The powerful alloy of which the gates are composed can be damaged only by weapons of artillery grade or higher. As Samus possesses a limited arsenal when she encounters them, a terminal on a nearby catwalk can be scanned to initiate an automated function to move the Sandgates to the open position instead. When the gates move aside, a concealed door to the Central Station Access is revealed. The gates are controlled by a mechanism that is apparently a component of a larger mining system used to extract minerals from raw ore.
- "Structural analysis complete. Gates constructed of Luminoth-designed alloy. Scan data indicates that weapons of artillery grade or higher would damage anything made from this alloy." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)
- "Automated function initiated. Sandgates will move to the open position." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)
- "Mechanical analysis complete. Device is a component of a larger mining system and used to extract minerals from raw ore." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)