposits by “pinging” the area.
- Once a mineral deposit is discovered, an in-depth scan determines the composition of the deposit.
- The mining crew uses a ship’s mining laser or handheld tool to break the deposit into smaller fragments.
- The crew uses an extraction beam or manually collects the fragments for storage.
- The extracted minerals are sold to a market, where they undergo refinement before being sold.
- Surface mining: The extraction of minerals from the surface of a planet, moon, or asteroid.
- Sub-surface mining: The extraction of minerals from underground caves and caverns.
- Mining vessels: Ships specifically designed for mining operations, such as the MISC Prospector, ARGO Mole, and RSI Orion.
- Mining equipment: Tools and gear used for mining, including mining lasers, mining laser modules, and personal equipment like the Pyro RYT Multi-tool and OreBit Mining Attachment.
To learn more about mining in Star Citizen, you can refer to the Star Citizen Wiki page on mining.