Utility components capture the different rigs and ports that allow various utility functions to be conducted. Utility rigs are not swappable and are largely specific to certain specifications.
Utility Component Descriptions
A unique system using tracking, remote piloting and sophisticated airlocks, to locate and recover jettisoned escape pods and surviving crew from damaged or destroyed vessels in deep space. A typical Rescue Rig may include a specialized scanning unit for emergency transponders, a set of input devices for overriding and operating escape pods for recovery, and a system of cameras and controls for internal and external airlock hatches. Typically found aboard a ship with the Rescue Specification.
An array of external mechanized tools used to conduct deep-space repairs and maintenance on a vessel while not in dry dock. A typical Repair Rig may include a variety of tools on robotic arms, such as clamps or claws for restricting movement of parts, various drills, and drivers, fastening guns, welding lasers or adhesive applicators, and additive manufacturing printheads. Typically found aboard a ship with the Repair, or Repair Refuel Specification.
A basic set of external mechanized refueling arms used to conduct deep-space refueling operations on a vessel while not in port. A typical Refuel Rig includes one or more robotic arms, with claws or clamps for maintaining connection with the recipient vessel during refueling, as well as one or more fuel distribution connectors which make contact with the recipient’s fuel port for fuel delivery. Typically found aboard a ship with the Refuel, or Repair Refuel Specification.
An arsenal of external mechanized tools used to conduct deep-space salvage and demolition on a derelict vessel or other space debris. A typical Salvage Rig may include a variety of tools on robotic arms, such as jaws or claws for crushing or restricting movement of parts, various drills and prybars, battering rams, cutting torches, heavy mechanical saws or blasting heads, and subtractive manufacturing erasers. Typically found aboard a ship with the Salvage Specification.
A specialized collection of external mechanized tools used to conduct deep-space mining and resource extraction on small planetoids and asteroid belts. A typical Mining Rig may include a variety of tools on robotic arms, such as jaws or claws for crushing ore, heavy mining drills and jackhammers, thermal erosion guns or deep-core blasting heads, and ore hunter-gatherer maws. Typically found aboard a ship with the Miner Specification.
A heavy-duty outfit of external mechanized hook and tow arms used to conduct deep-space recovery operations on derelict or disabled vessels. A typical Tow Rig includes one or more robotic arms, with hooks or clamps for establishing contact and initial control of the target vessel, as well as one or more heavy towing tractor beam emitters for maintaining control of the target craft during transit to port or dry dock. Typically found aboard a ship with the Tow Specification.
An external deployment portal designed to open and allow the activation of remote-piloted or autonomous unmanned spacecraft, or Drones. Drones can come in many forms, ranging from those with military combat applications, to craft designed for mining, repair, exploratory, emergency or espionage use. Drone Ports on smaller ships often require external reloading in hangars or other landing facilities, while larger ships can typically resupply their Drone Ports from internal stores, such as the Ship’s Magazine, or Cargo Bay.