The blind man stumbles his way through life. Unable to see, he cannot possibly know what lies ahead. Federation Admiral Don Vasquez once remarked, “Without scanners and probes, your ship might as well be blind and deaf out there,” this statement rings true forevermore. Scanners can provide some measurement of the surrounding area, but for the captain who needs an immediate reconnaissance of the area, the Probe is the answer. Probes are directed navigational devices that travel between two directed points and relay any and all visual and auditory information found, back to the ship.
Information that is relayed back to the ship includes locations of Planets, Stations, enemy ships, mines, and any other relevant locational information. The Probe does use a rudimentary processing system, but like the Mining Drone, this system falls well within the requirements outlined by the “Fair Intelligence Act.”