DetailedSurfaceScanner Ingame

Advanced stellar body scanner used during exploration.

— In-Game Description

The Detailed Surface Scanner will give a pilot info on the composition of a moon, planet, star, or other stellar body and also data such as orbital distance and orbit time.

A Discovery Scanner is required for this module to be useful; both modules must be present on the ship for this one to provide information. Use of this module increases the amount of credits that can be earned in stellar cartography by about 30%,[citation needed] and is considered essential for any pilot wanting to use exploration as their primary source of income.

In order to use this module a pilot must select the unexplored entity from their navigation panel then fly to within range (varies due to entity diameter) just as with scanning with the discovery scanner and as such does not need to be bound to a firing group.

The scan will take from 35 seconds down to 15 seconds depending upon the range at which the entity is scanned, 35 seconds for maximum range down to a minimum of 15 for close range. This difference in scan times may make it worthwhile to get closer to an entity being scanned to save a few seconds but risks the pilot being caught in the entity's gravity well.

Upon completion of the scan the pilot will receive a message confirming the detailed scan.

Upcoming Content Edit


Detailed Surface Scanner Probe Launch

This is upcoming content of the Beyond Chapter Four update.

Using the above tools will allow you to find everything in the system without having to fly towards it. If you find something worth investigating, whether that’s an Earth-like world or a mineral rich planetary ring, you can fly towards it and use the Detailed Surface Scanner to map the planet (or ring) and get a satisfying '100% completion' for mapping the body, as well as a bonus credit reward. 

  • Commanders can fire probes that detonate in a low orbit around the stellar body.
  • The gravity and mass of a body affects the trajectory of the probe, and the on-screen information will adapt to help you aim your shots.
  • After receiving community feedback, these probes are unlimited and do not require synthesis to restock them.
  • These probes send out a wave that maps part of the surface.
  • If you fire a probe in to a ring around a planet it will highlight areas of a greater chance of containing a mining motherlode. We will be covering that in a future livestream.
  • To map an entire body, you will need to fire several probes at different locations on the body.
  • A horizon point indicator will help you know if you’re going to hit the front or back of the body, with a button that lets you toggle your view and see if you’ve hit the desired location.
  • Another indicator will also note if you are hitting a ring or miss the body entirely.
  • An efficiency bonus will be rewarded if you manage to map the body in a certain number of probes or less; that number appears clearly on-screen.
  • Once 90% of the body is mapped, it is considered complete.
  • If you are the first person to map a planet and sell the data, you will get a first-mapped bonus.
  • If you have mapped planet on which you’re able to land that contains points of interest such as Thargoid Imprints or Guardian Ruins, Settlements, or Wrecked Ships, they will appear as targetable markers. These markers are permanent and will remain on the planet for you, even if you leave the system and return.

Aside from mapping the surfaces of planets, the Detailed Surface Scanner can also be used to identify mineral hotspots within planetary rings. Commanders can fire probes into the rings, which will then clearly display the areas worth investigating on your screen.[1]


Class Rating Mass (T) Value (CR)
1 C 1.30 250,000

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen Discount
LHS 28 Flade Enterprise December 28, 2017 15%
BD+49 1280 Archimedes City December 28, 2017 15%
Ikenga Lorenz Station December 28, 2017 15%
Tomas Harris Claim December 28, 2017 15%
Barnard's Star Miller Depot December 28, 2017
EQ Pegasi Merbold Ring December 28, 2017
Fomalhaut Fort Lee December 28, 2017
LHS 2259 Ejeta Terminal May 17, 2018
LHS 3447 Dalton Gateway January 9, 2018
Bitjala Walker Dock February 5, 2018
LHS 71 Jun Hub April 12, 2018
T Tauri Hind Mine April 30, 2018
Svitra Pryor Arsenal May 6, 2018
HIP 5700 Bracewell Port May 17, 2018
Rhea Carter Port May 25, 2018
Ross 98 Bulner Ring July 04,2018
Brani Barsanti Enterprise July 7, 2018
Balatu Haise Dock August 1, 2018
Pencil Sector EL-Y d5 New Growth August 19, 2018
Andel Sharp Dock August 21, 2018

Engineer Modifications Edit

The following modifications can be applied to this module by Engineers to enhance its abilities:

References Edit