'Drill-O-Matic Junior' Mining Excavator

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'Drill-O-Matic Junior' Mining Excavator
Part image

Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 1 000.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.25 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Volume  ?
Impact Tolerance 7 m/s
Research Advanced science tech.png Advanced Science Tech
Unlock cost 3 000 Funds
Since version 1.0
Part configuration MiniDrill.cfg
Electricity required 3 ⚡/s

The 'Drill-O-Matic Junior' Mining Excavator is a small resource harvester, smaller version of the 'Drill-O-Matic' Mining Excavator. 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 a converter. A qualified engineer will increase the output efficiency (however more than one engineer will have no additional effect). Although this type is far smaller than the basic model, but this gadget can be used only on the more abundant deposits.

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 0.015·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

A smaller version of the popular Drill-O-Matic, this drill is designed to help extract valuable resources from the crust of planets and asteroids. Unlike it's larger cousin, this smaller model is only suitable for ore concentrations in excess of 2.5%. When operated by a skilled engineer, you will be able to operate with better efficiency. These modules operate best at their ideal operating temperatures, and features auto-shutdown in the event of excessive overheating. Radiators can be used to help manage excessive heat.



  • Initial release