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Life Support systems are used to increase the range a ship can travel from friendly planets and starbases. Without any life support, a ship cannot travel far outside of your area of influence. On small maps, life support is not essential. However, as the map size increases, life support is needed to bring your ships farther from home. Warships will usually find their use close to home and thus only need a basic support system. However, scouts and freighters may travel far and wide, thus it may be advantageous to equip these vessels with multiple support systems. Depending on the map, you may want to make specialized colony ships with extra support to reach far off planets unreachable by your basic colonizer.

Alternatively, constructors can place starbases at the outer limits of ship range to exend the range you can travel. The Hyperion Re-Supply Center project will also increase range.


The following are life support systems you can place on your ships. Range is in sectors, and numbers in parentheses are efficiency (higher is better).

Life Support Name Tech Range Size Equation Size (Range/Space) Cost (Range/BC)
  Tiny Small Medium Large Huge  
Basic Support None 0.6 2 + 5% 2 (0.3) 3 (0.2) 3 (0.2) 4 (0.15) 6 (0.1) 2 (0.3)
General Life Support General Life Support 0.8 2 + 4% 2 (0.4) 3 (0.27) 3 (0.27) 4 (0.2) 5 (0.16) 3 (0.27)
Extended Support Extended Life Support 1.0 2 + 3% 2 (0.5) 2 (0.5) 3 (0.33) 3 (0.33) 4 (0.25) 4 (0.25)
Advanced Support Advanced Life Support 1.2 2 + 2% 2 (0.6) 2 (0.6) 2 (0.6) 3 (0.4) 3 (0.4) 5 (0.24)
Ultra Support Ultra Life Support 1.4 2 + 2% 2 (0.7) 2 (0.7) 2 (0.7) 3 (0.47) 3 (0.47) 6 (0.23)

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