Shipbreaker has several difficulties that you will encounter in Hardspace: a hazard level five and higher. While keeping certain areas pressurized can be helpful for replenishing your oxygen, you may depressurize the entire ship, if you want to safely move all of its components into the necessary salvage areas.
Depressuring a ship incorrectly may have significant consequences, so it''s important to always find the safest way to depressurize vessels. Here''s a look at how to make ships safer and take a look at some tips for doing so.
How Pressure Works In Hardspace: Shipbreaker
Before you begin to open airlocks or cut through doors, open your scanner and inspect the ship. The standard scanner setting will indicate which areas of the ship are pressurized or depressurized, indicated by a green or red light. While the pressure level by itself is not dangerous, changing from one to another without traveling through an airlock or utilizing an atmosphere regulator may be dangerous.
When used by an airlock or atmosphere regulator, the ship''s system will automatically and safely pressurize or depressurize the area. However, if you slice into a pressurized area from a depressurized area, oxygen in the pressurized area will rapidly escape, resulting in a strong blast of air.
This means falling from a pressurized area into a depressurized area will cause the air to escape, by pulling anything in the room along with it. This can cause loose objects like cargo or chairs to fall into you, damaging your work suit or helmet. Ideally, it''s best to avoid these situations to avoid damaging salvage or yourself.
Generally, you may need to do controlled rapid decompressions by opening airlock doors or cutting into the area. Most often, opening airlock doors is much safer, as the velocity of the escaping air will be higher through a smaller opening, and reduced through a larger opening.
This means that cutting a small hole into a pressurized area will cause the air to escape more quickly and violently, whereas opening an airlock door will create a bigger gap for the air to move through.
How To Safely Depressurize Ships
Before you depressurize an area, first head through the airlock into that area from outside the ship. After the airlock has closed, find the atmosphere regulator and activate it, completely depressuring the room. Next, you will need to depressurize the inner walls of the ship to safely remove its panels.
Because there is no atmosphere regulator in the inner segments of a ship, you''ll need to depressurize this area manually. Use that to get inside, then open the doors to rapid decompress this area. You may press the Z or X key to hold on to the wall to avoid flying through the open door.
Now that both the cabin and the inner part of the ship are decompressed, you are able to cut and move items of salvage.