Mission sponsor

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Sponsors are the nations or organizations that fund the initial Mars expedition, provide a base amount of research and pay for rare metals. Different sponsors use different color schemes for their buildings. However the color scheme can be changed at any point in the Command Center menu.

If the Space Race DLC is installed all sponsors except the one selected for play can found a Rival Colony.

Summary of Sponsors[edit | edit source]

Each sponsor has unique traits that provide various bonuses. If the Space Race DLC is installed each sponsor also has access to a unique building and vehicle.

Sponsor Funding.png Colonists.png Research.png RareMetals.png Rockets Traits Unique Vehicle Unique Building Difficulty Requirements
Logo - IMM.png
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.png Zeus Rocket Advanced stirling generator.png Advanced Stirling Generator 0% None
Logo - USA.png
$8,000M 100 300 $25M 3
  • Periodic Additional funding ($500 M every 5 Sols)
Zeus rocket.png Zeus Rocket
Orbital probe.png Advanced Orbital Probe
Mega mall.png Megamall +40% None
Logo - BSC.png
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 transport harvester.png RC Harvester Corporate office.png Corporate Office +50% None
Logo - China.png
$8,000M 200 200 $25M 3
  • Passenger Rockets carry 10 additional Colonists
  • Applicants are generated twice as fast
Rc commander generator.png RC Generator Tai chi garden.png Tai-chi Garden +60% None
Logo - India.png
$7,000M 150 100 $24M 3 Rc transport constructor.png RC Constructor Metals refinery.png Metals Refinery +90% None
Logo - Europe.png
$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 commander seeker.png RC Seeker Lowg lab.png Low-G Lab +110% None
Logo - SpaceY.png
$6,000M 75 200 $20M 5
  • Drone Hubs start with additional Drones
  • 50% cheaper advanced resources
Dragon rocket.png Dragon Rocket Solar array.png Solar Array +130% None
Logo - Church.png
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.png Ark Pod Temple.png Temple Spire +170% None
Logo - Russia.png
$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.png RC Driller Concrete plant.png Concrete Plant +180% None
Logo - Paradox.png
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.png Jumper Shuttle Game developer.png Game Developer +200% Paradox account
Logo - Brazil.png
$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
Drop pod.png Large Supply Pod Rare metals refinery.png Rare Metals Refinery +100% Space Race DLC
Logo - Japan.png
$6,000M 50 100 $20M 1
  • Rovers and Drones - 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.png Wasp Drone Automatic metals extractor.png Automated Metals Extractor +170% Space Race DLC
Logo - TI.png
Terraforming Initiative
$8,000M 100 100 $24M 2 None None +100% Green Planet DLC
$4,000M 100 0 $25M 3
  • All colonists have the Idiot trait
  • No Sponsor research'
  • No technologies are unlocked at start
  • No pod
None None +90% Sample mod

Mission Goals[edit | edit source]

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

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

Additional Logos[edit | edit source]

Regardless of which mission sponsor is chosen, any colony logo can be selected. For example, the mission sponsor could be India while the colony logo is Brazil. In addition to the 13 mission sponsor logos (and Idiocracy), there are 15 more logos that can be chosen instead.

Summary of Unique Vehicles[edit | edit source]

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 (Space Race DLC) Special supply pod that can carry more cargo (20,000)
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 (Space Race DLC) Faster Flying Drone

Summary of Unique Buildings[edit | edit source]

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 (Space Race 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 (Space Race DLC) A metal Extractor that doesn't require a workforce
Game concepts