Intakes are the input point of the engine chain. They are hydrogen ram scoops on the front of the spacecraft, collecting spaceborne hydrogen which the thrusters can use, in conjuction with energy from the engine as fuel and reaction mass to propel and maneuver the ship.
Tradeoff[edit | edit source]
Better intakes increase the efficiency of the spacecraft's engines, but they also increase the craft's radar profile unless countermeasures are installed.
Appearance change[edit | edit source]
Primitive intakes look like physical fan blades, but others may glow different colors as their heat capacity increases.