I’ve got an Orca and have been running the math on Augmented mining drones. It seems like it would take over 300 hours of continuous mining in order to pay for themselves. Does that sound right?
The base mining amount for a mining drone II is 33 and mine are currently mining at 188.54. Since the augmented mining drones base is at 37, it seems like they should mine at 211.39, a difference of 22.85 (1371.2 per hour). The raw ore is worth about 120 isk/m3, so this comes out to 164,544 isk per hour. At that rate it would take me 303 hours of continuous mining to reach the 50 mill price tag of the augmented drone.
Does that sound right? Is there something that I am missing? If that is right, then why do people buy these things?