Long-range mineral scanner
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Long-range mineral scanner
A lateral sensor unit used by researchers to detect a specific type of mineral across the planet. The chance to find a resource depends on the operator's research ability. This sensor can be tuned to target a specific resource type. It consumes a lot of electricity. If you find a resource, you'll need to travel to collect it.
- 3 ˣ 3
- pass through only
- Cover Effectiveness
- Terrain Affordance
- -700 W
The long-range mineral scanner can detect mineral deposits in the nearby areas outside your colony when manned by a researcher. It can be tuned to find different minerals, such that it will only find deposits of a certain kind.
The scanner spawns mineral lump mini-maps in the world map and triggers its respective world event which always has an expiry date of 30 days. The target area can either be unguarded, surrounded by a small manhunter pack, or have an enemy waiting to ambush you. Manhunters or an enemy may approach your colonists from the edge of the map when one of your colonists gets near the mineral lump, given that there wasn't anything else waiting at the lump. Once the area has been cleared of hostiles, you have 10 days to mine everything before another group of hostiles arrives.
A researcher at the Mineral Scanner will find lumps with a mean time between of 4 pawn-days and will be guaranteed to find a lump after 8 days of work. The mean time between finding deposits is dependent on the Research Speed of the user.
While scanning, a pawn will gain Intellectual skill, but only at about half the rate they would while working at a research bench.
Although not explicitly mentioned in the item description, the long-range mineral scanner is not usable if there is a roof over it. (Similar to the ground-penetrating scanner.)
Long-range mineral scanners can be constructed once the Long-range mineral scanner research project has been completed. They require 200 Steel, 6 Component, 2 Advanced component, 10,000 ticks (2.78 mins) of work, and a Construction skill of 8.
All minerals, as well as components, can be discovered with the scanner. The expected yield and mass from a lump can be found in the table below; this is useful for knowing how many pack animals to send to various discovered lumps.
|Resource||No. of Tiles||Total Yield||Total Mass (kg)||Market Value|
|Steel||55 - 60||2200 - 2400||1100 - 1200||4180 - 4560|
|Plasteel||10 - 15||400 - 600||100 - 150||3600 - 5400|
|Components||50 - 70||100 - 140||60 - 84||3200 - 4480|
|Silver||60 - 80||2400 - 3200||16.8 - 22.4||2400 - 3200|
|Gold||8 - 12||320 - 480||2.5 - 3.8||3200 - 4800|
|Uranium||15 - 20||600 - 800||600 - 800||3600 - 4800|
|Jade||20 - 25||700 - 875||350 - 438||3500 - 4375|
- Beta 19 - can now find more than gold and jade, and can be tuned to the desired mineral. Now requries a colonist to operate. Lumps now expire. More than one scanner on the same map is now effective.
- 1.1 - power cost was increased. The time between finding ore veins is now displayed.
- 1.3.3200 - Work to make increased from 1000 to 10,000