Interworld Resource Analysis Vehicle
The Resource Analysis Vehicle or R.A.V glided across the surface of planet UNC 134.B it's primary (and in fact ONLY function) was to sample small amounts of ore whether it be uranium, gold. iron or the almost magical nexium, the most valuable resource in the galaxy. Nexium made faster than light travel possible. It also powered almost all of Earth and her colonies. It was rare in the extreme however and Interworld charged a heavy price for it. The R.A.V was outfitted with a large radome to help pinpoint the location of any interesting survey data. It was also equipped with a repulsor/attractor beam that acted like a powerful vacuum to suck ore into the front of the vehicle where the resource computer could analyze it.
And the series continues... :)