The Drone is the first craft available to the player.
While having a base speed of 75 m/s, it can however boost limitlessly making its effective speed 300 m/s. Due to its small size, it is also extremely easy to steer.
You can also only build ships by either founding one while using the drone or by going to a shipyard. This can prove very useful if the player's ship has been destroyed, thus enabling them to rebuild themselves.
Its lack of armed weapons and overall brittleness make it nearly useless for fighting ships. It can be used to safely scout sectors, though it is discouraged beyond the early-game due to its low speed and low jump range (2). It is however worth noting that it only need about 10 seconds to recharge its hyperdrive in a non-empty sector.