After purchasing a SHIP_LIGHT_SHUTTLE to transport mining results from the mining drones to their import markets I found that the round trip was too long and mining drones were filling up their cargo holds before the shuttle has delivered all the goods and returned. The immediate resolution for this was to jettison non-ore results, meaning the shuttle needs ferry between the asteroid and a single market. After automating the shuttle I realised my command ship also has similar cargo space so the same shuttle logic could be applied to it when it’s not otherwise doing anything.

The big drops in Credits/hour below represent the automation buying new ships.

increased mining activity

With increased mining I’m seeing a slow decrease in Credits/hour which I presume is the result of constant selling ore. I can confirm this once i’ve implemented some improved market monitoring, though I also want to see what effect SHIP_SURVEYOR can have on my mining operations.