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Mission Sponsor

Sponsors are the nations or organizations that fund the initial Mars expedition, provide a base amount of research and pay for rare metals. Each sponsor has unique traits that provide various bonuses.

Different sponsors use different color schemes for their buildings. However the color scheme can be changed at any point in the Command Center menu.

Unique BuildingsEdit

If the Space Race expansion is installed each sponsor has access to a unique building and vehicle. In addition all sponsors except the selected one can found a Rival Colony.


Summary of SponsorsEdit

Note: Paradox Interactive Sponsor requires linking the Steam and Paradox accounts within the game client.
Brazil, Japan and Terraforming Initiative Sponsors are part of DLC content.
Sponsor           Traits Unique Vehicle Unique Building Difficulty
International Mars Mission
30,000M 200 300 $25M 4
  • Colonists never get Earthsick
  • Food supply from Passenger Rockets increased (x10)
  • Rockets synthesize Fuel
  • Start with a Self-Sufficient Dome prefab
  Zeus Rocket   Advanced Stirling Generator 0%
8,000M 100 300 $25M 3
  • Periodic Additional funding
  Zeus Rocket
  Advanced Orbital Probe
  Megamall +40%
Blue Sun Corporation
10,000M 100 100 $30M 2
  • Can buy Applicants with funding
  • Additional rockets are significantly cheaper
  • Probes can discover deep Rare Metal deposits
  • Bonus Tech: Deep Metal Extraction
  RC Harvester   Corporate Office +50%
8,000M 200 200 $25M 3
  • Passenger Rockets carry 10 additional Colonists
  • Applicants are generated twice as fast
  RC Generator   Tai-chi Garden +60%
7,000M 150 100 $24M 3   RC Constructor   Metals Refinery +90%
6,000M 100 400 $22M 2
  • 5 extra starting technologies
  • Gain funding every time a tech is researched
  • Gain double if it's a Breakthrough tech
  RC Seeker   Low-G Lab +110%
6,000M 75 200 $20M 5
  • Drone Hubs start with additional Drones
  • 50% cheaper advanced resources
  Dragon Rocket   Solar Array +130%
Church of the New Ark
4,000M 120 0 $20M 1
  • All Colonists have the Religious trait
  • Birthrate is doubled
  • Hydroponic Farms performance reduced by 50 (drawback)
  Ark Pod   Temple Spire +170%
5,000M 100 200 $22M 2
  • Fueled Extractors upgrade is free
  • Fuel Refinery prefab costs 50% less
  • Bonus Tech: Fueled Extractors
  • Rockets have extended travel time (drawback)
  RC Driller   Concrete Plant +180%
Paradox Interactive
4,000M 75 100 $24M 1
  • Discover more Breakthrough Anomalies
  • Researching a Breakthrough grants Applicants
  • Rockets require more fuel to launch (drawback)
  Jumper Shuttle   Game Developer +200%
Space Race DLC
9,000M 100 100 $35M 1
  • Colonists grant funding when they arrive on Mars
  • Passages cost no resources and are constructed instantly
  • Colonists suffer no penalties when using passages to work or visit connected domes
  • 5 free Large Supply Pods
  Large Supply Pod   Rare Metals Refinery +100%
Space Race DLC
6,000M 50 100 $20M 1
  • Rovers - cost and weight lowered by 50%
  • Exploring a sector grants 500 research points
  • All specialists perform better (+10 performance)
  • Applicant generation reduced (drawback)
  Wasp Drone   Automatic Metals Extractor +170%
Terraforming Initiative
Green Planet DLC
8,000M 100 100 $24M 2
  • All Terraforming techs are 50% cheaper for research
  • Forestation Plants do not require Power
  • Can import RC Dozers from the start
  • Bonus Tech: Interplanetary Projects
  • Bonus Tech: Martian Vegetation
None None +100%

Mission GoalsEdit

Each Sponsor has a set of 5 goals which grant various rewards once accomplished.

Sponsor Goals Reward
International Mars Mission Have 30 Colonists on Mars   1 Basic Dome prefab  
Have a Martianborn Colonist   5 free supply pods
Build a Machine Parts Factory, a Polymer Factory and an Electronics Factory   30 Engineer Applicants
Generate 3,000 Research points per Sol   30 Scientist Applicants
Have 10 Martianborn Specialists   1 Mega Dome prefab
USA Analyze 5 map Anomalies   100 Sponsor Research  
Research 10 technologies   5 free supply pods
Generate 2,000 Research points per Sol   1 Mega Trigon Dome prefab
Research 5 Breakthrough technologies   3 Genius Applicants
Deep scan 30 Sectors   2 Hawking Institute prefabs
Blue Sun Corporation Spend $5,000 M Funding   2 Stirling Generator prefabs  
Export $2,000 M worth of Rare Metals   1,000 M
Have 5 Smart Complexes   5 Celebrity Applicants
Have 20 Colonists with the Tourist Trait   60 Tourist Applicants
Generate $10,000 M within 5 Sols   10,000 Research points
China Produce 100 Food   100 Applicants  
Have 50 specialists   30 Drone prefabs
Have 300 Colonists on Mars   2,000 M
Have 40 Colonists with all needs about 70   1 Medium Dome prefab
Have 8 operational Domes   10,000 Research points
India Construct a Dome by the end of Sol 5   4 Moisture Vaporator prefabs  
Produce 50 Polymers   25 Drone prefabs
Have a total of 200 Buildings   1,000 M
Have 4 Domes with Spires   8,000 Research points
Convert 1,000 Waste Rock to useful materials   2,000 M
Europe Research 5 Physics technologies   1 Triboelectric Scrubber prefab  
Have 20 Scientists   3 Genius Applicants
Have 2 Hawking Institutes   1 Network Node prefab
Have 50 Martianborn Scientists   New Rocket
Generate 10,000 Research points per Sol   3,000 M
SpaceY Generate 100 Energy   1 Atomic Accumulator prefab  
Refuel a rocket the same Sol it lands   15 Drone prefabs
Research 8 Engineering technologies   20 Workaholic Engineer Applicants
Analyze 7 Planetary Anomalies   2,000 M
Have 3 Biorobotics Workshops   10,000 Research points
Church of the New Ark Produce 50 Food   1,000 M  
Have 10 Founders at 90 Comfort   100 Sponsor Research
Have 20 Martianborn Colonists by the end of Sol 50   3 Saint Applicants
Produce 40 Electronics   New Rocket
Have 120 Colonists with all needs above 80   3,000 M
Russia Discover 8 underground deposits   8 free supply pods  
Produce 50 Concrete in a single Sol   4 Apartment prefabs
Extract 200 Metals from an underground deposits   2,000 M
Have 3 extractors working at 160 Performance   +40% price for Rare Metals
Deep scan 50 Sectors   10,000 Research points
Paradox Interactive Research 2 Breakthrough technologies   5 free supply pods  
Land a Colonist on Mars by Sol 15   1 Jumper Shuttle Hub prefab
Analyze 30 map Anomalies   New Rocket
Construct a Mega Dome   10,000 Research points
Research 9 Breakthrough technologies   3,000 M
Space Race DLC
Land a Colonist on Mars by Sol 15   4,000 Research points  
Export 60 Rare Metals by the end of Sol 30   10 free supply pods
Have 4 Domes with Spires   1 Fusion Reactor prefab
Have a Dome connected to 3 other Domes   3 Celebrity Applicants
Have a Dome with more than 200 Colonists   3,000 M
Space Race DLC
Have 6 Sensor Towers   15 Drone prefabs  
Build a Machine Parts Factory, a Polymer Factory and an Electronics Factory   1 Martian University prefab
Have 40 Martianborn specialists   200 Sponsor Research
Deep scan 100 Sectors   1 Mega Trigon Dome prefab
Produce 2,000 advanced resources   2,000 M
Terraforming Initiative
Green Planet DLC
Research 8 Terraforming technologies   100 Sponsor Research  
25% Temperature terraforimng progress 2 Small Lake prefabs
35% overall terraforimng progress   10,000 Research points
60% Water terraforimng progress   New Rocket
Construct a Capital City   200 Enthusiast Applicants

Summary of Unique VehiclesEdit

Unique Vehicle Sponsor Benefits
Zeus Rocket International Mars Mission & USA Increased rocket payload (70,000 kg)
Advanced Orbital Probe USA Scans 5 sectors at once
RC Harvester Blue Sun Corporation Transporter rover that can harvest concrete from regolith deposits
RC Generator China RC Commander that can generate power as a solar panel
RC Constructor India Transporter rover that can construct buildings
RC Seeker Europe RC Commander that works as a sensor tower when stationary
Dragon Rocket SpaceY Has smaller cargo capacity (40,000) but is faster and requires less fuel
Large Supply Pod Brazil (DLC) Special supply pod that can carry more cargo
Ark Pod Church of the New Ark Special supply pod that carries 12 passengers
RC Driller Russia A special rover that can extract resources from underground deposits but wastes some of the deposit
Jumper Shuttle Paradox Interactive Faster shuttles that use parabolic trajectories
Wasp Drone Japan (DLC) Faster Flying Drone

Summary of Unique BuildingsEdit

Unique Buildings Sponsor Benefits
Advanced Stirling Generator International Mars Mission Generates power and can protect from Cold Waves
Megamall USA Service building that satisfies most interests
Corporate Office Blue Sun Corporation Employs workers and generates funding
Tai-chi Garden China Small exercising garden, visitors recover small amounts of Health and may become Fit
Metals Refinery India Slowly converts Waste Rock into Metals
Low-G Lab Europe A research building that is built outside domes and reduces the cost of Biotech and Physics techs
Solar Array SpaceY A large cluster of solar panels that have lower maintenance cost but are vulnerable to dust storms
Rare Metals Refinery Brazil (DLC) Turns waste rock into rare metals
Temple Spire Church of the New Ark A service spire that satisfies Social interests and restores Sanity to visitors
Concrete Plant Russia An automated extractor that produces concrete without the need of a deposit but consumes fuel
Game Developer Paradox Interactive Produces games which grant funding depending on their success
Automatic Metals Extractor Japan (DLC) A metal Extractor that doesn't require a workforce
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