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I was just wondering if it is possible to break the speed limit (104m/s) without using mods. I tried using more thrusters but i think its not possible. I saw a mod which helps to achieve this but i really don't want to download one.

Can planet's gravitational assist increase speed?

  • I know that you used to be able to go faster than 104m/s using a gravity generator engine ("Warp drive"), but I think it may have been patched. – IllusiveBrian Feb 3 '16 at 15:45
  • It might be possible using a rotor and a long enough arm, the end of the arm would move at the product of the angular velocity and the arm length. Haven't tested though – Reno Jun 1 '17 at 12:12
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No, it does not. Even when you are accelerated by the gravity of a planet your speed maxes out at 104 m/s. You can easily check that by creating a new game with the "Star System" scenario which puts you into a lander free-falling towards the surface of a planet.

By the way, you can change the speed yourself without using mods by editing the file SpaceEngineers\Content\Data\Environment.sbc with a text editor. Just change the number 100 in these two lines to your liking:

<SmallShipMaxSpeed>100</SmallShipMaxSpeed>
<LargeShipMaxSpeed>100</LargeShipMaxSpeed>

Unfortunately every weekly update might overwrite your changes.

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    And no, I have no idea why the actual top-speed in the game is always slightly higher than the value in the Environment.sbc file. Must be some quirk of the physics engine. – Philipp Feb 3 '16 at 23:05

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