- "Surveying" redirects here. For the skill, see Surveying (skill).
To start a survey, the player fleet must first enter low orbit around the planet or use the Remote Survey ability to do a preliminary survey. Each planet has a hazard rating identified during the preliminary survey, caused by hostile conditions such as extreme weather, low/high gravity, temperature extremes and the like. The hazard rating determines the level of the Surveying skill required to fully survey the planet.
Performing a survey requires a certain amount of crew and heavy machinery, and consumes some supplies, based on the difficulty. Difficulty is calculated from the planet's hazard rating and size. The Surveying Equipment hullmod reduces machinery and supply requirements by a flat amount.
A full survey produces a Survey Data item and gives experience, based on the difficulty and the conditions revealed.
Only up to date for version 0.8a-RC19. It is likely still broadly correct but not verified for the most up to date data yet. Please double check the Version History