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- Some thoughts on how automation might be able to be implemented. Drone Hub module: Small module that when attached to a structure or vehicle, will provide two drones which gather items and bring them to any empty nodes on the structure or vehicle on which it is attached. It could have an activation button such as what you see on a research station, trade platform, dynamite, etc., that when pressed, would bring up a console similar to what happens when you activate the research station or open your backpack. In the console there would be a command along the lines of, “collect ‘RESOURCE’ from ‘LOCATION’”. Selectable resources would be all standard resources including soil, hydrazine, and even empty canisters. Selectable locations could be something fairly broad such as “Structures”, “Vehicles”, or “Any Location”, or it could even be specific structure or vehicle types for more exact control. The way it would work is once programed with the selections, two small drones will begin collecting any “RESOURCE” connected to any “STRUCTURE” or “VEHICLE” that is connected to the same power grid as the drone hub, and deposit it in any empty nodes on the structure or vehicle to which the hub is attached. A specific example of this in action: - A Mineral extractor with a drone hub attached and programed to collect “SOIL” from “VEHICLES”. - A smelter with two drone hubs attached, one programed to collect “LATERITE” from “VEHICLES” and the other programed to collect “MALACHITE” from “VEHICLES”. - And a drone hub attached to a large rover with a crane and canisters of soil that is programed to collect “EMPTY CANISTERS” from “STRUCTURES”. When you roll in from an expedition with a bunch of resources and soil, once you connect the vehicle to the power grid, the drones from the mineral extractor will begin bringing the soil to the extractor. When the canisters are depleted by the extractor, the drones from the vehicle will bring the empty canisters back. While this is happening, the drones from the smelter will also be bringing the laterite and the malachite from the vehicle to the smelter. You could also set up some storage, as long as it’s connected to the power grid, and use a drone hub to collect “Copper” and another to collect “ALUMINUM” from “STRUCTURES” if desired. The appearance of the drones wouldn’t have to be fancy. They could just be two small hovering orbs or something as far as I’m concerned. Thoughts?