Knowing the technology for a cargo item allows the station manager to create unlimited numbers of that cargo. Researching a technology can be done in three ways: buying the technology crate from a trader, researching the hardplan crate or researching its predecessor in the tech tree Icons-mini-file acrobat.

Research is done by Turakken in a laboratory.

Technology tree Edit

Food supplies
Rough bar
Recreational bar
Cocktail bar
Rough bar unit
Recreational bar unit
Cocktail bar unit
Slugpartments bar unit
Rough bar table
Recreational bar table
Cocktail bar table
Slug pod

Medical supplies
Sick Bay
Sick bay waiting couch
Diagnosis unit
Medi bed
Z-ray scanner

Security Scuzzer
Security Control
Security Column
Lockdown Brig
Industrial materials
Scuzzer MkI
Scuzzer MkII
Scuzzer MkIII
Power Booster
Energy Collector
Cargo Hold

Luxury goods
Music shop
General store
Computer store
Combat store
Curiosity shop
Leisure store
Love Nest
Love chair
Love waiting seat

Alien artifacts

Black market goods
Roulesse Wheel

Mineral ores
Corridor lamp
Plaza fountain

Research levelsEdit

Each build-able/ buy-able item on the research tree can be researched up to nine times, this is referred to as 'improving' it in-game. This decreases the amount of time and energy each item takes to create in the factory. You can chose to research items manually or let the researchers do it automatically when they have nothing else to do. However you do not get to chose which items are 'improved', and they are researched in whatever order the lab decides. After researching an item nine times, additional items placed on the analyser will simply vanish.

Bombs and artwork placed on the analyser will just vanish, corpses will produce an autopsy report.


Food supplies and mineral ores cannot be created by your factories but can be researched. The purpose of 'improving' these items is unclear.

Turdite can be researched, as well as plants and litter. It has been suggested that this research increases their recycle value. Although there is no official confirmation of this, the 'improved' message will still appear, suggesting something has been changed.

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