This is one of the legendary survey motherships, the quiet automated workhorse of the Domain exploration and colonization effort. This is in essence a von Neumann probe, as the survey motherships contain autoforge capacity to manufacture a suite of smaller survey ships and the supplies required to perform its ongoing mission. This specimen is burned and battered by its centuries of service to the Domain, a drifting forgotten hulk.
The Derelict Mothership is the largest derelict ship, using the new multi-part combat stations mechanic. Its large central core is invulnerable to conventional fire but its numerous small modules are destructible and the mothership itself will die when all modules are destroyed.
While not particularly difficult to take down, it does broadly present a gentle learning curve to the multi-part station mechanics. The multiple Mining Blasters demand some attention as a credible threat to an unwary, overconfident player.