Can I leave a ship in space with its modules still active?

I was wondering if say I had a porpoise and wanted to use boosts to boost a retriever. Could I leave my ship in space with modules active and the hangars and use my retriever, or do I need to be in the ship to use the modules?

Must be in ship. Leaving the ship would be abandoning it, and leaving it open for someone to steal it.

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Good to know, wouldn’t want someone to steal it, thanks

Also, I have left a ship before, the modules turn off because the capsuleers skills are the only things keeping the modules running so it would be pointless to leave a ship for mining (tried before). If you want to do something to use a retriever and a porpoise you could try your luck with an alt…