Welcome to the Katar Asteroid Mining gallery. The images here are from an upcoming game suplement about Spacefaring Miners.
Artist's renderings by Anthony Cournoyer and Greg Bahlmann
Here is a typical Katar asteroid miner in his padded work suit. He carries an energy pick over his shoulder to break up obstacles, and collect ore samples. The picks have to be de-powered when used on carbonaceous asteroids so as not to ignite the gases deposited there.
The workhorse of all mining operations this Katar Mining Survey Droid uses a standardized 'head' the control and sensor module that can be attached to various equipment besides the lightweight survey body. In roving packs of ten to twenty, survey Droids scour the side of an asteroid looking for likely mineral deposits and report their findings back to miners on the Work Tugs or Operations Vessel.
Once sufficient veins of ore have been found, a robotic Drilling Rig is dispatched, and attaches itself to the surface above the deposit. A Boring Machine is then passed through the rig and begins digging into the surface.
As rock clears out of the mine shafts, Miners bring pre-fabricated living quarters, waste treatment facilities, life support modules, and a power plant for the facility. All of the modules are standardized twenty foot diameter cylinders that slide into an asteroid after the Boring Machine has been removed from the site..
As rock flows out from behind the drill head it is caught in catchment zones aboard the Rig. Periodically these storage areas are emptied by Transport Bots ferrying materials to the fabricators on the Operations Vessel.
All of these craft are overseen from the Operation Vessel, an Ops Vessel enters a system once it has been surveyed, and deploys Drilling Rigs, and Ore Transfer bots, these craft feed raw ore into the tanks on the back of the Ops Vessel, and from there ores are processed into bars of raw materials as well as replacement parts for any of the craft it controls. Miners live onboard the Ops Vessel until shielded living quarters are available on one of the larger asteroids.