For a while I was able to dispatch a ship to planet surfaces, but currently the game isn't letting me. What are the requirements for dispatching to the planet surface?

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There are 4 requirements to be able to land on the planet surface:

  1. It must NOT be a planet covered by Ur-Quan Slave Shield. E.g. you can't land on Earth, or Chmmmr's planet; or Syreen's planet. You won't even be able to scan them.

  2. You have to have at least one planetary lander (you start out with one; but it is possible to sell it for 500RU during your stay on Earth Starbase; or have it be destroyed by the hostile environment or hostile life-forms on the planet).

    You can see if you have any landers in 2 ways:

    • At the starbase, when outfitting modules:

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    • When looking at your ship diagram, any landers you own will be displayed as small squiggles above fuel counter, right below the ship's name:

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  3. You must have crewmembers on your Precursor vessel.

    It's quite possible to have your vessel with zero crew: You either sell them all at the starbase; or transfer 100% of the crewmembers to other ships.

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  4. You must have sufficient fuel for landing.

    • The amount of fuel required for landing depends on the planet

    • It usually varies between 0.2 and 1 fuel units

    • The exact fuel needed will be displayed when you're scanning the planet, after you hit "DISPATCH" option in the menu.

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  • As a side note: Having full cargo space does NOT prevent you from landing - though it will prevent your lander from picking up any more minerals
    – DVK
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 14:01
  • 5. You cannot land on a Gas Giant (no surface), or on any living race's homeworld (game prevents you from reaching the exploration menu).
    – wberry
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 21:09
  • Also, landing fuel cost is capped at 3. wiki.uqm.stack.nl/Talk:List_of_planets Some world types tend to be more massive: Super-Dense especially, then Redux and Ultramarine.
    – wberry
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 21:16
  • An important (I think) note: If you're generally low on fuel, landing on a few planets might make the difference between getting home and, well, not getting home. And Melnorme fuel is expensive!
    – einpoklum
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 19:32

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