'Drill-O-Matic' Mining Excavator

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'Drill-O-Matic' Mining Excavator
Part image

Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 6 000.00 Funds
Mass (total) 1.25 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Volume  ?
Impact Tolerance 7 m/s
Research Advanced science tech.png Advanced Science Tech
Unlock cost 18 000 Funds
Since version 1.0
Part configuration RadialDrill.cfg
Electricity required 15 ⚡/s

The 'Drill-O-Matic' Mining Excavator is a resource harvester. The Kerbals can use this part to extract ore from the surface of a celestial body. The drill must be connected to an ore tank in order for it to be able to extract any ore.


Deployed and retracted state

The primary use for the Drill-O-Matic is for mining. If a player positions the drill on an area with a nominal amount of ore beneath the surface, which can be determined by completing planetary scans with resource scanners, the player can use the drill to collect ore that can be turned into liquid fuel, oxidizer or monopropellant with converters. A qualified engineer will increase the output efficiency (however more than one engineer will have no additional effect). Since version 1.0.1 the Drill-O-Matic will not produce overheating anymore.

Though not designed for this purpose, the drill can be used to lift up the part that it is connected to, though this can lead to the drill flipping over or breaking.

Ore extraction rate

While the drill is active, it extracts ore depending on the ore concentration in the area, and the presence and level of engineer on-board. The ore extraction rate is 0.05·c·m where c is the concentration between 0 and 1 and m is the multiplier supplied by the level of the highest level engineer on-board. These are as follows:

Level Multiplier
☆☆☆☆☆ 5x
★☆☆☆☆ 9x
★★☆☆☆ 13x
★★★☆☆ 17x
★★★★☆ 21x
★★★★★ 25x

Product description

Designed to help extract valuable resources from the crust of planets and asteroids, the Drill-O-Matic uses a rotary drill combined with an internal transfer auger to pull crushed regolith into holding tanks for later processing. When operated by a skilled engineer, you will be able to operate with better efficiency.



  • Replaced overheat mechanic with a skill-based mechanic
  • Initial release