Since this is a futuristic game, swinging a pickaxe or a shovel shouldn't be the only method we have access to for acquiring resources. Are there going to be automated resource harvesters (such as deep-core miners, drilling stations, harvesting drones, etc)? Once we've scanned or surveyed a planet, will we be able to set up large-scale (or relatively large-scale) resource mining operations and equipment? Going further, will we be able to mass-produce, and will we be able to automate the refining and production of resources (I.E. smelting, purifying, compositing)?