How does exploration work in Elite Dangerous?
Players can earn credits in the game from collecting data from objects in space. Players can also outfit their ship with a range of equipment to help them discover planets, stars and other objects.
How can I explore?
To find objects in space, the player must use the Discovery Scanner, a module available by default on all ships. The Discovery Scanner includes a mode called FSS Mode, (Full Spectral System) for scanning bodies.
The Detailed Surface Scanner (DSS) is an optional module in Outfitting that now fires probes at planetary bodies to scan planets to help locate planetary points of interest. You can also use this on planetary rings to help locate mining hotspots.
Both modules can only be used in Analysis Mode; a mode that separates combat modules and hardpoints from exploration and mining modules.
FSS can only be used when moving at the slowest speed in super cruise. DSS can only be used when near a planetary body.
How does exploration work in multicrew and wings?
Multicrew members are able to access FSS Mode and use the DSS.
In multicrew, only the helmsman receives exploration data and discovery tags.
Discovery tags and exploration data is shared between all wing members.