Fuel Collector OXP
The Navy wanted a way to give its pilots in witchspace a chance to leave witchspace, even when all their fuel had been used up. Fuel tanks were an option, however, each fuel tank takes up a missile pylon, something vitally needed for missiles when in the midst of a battle with the Thargoids. Navy brass turned to the DTP Design agency to develop, in cooperation with MIT, the Fuel Scoop Enhancer, a device MIT had worked on in the past.
After a year of research and field testing, the Fuel Collector, as it was now called, began being fitted to Navy ships. Recognising the value of such a device to all space-farers, it was not long before it was also released to the general public.
Originally the Navy also wanted the Fuel Collector to be able to scoop fuel from wrecked Thargoid ships, but field testing showed that the Thargoids are using a fuel solution that is twice as thin as that of normal vessels. Their technology seems to be able to use this thinned fuel, which also explains why they are able to jump twice as far as normal vessels without breaking the 7.0 ly usage barrier. Concentrating this fuel into normal fuel is a job for a refining plant - not something you can put on any normal ship.
So the Fuel Collector failed in meeting this design goal, however it works perfectly fine for ships that are not of Thargoid origin.
The Fuel Collector can gather fuel from the thin solar wind in space and collect unburnt fuel scattered around after a ship is destroyed. It can also hack the computers of derelict or abandoned ships drifting in space making them vent any remaining fuel into space so that it can be collected which is why some pilots have already started to rename the fuel collector the "soul collector". It is rumoured that some few unscrupulous characters might booby-trap their ships in case of such situations, but there is no hard evidence of this to date.
Latest version of this OXP requires Oolite v1.74+.
- Fuel Collector V0.07 Beta Version.
- Fuel Collector V0.06 (for Oolite versions 1.70 - 1.73.4)