Maintenance drone

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Maintenance Drone

Superiors: Your laws.
Difficulty: Very Easy
Guides: Guide to Engineering, Guide to Construction, Meteor Guide
Access: Everywhere
Duties: Repair, clean, maintain station. Do not interfere with crew.


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In-game Description

Drones are player-controlled synthetics which are lawed to maintain the station and not interact with anyone else, except for other drones. They hold a wide array of tools to build, repair, maintain and clean. They function similarly to other synthetics, in that they require recharging regularly, have laws, can be emagged, and are resilient to many hazards, such as fire, radiation, vacuum, and more. Ghosts can join the round as a maintenance drone by using the appropriate verb in the 'ghost' tab. An inactive drone can be rebooted by swiping an ID card on it with engineering or robotics access.


1. You may not involve yourself in the matters of another being, unless the other being is another drone.

2. You may not harm any being, regardless of intent or circumstance.

3. You must maintain, repair, improve, and power the station to the best of your abilities.

  • Nymphs, Spiders, Vermin, NPCs, etc are all off limits to any sort of intentional harm in direct or indirect actions as per Law #2.

Moving around the station

Drones have a variety of ways to move around the station.

Vents and Air Scrubbers

Like mice, drones can ventcrawl to move around the station. For that you must Alt+Click on the vent/scrubber.


Drones can jump into disposals and let the system handle them by itself. They can set their destination using the "Set mail tag" verb in the "Drone" tab.

Tools and Materials

Maintenance drones are equiped with a variety of tools and raw materials that include:


  • Crowbar
  • Wrench
  • Welding tool
  • Screwdriver
  • Wirecutters
  • Cable Coils
  • Multitool
  • T-ray Scanner
  • Magnetic gripper
  • Matter decompiler
  • Space cleaner
  • Soap
  • Diamond Mining Drill (if emagged)


  • 50 Metal
  • 20 Floor panels
  • 50 Glass
  • 50 Reinforced glass
  • 50 Metal rods
  • 10 Wood planks
  • 20 Wooden floor tiles

A Drone's role on the station

A maintenance drone can perform various tasks around the station including repairing walls and floors, laying cable, creating lights and cameras to be placed, cleaning messes, and more. Their role is similar to that of an engineering cyborg, except drones do not have a Rapid Construction Device and they can enter vents to travel the station. Another difference from cyborgs is that maintenance drones are not bound to the station's AI. However, they do still have to follow their own laws.

Construction as a drone

Constructing parts of the station such as walls, floor tiles, or windows, can be performed normally by putting the appropriate material (metal, glass, etc.) into one of your module slots by clicking on it in your inventory. Next activate the slot by clicking on it or pressing 1, 2 or 3, then click on the material to bring up the list of available things to create. For electronic items that require more parts and circuits, such as APCs or lights, you will have to use your magnetic gripper to pick up the item before placing them.

Construction example:

Here is an example of constructing a light as a maintenance drone. First, equip some metal. Activate the slot by clicking on it or pressing 1, 2 or 3. Click on the metal, select light fixture from the list, the crafted item will drop to the floor. Now you will need to equip your magnetic gripper in one of your module slots, activate it, then click the frame on the floor to grab it. You should see a message like "You collect the light fixture." Now from here you can proceed as you normally would by selecting the gripper and placing the fixture on the wall, and continuing from there by adding wires etc.

Flavour text

It's a tiny little repair drone. The casing is stamped with an NT logo and the subscript: 'Nanotrasen Recursive Repair Systems: Fixing Tomorrow's Problem, Today!'