The MWG Microwave Emitter is the first energy weapon within your reach, financially speaking, and has a number of interesting properties. As a mining tool it is ideal for the conservative pilot; it imparts very little energy to freed ore, so matching velocity for a capture is simple, even if it takes a few moments of focus to break down even small bodies of ice.

As a combat weapon you will have trouble incurring critical damage – however, it is a disabling weapon, capable of shutting down systems for a brief period - you can lock an attacker out of control over their own ship if you keep them focused in the beam. In groups, microwaves can even overheat a reactor, making it go critical. Use of a microwave emitter in combination with other, more damaging weapons can make a ship a grave threat to even experienced pilots.