Pirates is a hostile faction controlled by the AI. You can find them scattered all around the universe.
Pirate StationA pirate station is an unmanned station guarded by turrets . They act exactly the same as pirate ships. They are AI controlled and they will attack you.They can't be destroyed instantly because it is faction domain. They appear as orange diamonds in the navigation menu. These stations mostly contain a lot of valuable treasure. You can loot the station after the faction module is destroyed.
Pirate ships look exactly the same as the Isanth IV ships . Most pirate ships (75%) will drop about 16-27 random items (Quanity is random too) when they are destroyed ("Core Overheat"). When a Pirate Ship's Core overheats, players have the ability to salvage the entire ship and take the Ship Core aswell.They are also controlled by the AI. They will also attack you and they appear as red diamonds in the navigation menu.Pirate ships can spawn as ships you downloaded or added to your catalog.
Ships that can be owned by Pirates are all the ship that you upload on the catalog