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Self-refueling? - 5/26/2014 7:57:24 AM   
Bloodly

 

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So, you can put mining stuff on a ship, and have it mine stuff. So I do so.

Potential for long-range operations.

Fuel type is Caslon, I have Caslon on board....I've seen Resupply Ships auto-refuel if they have stuff in their cargo bays. But my Colony Ship won't, despite having it. What's missing?
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RE: Self-refueling? - 5/26/2014 10:40:59 AM   
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Haven't tried it myself, but I assume only gas mining ships and resupply ships can do it. And resupply ships have to actually be deployed, which is an action that normal ships cannot do.

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RE: Self-refueling? - 5/26/2014 2:38:06 PM   
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Never tried it myself.

Do you have a Cargo Pod?

It might require going to Cargo before it can be transferred to the Fuel Cell - might be worth a test.


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RE: Self-refueling? - 5/26/2014 2:56:37 PM   
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I gave it a quick try. With a cargo pod and gas mining component, the ship will actually mine the gas giant. However, it acts like a normal mining ship; it mines it into the cargo hold, then returns with the cargo to the nearest space station. It doesn't appear able to convert it into usable fuel. I made sure it was the right type of gas/fuel for the generator.

That said, there is a component which converts energy into fuel. If you mix this with solar panels, you can effectively auto-generate fuel when you're in a solar system. The component is fairly far into the tech tree however(Advanced energy secrets), and it's extremely big to boot(280 size).

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