The Salvage Cannon, also called Mining Lasers, are special tools to mine materials from asteroids, planets or abandonded ships. You can only salvage overheating ships. They are aimed the same way all beam weapons are aimed. They fire in the direction of your recticle, which you can move freely from the center.
Just like the weapon systems in the game, the Salvage Cannon profits from being in a group. You can place multiple of the adjacent to each other to increase their mining speed.
Range and power usage does not increase with additional blocks. Tested with a 747 unit salvage cannon, using one power generator, range remained aproximitly 100 meters, power did not drain.
It is advisible that you use several cannons at one time, as the speed gained per block per cannon decreases greatly after two blocks and is barely noticable after 10 blocks.
|Cannon Size||Seconds To Mine a Block|
Note:the number of cannons needed to achieve a particular mining speed can be closely approximated (R^2~1) by the following equation:
NumberOfCannons = 5.061 * DesiredTime ^ (-0.8333)
The Salvage Cannon won't function without being linked to a Salvage Computer. Once you have placed a computer you can then add the cannons to your ship. You will see a purple outline around the cannons, indicating that they are linked to the computer. If they do not have a purple outline, this means that you did not have the computer selected when you placed them or you are not in your ship, select the computer by aiming at it and pressing C and place the cannons again. By pressing T you can add the Salvage Cannon to your hotbar.
This is one of the things you should buy straight in the beginning as you can use these to gather ores and other valuable materials a lot faster. You can also use them to gather parts from the randomly generated space stations.