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Abbreviation
MeaningDescription
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*AspNot an abbreviationThe Asp is a ship and this is its name
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ADS
Advanced Discovery Scanner
Scanner that can identify all the planets in the current - unexplored - star system
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AFKAway From KeyboardSomeone who has left the game running but (may) have left their computer unattended
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AFMU
Auto Field Maintenance Unit
Repairs any damaged system - ideal for explorers who aren't able to dock - doesn't repair hull
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BDSBasic Discovery ScannerCan detect all unexplored bodies in a system up to 500LS
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BGSBackGround Simulation
The Background Simulation that handles all the housekeeping, faction states, fines and bounties, Commodities Markets, etc.
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BHBounty HuntAn activity that involves hunting down wanted ships (see KWS)
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BHBlack Hole
A supermassive star that has died and collapsed in on itself - nothing can escape its pull! (high exploration value)
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BSBackground SimulationSee BGS
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CX Light SpeedYour speed in multiples of the speed of light. 1C = the speed of light, 0.5C = half the speed of light
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CQCClose Quarter CombatPvP combat mode to play against other players in a small arena
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CSCargo ScannerA utility mounted scanner to identify the cargo carried by a ship, if any
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CZCombat ZoneArea that is used as a battleground for minor factions in civil wars
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DBSDiamondback ScoutA small combat ship - diamondback is a type of Earth snake - see DBX
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DBXDiamondback ExplorerA small explorer class ship - see DBS
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DDADesign Discussion ArchiveArchive of the DDF
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DDFDesign Discussion ForumEarly 'Kickstarter era' discussions on the game's design
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ED, E:DElite DangerousThe name of the game :)
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ELWEarth Like WorldPlant with native life and a human breathable atmosphere (high exploration value)
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FDLFer De LanceA medium combat ship - type of Earth snake
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FSDFrame Shift Drive
The name of the engine that powers faster than light travel in system (Supercruise) and hyperspace between systems
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FTLFaster Than LightMoving faster than light can travel - see SC and HS
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FWSFrameshift Wake Scanner
Used to identify the intended target of a high-powered wake caused by a ship going into hyperspace - utility mounted
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GAGreat AnnihilatorA large black hole near the galaxy core
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HEWHigh Energy WakeWake left behind when a ship jumps between systems
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HSHyperspaceDimension that allows for super fast transit between star system
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HSLHeat Sink Launcher
This utility mounted upgrade shoots off a super heated block of metal - cooling the ship and confusing heat-seeking missiles
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HUDHeads-Up DisplayThe projection of vital information directly onto the canopy glass
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HWHigh WakeA term to indicate jumping out of a system to mitigate mass-lock from ships
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IDS
Intermediate Discovery Scanner
Can detect all unexplored bodies in a system up to 1,000LS
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IMHOIn My Humble OpinionInforming users that you don't mean offense with what you are about to say
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IMHOIn My Honest OpinionLetting users know what you have said is honest - in your opinion ;)
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KMKilometerUnit of measurement equal to one thousand meters.
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KWSKill Warrant ScannerA ship module that scans a ship for any bounties that may be on it
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LALocal AuthoritySee LAS
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LASLocal Authority ShipsLaw ships flying around stations
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LEWLow Energy WakeWake left behind when jumping to supercruise
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LSLight SecondA measurement of distance - how far light travels in one second (299,792 km or 186,282 miles)
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LYLight Year
A measurement of distance - how far light travels in one year (10 trillion km or 6 trillion miles approx.)
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MCMulti-CannonMulti-barreled projectile weapon
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MMMegameterUnit of measurement equal to one million meters. 1MM = 1,000KM
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NFZNo Fire ZoneAn area around a space station where weapons discharges are not allowed
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NPCNon-Player CharacterA computer controlled in-game character
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NSNeutron Star
A dead massive star, immensely dense but without the mass to become a black hole (high exploration value)
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O7Saluting7 is an arm saluting, the O is your head.
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OoMOrder of MobiusA major faction in the Azarel System
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PCPlayer CharacterA character controlled by a real - honest to goodness human - not SkyNet...
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PDTPoint Defence TurretA device that sits on a ship's utility mount and helps shoot down incoming missiles
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PPPower Play
Introduced in version 1.3 - the powers are an additional player influenced layer to the politics in-game
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PTTPush To TalkMethod to only transmit voice communications when a button is pushed (see VOX)
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RESResource Extraction SitePlace where extraction (mining) of materials is happening - normally in rings of a planet.
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RLReal LifeThat world outside of Elite Dangerous...
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RNG
Random Number Generator
Used to decide types of ships in RES, USS, SSS and any other random occurrences
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RPRolePlayGetting into character while playing Elite: Dangerous
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Sag A*Sagittarius A*The supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy
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SASSystem Authority ShipsShips that fly around the system protecting it from felons
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SBShield BoosterIncrease the effect amount of power your shields are about to produce
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SCSuper CruiseState of travel that allows for rapid transit inside a star system
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SCBShield Cell Bank
The SCB stores extra energy to help fast recharge active shields - doesn't work with collapsed shields
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SLFShip Launched FighterTiny remotely-piloted combat ships that are launched from a host ship's Fighter Hangar.
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SoMSupporters of MobiusSomeone who supports the Order of Mobius Faction
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SSSStrong Signal Source
Strong unknown signal - could be a large convoy or, if you see abandoned gold, a trap - don't go in alone!
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T6Type-6A small cargo carry ship - see T7 and T9
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T7Type-7A medium/large cargo carry ship - see T6 and T9
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T9Type-9A large cargo ship - see T6 and T7
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TBHTo Be HonestShort way to imply your honesty
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TFCTerraformable Candidate
A planet which has the potential to be converted into supporting outdoor human life (high exploration value)
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TSTeamSpeakA service that allows players to talk to each other using voice
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UAUnknown ArtifactA rare item that is being sought and a few have experimented with, linked to a wider story arc
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USSUnidentified Signal Source
A signal that is unknown by the ship's computer - often low level ships in groups or a single large ship
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VAVoice AttackSoftware that enables limited voice control over games
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VOXVoice Activated
Allows hands free activation of voice transmission when speech (or enough volume) is detected (see PTT)
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WSSWeak Signal Source
Low level signal that the ship's computer doesn't recognise - often destroyed ships, good for salvage missions
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WWWater World
Water world have very little/any land mass, normally active water based chemistry and carbon-water life
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