Upgrading your ship (Ulite)
Most important thing you have to have onboard is an escape capsule. It brings you to the next public station if your ship is shot down. Otherwise you will be killed. That doesn't mean the game is over, but you have to restart again. All the experience you earned so far will be lost.
The next thing you should buy is a better gun. There are two types of guns, laser and plasma accelerators. As soon as possible you should change to plasma accelerators - these start out at the diminutive but highly effective nano plasma accelerator weighing in at only 6 tonnes. They do more damage and consume less space than the equivalent laser. Connect it with a laser cooling booster, so you can fire much longer with full power. The laser cooling booster works with any kind of weapon.
Your ship should have at least one scanner. It is recommended to have up to three of them onboard. They will help you to pinpoint the enemy. Your shots will be more precise.
Then there should be shields on your ship. The more the better. Shields prevent your hull of being damaged by the enemy. How much shield you can use depends on the defensive skill of you and your crew. It is recommended that you connect the shield with one or more energy booster units. They will recharge the shields, so they can protect you better.
Atmospheric shielding is one of the default equipment of any ship. It is a vital piece of equipment, because you must have it to dock at stations on planets.
On larger ships it is a good idea to install one or more hull repair systems. They fix any damage. They work slow even if you have some of them, but it is cheaper than repairing your ship only at stations. There is the feature of repairing damage 'manually' (self-repair), but this is a very dangerous feature. Hull repair systems are more recommendable.
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