Starships are types of vehicles in No Man's Sky. Aesthetically speaking, there are four main types of starships: fighter, trader, explorer, and science. All starships have a potential maximum of 48 inventory slots. The same upgrades can be equipped to any ship, resulting in identical performance.

Along with providing additional inventory space, starships have four areas of specification, in regards to technology upgrades: weapons, health, scan, and hyperdrive. Starships cannot fly through water.[1]


Plutonium is needed to fuel the starship's take off. The starship also uses Iron to power the starships pulse engine. [2] Oxide elements are used to recharge the Shield quickly but are needed out of combat as it regenerates slowly on its own.

Buying a starship

Nms trade(1)

Purchase screen of a new starship

Starships can be purchased from alien NPCs at a trading post or space station. Players can see and compare the specifications of a starship before they purchase it.[1] The following table is a list of known starships with all of their information to assist in determining the average cost of starships.

Name Type Class No. of Slots Value Price fount at Price per slot Location found
Ikuzenta S42 C 21 1,080,000 0 51,500/0 Base Landing Pad
Ikokunis S49 Shuttle B 22 1,490,000 0 67,800/0 Base Landing Pad
Seharabi S24 Fighter A 19 1,785,000 0 94,000/0 Crashed Ship
Dechidak S71 Fighter C 23 3,400,000 1,615,000 147,000/70,000 Base Landing Pad
Hijonaga S71 Fighter A 28 13,300,000 11,515,000 475,000/411,000 Base Landing Pad
Uurasayase S50 Shuttle C 18 510,000 0 28,000/0

Abandoned starship

Distresssignal map icon

A starship crash site

To locate an Abandoned Starship (also called a "Crashed Ship"), access a Signal Scanner (with a Bypass Chip) and search for "Transmissions" until a Transmission Tower is detected. Follow the waypoint marker to the Transmission Tower, and solve the puzzle at the Transmission Tower operations terminal. This will detect a distress signal. Follow the distress signal waypoint marker to the "Crashed Ship." The player will need to make repairs and manually transfer their inventory to the new starship.

Flight mechanics

Cockpit view low altitude

low altitude, speed 149u/s (left panel)

The speed of a starship is displayed on one of the screens in the cockpit, and measured in u/s (u is the unit for distances). This speed depends on where the starship is flying: at low altitude on a planet the base speed is 125 u/s and 150 u/s with the turbo. It increases with the altitude, up to about 9,999 u/s in outer space (with pulse engine). Therefore, to reach points of interest on the same planet, it is much faster to go up and travel at a high altitude.

Starship technology


Starship technology crafting interface.

Main article: Technology

Starships have four areas of technology: weapons, health, scan, and hyperdrive. The Starship Scanner can be used inside or outside a planet's atmosphere in order to locate points of interest. Hyperdrives can be upgraded, and allow starships to traverse solar systems in light-years.


Name Description Tier Recipe
Phase Beam Spacefaring beam weapon and asteroid mining tool.
Beam Impact Phase Beam destroys starship and asteroid targets at an increased rate. Sigma
Phase Coolant Phase beam laser cool-down times are significantly reduced. Sigma
Cannon Damage Photon Cannon fires at an increased rate. Sigma
Accelerated Fire Photon Cannon fires at an increased rate. Sigma
Advanced Cooling Photon Cannon cool-down times are significantly reduced. Sigma


Name Description Tier Recipe
Deflection Enhancement Starship energy shield is strengthened. Sigma


Name Description Tier Recipe


Name Description Tier Recipe
Warp Reactor Hyperdrive benefits from advanced fusion that brings starship to higher warp speed and intensity. User's craft will become able to leap deeper into space, and into more distant planetary systems. Sigma
Pulse Jet Provides increased maneuverability and longer boosts during spaceflight. Sigma
Photonix Core


  1. 1.0 1.1 Special Edition Podcast: No Man's Sky
  2. PC Gamer - No Man's Sky pre-release footage and impressions