The HU-B7 Series Pathfinder Droid (codenamed "Hubble" and sometimes also refered to as the "Pathfinder") is a variety of probe droid designed by Newton Arden and manufactured by Blackwell Automata. Unlike the Viper which relies on external assistance for scouting interstellar distances and is more disposable, the HU-B7 aims to have everything it needs in one, if expensive package in addition to being sustainable and more longer lasting. The Pathfinder droid can function autonomously, following it's directives with minimal guidance, or it can function equally well while following constant or changing direction.
As the droid gathers information during it's reconnaissance missions, the droid can communicate and transmit data across long distances to it's owners. The HU-B7 droid is also designed to be able to sustain itself for long periods of time in space, being equipped with a high-end internal power core that can sustain it for about 2 months.
With starship-grade thrusters, the droid can move through sublight speeds quickly on par with the average starfighter, and with a class 2 hyperdrive it can move through hyperspace unassisted. With these traits, the Hubble droid can move through vast distances all on it's own in relatively short order. Despite having a light blaster cannon for self-defense to use if need-be, the droid if caught in danger will usually try to use it's speed and maneuverability in an attempt to escape, with light armor plating and a light shield generator being two added lines of defense.
In the event that the Pathfinder droid would about to be compromised, disabled, or captured by another party, the Hubble will attempt to fry its memory core similar to past Blackwell-made droids. In doing so, what data gathered would be erased, but any ties to the droid would be erased and deleted as well.
The HU-B7 Series is a modern probe droid for a modern age, filling the niche for long range scouting. These droids are known to be frequently used by Blackwell Technologies Research & Development team for exploration. The company's higher-ups secretly dispatched a number of these droids into the Unknown Regions over a couple years ago. Aside from that, these droids are also sold on the Open Market, although they are expensive especially in numbers.
Legal. Probe droids such as the HU-B7 are permitted in most regions of the Galaxy.
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Ownership of these droids isn't possible by individual player characters due to their cost, although they may be acquired by factions.