Gas Giant Skimming2
Gas can be collected by skimming the surface of Gas Giants (gas planets) at high speed. The colour of the atmosphere, and your speed travelling through the atmosphere surface, will determine the quantity and the type of gas (Hydrogen, Oxygen, or Nitrogen) collected. Gas is used to manufacture your own Space Station,as fuel for your Hyperdrive, or sold on the Contracts board.
Gas mining is difficult for players that do not have Gas Mining level 6 or higher. Once you have level 6, gas mining becomes extremely easy.
Hydrogen is obtained by skimming any part of a gas planet that is not medium green or darkish blue. For those who have a level 5 or less, the white strip of the planet will provide Hydrogen. Vestra is a good place to obtain Hydrogen (white strip) and Nitrogen (dark blue strip). The lighter shade of blue may provide Hydrogen (level 6 or higher).
Oxygen is obtained by skimming the green gas of the right shade.
Ubertus is a good system to obtain Oxygen. Focus on the medium green for better results.
Best results are obtained by starting at a distance, ie:- the star base or jump gate, setting your view to 1st person, lining up the relevant part of the gas planet, turning gravity anchor off and going flat out into the color at as fast a speed as possible.
Your ship comes with a class 1 gas mining scoop, larger ones can be built at your space station shipyard or purchased from other players and fitted to your ship to provide higher yield when skimming.
Tritium is harvested in the following manner:
If skill over 20, there is a skill/2 in 100 chance when harvesting pure hydrogen (white line) that you will get Tritium instead of hydrogen.