3305 Elite Dangerous - Print Your Own SRV, New Interstellar Initiative, Frontier Discuss FSS

In this episode of 3305 Elite Dangerous, Obsidian Ant covers various topics including ship design, the availability of 3D printable SRV files, Frontier Development’s response to feedback on the Full Spectrum Scanner (FSS), and a tease for the upcoming Interstellar Initiative titled “At the Enclave.” The episode provides an overview of these topics, highlighting the new Discovery Scanner episode focusing on ship design, the creation of 3D printable SRV files by a fan, Frontier Development’s decision not to make changes to the core mechanics of the FSS, and the anticipation for the next Interstellar Initiative.

In this episode of 3305 Elite Dangerous, Obsidian Ant discusses various news and happenings in the game. Frontier Development released a new episode in their Discovery Scanner series, focusing on ship design. The livestream included two frontier 3D artists who walked viewers through the process of creating and implementing the design of the Crate Mark II ship.

A 3D printing fan, Retro Rocket UK, created downloadable printing files for the Elite Dangerous SRV (Surface Recon Vehicle). The files, available on Thingiverse, allow players to print 86 individual parts to assemble a fully detailed SRV. This demonstrates the growing popularity of 3D printing technology and the potential for creating physical models of game vehicles. The SRV model used in this case required significant rework but was completed in about a month.

The Full Spectrum Scanner (FSS) in Elite Dangerous received mixed feedback from players since its implementation in Chapter 4. Some players praised its improvements, but others found it clunky and tacked on. In response to these concerns, Frontier Development addressed the issue in an official forum post. They explained that while they collected feedback and designed the FSS to engage different player types, they won’t be making changes to the core mechanics of the FSS at this time.

Frontier Development will be releasing news on the next Interstellar Initiative, titled “At the Enclave.” These initiatives are narrative-based and allow players to influence the outcome through various community goals and activities. While there are no specific details yet, it is expected to follow the format of previous initiatives.

That concludes this episode of 3305 Elite Dangerous, where Obsidian Ant discussed ship design, the availability of 3D printable SRV files, Frontier Development’s response to the FSS feedback, and teased the upcoming Interstellar Initiative “At the Enclave.”