There's gold minerals in them asteroids

Prospector probes are used by Terran survey ships to locate resource rich areas before sending in mining fleets. Roughly the size of a point defense drones, small salvaging ships can carry dozens of them at a time (Mass Effect 2: Probe).

Some of the more recent models have been upgraded hybrid technology acquired from captured Protoss Observers. These newer models have a scaled down personal defense matrix to resist extreme temperatures and hazards such as asteroid fields (Star Trek - Voyager: Extreme Risk).

Special abilities:

  • Detector
  • Geo Sweep - scans and marks resource nodes in an area
  • Defense Matrix - deploys a 500 HP shield around itself

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