i cant say im not liking the idea to lower the costs of astro
but how does it benefit "us few" who are already on pretty much max astro lvl?
With the lowered cost and time reduction even though you are right at astro 35 or 39 that reduction can if you're lab levels plus number of labs and IRN levels are high enough it can reduce the DM half complete cost to half it then wait till you can budget the other complete phase if need be. buy reducing the time from astro 36 1554 weeks to around 1481 weeks to 1494 weeks although those numbers are with lab 15's on 10 out of 15 planets and irn 8 so if the time is 323 weeks it would drop to about 267 weeks now in conjunction with the new content and classes. some facilities can be pushed to new hight's as well as having greater resource out put the needed resources will more available to go for bigger researches mines labs ship yards nanite's and so on. but partial dedicated planets will be a more utilized tactic to have larger labs on a set of 7 to 8 planets as with other facilities to maximize use of crawlers pathfinders and reapers. as far as production of resources ships and research goes.