Cargo drops are only found in Survival Mode. The default drop is a small, roundish, unpropelled craft of Light Armor blocks that will always contain the following:
- A Button Panel. Pressing this gives a chance of a Special Item cosmetic loot drop - a random piece of special spacesuits such as the Rainbow Suit or the Badger Suit. The panel emits a repeating audible "boop" signal within a short range. After the listed time elapses, the cosmetic loot will no longer be available for that drop.
- A Parachute Hatch supplied with Canvas. On planetary surfaces, the parachute will deploy and the cargo drop will slowly float down.
- A Small Cargo Container or Medium Cargo Container. This will usually contain a few Components, and sometimes advanced Tools or Materials.
- A Small Reactor. This sometimes contains a small quantity of Uranium Ingots. Newer designs featured in the game now have a Small Battery instead.
Drops may also contain other blocks, such as an antenna, beacon or dummy button panels. A few contain sensors linked to a thruster, and will jump away when a player gets close to it.
Finding cargo drops
A default cargo drop is signaled by a new GPS coordinate sound and a set of three green informational tags in your HUD: Unknown signal, its distance from your location in kilometers, and a time remaining in minutes. The drop is a temporary vehicle, like the planetary lander and similar vessels.
Strong unknown signals
These spawn on multiplayer servers with yellow HUD tags. Both a strong unknown signal and a default unknown signal can be present on the same planet at the same time.
- Players believe that suit piece drops are limited by a hidden timer, and that this timer has been adjusted at least once by Keen.
- The blocks may be useful to grind down if resources or components are scarce.
- You can disable cargo drops in the world settings under "enable unknown signals"