Convoy Refuelling

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Convoy Refuelling

Postby Avago-Earo » Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:52 pm

So here's the scene:

Commander 'A' who is in a Lakon Type 9 asks Commander 'B' who owns a tooled up Viper to escort him as part of a convoy of traders and escorts, as the traders are carrying precious cargo and need protection from pirates or cops (depending on what they're carrying). So just for this example albeit in an exaggerated way in all likeliness.

The trading ships have cut down on weaponry and shields in favour of distance travel and cargo.

The escorts have stripped down and tooled up to optimise manoeuvrability and fire power.

Can the bigger ships star scoop and refuel the escorts? I can't see this anywhere in the game.

If not, how do we get around this?
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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby Artie » Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:58 pm

Unfortunately, there is no such option in the game now. Only way you can refuel your ship is from stars (with your own scoop) or stations (buy), with no workaround. But it would be nice!

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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby Avago-Earo » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:04 pm

Artie wrote:Unfortunately, there is no such option in the game now. Only way you can refuel your ship is from stars (with your own scoop) or stations (buy), with no workaround. But it would be nice!


Shame. Can you see my point? Fuel scoops 'weigh down' the fighters (I know it's mass really) so it would be more beneficial for the bigger ships to scoop and refuel the smaller ones who can then stay 'light' for combat. It could be done on 20th Century Earth so Frontier must have thought of it. Maybe it will come in time.
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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby Artie » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:10 pm

Yes, it will be really great. It also opens other game possibilities like someone can act as "space rescue" when anybody out of fuel in deep space and similar. I think Frontier has some plans about it, or at least that fuel can be transported as a cargo (which in the result will work similar way as you wrote), so it's probable that we will see this later. :)

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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby Avago-Earo » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:22 pm

Yeah. Maybe it would come with the ability to exchange Credits so you can sell fuel or pay escorts.

Just speculation on my part though
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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby Avago-Earo » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:25 pm

Also I'd like the ability to record deeds to associated Commanders. Say they helped me out and I wish to repay them. Without pen and paper. Could have a full pad. Be better if when you encountered them they flagged up in your cockpit.

Just an idea.
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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby Jockgit64 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:02 pm

In flight refeuling would be awesome. :D

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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby Combiseries » Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:49 pm

Fantastic idea? You should suggest it to FD for a future update...

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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby CMDR -_Turbo_- » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:22 pm

Just a bump/update to this thread if anyone is still reading. There are now long-term plans for limpet-based in-flight refueling. It's really just like it sounds. Ship 1 deploys fuel limpet. Ship 2 says "yumm" and scoops away. Fuel is automatically added. Ship 1 and 2 are best friends forever and fly to the next system :)

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Re: Convoy Refuelling

Postby Flip » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:32 pm

Avago-Earo wrote:Fuel scoops 'weigh down' the fighters (I know it's mass really) so it would be more beneficial for the bigger ships to scoop and refuel the smaller ones who can then stay 'light' for combat.


I'm all for the possibility to refuel others, but FWIW the fuel scoops don't weight anything, they have no mass at all. Of course, they still occupy one internal compartment that could be used for something else.
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