Supply Ships not deploying

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Nemo84
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Supply Ships not deploying

Post by Nemo84 »

I've noticed a problem with supply ships not wanting to deploy correctly when low on fuel, instead overriding orders and heading to refuel at the nearest station. An example:

I'm planning a long-range destroyer strike on a pirate base. I jump my destroyers and a supply ship to a suitable gas giant (with the correct fuel type) in a system at the edge of their range. The ships arrive in orbit very low on fuel. I then order the supply ship to deploy, to start my refuel op. However, after moving towards the gas giant for a few second, the ship breaks off and starts heading back towards my own systems to refuel. Of course, it runs out of fuel before being able to jump and is now useless. Any attempt to guide the ship towards the gas giant it is sitting on top of are useless, it just won't deploy.

The supply ships deploy fine as long as they have plenty of fuel. But as soon as it runs low it seems the refuel algorithm simply keeps overriding the deployment command, causing the ship to become useless while it slowly crawls back to a far-off mining station. And I've seen several other players mention the same issues.
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RE: Supply Ships not deploying

Post by Erik Rutins »

Thanks for the report - this behavior is ok for other ships, but I agree the resupply ship should be overriding that if it's in the process of deploying to create fuel.
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RE: Supply Ships not deploying

Post by Volcano »

I must tell you that I have seen, in one of my games, a NPC resupply ship deployed in a gas cloud, so the bug seems to concern only player-owned resupply ships.
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Nemo84
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RE: Supply Ships not deploying

Post by Nemo84 »

The bug only happens when the supply ship itself is low on fuel. So it's perfectly possible for both the player and the AI to deploy supply ships at the moment, you just need to make sure their fuel tank stays rather full.
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RE: Supply Ships not deploying

Post by malkuth74 »

That not really true nemo. The problem is even with a full tank of gas, the supply ship that is sucking up fuel runs out of gas eventualy and head home, in which case it never makes it because it runs out.

The supply ship should not being running out of fuel when its pumping the stuff out and has plenty. LOL.
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