Mining Barge

Mobile vessels designed to be able to mine asteroids and oort cloud objects. Often, they are capable of refining the ore in-situ. They may also come equipped with a mass driver to launch the (refined) ore towards its destination.

Asteroid miners are generally seen only on the frontier, as older colonies prefer to use non-mobile asteroid mines or deep core drilling instead. Due to the nature of the jump gate network on the frontier, mining barges are often jump capable. They are often a part of a colonisation fleet.