Originally designed to assist in assembling large ships and orbital installations, the salvage rig's gantry and manipulators are used to assist in recovering derelict hulks and scavenging useful material from wreckage and debris fields. The rig itself has no cargo or fuel capacity and requires ample supply to maintain. Increases non-combat salvage gained, with more difficult operations being able to make use of more rigs.
As a Destroyer sized class the Salvage Rig receives a 25% salvage bonus from its Salvage Gantry, compared to the 10% salvage bonus on the Frigate sized Shepherd class.
The salvaging bonus from the gantry applies to salvaging stations only and has no impact on post battle loot. It does technically apply to salvaging ships however since all ships have 0 max salvage rating, it has no meaningful impact as at version 0.8.1a