Mining Process

This comprehensive guide breaks down the process, focusing on equipment efficiency, thermal management, and the impact of fluctuating environmental conditions.

1. Thermal Management

The mining equipment produces heat during operation (heat_generation). To avoid overheating (overheat), the equipment also comes with a cooling system (cooling). The time it takes for the equipment to overheat when starting from zero is calculated using:

time_to_overheat=overheatheat_generationcoolingtime\_to\_overheat = \frac{overheat}{heat\_generation - cooling}

However, the equipment operates most efficiently at an optimal_heat. After overheating, the time it requires to cool down to this optimal temperature is:

cooling_time_to_optimal=overheatoptimal_heatcooling+1.5cooling\_time\_to\_optimal = \frac{overheat - optimal\_heat}{cooling} + 1.5

Subsequently, the time to reheat from optimal to the overheating temperature is:

heat_up_from_optimal=overheatoptimal_heatheat_generationcooling+1.5heat\_up\_from\_optimal = \frac{overheat - optimal\_heat}{heat\_generation - cooling} + 1.5

2. Mining Cycles

Depending on the duration (mining_time) for which mining equipment is active, the process can undergo multiple cycles of cooling and reheating. The total duration for a single cycle, combining cooling and reheating, is:

cycle_time=cooling_time_to_optimal+heat_up_from_optimalcycle\_time = cooling\_time\_to\_optimal + heat\_up\_from\_optimal

From the overall mining time, the number of complete cycles the equipment undergoes can be calculated by:

complete_cycles=mining_timecycle_timecomplete\_cycles = \frac{mining\_time}{cycle\_time}

3. Fluctuating Environmental Factors

Asteroids, unlike stable terrestrial environments, are subject to fluctuating conditions, affecting the mining rate. A function, termed cumulative_abs_cos represents this fluctuation, and is expressed as:

cumulative_abs_cos(t)=t/2+0.5×0.5×(1+cos(2×t))cumulative\_abs\_cos(t) = t / 2 + 0.5 \times |0.5 \times (1 + \cos(2 \times t))|

4. Mining Efficiency

For the initial heating phase:

initial_phase_capacity=0.05×power×time_to_overheatinitial\_phase\_capacity = 0.05 \times power \times time\_to\_overheat

For complete cycles:

complete_cycles_capacity=0.05×complete_cycles×power×heat_up_from_optimalcomplete\_cycles\_capacity = 0.05 \times complete\_cycles \times power \times heat\_up\_from\_optimal

For the remaining time:

The capacity during this period varies, based on whether the equipment is in a cooling or reheating phase. This is determined by comparing the remaining_time withcooling_time_to_optimal.

5. Total Capacity

Combining all the individual capacities and accounting fluctuations.


Asteroid mining is a balance between maximizing the mining capacity and managing the equipment's thermal state. By understanding and optimizing these parameters, miners can efficiently extract the valuable resources these celestial bodies offer.

Note: This Galactopedia entry is based on known data up to 2023 and may be subject to revisions with newer discoveries. It serves as a comprehensive guide for travelers, engineers, and enthusiasts alike, ensuring that knowledge remains accessible to all.

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