Resource harvesters

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The resource harvester is a special part, able to extract some kind of resources from the environment. (Now Kerbals can use these parts to extract only 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 - the junior version has an abundance limit - are 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 can be counted by next simple equation:

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

Available parts

Image Part Radial size Cost
Max. Temp.
'Drill-O-Matic Junior' Mining Excavator.png
'Drill-O-Matic Junior' Mining Excavator Radial mounted 1 000 0.25 2000 7 50 3
'Drill-O-Matic' Mining Excavator Radial mounted 6 000 1.25 2000 7 50 15