Orbital mining is a big business in the galaxy. Naturally, Astro-moles seem to be the leaders in the industry, but they’ve also found some fierce competition in the Slauves, Repton, and Cyclopasians. Orbital mining consists of orbiting a mining facility ship around a target asteroid and periodically bombarding the surface with an ion-pulse to crack the surface for surveying and mining. Crews are then sent down to the cracked asteroid to mine and gather the ore, which is then stored in the mining vessel for trade and distribution. Other major mining operations include gas, ice, radiation, and solar.