TerraGenesis: How to Use the Orbital Surveyor

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TerraGenesis Orbital Surveyor

“Ground-penetrating scanner technology mounted on a massive orbital platform will now allow us to pre-scan the area around outposts for valuable resources, so our miners know exactly where to dig before they even break ground.”

— TerraGenesis Orbital Surveyor Screen

The Orbital Surveyor is a theoretical satellite that would use ground-scanning technology to determine the best possible mining spots. In TerraGenesis, it’s one of five satellites you can build in Normal mode (satellites are unavailable on Beginner mode and only two are available in Expert mode). Building it will allow players to see exactly where carbon, iron, silver, palladium, and rhodium deposits are, successfully avoiding the guesswork of regular mining.

Want to build an Orbital Surveyor in your TerraGenesis game? Here’s how:

TerraGenesis Orbital surveyor

First, you’re going to need to get to a place in your game where you can actually build the Orbital Surveyor, meaning you’ll need to ensure you’ve researched and built the spaceport facility.

Assuming you’ve got at least one spaceport constructed, you can now open up the satellites menu from the satellites hex button. From here, choose the Orbital Surveyor, which will cost 50,000,000 credits (you’ll get a 50% discount if you chose the Horizon Corporation as your faction). Build time will take around 36 hours, with factors such as governors and culture affecting the speed of construction. You can also rush building the satellite for Genesis Points.

Once the Orbital Surveyor has been built, you’ll be able to quickly and correctly identify the best possible places for mining. You can use it by tapping “build new mine” and you’ll see the Orbital Surveyor is already operative, with darker regions on the map meaning no mineral deposits and brighter areas indicating an excellent mining spot.

Still lost? Check out this helpful tutorial video from the TerraGenesis developers:

Be sure to check out our other TerraGenesis Tutorials here:

TerraGenesis: How to Build the Space Elevator

TerraGenesis: How to Use the Lagrange Academy

TerraGenesis: How to Use the Soletta

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