Station Repair

From station attack to full repair, Operation Ida walks you through the entire process and how to help.

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What is Station Repair?

Thargoids have attacked… a station is damaged and burning: it now needs extensive repairs to be useful again. Stations are not repaired by non-player characters (NPCs), so to rebuild stations that have been damaged by a Thargoid attack, players must deliver a very large number of supplies to the commodities market.

Refined metals, industrial goods, and high-tech components make up the bulk of the required items. The exact list of needed items per damaged station can be found in your ship’s right panel in GalNet under Thargoid Activity Reports:

Special events will sometimes skip a step, but when a station is attacked, the normal flow of events is as follows:

  • Eagle Eye detects Thargoid activity in a system
    • Infestation of the system is seen via the presence of Non-Human Signal Sources (NHSS)
  • Incursion begins if Thargoid Infestation was not beaten back by player commanders before the Power Play weekly tick that happens every Thursday at 0700 game time (this has earned the nickname “Thargsday”)
    • One station burns and refugees can be rescued
      • Damaged stations can be re-attacked before repairs are complete, which voids all repair work done prior to the new attack; as a result, it is not recommended to start repairing a station until the Incursion has been cleared
    • Anti-Xeno Conflict Zones (AXCZs) appear
    • For each week the AXCZs remain, another station in the same system is attacked
  • One week after each station was attacked it changes from Burning to Repairable
  • When all of a station’s repair requirements have been met, the list (pictured above) disappears from the station, but the station remains in the damaged state until the next weekly tick.

Commodities for Repair

You’ll need three general types of commodities for repairing a station—common commodities,  semi-rare commodities, and surface-only commodities.

Common commodities are usually easily sourced with neither distance nor stockpile being a hindrance. Each unique item is produced at 20-30% of all stations in the galaxy. Some examples are indium, computer components, and water purifiers.

Semi-rare commodities are further broken down into two more categories:

  1. Source-limited commodities are only available in certain systems. This can be seen by reading the description of Emergency Power Cells which reads: “Produced by: High Tech/Refinery systems within 30 ly of the Akhenaten system.”
  2. Stock-limited commodities are ones such as Insulating Membranes. Although 18% of all stations in the galaxy produce them, most only have enough to fill a small ship.

Surface-only commodities—there are just two items that are needed for repairs that come only from planetary stations.

  1. Ceramic Composites are sold at 5% of all stations in the galaxy with a stockpile of 1000-10000 tons on average.
  2. CMM Composites are sold at 5% of all stations in the galaxy. The problem here is that the average stockpile for CMMs at stations is one ton.

Finding Damaged Stations

In the Galaxy Map, find the bookmarks section and enable the bookmark for repairing stations:

You’ll see the repairing station icon over the systems in the galaxy map.

Determining What Is Needed

Once you’ve landed at a repairing station, to locate the resources needed to complete its repairs, you access the station services page, go to the Galnet section and look at the starport status. The exact text varies from station to station, but (when present) it is always the first item below “Galnet”. It is updated in near real-time across all three platforms.

Here you’ll find each commodity and the amounts needed. These can range from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of tons for each commodity.

You can also check the commodities required for any station in the galaxy by checking your ship’s right panel and selecting GalNet. Once in the main GalNet, choose the Thargoid Activity Report and scroll down until you find the station that you are looking for (the list is ordered alphabetically by station name). The GalNet article provides the same information as each station’s local article, but only updates every 10-15 minutes. This can make it seem like deliveries are missing, but don’t worry, this is just the system catching up.

Ship Builds

Common ships for dedicated large scale hauling are the Type-9 Heavy and the Imperial Cutter. However, all commanders and ships are welcome, because the strength of the repairing community is not in the size of their ships, but the number of people helping.

While pilots who dedicate much of their time to station repairs usually fly the “heavy” haulers, any commander is welcome to help the cause with any ship they own. A Type-7 Transporter with 5A shields and 5A FSD can be built for around 32 million credits and hauls a respectable 278 tons. It also makes a solid passenger liner when a player is ready to upgrade to a larger cargo ship.

Here are some considerations for the heavy haulers (keep in mind not to fly without rebuy!):

Attributes of the Type-9 Heavy

  • Affordability: 120-220 million credits
  • No superpower rank requirement
  • Poor straight-line speed
  • Acceptable lateral thrusters
  • Without shields, the Type 9 can hold 790 tons of cargo
    • With the smallest shield generator, the Type 9 can hold 758 tons

Attributes of the Imperial Cutter

  • High price: 270-620 million credits
  • Requires a high superpower rank
  • Superb straight line speed makes escape much easier
  • Abysmal lateral thrusters
  • Without shields, the Cutter can hold 794 tons of cargo
    • With the smallest shield generator, the Cutter can hold 730 tons

Operation Ida

In December of 3303, the Thargoids began attacking human settlements, damaging stations in the Pleiades Nebula, a region rich in Greek Mythology. Following that theme, commanders banded together under the name Operation Ida—after the mythological Mount Ida—and began moving the mountains of commodities required to repair damaged space stations.  Note: Operation Ida is not related to the player group IDA (Independent Defence Agency) and both groups very much appreciate players using the proper capitalization for each name to avoid confusion.

Request a Station for Repair

Players, preferably faction leaders, can petition Operation Ida to repair specific stations. However, with the numerous stations spread across the Bubble—and sometimes further—requests will not necessarily be completed in the order they were received.

The Ida Web-App

Born out of a desire to serve players on PC, Xbox, and Playstation, the Operation Ida Web App connects your Frontier account to Operation Ida’s Discord to provide you with hands-free, autonomous delivery logging. This allows players to track their deliveries regardless of their platform and engage in some friendly competition between each other. The Ida Web-App paired with the Ida discord bot allows tracking of total deliveries, and other delivery information.


For more information, to get involved, or to ask a question please join the Operation Ida Discord.

By joining the Discord, the Ida staff gives you all the information you need. You’re given the commodity sources and amounts left to haul, where you can pay fines, and a place to interact with other players that are repairing stations also.

Video Links:

  • A 6 min summary of how to help Operation Ida, created by Captain Archer
  • A 1.5 hr interview between Operation Ida staff and CMDR Exigeous of EDTutorials