Salvage refers to retrieving lost or stolen Cargo Canisters found in space or on a celestial body's surface, using a Cargo Scoop or Collector Limpets. Salvageable Commodities are divided into two classifications: "Legal Salvage" and "Illegal Salvage". An item's legal status is identified by the HUD when it is targeted. Trafficking in illegal salvage is a crime and may result in penalties from local security forces.
Cargo that a pilot both jettisons and abandons becomes legal salvage, while if they only jettison it, it becomes illegal salvage for everyone but them. Cargo that is already marked as stolen can only be jettisoned.
Legal salvage can be found in the following locations:
- Points of Interest on the surface of planets and moons.
- Inside the docking bay of Damaged stations. Switching Rotational Correction off can make it easier to recover these items.
- Non-Human Signal Sources.
Illegally salvaged cargo is marked as stolen and functions similarly to Illegal Goods - it can only be sold to Black Markets and you can get a fine or bounty for being fully scanned by law enforcement while carrying it.