I have a large planetary mining rig with four 5x5 wheels. It drives fine. I've got the settings for power, friction, dampening and strength set up in such a way that it handles fairly well when driving. However, if I get on any kind of incline, the ship will not stop moving. When I press the handbrake it slows down but never hits 0 km/h. Parking doesn't work either, it just keeps rolling. (Read: Not slipping. Rolling.)

Does anyone know how to get a large/heavy ship to reliably park on an uneven surface?

  • Would you consider it cheating to add horizontal thrusters and use inertia dampening?
    – Philipp
    Dec 29, 2015 at 23:08
  • So pressing P once doesn't bring it to a complete stop?
    – BadAtPHP
    Dec 30, 2015 at 11:23
  • @Philipp That would work, obviously adding bulk and complexity and I was hoping to avoid. Dec 30, 2015 at 17:02
  • @BadAtPHP Not on an incline, and even less so when I leave the cockpit (bug?). Dec 30, 2015 at 17:02
  • You need a brick i.stack.imgur.com/YqAqe.jpg Apr 5, 2017 at 7:47

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A solution is to take the wheels off the ground using pistons, unfortunately that only works up to a certain weight as they are very unreliable themselves and tend to break under pressure. Currently operating a rover with north of 7K Tons and 12 5x5 Wheel Suspension and I’m yet to successfully deploy the 12 pistons. Basically impossible to stop it in uneven terrain without the use of thrusters.

  • This is what I'm currently doing. It's tricky to not roll past your target while deploying the pistons, and like you said, weight is a problem. I hope a fix comes along soon™. Jan 4, 2016 at 17:33

What I do is use a rotor to swing down a landing gear, then 'dock' to the ground. To get going again, I 'undock' the gear, then swing the rotor up. Then I be off.


You can reliably stop a wheeled vehicle by using the "Safety Lock Override" function on the suspension, which will lock the wheels in place. This can be associated to an action bar function by grouping the wheels and executing the action on the group. Unfortunately, the game will also lock suspension settings while the wheels are in safety lock, so if you want to modify suspension settings while stopped you can use this on one set of wheels and modify the other.

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