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    Engineering Guide to Exploration

    UPDATED April 16 2017, Post 2.3

    Through my experience and my own trial and error I thought I would share with you what I have learned and put it all into a little guide for those who are interested in engineering their ships to explore. Obviously you can select lower grade modifications but I will be showing you the best and some of the second best mods to use. I hope you find this guide useful, cheers and fly safe.


    UTILITY MOUNTS


    HEAT SINK LAUNCHER

    The only crucial utility mount for exploring I would have to say is the Heat Sink Launcher in case you fly too close to the sun. For this we would like to use the Lightweight Modification.

    HEAT SINK LAUNCHER - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 4) Engineer: Ram Tah

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -60% to -70%
    Integrity: -40% to -50%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Phase Alloys ----------------------(Ship Salvage from Combat ships or USS in Boom States System)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    HEAT SINK LAUNCHER - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 5) Engineer: Ram Tah

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -70% to -80%
    Integrity: -50% to -60%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ------------ (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Radiolic Alloys ------------- (USS, Independent & Boom State, High Population System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Ram Tah!

    Ram Tah

    Location: Meene System at Phoenix Base

    Discovered by: Lei Cheung (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Surveyor or higher

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Classified Scan Databanks --- (Find Outbreak State, High Population System, find Convoy Beacon, Scan Cargo Ships)


    I need to unlock Lei Cheung!!

    Lei Cheung

    Location: Laksak System at Trader's Rest

    Discovered by: The Dweller (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: You have traded in over 50 markets

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Gold --- (Can buy from Stjepan Seljan Hub in Laksak)


    I need to unlock The Dweller!!!

    The Dweller

    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets

    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits






    CHAFF LAUNCHER

    If you are exploring with one of the 3 big ships chances are its really really slow. What does that mean? Easy prey for pirates when you return to the bubble. Put on a Chaff Launcher and go see Ram Tah to reduce the weight.

    CHAFF LAUNCHER - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 4) Engineer: Ram Tah

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -60% to -70%
    Integrity: -40% to -50%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Phase Alloys ----------------------(Ship Salvage from Combat ships or USS in Boom States System)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    CHAFF LAUNCHER - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 5) Engineer: Ram Tah

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -70% to -80%
    Integrity: -50% to -60%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ------------ (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Radiolic Alloys ------------- (USS, Independent & Boom State, High Population System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Ram Tah!

    Ram Tah

    Location: Meene System at Phoenix Base

    Discovered by: Lei Cheung (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Surveyor or higher

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Classified Scan Databanks --- (Find Outbreak State, High Population System, find Convoy Beacon, Scan Cargo Ships)


    I need to unlock Lei Cheung!!

    Lei Cheung

    Location: Laksak System at Trader's Rest

    Discovered by: The Dweller (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: You have traded in over 50 markets

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Gold --- (Can buy from Stjepan Seljan Hub in Laksak)


    I need to unlock The Dweller!!!

    The Dweller

    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets

    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits







    CORE INTERNAL


    HULL

    Obviously you want Lightweight Alloys, but did you know you can Heavy Duty Armor them and not gain anything in Mass? Now you do.

    ARMOUR - HEAVY DUTY (GRADE 5) Engineer: Selene Jean

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: 0% (For Lightweight Alloys only!)
    Hull Boost: 45% to 68%
    Kinetic Resistance: +4.5 to +6
    Thermal Resistance: +4 to +5
    Explosive Resistance: +5.6 to +7

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Compound Shielding ------------ (Ship Salvage from Combat ships, or USS in High Security systems)
    Micromaterial: 1x Core Dynamic Composites ------ (USS, War State, Federation System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)
    Micromaterial: 1x Tungsten ------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)

    I need to unlock Selene Jean!

    Selene Jean

    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest

    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite


    I need to unlock Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn!!

    Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn

    Location: Wolf 397 System at Trophy Camp

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 15 bounty vouchers

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers




    POWER PLANT

    For exploration the game is to be lightweight and less heat so you can fuel scoop more and not burn up. I always liked A Class Power Plants for their Heat Efficiency and there is nothing wrong with taking a small size Power Plant A Class and Overcharging it because the base Heat Efficiency is very low. But you can go a different route if you want, you can take a medium size Power Plant and use Low Emissions Grade modification for even better heat control! But note the Low Emissions Grade increases Mass of the Power Plant.

    POWER PLANT - OVERCHARGED POWER PLANT (GRADE 3) Engineer: Hera Tani or Marco Qwent

    Primary Effects:
    Power Capacity: 7% to 25%
    Integrity: -31% to -10%
    Heat Efficiency: 29% to 10%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components ---------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Heat Conduction Wiring ----------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Selenium --------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)

    POWER PLANT - OVERCHARGED POWER PLANT (GRADE 5) Engineer: Hera Tani

    Primary Effects:
    Power Capacity: 10% to 35%
    Integrity: -50% to -20%
    Heat Efficiency: 50% to 20%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Chemical Manipulators ---------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ------------ (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Tellurium ------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)

    POWER PLANT - LOW EMISSIONS POWER PLANT (GRADE 3) Engineer: Hera Tani or Marco Qwent


    Primary Effects:
    Heat Efficiency: -15% to -40%
    Power Capacity: -18% to -6%
    Mass: 14% to 10%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Heat Exchangers ---------------- (Ship Salvage from Transport Ships, possibly at Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Iron ------------------------------ (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Irregular Emission Data -------- (Scanning Ships or Data Points on Planet Surfaces)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Hera Tani!

    Hera Tani

    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole

    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)


    I need to unlock Liz Ryder!!

    Liz Ryder

    Location: Eurybia System at Demolition Unlimited

    Discovered by: Public Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Cordial status with Eurybia Blue Mafia

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Landmines



    I want to unlock Marco Qwent instead!

    Marco Qwent

    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.

    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.


    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)




    THRUSTERS

    I have found Dirty Drives aren't all that bad in increasing Heat as long as your using A Class Thrusters. But if Heat is a real big concern for you then I would suggest Clean Drives. Due note that these modifications do not increase your Supercruise handling. So if you plan on going fast on the planet surfaces there is really no need to modify your thrusters. However coming back to the bubble makes it a lot easier if you have a fast ship! For the ones chasing tenths of LY range, Dirty Drive tuning can give a thruster weight reduction as a secondary effect.

    THRUSTERS - DIRTY DRIVE TUNING (GRADE 3) Engineer: Felicity Farseer

    Primary Effects:
    Optimal Multiplier: 14% to 20%
    Thermal Load: 61% to 20%
    Power Draw: 11% to 3%
    Integrity: -18% to 3%
    Optimal Mass: -9% to -2%

    Cost
    Micromaterial: 1x Chromium ----------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Mechanical Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport Ships
    Micromaterial: 1x Specialised Legacy Firmware --- (Mission Rewards, Surface Data Points scanning is the best option)

    THRUSTERS - CLEAN DRIVE TUNING (GRADE 3) Engineer: Felicity Farseer

    Primary Effects:
    Optimal Multiplier: 5% to 12%
    Integrity: -15% to -8%
    Thermal Load: -15% to -40%
    Optimal Mass: -6% to -2%
    Power Draw: 14% to 8%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Specialised Legacy Firmware --- (Mission Rewards, Surface Data Points scanning is the best option)
    Micromaterial: 1x Unexpected Emission Data ----- (Scan Combat ships)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Felicity Farseer!

    Felicity Farseer

    Location: Deciat Systems at Farseer Inc

    Discovered by: Public Data Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Scout or higher

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1 unit of Meta Alloys (Commodity, Can buy in Maia System at Darnielle's Progress)


    I want to go faster!!!

    If you want to go faster then you will need to unlock Professor Palin, and its a long road.

    THRUSTERS - DIRTY DRIVE TUNING (GRADE 5) Engineer: Professor Palin

    Primary Effects:
    Optimal Multiplier: 25% to 29%
    Thermal Load: 100% to 39%
    Power Draw: 20% to 8%
    Integrity: -31% to 8%
    Optimal Mass: -16% to -5%

    Cost:

    Micromaterial: 1x Cadmium ------------------------ (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Cracked Industrial Firmware --- (Mission Rewards, Surface Data Points scanning is the best option)
    Micromaterial: 1x Pharmaceutical Isolators ------- (USS, Outbreak State, High Population System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)

    THRUSTERS - CLEAN DRIVE TUNING (GRADE 5) Engineer: Professor Palin

    Primary Effects:
    Optimal Multiplier: 10% to 18%
    Integrity: -25% to -16%
    Thermal Load: -25% to -61%
    Optimal Mass: -11% to -5%
    Power Draw: 25% to 15%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Abnomral Compact Emission Data --- (Ship scanning while in Supercruise, Independent Systems)
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ----------------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Tin ------------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Professor Palin!

    Professor Palin

    Location: Maia System at Palin Research Centre

    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from career start location of at least 5,000 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Unknown Fragments (HIP 17862 System, 6CA Planet, Coordinates 30.3398, -98.587 is the Alien Crash Site, shoot Unknown Artifacts for Unknown Fragments.)


    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent

    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.

    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.


    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)






    FRAME SHIFT DRIVE

    This is the money maker right here. This is what all explorers will roll and roll and roll for an outstanding Increased Range mod. Thank God for module storage and transfers!

    FRAME SHIFT DRIVE - INCREASED FSD RANGE (GRADE 5) Engineer: Felicity Farseer or Elvira Martuuk

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: 45% to 20%
    Integrity: -25% to -12%
    Power Draw: 25% to 11%
    Optimised Mass: 20% to 50%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Arsenic ------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Chemical Manipulators -------------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Datamined Wake Exceptions -------- (Find a Famine State System, Find Distribution Centre, scan High Wakes

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Felicity Farseer!

    Felicity Farseer

    Location: Deciat Systems at Farseer Inc

    Discovered by: Public Data Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Scout or higher

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1 unit of Meta Alloys (Commodity, Can buy in Maia System at Darnielle's Progress)



    I want to unlock Elvira Martuuk instead!

    Elvira Martuuk

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)



    LIFE SUPPORT

    Some of the bigger ships have HUGE Life Support modules so decreasing the weight will help with your jump range substantially.

    LIFE SUPPORT - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 3) Engineer: Bill Turner or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:

    Mass: -50% to -60%
    Integrity: -40% to -30%

    Cost
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics --------------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Manganese -------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Salvaged Alloys --------------------- (Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    LIFE SUPPORT - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 4) Engineer: Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -60% to -70%
    Integrity: -50% to -40%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components --------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Phase Alloys ----------------------- (Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ----------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Bill Turner!

    Bill Turner

    Location: Alioth System at Turner Metallics Inc
    *NOTE* Alioth System requires a Permit. To get access you must gain Allied status with Alioth Independent, there is a System near Alioth called 78 Ursae Majoris, bounty hunt and turn in bounties at dock controlled by Alioth Independents.

    Discovered by: Selene Jean (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirement: Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent.

    Unlock Requirement: Provide 50 units of Bromellite (Mining only in Pristine Reserves Ice Rings, Yum Kamcabi System is a good candidate)


    I need to unlock Selene Jean!!!!

    Selene Jean

    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest

    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite


    I need to unlock Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn!!

    Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn

    Location: Wolf 397 System at Trophy Camp

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 15 bounty vouchers

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers




    If you have the Elite Rank then you can unlock Lori Jameson for the Grade 4 Modification since she's the only one that can do it.
    Show me Lori Jameson!

    Lori Jameson

    Location: Shinrarta Dezhra System at Jameson Base
    *NOTE* You need the Founder's World Permit in order to access this system and to do that you need to be Elite Rank in either Combat, Trading, or Exploration.

    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirement: Gain Combat Rank Dangerous or Higher. I repeat, you must gain DANGEROUS in COMBAT.

    Unlock Requirement: Provide 25 units of Kongga Ale (Rare Commodity in Kongga at Laplace Ring)


    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent

    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.

    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.


    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)





    POWER DISTRIBUTOR

    You can get away with a D Class Power Distributor to save some weight. If you want to boost during your travels then you will probably need the Engine Focus modification. Here is a tip, turn off your Power Distributor during Supercruise to reduce heat buildup.

    POWER DISTRIBUTOR - ENGINE FOCUSED POWER DISTRIBUTOR (GRADE 3) Engineer: The Dweller, Marco Qwent, or Hera Tani

    Primary Effects:
    Engines Capacity: 14% to 39%
    Engines Recharge: 5% to 25%
    Weapons Capacity: -15% to -4%
    Weapons Recharge: -6% to -2%
    Systems Capacity: -15% to -5%
    Systems Recharge: -15% to -5%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Anomalous Bulk Scan Data -------- (Scan ships during Supercruise)
    Micromaterial: 1x Chromium --------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Electrochemical Arrays ------------- (See Dav's Hope)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock The Dweller!

    The Dweller

    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets

    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits



    I want to unlock Marco Qwent instead!!

    Marco Qwent

    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.

    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.


    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)




    Nevermind I want to unlock Hera Tani instead!!!

    Hera Tani

    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole

    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)


    I need to unlock Liz Ryder!!

    Liz Ryder

    Location: Eurybia System at Demolition Unlimited

    Discovered by: Public Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Cordial status with Eurybia Blue Mafia

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Landmines




    SENSORS

    Like the Life Support bigger ships have HUGE Sensors so decreasing the weight will greatly increase your jump range.

    SENSORS - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 4) Engineer: Lei Cheung, Tiana Fortune, Bill Turner, Juri Ishmaak or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -50% to -70%
    Integrity: -40% to -60%
    Scan Angle: -25% to -20%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Phase Alloys ----------------------(Ship Salvage from Combat ships or USS in Boom States System)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    SENSORS - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 5) Engineer: Lei Cheung, Tiana Fortune, Bill Turner, Juri Ishmaak or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -60% to -80%
    Integrity: -50% to -75%
    Scan Angle: -30% to 25%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ------------ (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Radiolic Alloys ------------- (USS, Independent & Boom State, High Population System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Lei Cheung!!

    Lei Cheung

    Location: Laksak System at Trader's Rest

    Discovered by: The Dweller (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: You have traded in over 50 markets

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Gold --- (Can buy from Stjepan Seljan Hub in Laksak)


    I need to unlock The Dweller!!!

    The Dweller

    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets

    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits




    I need to unlock Tiana Fortune!

    Tiana Fortune

    Location: Achenar System at Fortune's Loss
    *NOTE* Achenar System requires a Permit, you must be Squire Rank with the Empire to receive this Permit.

    Discovered By: Hera Tani (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Friendly with the Empire

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Decoded Emission Data (Ship Scanning from Combat ships)


    I need to unlock Hera Tani!!!

    Hera Tani

    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole

    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)


    I need to unlock Liz Ryder!!

    Liz Ryder

    Location: Eurybia System at Demolition Unlimited

    Discovered by: Public Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Cordial status with Eurybia Blue Mafia

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Landmines





    I need to unlock Bill Turner!!

    Bill Turner

    Location: Alioth System at Turner Metallics Inc
    *NOTE* Alioth System requires a Permit. To get access you must gain Allied status with Alioth Independent, there is a System near Alioth called 78 Ursae Majoris, bounty hunt and turn in bounties at dock controlled by Alioth Independents.

    Discovered by: Selene Jean (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent.

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Bromellite (Mining only in Pristine Reserves Ice Rings, Yum Kamcabi System is a good candidate)


    I need to unlock Selene Jean!

    Selene Jean

    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest

    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite


    I need to unlock Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn!!

    Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn

    Location: Wolf 397 System at Trophy Camp

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 15 bounty vouchers

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers





    I need to unlock Juri Ishmaak!!!

    Juri Ishmaak

    Location: Giryak System at Pater's Memorial

    Discovered by: Felicity Farseer (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 50 Combat Bonds.

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1,000,000 credits worth of Combat Bonds.


    I need to unlock Felicity Farseer!

    Felicity Farseer

    Location: Deciat Systems at Farseer Inc

    Discovered by: Public Data Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Scout or higher

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1 unit of Meta Alloys (Commodity, Can buy in Maia System at Darnielle's Progress)




    I need to unlock Lori Jameson!!!!

    Lori Jameson

    Location: Shinrarta Dezhra System at Jameson Base
    *NOTE* You need the Founder's World Permit in order to access this system and to do that you need to be Elite Rank in either Combat, Trading, or Exploration.

    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirement: Gain Combat Rank Dangerous or Higher. I repeat, you must gain DANGEROUS in COMBAT.

    Unlock Requirement: Provide 25 units of Kongga Ale (Rare Commodity in Kongga at Laplace Ring)


    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent

    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.

    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.


    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)







    OPTIONAL INTERNAL


    SHIELD GENERATOR

    You may want some protection as your landing on planets but make sure you save weight on getting a Shield Generator just big enough to cover your Hull Mass. Now to go along with your small Power Plant you can Enhance Lower Power the shields. Also it decreases Mass of the Shields which is a plus to jump range. Here is a tip though, when in Supercruise turn off your Shield Generator to reduce heat buildup.

    SHIELD GENERATOR - ENHANCED, LOW POWER SHIELDS (GRADE 5) Engineer: Lei Cheung

    Primary Effects:
    Power Draw: -13% to -31%
    Optimal Hull Mass: -15% to -4%
    Mass: -8% to -20%
    Integrity: -50% to -25%
    Optimal Strength: 0% to 5%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Military Grade Alloys ------------ (USS, War or Civil War State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Tin ------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Untypical Shield Scans --------- (Ship scanning from Combat ships)

    I need to unlock Lei Cheung!!

    Lei Cheung

    Location: Laksak System at Trader's Rest

    Discovered by: The Dweller (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: You have traded in over 50 markets

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Gold --- (Can buy from Stjepan Seljan Hub in Laksak)


    I need to unlock The Dweller!!!

    The Dweller

    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets

    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits





    DETAILED SURFACE SCANNER

    In the upcoming patch of 2.3 we'll be able to Increase the Range of the DSS or Scan Planets Faster with it.

    DETAILED SURFACE SCANNER - LONG RANGE (GRADE 5) Engineer: Lei Cheung, Juri Ishmaak, Hera Tani, Bill Turner or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: 200% to 100%
    Range: 100% to 200%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Abnormal Compact Emissions Data --- (Ship scanning while in Supercruise, Independent Systems)
    Micromaterial: 1x Niobium --------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Polymer Capacitors --------------------- (Ship salvage from Military and Authority Ships, War State Systems, possibly at Dav's Hope)

    DETAILED SURFACE SCANNER - FAST SCAN (GRADE 5) Engineer: Lei Cheung, Juri Ishmaak, Hera Tani, Bill Turner or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: 200% to 100%
    Scan Time: -50% to -80%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Arsenic ---------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Refined Focus Crystals ------------------ (Ship Salvage from Combat Ships, Mission Rewards)
    Micromaterial: 1x Adaptive Encryptors Capture ----------- (Surface Data Scans, Still debate on where to find these and are extremely rare, see Search Zone: Shelter)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    Search Zone: Shelter

    Single Data Point that can give you rare Data Material

    Search Zone: Shelter

    System: HR 415

    Planet: 1

    Coordinates: Random; Fly close to the Planet and keep an eye on your Navigation Panel. Search Zone: Shelter will pop up, lock onto it. When you get close your ship's computer will start searching for it and you will probably have to change directions multiple times. When you find the shelter you will see a single Data Point. Scan it. These are random every time but its a good way of getting Data Material.


    I need to unlock Lei Cheung!!

    Lei Cheung

    Location: Laksak System at Trader's Rest

    Discovered by: The Dweller (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: You have traded in over 50 markets

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Gold --- (Can buy from Stjepan Seljan Hub in Laksak)


    I need to unlock The Dweller!!!

    The Dweller

    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets

    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits




    I need to unlock Juri Ishmaak!!!

    Juri Ishmaak

    Location: Giryak System at Pater's Memorial

    Discovered by: Felicity Farseer (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 50 Combat Bonds.

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1,000,000 credits worth of Combat Bonds.


    I need to unlock Felicity Farseer!

    Felicity Farseer

    Location: Deciat Systems at Farseer Inc

    Discovered by: Public Data Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Scout or higher

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1 unit of Meta Alloys (Commodity, Can buy in Maia System at Darnielle's Progress)




    I need to unlock Hera Tani!

    Hera Tani

    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole

    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)


    I need to unlock Liz Ryder!!

    Liz Ryder

    Location: Eurybia System at Demolition Unlimited

    Discovered by: Public Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Cordial status with Eurybia Blue Mafia

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Landmines




    I need to unlock Bill Turner!!

    Bill Turner

    Location: Alioth System at Turner Metallics Inc
    *NOTE* Alioth System requires a Permit. To get access you must gain Allied status with Alioth Independent, there is a System near Alioth called 78 Ursae Majoris, bounty hunt and turn in bounties at dock controlled by Alioth Independents.

    Discovered by: Selene Jean (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent.

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Bromellite (Mining only in Pristine Reserves Ice Rings, Yum Kamcabi System is a good candidate)


    I need to unlock Selene Jean!

    Selene Jean

    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest

    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite


    I need to unlock Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn!!

    Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn

    Location: Wolf 397 System at Trophy Camp

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 15 bounty vouchers

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers





    I need to unlock Lori Jameson!!

    Lori Jameson

    Location: Shinrarta Dezhra System at Jameson Base
    *NOTE* You need the Founder's World Permit in order to access this system and to do that you need to be Elite Rank in either Combat, Trading, or Exploration.

    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirement: Gain Combat Rank Dangerous or Higher. I repeat, you must gain DANGEROUS in COMBAT.

    Unlock Requirement: Provide 25 units of Kongga Ale (Rare Commodity in Kongga at Laplace Ring)


    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent

    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base

    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.

    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.


    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)






    AUTO FIELD-MAINTENANCE UNIT (AFMU)

    Usually explorers take 2 AFMU's out with them, one for repairing the other one. However if your strap for cash then you can take just one and Shield it! Just remember to turn off your AFMU's when you are traveling because they are power hungry! You should only repair when you are either on planet surfaces or out of Supercruise and with your Thrusters turned off.

    AUTO FIELD-MAINTENANCE UNIT - SHIELDED (GRADE 3) Engineer: Bill Turner or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Integrity: 60% to 150%
    Power Draw: 90% to 60%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Carbon ------------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x High Density Composites --------------- (Ship Salvage from Combat Ships, Mission Rewards, OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Shield Emitters --------------------------- (Ship Salvage from Combat Ships)

    AUTO FIELD-MAINTENANCE UNIT - SHIELDED (GRADE 4) Engineer: Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Integrity: 80% to 200%
    Power Draw: 120% to 80%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Proprietary Composites ----------------- (Industrial Federation Systems at War and head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions, possibly at Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Shielding Sensors ------------------------ (Ship Salvage from Combat Ships, Mission Rewards, OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Vanadium --------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....

    Dav's Hope

    System: Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23

    Planet: A5

    Coordinates: 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Bill Turner!

    Bill Turner

    Location: Alioth System at Turner Metallics Inc
    *NOTE* Alioth System requires a Permit. To get access you must gain Allied status with Alioth Independent, there is a System near Alioth called 78 Ursae Majoris, bounty hunt and turn in bounties at dock controlled by Alioth Independents.

    Discovered by: Selene Jean (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirement: Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent.

    Unlock Requirement: Provide 50 units of Bromellite (Mining only in Pristine Reserves Ice Rings, Yum Kamcabi System is a good candidate)


    I need to unlock Selene Jean!!!!

    Selene Jean

    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest

    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite


    I need to unlock Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn!!

    Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn

    Location: Wolf 397 System at Trophy Camp

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 15 bounty vouchers

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers




    If you have the Elite Rank then you can unlock Lori Jameson for the Grade 4 Modification.
    Show me Lori Jameson!

    Lori Jameson

    Location: Shinrarta Dezhra System at Jameson Base
    *NOTE* You need the Founder's World Permit in order to access this system and to do that you need to be Elite Rank in either Combat, Trading, or Exploration.

    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirement: Gain Combat Rank Dangerous or Higher. I repeat, you must gain DANGEROUS in COMBAT.

    Unlock Requirement: Provide 25 units of Kongga Ale (Rare Commodity in Kongga at Laplace Ring)


    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent

    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.

    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.


    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)







    ENGINEERS

    KEY ENGINEERS FOR QUICK REFERENCE


    RAM TAH

    Location: Meene System at Phoenix Base

    Discovered by: Lei Cheung (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Surveyor or higher

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Classified Scan Databanks --- (Find Outbreak State, High Population System, find Convoy Beacon, Scan Cargo Ships)

    Blueprints:
    Heat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 4

    Heat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 5

    Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 4

    Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 5




    SELENE JEAN

    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest

    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite

    Blueprints:
    Armour Heavy Duty Grade 5




    HERA TANI

    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole

    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)

    Blueprints:
    Power Distributor Engine Focused Grade 3

    Power Plant Overcharged Grade 3

    Power Plant Overcharged Grade 5

    Power Plant Low Emissions Grade 3

    DSS Fast Scanner Grade 5

    DSS Long Range Scanner Grade 5




    MARCO QWENT

    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.

    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.)

    Blueprints:
    Power Distributor Engine Focused Grade 3

    Power Plant Overcharged Grade 3

    Power Plant Low Emissions Grade 3




    FELICITY FARSEER

    Location: Deciat Systems at Farseer Inc

    Discovered by: Public Data Sources

    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Scout or higher

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1 unit of Meta Alloys (Commodity, Can buy in Maia System at Darnielle's Progress)

    Blueprints:
    FSD Increased Range Grade 5

    Thrusters Dirty Drive Tuning Grade 3

    Thrusters Clean Drive Tuning Grade 3




    PROFESSOR PALIN

    Location: Maia System at Palin Research Centre

    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from career start location of at least 5,000 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Unknown Fragments (HIP 17862 System, 6CA Planet, Coordinates 30.3398, -98.587 is the Alien Crash Site, shoot Unknown Artifacts for Unknown Fragments.)

    Blueprints:
    Thrusters Dirty Drive Tuning Grade 5

    Thrusters Clean Drive Tuning Grade 5




    ELVIRA MARTUUK

    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base

    Discovered by: Public Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)

    Blueprints:
    FSD Increased Range




    BILL TURNER

    Location: Alioth System at Turner Metallics Inc
    *NOTE* Alioth System requires a Permit. To get access you must gain Allied status with Alioth Independent, there is a System near Alioth called 78 Ursae Majoris, bounty hunt and turn in bounties at dock controlled by Alioth Independents.

    Discovered by: Selene Jean (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirement: Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent.

    Unlock Requirement: Provide 50 units of Bromellite (Mining only in Pristine Reserves Ice Rings, Yum Kamcabi System is a good candidate)

    Blueprints:
    Sensors Lightweight Grade 4

    Sensors Lightweight Grade 5

    AFMU Shielded Grade 3

    DSS Long Range Grade 5

    DSS Fast Scanner Grade 5

    Life Support Lightweight Grade 3





    LORI JAMESON

    Location: Shinrarta Dezhra System at Jameson Base
    *NOTE* You need the Founder's World Permit in order to access this system and to do that you need to be Elite Rank in either Combat, Trading, or Exploration.

    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirement: Gain Combat Rank Dangerous or Higher. I repeat, you must gain DANGEROUS in COMBAT.

    Unlock Requirement: Provide 25 units of Kongga Ale (Rare Commodity in Kongga at Laplace Ring)

    Blueprints:
    Life Support Lightweight Grade 4

    AFMU Shielded Grade 4
    IMAGE COMING SOON

    Sensors Lightweight Grade 5

    DSS Long Range Scanner Grade 5

    DSS Fast Scanner Grade 5


    Screenshots courtesy of CMDR Kray



    THE DWELLER

    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide

    Discovered by: Common Knowledge

    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets

    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits

    Blueprints:
    Power Distributor Engine Focused Grade 3




    JURI ISHMAAK

    Location: Giryak System at Pater's Memorial

    Discovered by: Felicity Farseer (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 50 Combat Bonds.

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1,000,000 credits worth of Combat Bonds.

    Blueprints:
    Sensors Lightweight Grade 4

    Sensors Lightweight Grade 5

    DSS Long Range Scanner Grade 5

    DSS Fast Scanner Grade 5




    TIANA FORTUNE

    Location: Achenar System at Fortune's Loss
    *NOTE* Achenar System requires a Permit, you must be Squire Rank with the Empire to receive this Permit.

    Discovered By: Hera Tani (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: Friendly with the Empire

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Decoded Emission Data (Ship Scanning from Combat ships)

    Blueprints:
    Sensors Lightweight Grade 4

    Sensors Lightweight Grade 5




    LEI CHEUNG

    Location: Laksak System at Trader's Rest

    Discovered by: The Dweller (Grade 3-4)

    Meeting Requirements: You have traded in over 50 markets

    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Gold --- (Can buy from Stjepan Seljan Hub in Laksak)

    Blueprints:
    Shield Generator Enhanced, Low Power Grade 5

    Sensors Lightweight Grade 4

    Sensors Lightweight Grade 5

    DSS Fast Scanner Grade 5

    DSS Long Range Scanner Grade 5





    MICROMATERIAL


    MICROMATERIAL USED IN EXPLORATION ENGINEERING

    Manufactured and Raw Material Blueprints Used In
    Arsenic Increased FSD Range Grade 5, DSS Fast Scan Grade 5
    Cadmium Dirty Drive Grade 5
    Carbon AFMU Shielded Grade 3
    Chemical Manipulators Power Plant Overcharged Grade 5, Increased FSD Range Grade 5
    Chromium Dirty Drive Grade 3, Engine Focused Power Distributor Grade 3
    Compound Shielding Armour Heavy Duty Grade 5
    Conductive Ceramics Heat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 5, Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 5, Power Plant Overcharged Grade 5, Clean Drive Grade 5, Life Support Lightweight Grade 3, Sensors Lightweight Grade 5
    Conductive Components Heat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 4, Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 5, Clean Drive Grade 3, Life Support Lightweight Grade 4, Sensors Lightweight Grade 4
    Core Dynamic Composites Armour Heavy Duty Grade 5
    Electrochemical Arrays Engine Focused Power Distributor Grade 3
    Heat Conduction Wiring Power Plant Overcharged Grade 3
    Heat Exchangers Power Plant Low Emissions Grade 3
    High Density Composites AFMU Shielded Grade 3
    Iron Power Plant Low Emissions Grade 3
    Manganese Life Support Lightweight Grade 3
    Mechanical Components Dirty Drive Grade 3
    Military Grade Alloys Enhanced Low Power Shields Grade 5
    Niobium DSS Long Range Grade 5
    Pharmaceutical Isolators Dirty Drive Grade 5
    Phase Alloys Heat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 4, Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 4, Life Support Lightweight Grade 4, Sensors Lightweight Grade 4
    Polymer Capacitors DSS Long Range Grade 5
    Proprietary Composites AFMU Shielded Grade 4
    Proto Light Alloys Heat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 4, Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 4, Life Support Lightweight Grade 4, Sensors Lightweight Grade 4, Sensors Lightweight Grade 5, Heat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 4, Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 4
    Proto Radiolic Alloys Heat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 5, Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 5, Sensors Lightweight Grade 5
    Refined Focus Crystals DSS Fast Scan Grade 5
    Salvaged Alloys Life Support Lightweight Grade 3
    Selenium Power Plant Overcharged Grade 3
    Shield Emitters AFMU Shielded Grade 3
    Shielding Sensors AFMU Shielded Grade 4
    Tellurium Power Plant Overcharged Grade 5
    Tin Clean Drive Grade 5, Enhanced Low Power Shields Grade 5
    Tungsten Armour Heavy Duty grade 5
    Vanadium AFMU Shielded Grade 4
    Data Blueprints Used In
    Abnomral Compact Emission Data Clean Drive Grade 5, DSS Long Range Grade 5
    Adaptive Encryptors Capture DSS Fast Scan Grade 5
    Anomalous Bulk Scan Data Engine Focused Power Distributor Grade 3
    Cracked Industrial Firmware Dirty Drive Grade 5
    Datamined Wake Exceptions Increased FSD Range Grade 5
    Irregular Emission Data Power Plant Low Emissions Grade 3
    Specialised Legacy Firmware Dirty Drive Grade 3, Clean Drive Grade 3
    Unexpected Emission Data Clean Drive Grade 3
    Untypical Shield Scans Enhanced Low Power Shields Grade 5


  2. #2
    Originally Posted by HazardousMatt View Post (Source)
    Through my experience and my own trial and error I thought I would share with you what I have learned and put it all into a little guide for those who are interested in engineering their ships to explore. Obviously you can select lower grade modifications but I will be showing you the best and some of the second best mods to use. I hope you find this guide useful, cheers and fly safe.


    UTILITY MOUNTS

    The only crucial utility mount for exploring I would have to say is the Heat Sink Launcher in case you fly too close to the sun. For this we would like to use the Lightweight Modification.

    HEAT SINK LAUNCHER - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 4) Engineer: Ram Tah

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -60% to -70%
    Integrity: -40% to -50%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Phase Alloys ----------------------(Ship Salvage from Combat ships or USS in Boom States System)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    HEAT SINK LAUNCHER - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 5) Engineer: Ram Tah

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -60% to -70%
    Integrity: -50% to -60%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ------------ (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Radiolic Alloys ------------- (USS, Independent & Boom State, High Population System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Ram Tah!

    Ram Tah
    Location: Meene System at Phoenix Base
    Discovered by: Lei Cheung (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Surveyor or higher
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Classified Scan Databanks --- (Find Outbreak State, High Population System, find Convoy Beacon, Scan Cargo Ships)

    I need to unlock Lei Cheung!!

    Lei Cheung
    Location: Laksak System at Trader's Rest
    Discovered by: The Dweller (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: You have traded in over 50 markets
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Gold --- (Can buy from Stjepan Seljan Hub in Laksak)

    I need to unlock The Dweller!!!

    The Dweller
    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide
    Discovered by: Common Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets
    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits





    CORE INTERNAL


    HULL

    Obviously you want Lightweight Alloys, but did you know you can Heavy Duty Armor them and not gain anything in Mass? Now you do.

    ARMOUR - HEAVY DUTY (GRADE 5) Engineer: Selene Jean

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: 0% (For Lightweight Alloys only!)
    Hull Boost: 45% to 68%
    Kinetic Resistance: +4.5 to +6
    Thermal Resistance: +4 to +5
    Explosive Resistance: +5.6 to +7

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Compound Shielding ------------ (Ship Salvage from Combat ships, or USS in High Security systems)
    Micromaterial: 1x Core Dynamic Composites ------ (USS, War State, Federation System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)
    Micromaterial: 1x Tungsten ------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)

    I need to unlock Selene Jean!

    Selene Jean
    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest
    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite

    I need to unlock Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn!!

    Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn
    Location: Wolf 397 System at Trophy Camp
    Discovered by: Common Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 15 bounty vouchers
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers



    POWER PLANT

    For exploration the game is to be lightweight and less heat so you can fuel scoop more and not burn up. I always liked A Class Power Plants for their Heat Efficiency and there is nothing wrong with taking a small size Power Plant A Class and Overcharging it because the base Heat Efficiency is very low. But you can go a different route if you want, you can take a medium size Power Plant and use Low Emissions Grade modification for even better heat control! But note the Low Emissions Grade increases Mass of the Power Plant.

    POWER PLANT - OVERCHARGED POWER PLANT (GRADE 5) Engineer: Hera Tani

    Primary Effects:
    Power Capacity: 10% to 35%
    Integrity: -50% to -20%
    Heat Efficiency: 50% to 20%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Chemical Manipulators ---------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ------------ (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Tellurium ------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)

    POWER PLANT - LOW EMISSIONS POWER PLANT (GRADE 3) Engineer: Hera Tani or Marco Qwent


    Primary Effects:
    Heat Efficiency: -15% to -40%
    Power Capacity: -18% to -6%
    Mass: 14% to 10%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Heat Exchangers ---------------- (Ship Salvage from Transport Ships, possibly at Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Iron ------------------------------ (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Irregular Emission Data -------- (Scanning Ships or Data Points on Planet Surfaces)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Hera Tani!

    Hera Tani
    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole
    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)

    I need to unlock Liz Ryder!!

    Liz Ryder
    Location: Eurybia System at Demolition Unlimited
    Discovered by: Public Sources
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Cordial status with Eurybia Blue Mafia
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Landmines


    I want to unlock Marco Qwent instead!

    Marco Qwent
    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.
    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.

    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk
    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base
    Discovered by: Public Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)



    THRUSTERS

    I have found Dirty Drives aren't all that bad in increasing Heat as long as your using A Class Thrusters. But if Heat is a real big concern for you then I would suggest Clean Drives. Due note that these modifications do not increase your Supercruise handling. So if you plan on going fast on the planet surfaces there is really no need to modify your thrusters. However coming back to the bubble makes it a lot easier if you have a fast ship!

    THRUSTERS - DIRTY DRIVE TUNING (GRADE 3) Engineer: Felicity Farseer

    Primary Effects:
    Optimal Multiplier: 14% to 20%
    Thermal Load: 61% to 20%
    Power Draw: 11% to 3%
    Integrity: -18% to 3%
    Optimal Mass: -9% to -2%

    Cost
    Micromaterial: 1x Chromium ----------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Mechanical Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport Ships
    Micromaterial: 1x Specialised Legacy Firmware --- (Mission Rewards, Surface Data Points scanning is the best option)

    THRUSTERS - CLEAN DRIVE TUNING (GRADE 3) Engineer: Felicity Farseer

    Primary Effects:
    Optimal Multiplier: 5% to 12%
    Integrity: -15% to -8%
    Thermal Load: -15% to -40%
    Optimal Mass: -6% to -2%
    Power Draw: 14% to 8%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Specialised Legacy Firmware --- (Mission Rewards, Surface Data Points scanning is the best option)
    Micromaterial: 1x Unexpected Emission Data ----- (Scan Combat ships)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Felicity Farseer!

    Felicity Farseer
    Location: Deciat Systems at Farseer Inc
    Discovered by: Public Data Sources
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Scout or higher
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1 unit of Meta Alloys (Commodity, Can buy in Maia System at Darnielle's Progress)

    I want to go faster!!!

    If you want to go faster then you will need to unlock Professor Palin, and its a long road.

    THRUSTERS - DIRTY DRIVE TUNING (GRADE 5) Engineer: Professor Palin

    Primary Effects:
    Optimal Multiplier: 25% to 29%
    Thermal Load: 100% to 39%
    Power Draw: 20% to 8%
    Integrity: -31% to 8%
    Optimal Mass: -16% to -5%

    Cost:

    Micromaterial: 1x Cadmium ------------------------ (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Cracked Industrial Firmware --- (Mission Rewards, Surface Data Points scanning is the best option)
    Micromaterial: 1x Pharmaceutical Isolators ------- (USS, Outbreak State, High Population System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)

    THRUSTERS - CLEAN DRIVE TUNING (GRADE 5) Engineer: Professor Palin

    Primary Effects:
    Optimal Multiplier: 10% to 18%
    Integrity: -25% to -16%
    Thermal Load: -25% to -61%
    Optimal Mass: -11% to -5%
    Power Draw: 25% to 15%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Abnomral Compact Emission Data --- (Ship scanning while in Supercruise, Independent Systems)
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ----------------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Tin ------------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Professor Palin!

    Professor Palin
    Location: Maia System at Palin Research Centre
    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from career start location of at least 5,000 light years
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Unknown Fragments (HIP 17862 System, 6CA Planet, Coordinates 30.3398, -98.587 is the Alien Crash Site, shoot Unknown Artifacts for Unknown Fragments.)

    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent
    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.
    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.

    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk
    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base
    Discovered by: Public Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)





    FRAME SHIFT DRIVE

    This is the money maker right here. This is what all explorers will roll and roll and roll for an outstanding Increased Range mod. Thank God for module storage and transfers!

    FRAME SHIFT DRIVE - INCREASED FSD RANGE (GRADE 5) Engineer: Felicity Farseer or Elvira Martuuk

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: 45% to 20%
    Integrity: -25% to -12%
    Power Draw: 25% to 11%
    Optimised Mass: 20% to 50%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Arsenic ------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Chemical Manipulators -------------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Datamined Wake Exceptions -------- (Find a Famine State System, Find Distribution Centre, scan High Wakes

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Felicity Farseer!

    Felicity Farseer
    Location: Deciat Systems at Farseer Inc
    Discovered by: Public Data Sources
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Scout or higher
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1 unit of Meta Alloys (Commodity, Can buy in Maia System at Darnielle's Progress)


    I want to unlock Elvira Martuuk instead!

    Elvira Martuuk
    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base
    Discovered by: Public Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)


    LIFE SUPPORT

    Some of the bigger ships have HUGE Life Support modules so decreasing the weight will help with your jump range substantially.

    LIFE SUPPORT - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 3) Engineer: Bill Turner or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:

    Mass: -50% to -60%
    Integrity: -40% to -30%

    Cost
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics --------------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Manganese -------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Salvaged Alloys --------------------- (Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    LIFE SUPPORT - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 4) Engineer: Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -60% to -70%
    Integrity: -50% to -40%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components ---------- (See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Phase Alloys ----------------------- (Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ----------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Bill Turner!

    Bill Turner
    Location: Alioth System at Turner Metallics Inc
    *NOTE* Alioth System requires a Permit. Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent, there is a System near Alioth called 78 Ursae Majoris, bounty hunt and turn in bounties at dock controlled by Alioth Independents.
    Discovered by: Selene Jean (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirement: Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent.
    Unlock Requirement: Provide 50 units of Bromellite (Mining only in Pristine Reserves Metallic Rings)

    I need to unlock Selene Jean!!!!

    Selene Jean
    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest
    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite

    I need to unlock Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn!!

    Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn
    Location: Wolf 397 System at Trophy Camp
    Discovered by: Common Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 15 bounty vouchers
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers



    If you have the Elite Rank then you can unlock Lori Jameson for the Grade 4 Modification since she's the only one that can do it.
    Show me Lori Jameson!

    Lori Jameson
    Location: Shinrarta Dezhra System at Jameson Base
    *NOTE* You need the Founder's World Permit in order to access this system and to do that you need to be Elite Rank in either Combat, Trading, or Exploration.
    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirement: Gain Combat Rank Dangerous or Higher
    Unlock Requirement: Provide 25 units of Kongga Ale (Rare Commodity in Kongga at Laplace Ring)

    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent
    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.
    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.

    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk
    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base
    Discovered by: Public Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)




    POWER DISTRIBUTOR

    You can get away with a D Class Power Distributor to save some weight. If you want to boost during your travels then you will probably need the Engine Focus modification.

    POWER DISTRIBUTOR - ENGINE FOCUSED POWER DISTRIBUTOR (GRADE 3) Engineer: The Dweller, Marco Qwent, or Hera Tani

    Primary Effects:
    Engines Capacity: 14% to 39%
    Engines Recharge: 5% to 25%
    Weapons Capacity: -15% to -4%
    Weapons Recharge: -6% to -2%
    Systems Capacity: -15% to -5%
    Systems Recharge: -15% to -5%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Anomalous Bulk Scan Data -------- (Scan ships during Supercruise)
    Micromaterial: 1x Chromium --------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Electrochemical Arrays ------------- (See Dav's Hope)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock The Dweller!

    The Dweller
    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide
    Discovered by: Common Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets
    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits


    I want to unlock Marco Qwent instead!!

    Marco Qwent
    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.
    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.

    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk
    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base
    Discovered by: Public Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)



    Nevermind I want to unlock Hera Tani instead!!!

    Hera Tani
    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole
    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)

    I need to unlock Liz Ryder!!

    Liz Ryder
    Location: Eurybia System at Demolition Unlimited
    Discovered by: Public Sources
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Cordial status with Eurybia Blue Mafia
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Landmines



    SENSORS

    Like the Life Support bigger ships have HUGE Sensors so decreasing the weight will greatly increase your jump range, the Light Weight Sensor modification will be coming out with 2.3.

    SENSORS - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 4) Engineer: Tiana Fortune, Bill Turner, Lori Jameson, or Juri Ishmaak

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -50% to -70%
    Integrity: -40% to -60%
    Scan Angle: -25% to -20%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Components -------- (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Phase Alloys ----------------------(Ship Salvage from Combat ships or USS in Boom States System)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)

    SENSORS - LIGHTWEIGHT (GRADE 5) Engineer: Tiana Fortune, Bill Turner, or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: -60% to -80%
    Integrity: -50% to -75%
    Scan Angle: -30% to 25%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Conductive Ceramics ------------ (Ship Salvage from Transport ships OR See Dav's Hope)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Light Alloys ---------------- (USS, Boom State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Proto Radiolic Alloys ------------- (USS, Independent & Boom State, High Population System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Tiana Fortune

    Tiana Fortune
    Location: Achenar System at Fortune's Loss
    *NOTE* Achenar System requires a Permit, you must be Squire Rank with the Empire to receive this Permit.
    Discovered By: Hera Tani (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Friendly with the Empire
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Decoded Emission Data (Ship Scanning from Combat ships)

    I need to unlock Hera Tani!!!

    Hera Tani
    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole
    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)

    I need to unlock Liz Ryder!!

    Liz Ryder
    Location: Eurybia System at Demolition Unlimited
    Discovered by: Public Sources
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Cordial status with Eurybia Blue Mafia
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Landmines




    I need to unlock Bill Turner

    Bill Turner
    Location: Alioth System at Turner Metallics Inc
    *NOTE* Alioth System requires a Permit. Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent, there is a System near Alioth called 78 Ursae Majoris, bounty hunt and turn in bounties at dock controlled by Alioth Independents.
    Discovered by: Selene Jean (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirement: Gain Friendly status with Alliance of Independent.
    Unlock Requirement: Provide 50 units of Bromellite (Mining only in Pristine Reserves Metallic Rings)

    I need to unlock Selene Jean!!!!

    Selene Jean
    Location: Kuk System at Prospector's Rest
    Discovered by: Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Mine 500 tons of ore
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 10 units of Painite

    I need to unlock Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn!!

    Tod "The Blaster" McQuinn
    Location: Wolf 397 System at Trophy Camp
    Discovered by: Common Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 15 bounty vouchers
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 100,000 credits worth of bounty vouchers




    I need to unlock Juri Ishmaak

    Juri Ishmaak
    Location: Giryak System at Pater's Memorial
    Discovered by: Felicity Farseer (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Earn more than 50 Combat Bonds.
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1,000,000 credits worth of Combat Bonds.

    I need to unlock Felicity Farseer!

    Felicity Farseer
    Location: Deciat Systems at Farseer Inc
    Discovered by: Public Data Sources
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Exploration Rank Scout or higher
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 1 unit of Meta Alloys (Commodity, Can buy in Maia System at Darnielle's Progress)



    I need to unlock Lori Jameson!!!

    Lori Jameson
    Location: Shinrarta Dezhra System at Jameson Base
    *NOTE* You need the Founder's World Permit in order to access this system and to do that you need to be Elite Rank in either Combat, Trading, or Exploration.
    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirement: Gain Combat Rank Dangerous or Higher
    Unlock Requirement: Provide 25 units of Kongga Ale (Rare Commodity in Kongga at Laplace Ring)

    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent
    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.
    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.

    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk
    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base
    Discovered by: Public Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)






    OPTIONAL INTERNAL


    SHIELD GENERATOR

    You may want some protection as your landing on planets but make sure you save weight on getting a Shield Generator just big enough to cover your Hull Mass. Now to go along with your small Power Plant you can Enhance Lower Power the shields. Also it decreases Mass of the Shields which is a plus to jump range.

    SHIELD GENERATOR - ENHANCED, LOW POWER SHIELDS (GRADE 5) Engineer: Lei Cheung

    Primary Effects:
    Power Draw: -13% to -31%
    Optimal Hull Mass: -15% to -4%
    Mass: -8% to -20%
    Integrity: -50% to -25%
    Optimal Strength: 0% to 5%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Military Grade Alloys ------------ (USS, War or Civil War State System, head to Deep Space and find High Grade Emissions OR Ship Salvage from Combat ships)
    Micromaterial: 1x Tin ------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Untypical Shield Scans --------- (Ship scanning from Combat ships)

    I need to unlock Lei Cheung!!

    Lei Cheung
    Location: Laksak System at Trader's Rest
    Discovered by: The Dweller (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: You have traded in over 50 markets
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Gold --- (Can buy from Stjepan Seljan Hub in Laksak)

    I need to unlock The Dweller!!!

    The Dweller
    Location: Wyrd System at Black Hide
    Discovered by: Common Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Deal with at least 5 Black Markets
    Unlock Requirements: Pay 500,000 Credits




    DETAILED SURFACE SCANNER

    In the upcoming patch of 2.3 we'll be able to Increase the Range of the DSS or Scan Planets Faster with it.

    DETAILED SURFACE SCANNER - LONG RANGE (GRADE 5) Engineer: Tiana Fortune or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: 200% to 100%
    Range: 100% to 200%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Abnormal Compact Emissions Data --- (Ship scanning while in Supercruise, Independent Systems)
    Micromaterial: 1x Niobium --------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Polymer Capacitors --------------------- (Ship salvage from Military and Authority Ships, War State Systems, possibly at Dav's Hope)

    DETAILED SURFACE SCANNER - FAST SCAN (GRADE 5) Engineer: Tiana Fortune or Lori Jameson

    Primary Effects:
    Mass: 200% to 100%
    Scan Time: -50% to -80%

    Cost:
    Micromaterial: 1x Arsenic ---------------------------------- (Prospecting Planet Surfaces)
    Micromaterial: 1x Refined Focus Crystals ------------------ (Ship Salvage from Combat Ships, Mission Rewards)
    Micromaterial: 1x Adaptive Encryptors Capture ----------- (Surface Data Scans, Still debate on where to find these and are extremely rare)

    Dav's Hope

    Plenty of good material spawn here....
    Dav's Hope
    Hyades Sector DR-V C2-23
    Planet A5
    Coordinates 44.818; -31.389


    I need to unlock Tiana Fortune

    Tiana Fortune
    Location: Achenar System at Fortune's Loss
    *NOTE* Achenar System requires a Permit, you must be Squire Rank with the Empire to receive this Permit.
    Discovered By: Hera Tani (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Friendly with the Empire
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Decoded Emission Data (Ship Scanning from Combat ships)

    I need to unlock Hera Tani!!!

    Hera Tani
    Location: Kuwemaki System at The Jet's Hole
    Discovered by: Liz Ryder (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Rank of Outsider or higher with the Empire
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 50 units of Kamitra Cigars (Rare Commodity in Kamitra System at Hammel Terminal)

    I need to unlock Liz Ryder!!

    Liz Ryder
    Location: Eurybia System at Demolition Unlimited
    Discovered by: Public Sources
    Meeting Requirements: Gain Cordial status with Eurybia Blue Mafia
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 200 units of Landmines




    I need to unlock Lori Jameson!!!

    Lori Jameson
    Location: Shinrarta Dezhra System at Jameson Base
    *NOTE* You need the Founder's World Permit in order to access this system and to do that you need to be Elite Rank in either Combat, Trading, or Exploration.
    Discovered by: Marco Qwent (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirement: Gain Combat Rank Dangerous or Higher
    Unlock Requirement: Provide 25 units of Kongga Ale (Rare Commodity in Kongga at Laplace Ring)

    I need to unlock Marco Qwent!!

    Marco Qwent
    Location: Sirius System at Qwent Research Base
    *NOTE* Sirius requires a Permit! You must be invited by the Sirius Corporation. To get invited you must be Allied and to do that just gain rep by killing wanted enemy faction (Aviks) in Avik system and turn in bounties at outpost in Avik who's controlling faction is the Sirius Corp. Or you can sell exploration data to Sirius Corp. Once Sirius is unlocked you must go to a station in Sirius to receive the Engineer Invite mission.
    Discovered by: Elvira Martuuk (Grade 3-4)
    Meeting Requirements: Gain invitation from Sirius Corporation
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 25 units of Modular Terminal (Commodity, can be found as Mission Rewards near and around Avik and Sirius Systems.

    I need to unlock Elvira Martuuk!!

    Elvira Martuuk
    Location: Khun System at Long Sight Base
    Discovered by: Public Knowledge
    Meeting Requirements: Attain a maximum distance from your career start location of at least 300 light years
    Unlock Requirements: Provide 3 units of Soontil Relics (Rare Commodity in Ngurii System at Cheranovsky City)




    Thanks this is great.

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    Originally Posted by john willi View Post (Source)
    Thanks this is great.
    Thank you

    I'll make sure to update it whenever I can.

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    Anyone tried the scanner upgrades in the Beta?

    Which works out the better of the two?

    Having mass as the drawback is typical FD sadism.

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    You might want to point out Lori Jameson is locked behind dangerous combat rank more prominently an explorer with dangerous rank in combat

    I've tested the scanners even crap mass rolls they weigh hardly anything roughly 3t on a crap roll but both the fast and long. Range significantly reduce time in a system if you're a scanner

    You can aslways just use standard if that 0.3ly is that important to you

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    An awful lot of work and effort put in to help others...very useful and commendable actions.

    If I could now just ask you to hand over all your modded modules...that would be great thank you .

    Seriously well done sir

  7. #7
    Very nice post - maybe I'll try the engineers now.

    Originally Posted by Limoncello Lizard View Post (Source)
    Anyone tried the scanner upgrades in the Beta?

    Which works out the better of the two?

    Having mass as the drawback is typical FD sadism.
    Obsidian Ant made a video about new scanners -

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    Try this thread set to mobile. You will weep. I did

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    Originally Posted by HazardousMatt View Post (Source)
    Through my experience and my own trial and error I thought I would share with you what I have learned and put it all into a little guide for those who are interested in engineering their ships to explore. Obviously you can select lower grade modifications but I will be showing you the best and some of the second best mods to use. I hope you find this guide useful, cheers and fly safe.
    Bookmarked and rep for such an informative post - looks like I'll have to unlock some Engineers now!

  10. #10
    Originally Posted by Kenneth Mcgrew View Post (Source)
    You might want to point out Lori Jameson is locked behind dangerous combat rank more prominently an explorer with dangerous rank in combat

    I've tested the scanners even crap mass rolls they weigh hardly anything roughly 3t on a crap roll but both the fast and long. Range significantly reduce time in a system if you're a scanner

    You can aslways just use standard if that 0.3ly is that important to you
    Haha, I know what you mean.

    Originally Posted by bookmite View Post (Source)
    An awful lot of work and effort put in to help others...very useful and commendable actions.

    If I could now just ask you to hand over all your modded modules...that would be great thank you .

    Seriously well done sir
    Thank you very much, it all started with notes I was taking during my engineering for exploration. I then decided to turn it into a little guide to help others, only took like 6 hours lol.

    Originally Posted by Aken Bosch View Post (Source)
    Very nice post - maybe I'll try the engineers now.



    Obsidian Ant made a video about new scanners - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txbMc08G-J4
    Thank you. Yeah I saw that video and wanting the Fast Scan because lets say you come up to two or three planets you want to scan and they are right by each other. The Fast Scan would prevail in this situation.

    Originally Posted by Dommarraa View Post (Source)
    Try this thread set to mobile. You will weep. I did
    Haha, I know what you mean. I wish the SPOILER tag was mobile friendly.

    Originally Posted by MalcYorks View Post (Source)
    Bookmarked and rep for such an informative post - looks like I'll have to unlock some Engineers now!
    Thank you and good luck, its really not all that bad. I unlocked 7 Engineers in 10 days.

  11. #11
    Rep for an excellent post that will help others.

  12. #12
    Op great post + rep

    Cheers Cmdr's

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    Originally Posted by Kenneth Mcgrew View Post (Source)
    I've tested the scanners even crap mass rolls they weigh hardly anything roughly 3t on a crap roll but both the fast and long. Range significantly reduce time in a system if you're a scanner

    You can aslways just use standard if that 0.3ly is that important to you
    I was thinking that range would actually work out faster than the fast scan time. Maybe not for scanning moons.


    I still find it disappointing that mass is used as the drawback on so many of the upgrades that would be useful to exploration. Each one might not have much effect, but it all adds up.
    • Low emission powerplant - reducing the power should be enough, since it usually means that a larger powerplant is needed. My Python has a LE pp, the 7A has less power output than a stock 6A. I doubt many explorers use this upgrade at all.
    • FSD increased range - yet mass increase is one of the drawbacks.
    • DSS - mass is the major drawback on both upgrades. A lot of thought went into this one.
    • Thrusters - reduced optimal mass is another drawback on these upgrades. Too many mass increases affects this one quite a lot, especially when using a smaller thruster.

    But to make up for all this extra mass, we can reduce the integrity on our other modules getting low mass upgrades. But I suppose synthesizing AMFU ammo counts as gameplay.

    It just seems a bit counterproductive to increase the mass on modules when explorers are already making their ships nearly useless by cutting back on module mass.

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    Very good job here and nice ideas . Will be my line up to upgrade my xplo ship . Thanks OP.

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    Thank you so much, this is so useful! +1 Rep

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