This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Sector
  2. Engi Controlled Sector
  3. Engi Homeworlds
  4. Zoltan Controlled Sector
  5. Zoltan Homeworlds
  6. Pirate Controlled Sector
  7. Rebel Controlled Sector
  8. Rebel Stronghold
  9. Mantis Controlled Sector
  10. Mantis Homeworlds
  11. Rock Controlled Sector
  12. Rock Homeworlds
  13. Uncharted Nebula
  14. Slug Controlled Nebula
  15. Slug Home Nebula
    Can also occur at an exit beacon.

The intro text for this event varies, and could be any of the following:

  • A nearby space station hails you. "Greetings! Your arrival is most fortuitous. We recently came across some extra drones. If you have some fuel, perhaps we can make a deal?"
  • A strange vessel approaches. A digital message appears on your view-screen: "This is an automated merchant. Refill this vessel with fuel and it will supply you with drones."
  • You arrive in the sector and are greeted by a science vessel waiting by the beacon. They hail you, "We find ourselves low on fuel and have a proposition."
    1. Accept the offer.
    2. Reject their offer.
      • Nothing happens.


This event is called "FUEL_FOR_DRONE" in the datafiles.

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