The ship’s components can now be serviced and replaced at space stations.
An overview of the related operations is presented in the following video:
Keeping the ship in good operational shape will constitute a persistent gameplay element, and which will have to be factored in for shorter term objectives. Typically that might involve making detours to stop at high tech shipyards, or be ready to deal with possible in-flight failures if a time critical situation requires to delay a maintenance event for instance.
In relation with the career progression the current plan is to compare the effective operating costs with a reference budget. And so in the long run a careful usage of the ship (wear limitation) and balanced maintenance strategies (optimum use of the parts’ endurance and preventive servicing) should provide significant bonuses.
The current general development objective is to complete the ship’s civilian features, and so the next devlog should present the ship’s front section and its life support systems.
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