i had that bug yesterday too. refreshing the instance kept giving me the drunk pilot for quite a while.
Was mining with two friends who never tried it since chapter 4.
We were all 3 in supercruise closing in on our target planet until we all dissapeared from each other's sensors (in wing).
Had to drop and reengage SC to see each other and drop in the rings.
Once in the rings, it was a bugfest of awesome proportions.
We find our first asteroid and i explain to them how to blow it up. slightly too much explosive but whatever. we're here to experiment, not for the moonies.. Charges go up, asteroid doesnt...
I fire more charges to remaining fissures to the blue zone in the charge level graph... Boom, nothing...
3rd time, running out of fissures but it goes up in pieces..
I start using the abrasion blaster, bits just do not appear, but i see one of my friend's limpets fly to them and collect. He could see the chunks, not me.
Next asteroid, same thing. Charges set perfectly, and blows up on the second attempt. Still the ore chunk bug
Last asteroid we tried 3 times to blow up. every single time the charges were laid out alright but it never went to pieces.
I close in to fire charges and try a 4th time. i fire my charge at a fissure and it blows up the asteroid on impact, taking almost all my shields with it.
My buddy tried the subsurface missiles, and the depth graph never came up on his HUD despite the drill being engaged (i could hear it on my end).
When using the pulse wave scanner, some asteroids would flicker in yellow after the scan is done. Sometimes show up in yellow, and won't be yellow at the next scan.. then flash yellow again.
I mined quite a bit alone, and never faced that many bugs, pretty awesome really. Virtually unplayable.
We still managed to make a pretty penny. I banked around 5 millions cr with 10 tons of ore only. Can be really profitable in solo i guess