Mobile Mining is the process of reducing a mineral bearing asteroid to small pieces and collecting them with a ship.
Specially equipped Transport ships may be ordered or manually operated to collect minerals from such asteroid fragments. Such ships must continue breaking up an asteroid to a size suitable for collection, commonly called pebbles. Breaking up an asteroid beyond this size destroys the asteroid fragment. Asteroids large enough to support a mining base, super-asteroids, may also be targeted by a ship conducting Mobile Mining activities.
Incidentally, Mobile Mining is the only way Nividium may be collected and the only way smaller asteroids can be processed for mineral extraction.
Smaller asteroids can be broken down using standard ship lasers. Weapons with wide areas of effect are very efficient for this task, PSGs will shatter a large swathe of rocks, it will however occasionally vaporize pebbles caught in the area of effect. Customarily, a Mobile Drilling System is used to break up asteroids into collectible pebbles.
When breaking up super-asteroids, a heavy weapon must be used; Hornet Missiles were once very popular for this application, otherwise a Mobile Drilling System may also be used.
Ships capable of performing Mobile Mining activities are those that can install an Ore Collector. Additionally, a weapon suitable for breaking down an asteroid into fragments, such as a Mobile Drilling System, is required.
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