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Drones are self-sufficient space-faring or atmosphere travelling machines that are remotely controlled or that rely on a sophisticated artificial intelligence. Many galactic governments with large fleets have replaced starfighters with Fighter Drones, as they are usually cheaper to manufacture and harder to hit, without risk to operators. Decoy drones can also be used in combat situations.

Civilian drone types include Construction Bots used in many spaceyards to construct new vessels, Guardian Drones which secure remote outposts and various other labor drones such as Mining Bots. Communication drones can be used to enhance communications between ships, while reconnaissance drones can be used for recon missions.

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