Dyson Sphere Program Logistics Stations | How to build and use Intraplanetary and Interstellar transport systems

By Rebecca Jones, Monday, 25 January 2021 11:48 GMT

Dyson Sphere Program tasks you with building the most efficient intergalactic factory you can — and one of the main things you’re going to need to achieve that is a logistics system that allows you to transport vital and valuable resources between planets.

Since the game is still in Early Access, it’s unsurprising that a number of players have reported getting stuck at a certain tricky point: namely, constructing and using logistics stations.

Don’t worry, though, as this guide will help steer you in the right direction, and ensure that the wheels of intergalactic commerce and innovation keep on turning.

Dyson Sphere Program: Logistics system tech tree

The stages of logistics system development can be seen at the top of the tech tree. You can see that there are five stages to developing a comprehensive logistics system:

  • Basic logistics system
  • Improved logistics system
  • High-efficiency logistics system
  • Intraplanetary logistics system
  • Interstellar logistics system

Once you unlock the intraplanetary logistics system at the fourth level, you can begin constructing logistics stations and drones to transport resources between locations.

This branch of the tech tree doesn’t exist in a vacuum: you’re also going to need to develop automatic metallurgy along the steel & titanium smelting sub-branch before you can reach your final goal of interstellar transport.

Then in turn, having access to interstellar logistics gives access to gas giant exploitation, the most powerful extension of the metallurgy tech branch.

Intraplanetary Logistics Stations — what they can and can’t do

This has proven a stumbling block for a lot of Dyson Sphere Program players so far. You have an Intraplanetary Logistics Station on every planet, but you still can’t transport resources between them. What gives?

The issue comes down to a vocabulary nitpick, coupled with the fact that the game is still in Early Access and so not all tooltips are yet as helpful as they could be. Long story short: intraplanetary transport only allows you to ship between locations on the same planet. For planet-to-planet shipping, you’re going to need interstellar transport.

At a glance intra and inter can easily be read as the same word, so while technically correct it’s not necessarily a helpful distinction. An easier way to keep track of the capabilities of each logistics station is probably to remember that “planetary” stays on-planet and “stellar” moves between them. It’s an imperfect solution, but hopefully they get more distinct names (or at least descriptions) in the future.

How to build the Interstellar Logistics Station

In order to start transporting off-planet, you’re going to need an Interstellar Logistics Station on both planets for shipping and receiving deliveries.

The ability to build Interstellar Logistics Stations becomes available once you’ve completed enough research nodes to unlock the interstellar logistics system on the tech tree.

To do this, you need to have completed the previous four levels of logistics research (unlocking as far as the intraplanetary logistics system) and the first four levels of the steel/titanium smelting sub-branch of automatic metallurgy (up to high-strength titanium alloys).

This might take a little while — especially since you’ll need titanium, which you’re currently stuck transporting manually. But once you have completed research into that total of eight nodes, you can begin research on the interstellar logistics system.

Completing research on this node allows you to begin constructing Interstellar Logistics Stations, opening up a literal galaxy of transport possibilities — and making your factory much faster and more efficient in the process.

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