Mining Contracts OXP

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This extension allows one to make some fast cash working as an independent contractor for big mining corporations. One can find this new mission type in the Interfaces (F4) screen of Rock Hermits (under contracts). Have your mining laser and fuel scoops ready!

Check here for more details.


  • Oolite v1.82 or later (haven't checked on anything older)
  • Icesteroids if you want to mine them for alloys
  • Start Choices if you want to begin game on Mining Transporter.
  • Asteroid Tweaks if you want asteroids respawing without saving/loading

Mining Beacon Descrambler

Mining Contracts OXP
Name Mining Beacon Descrambler
Cost 50₢
TL Availability 1

According to federal regulations, Rock Hermits are not transmitting publicly-accessible beacons and thus are invisible on the Advanced Space Compass. This is very understandable, if you take in consideration how much attention they attract from not very law-abiding commanders. However, miners need navigation too, so the Interstellar Council of Mining Associations have created a compromise solution - lawful Rock Hermits now transmit a special scrambled beacon that can not be detected without dedicated equipment. Of course, this alone would not achieve anything because every navigation device eventually finds its way into the welcoming hands of criminals. That's why the scrambling algorithms have been made cryptographically secure and requiring valid keys to operate. The Interstellar Council of Mining Associations have established a galaxy-wide key-changing scheme that is accessible only by active miners. With every ton of cargo a miner is dispatching on contract terms, the local mining association will renew his keys for 15 minutes. So, dispatching a fully loaded Mining Transporter gives 3 hours of ability to locate Rock Hermits. Take note, while descrambling keys are universal and can survive witchjumps, time that is skipped while jumping is lost.

  • Press 'b' to check keys expiration status.
  • Press 'n' to scan system and add discovered hermits to Advanced Space Compass.


Through the in-game Expansions Manager - unless you wish to go mining:


2015.11.11. v1.12  Made average contract difficulty dependent on system government type, also chaotic rock hermits are now giving contracts too!
2015.11.03. v1.11  Bugfix release - docking with rock hermits after witchjump no longer invalidates descrambling keys
2015.10.30. v1.10  Obscure race condition bug in waiting for new contract squashed, also balance adjustments
2015.10.28. v1.9   Shrank the contract details screen for smaller resolutions and some balance adjustments
2015.10.27. v1.8   Mining Beacon Descrambler addon to ASC is now purchasable at all Rock Hermits for clean commanders
2015.10.26. v1.7   Signing mining contract now adds Rock Hermit to your Advanced Space Compass, also some balance adjustments
2015.10.19. v1.6   Waiting at the station for new contracts is not free now
2015.10.19. v1.5   Various improvements in interface, added possibility of waiting at the station for new contract, slightly adjusted balance
2015.10.14. v1.4   Iceteroids are not required now (thanks to Diziet Sma) and contracts for alloys made less frequent
2015.10.12. v1.3   Added compatibility with Asteroid Tweaks by Spara
2015.10.11. v1.2   Added tracking of cargo amounts required to complete signed contracts to the Missions screen (F5F5)
2015.10.10. v1.1   Fixed saving/loading (thanks to Norby)
2015.10.06. v1.0   First version as a result of discussion in this topic.


Quick Facts

Version Released License Features Category Author(s) Feedback
1.12 2015.11.11 Ms-PL Mining with deadline Activities OXPs Diagoras BB-Link