Engineers 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 MaterialBlueprints Used In
ArsenicIncreased FSD Range Grade 5, DSS Fast Scan Grade 5
CadmiumDirty Drive Grade 5
CarbonAFMU Shielded Grade 3
Chemical ManipulatorsPower Plant Overcharged Grade 5, Increased FSD Range Grade 5
ChromiumDirty Drive Grade 3, Engine Focused Power Distributor Grade 3
Compound ShieldingArmour Heavy Duty Grade 5
Conductive CeramicsHeat 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 ComponentsHeat 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 CompositesArmour Heavy Duty Grade 5
Electrochemical ArraysEngine Focused Power Distributor Grade 3
Heat Conduction WiringPower Plant Overcharged Grade 3
Heat ExchangersPower Plant Low Emissions Grade 3
High Density CompositesAFMU Shielded Grade 3
IronPower Plant Low Emissions Grade 3
ManganeseLife Support Lightweight Grade 3
Mechanical ComponentsDirty Drive Grade 3
Military Grade AlloysEnhanced Low Power Shields Grade 5
NiobiumDSS Long Range Grade 5
Pharmaceutical IsolatorsDirty Drive Grade 5
Phase AlloysHeat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 4, Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 4, Life Support Lightweight Grade 4, Sensors Lightweight Grade 4
Polymer CapacitorsDSS Long Range Grade 5
Proprietary CompositesAFMU Shielded Grade 4
Proto Light AlloysHeat 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 AlloysHeat Sink Launcher Lightweight Grade 5, Chaff Launcher Lightweight Grade 5, Sensors Lightweight Grade 5
Refined Focus CrystalsDSS Fast Scan Grade 5
Salvaged AlloysLife Support Lightweight Grade 3
SeleniumPower Plant Overcharged Grade 3
Shield EmittersAFMU Shielded Grade 3
Shielding SensorsAFMU Shielded Grade 4
TelluriumPower Plant Overcharged Grade 5
TinClean Drive Grade 5, Enhanced Low Power Shields Grade 5
TungstenArmour Heavy Duty grade 5
VanadiumAFMU Shielded Grade 4
DataBlueprints Used In
Abnomral Compact Emission DataClean Drive Grade 5, DSS Long Range Grade 5
Adaptive Encryptors CaptureDSS Fast Scan Grade 5
Anomalous Bulk Scan DataEngine Focused Power Distributor Grade 3
Cracked Industrial FirmwareDirty Drive Grade 5
Datamined Wake ExceptionsIncreased FSD Range Grade 5
Irregular Emission DataPower Plant Low Emissions Grade 3
Specialised Legacy FirmwareDirty Drive Grade 3, Clean Drive Grade 3
Unexpected Emission DataClean Drive Grade 3
Untypical Shield ScansEnhanced Low Power Shields Grade 5
 
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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.
 
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
 
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 [yesnod]
 
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! ;)
 
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.

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 [yesnod]
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.

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.

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.

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.
 
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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Added Chaff Launcher Lightweight Mod and AFMU Shielded Mod.

Also made some corrections and organized the layout of the Engineers.

Cheers CMDRs. Thank you all for the Rep :)
 
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.
Yep, it's this kind of bonehead game design that's why I quit this game.

Want max jump range? Must fly huge Anaconda with slowest turn rate, poor cockpit visibility, and tons of slots that will just be empty. ASP Explorer should have had the highest jump range.

And you have such limited space to store all the materials. I got to the point where driving around on planets, reptitively shooting rocks, I would have to get rid of something every time I found something. And I could not afford to buy a second really good ship to spend all my upgrade materials on without selling my 'Conda and losing my max upgraded hyperdrive.

I spent 100 hours looking for barnacles and probes and never found a single one.

After the 1574th time my dune buggy jacknifed out of control or got stuck in a canyon with no way out and no way for my ship to land, I realized that even if I found escape pods or some cargo, it would only net me 15k, shorten my jump range, and every pirate in the galaxy would magically know I had them.

Yet FD did not listen to us and remove the RNG element. They did not add upgrades for turn rate in supercruise, or better handling and longer-lasting thrusters for dune buggies. They did not add an automatic landing capability for ships to make it less risky and less of a pain (even though the ship can land automatically when you're not in it, it can't when you are... makes no sense).

I keep hoping to hear they made an update to address these issues but no... RNG is still there and even worse they took out the hidden button that could help you get better stats. And these exploration mods sound like more of the same, the ones that add mass even out with the ones that don't, so what's the point really?

And how many times will you have to re-craft the same thing to get close to the best RNG?
 
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Yep, it's this kind of bonehead game design that's why I quit this game.

Want max jump range? Must fly huge Anaconda with slowest turn rate, poor cockpit visibility, and tons of slots that will just be empty. ASP Explorer should have had the highest jump range.
I got my Clipper to 38.5ly range. Its fast and very nimble during Supercruise with also a great cockpit window. You may think 38 isn't much but thats about how much the Anaconda got before Engineers. And the Clipper is so nimble coupled with a 7 class Fuel Scoop I can refuel completely and be able to jump by the time the FSD has cooldowned. It can almost keep up with my Anaconda that has a 55ly jump range.
 
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