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"Increases the action radius of your scanning drones. Also allows you to pick up lost freight above level 5, and order the construction of mines with scanning drones and giant diamonds at level 10. Wreckage cannot be picked up with drones."

Scanning with a drone does not charge the scan cost, so at Tech Center 10 when the scan cost is >$100m, using a drone to scan instead of the normal scan is cheaper overall. You just can't build a mine from that drone scan (unless you are lvl 10 and want to use a Giant Diamond), but it's useful for surveying.

Scanning with a drone DOES count towards the scan mission.

At level 10 you can place a mine once per day. Placing a mine with a drone also costs 1 Giant Diamond.

New player advice: Don't be focused on this research. You need to build your base business before this. In addition, the upgrades are costly and won't see any real returns for you're until level 5 and 10. Keep in mind that to place a mine with the drone, you spend the cost of the drone + the mine cost + 1 Giant Diamond. It could pay-off, but it could be a big mistake, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Also keep in mind that spending $90+ million to collect cargo is only favorable if you can be reasonably confident of the contents, such as red crates. This pairs well with Museum 10 as most spawned crates around your play area will have better amounts.

Level 1:

Costs:

  1. 2,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 30,000 Old Tires
  3. 15,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 5 Drone Wreckage

Level 2:

Costs:

  1. 8,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 120,000 Old Tires
  3. 60,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 20 Drone Wreckage

Level 3:

Costs:

  1. 18,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 270,000 Old Tires
  3. 135,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 45 Drone Wreckage

Level 4:

Costs:

  1. 32,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 480,000 Old Tires
  3. 240,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 80 Drone Wreckage

Level 5: Pick up Crates with Drones

Costs:

  1. 50,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 750,000 Old Tires
  3. 375,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 125 Drone Wreckage

Level 6:

Costs:

  1. 72,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 1,080,000 Old Tires
  3. 540,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 180 Drone Wreckage

Level 7:

Costs:

  1. 98,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 1,470,000 Old Tires
  3. 735,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 245 Drone Wreckage

Level 8:

Costs:

  1. 128,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 1,920,000 Old Tires
  3. 960,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 320 Drone Wreckage

Level 9:

Costs:

  1. 162,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 2,430,000 Old Tires
  3. 1,215,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 405 Drone Wreckage

Level 10: Place mine with a drone.

Costs:

  1. 200,000,000,000 Coins
  2. 3,000,000 Old Tires
  3. 1,500,000 Electronic Scrap
  4. 500 Drone Wreckage

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