It is currently possible to create an "infinite" amount of copper ore by constructing and deconstructing spacefarer modules - or at least as much as one can be patient enough to create. The exploit is possible because when creating a spacefarer module, it comes already equipped with a control station made out of 100kg of copper ore. Simply creating a spacefarer module and deconstructing it will refund the full 500 kg of whichever metal ore it is made out of, plus an additional 100kg of copper ore from the control station. This can be repeated indefinitely, thus making it possible to create copper ore out of thin air.
Below, demonstrated with a cobalt spacefarer module:
100kg might not seem like a significant amount, but considering how difficult it normally is to get renewable metal ores, it is an exploit that should be fixed IMO. The exploit can be effectively used on some of the moonlet clusters where metal ores are very scarce on the starting asteroid.
A few suggestions for possible solutions:
- Leave the cost of the spacefarer module to 500kg, but spread the material between the cabin and the control station (400kg, 100kg) and the control station would be made out of the same ore as the capsule itself.
- Do not create new spacefarer modules with built-in control stations - most of the times it needs to be deconstructed to be moved somewhere more convenient anyway. Let the players build the control station themselves out of any material they have available.
- build a spacefarer module
- deconstruct it
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