Vacuum Pump

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When picking up Cargo Pods it's not uncommon to find one containing just a small amount of gold, platinum or gem stones. Up until now, there was nothing you could do about that until you docked. Introducing the Talaxian Enterprises Vacuum Pump. Now, if you find your cargo hold is full of almost empty containers you can use the Vacuum Pump to consolidate the gold, platinum or gem stones into the minimum number of containers needed to hold them.

Available at all systems TL5 and above, for the paltry sum of 1,500₢.


To use the Vacuum Pump, just prime it with 'Shift-N' and activate it with 'n'.

There are 8 modes of operation, which can be cycled with 'b'. Mode 0 is called Single Use mode. This is the default mode. In this mode activating the pump will consolidate a single commodity. So for example if you are carrying small amounts of gold and small amounts of platinum, the first activation will consolidate the gold, and the second will consolidate the platinum. Modes 1-6 will only consolidate specific selected commodities. Mode 7 will consolidate all 3 commodities with a single activation.

As each Cargo Pod is emptied it is crushed down to 5% of it's normal volume and stored in an internal 1 tonne container. Once 19 of these have been collected they are moved to the 20th container which is added to the manifest as 1 TC Alloys.


  • Tech Level: 5
  • Price 1500₢
  • Uses up 1 Tonne of Cargo Space.

Please note that the Vacuum Pump uses a fair amount of energy. Consolidating any given commodity will use up 75% of an energy bank. As such the following safeguards have been put into place:

  • You can only activate the Vacuum Pump if your status is Green.
  • The Pump will not start processing a commodity unless you have at least one full energy bank.


  • This OXP needs Oolite v1.80.


Thanks to Simvs, Norby and Diziet Sma for their feedback and advice.


This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit

OXP by Neelix

Version History

Version 0.3

  • Corrected bug that caused the internal storage area to be cleared on load game.

Version 0.2 (downloaded 36 times)

  • Licence changed to CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0
  • Price changed from 5,000₢ to 1,500₢
  • Equipment now requires 1 Tonne of cargo space
  • Empty Cargo Pods now crushed and stored as Alloys.

Version 0.1 (downloaded 116 times)

  • Initial Release


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