The first quest you need to do in No Man’s Sky is to fix your ship. This can be a bit complicated for new players since the game’s inventory system and menus take some getting used to. Here’s the in-game tracking for the quest:
Repair Launch Thrusters
Repair Pulse Engine
Refuel Launch Thrusters
Here’s the steps you’ll need to follow to complete it:
1) Obtain Iron and Carbon from the environment
Use your Mining Tool (Press RT if using a PS4 controller) to mine Iron and Carbon from around you. Iron can generally be found from rocks and carbon from plant type life around you. Every planet you spawn on is different but for the tutorial, there should be enough resources close to you to complete this.
2) Fix your Launch Thruster by crafting 4 Carite Sheets.
You’ll need to craft Carite Sheets to fix your Launch Thruster. In your inventory, select your Starship and select an empty spot in your inventory. Bring up the crafting interface (with Square button on a PS4 controller). Craft 4 Carite Sheets. Then, you can fix the Launch Thruster with these sheets you crafted. Each Carite Sheet requires 50 Iron to craft.
3) Fix Your Scanner and Analysis Visor Multi-Tool
Open your inventory and tab over to the Multi-Tool portion. Fix your Scanner with 25 carbon and Analysis Visor with 25 Carbon. The scanner allows you to scan the environment for discoveries with the LT trigger. The Analysis Visor allows you to send out a pulse locating points of interest around you with the L3 button by default (clicking the left stick on a PS4 controller).
4) Gather Zinc, Heridium, Plutonium, and Thamium9
Send out a pulse with your Analysis Visor (L3 button by default with a controller) and you should see some items you need displayed around as icons. You’ll need to gather 200 Heridium and 20 Zinc to fix your Pulse Engine. You’ll need Plutonium to charge your Launch Thruster and Thamium9 to power your Pulse Engine.
5) Repair your Pulse Engine
With the 200 Heridium and 20 Zinc you collected, fix your Pulse Engine like you did with your Launch Thruster.
6) Charge your Pulse Engine with Thamium9 and your Launch Thruster with Plutonium.
In your starship inventory, you can recharge your ship’s Pulse Engine and Launch Thruster. You’ll need to do this often throughout the game to travel around in your ship.
7) Blast Off!
Get in your ship and blast off! Hold RT and head towards the sky! You’ll visit many, many planets so it usually is best to explore planets and not hold much attachment to any one planet. Your starter planet helped you repair your ship, now you can explore everywhere else!