Pictures are in, they're nice
Back from space with uranium and platinum, this was a successful mission and the shuttle has proven to be quite capable. It should handle well even in high gravity, which is very handy.
Liftoff! It took only 10% of the hydrogen fuel tanks to get to orbit, where I built a radio relay satellite. I still have to find some platinum, but I found a uranium deposit and will come back with five tons of uranium ore.
Another night mostly spent inside the large hangar. I love that all vehicles I have can be safe indoors at once and I still have enough space to comfortably work on new stuff.
Say hello to my new planetary drill ship, and more importantly to a hydrogen-powered shuttle that will bring me to space. It has enough tanks and cargo space to bring along a decent amount of extra fuel and building materials on each trip.
Next steps : prospect asteroids for uranium and platinum.
This mountain peak is conveniently located 49.8 km from my main base, roughly in the direction of the Moon. That makes it an ideal candidate for a radio relay station.
The atmosphere here is already thin enough to affect thrusters, at one point I had to drop some building materials at a lower altitude before I could climb again.
It has two large batteries, two solar panels, four wind turbines, and four gatling turrets to shoot down meteors.
During the night I also built and tested an ice scraping rover. It is based on the layout and chassis of the transport truck I showed earlier, but made as long as possible while still fitting in the small hangar. Two drills are mounted on articulated arms that can fold backward and slightly down so they will drill only the very top of the ice.
Deploy, activate, slowly drive forward, come back to base with 200 tons of ice. Neat!
Finished building this transport aircraft just in time for daybreak. Now I can pay a visit to the NPC station that's 25 km away from my base, despite the mountainous terrain it's in. Time to get some business done.
I write bugs for a living, pretty cool eh?
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