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This article is considered accurate for the current version (1.6) of the game.

A Spaceport is a large space station that serves as the primary point of defense and orbital construction facility of inhabited planets. They can be built directly from colonized worlds, without the need for a construction ship. Spaceports are the only location where ships can be constructed and can be upgraded with modules that provide various bonuses to the spaceport or planet. A spaceport's internal framework itself can be upgraded in order to allow for the construction of larger ships and additional spaceport modules. A newly built spaceport has two module slots, one of which is taken up by its defense system (chosen when construction of the spaceport is initiated). Each additional level unlocks another module slot, to a maximum of seven at level six. Each spaceport level also increases its damage and defensive capabilities. Ships in orbit around a spaceport have a reduced upkeep cost of -25%, which can be increased by certain modules.

Aside from building and maintaining ships, one of the main functions of a spaceport is to increase an empire's Naval Capacity. This increase in empire Naval Capacity scales with the level of the spaceport.

Spaceports can be built on any colonized world for a cost of 360 Minerals.png Minerals (though ruler traits can make them cheaper) and take 12 months to build. Once built, they have a base maintenance cost of 3 Energy Credits.png Energy per month. The spaceport can be upgraded, with an increasing mineral cost for each level. Each level takes 180 days (6 months) to build.

Level HP Armour Construction rate Naval capacity Weapon damage Tracking Mineral Cost
1 4000 75 +0% +2 100% 0 360
2 4500 80 +20% +4 110% +2 200
3 5000 85 +40% +6 120% +4 250
4 5500 90 +60% +9 130% +6 300
5 6000 95 +80% +12 140% +8 350
6 6500 100 +100% +15 150% +10 400


Modules are unlocked through research, with none except for the initial defense modules available at start. Modules have a wide variety of effects, such as increasing its defense capabilities, producing resources, or faster ship build speed.

Note that the Fleet Academy's and the Engineering Bay's Ship Modifiers are only applied to ships produced at that specific Spaceport, and not necessarily to ships merely docked at the spaceport as the Engineering Bay's modifiers do. You can, however, upgrade ships made at spaceports without these modules by upgrading at a station that has them.

Module Cost Time Maint. Effects Requirements
Level Technology
Solar Panel Network.png Solar Panel Network Minerals.png 75 Time 180 Energy Credits.png Energy production: +3 1 Tech solar panel network.png Orbital Energy Conversion
Crew Quarters.png Crew Quarters Minerals.png 100 Time 180 Orbit Modifier
Ship Upkeep: −10%
1 Tech doctrine fleet support.png Doctrine: Fleet Support
Observatory.png Observatory Minerals.png 100 Time 180 Energy Credits.png 1 Planet Modifier
Planet Sensor Range: +50%
Physics Research.png Physics Output: +10%
Society Research.png Society Output: +10%
Engineering Research.png Engineering Output: +10%
1 Tech orbital sensor array.png Orbital Sensor Arrays
Engineering Bay.png Engineering Bay Minerals.png 100 Time 180 Energy Credits.png 1 Orbit Modifier
Ship Repair Speed: +50%

Ship Modifier

Ship Upkeep: −5%
1 Tech doctrine fleet support.png Doctrine: Fleet Support
Orbital Hydroponic Farms.png Orbital Hydroponic Farms Minerals.png 100 Time 180 Energy Credits.png 1 Planet Modifier
Food.png Food: +3
1 Tech orbital hydroponics.png Orbital Hydroponics
Synchronized Defenses.png Synchronized Defenses Minerals.png 150 Time 180 Energy Credits.png 1 Station Modifier
Fire Rate: +25%
Weapons Damage: +25%
1 Tech synchronized defences.png Synchronized Defenses Tech
Corvette Assembly Yards.png Corvette Assembly Yards Minerals.png 100 Time 270 Energy Credits.png 1 Spaceport Modifier
Corvette Build Speed: +25%
Corvette Build Cost: −10%
2 Tech spaceport 2.png Improved Spaceport
Destroyer Assembly Yards.png Destroyer Assembly Yards Minerals.png 300 Time 360 Energy Credits.png 1 Spaceport Modifier:
Destroyer Build Speed: +25%
Destroyer Build Cost: −10%
4 Tech spaceport 4.png Advanced Spaceport
Fleet Academy.png Fleet Academy Minerals.png 400 Time 360 Energy Credits.png 4 Ship Modifier:
Fire Rate: +5%
Accuracy: +3
Tracking: +3
3 Tech interstellar fleet traditions.png Interstellar Fleet Traditions
Cruiser Assembly Yards.png Cruiser Assembly Yards Minerals.png 400 Time 360 Energy Credits.png 3 Spaceport Modifier:
Cruiser Build Speed: +25%
Cruiser Build Cost: −10%
5 Tech cruiser yard.png Standardized Cruiser Patterns
Orbital Mind Control Laser.png Orbital Mind Control Laser Minerals.png 400
Influence.png 10
Time 360 Energy Credits.png 5 Planet Modifier
Ethics divergence: −30%
4 Tech will to power.png Will to Power
Battleship Assembly Yards.png Battleship Assembly Yards Minerals.png 500 Time 180 Energy Credits.png 4 Spaceport Modifier:
Battleship Build Speed: +25%
Battleship Build Cost: −10%
6 Tech battleship yard.png Standardized Battleship Patterns
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