The Seeker series of sensor probes serve as the
long-range eyes of the fleet.
The seeker is a basic sensor package mounted on very
simple plasma containment hull.
When manufactured, this unit draws reaction plasma
from the Mothership's maneuvering system and stores it in
magnetic containment. Once
a target location is given, the probe's computer pilot vents
the drive plasma in a single controlled burst, giving the
probe incredible velocity.
Unfortunately, this mode of travel, while saving on
the expense of an engine, leaves the probe without
propulsion once it reaches its destination.
The cheap robot seeker is mostly used for rapid exploration
of a quadrant or to search areas such as asteroid belts that
may hide enemy ships. Most
Kushan Admirals will order 6 to 10 probes to be launched on
a spread of vectors immediately after the fleet emerges from
less conventional mode of employing Seekers is to send 15 or
20 of them around a known enemy position.
Unless the enemy commander is willing to devote
significant resources into tracking down each and every
probe, this will create a cloud of contacts around his
the resulting confusion, a Kushan Admiral can deploy
multiple heavy corvettes to hide amongst the probe contacts
and attack poorly defended resource collectors.