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Jet can

A container expelled from the hull of a ship.

A code remnant from the very early days of EVE created a container that is vastly superior in carrying capacity than what the total hold capacity of the ship expelling the container is. This allows for a new way of interacting with the environment.

Notably: when mining in an asteroid belt it now became possible to keep mining continuously without having to interrupt the mining activity to clear out the hold in a station. This behaviour was observed by Hilmar Petturson as an unintended use of the environment, which gave rise to a fear of running out of content because mining ore now became a lot more efficient. The code was not changed because it was understood that the feature was put to a use that the designers had not intended and that this use was in fact a better way of doing things. Allowing the players to keep using this feature as they did delivered the promise of the sandbox-nature of the game and was seen as a beneficial deviation of intended game play.

Notes:

  • Jet cans disintegrate 2 hours after being expelled from the hull. There are no exceptions to this rule and it cannot be stopped or prevented from happening. When the jet can disintegrates everything in it at the time, regardless of value, is irretrievably lost.
  • When all the contents of a jet can is removed, the container immediately disintegrates, regardless of how long ago it was dropped.
  • Experienced users of jet cans are likely to name the jet can for the time it was dropped so that they can keep track of when the can is likely to disintegrate. A typical use will see the can be emptied long before that time.
  • Jet cans cannot be anchored but they can be towed with a tractor beam.
  • Jet cans gave rise to 'can flipping', a technique used to cause the person dropping the can to acquire an aggression timer, making them into a legal target.

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