Originally Posted by Shadow
It varies. It depends on how fast that planet can mine minerals and how fast they can generate enough credits (and keep them).
I've been trying to produce a save game that shows the problem. When I got a protect planet quest, I saved and exited, and zipped the character file. Then I continued the game. It took exactly 0:59 seconds for the ship to complete. I unzipped the char file and tried it. It took exactly 0:59 seconds. I've tried several times with the same result. I also saved and zipped right before I colonized the planet. It still took 0:59 seconds.