Not quite, explore your planet more and you will fine some things, and on each planet as well. It’s not explained at all but it’s not hard to figure out either and leads to a ‘project’ on each planet as well as your home. So I would say that’s the goal, and it’s also what starts unlocking the other suits and emotes. Don’t be too discouraged by the lack of options in your research tree.
So unlike modded minecraft or other games this is all about depth vs breadth. The parts look simple and in fact are simple, but the combinations with each other can be surprising. I too was disappointed at first, but actually acquiring the later research now and playing with it it’s pretty cool. Especially the rover progression. Storage still kinda sucks, but it’s better than you probably think. It requires at least iron and research though before it starts getting appreciable better. For the early part I just dig a small hole for each large pile I end up with.
This is probably the number one skill that you need to acquire to stay sane in this game, and it’s pretty tricky to learn. Once you do you can whip out ramps and surfaces pretty quickly. The first thing to know is your ctrl key so you can extend what ever surface you are currently hovering over in all directions. This will raise or lower the surrounding area till it’s all flat. However without the Alignment mod it will not be flat as in a 90 degree angle to the ground so you will always have tilted ramps until you get that mod. You can mitigate it a bit with practice but really you want that mod. It’s kinda buggy though and freaks out when first loading the game or a save sometimes. You have to take it off and put it back on sometimes.