A drone that can be loaded with cargo and sent to another fleeted vessel on a limited range. The drone is loaded, a locked target is selected, and the drone moves with fairly modest speed and delivers the cargo automatically in the cargo space of the target. If the cargo space is full, the drone automatically delivers cargo in vessel of origin upon return. Or more advanced type of drones keeps doing this on automatic.
Suggested cargo space - in the order of a few hundred M3
Speed - in the order of a few hundred meters per second.
Range - depends on skill in operating “cargo drones”, perhaps some 20 km per skill point.
These drones clearly have applications in mining, ferrying ore from mining vessels to intermediate vessels and onwards to eventual end-point vessels. It would be interesting if inflicted damage would reduce the speed of the drones, all down to zero! Clearly there may be four categories of these drones, i.e. small, medium, large and huge.
The proposal makes good sense from an in-world realism perspective. This should be easy to do and quite commonplace in the Eve universe. Their applications should be gargantuan. Also the animations for these little drones should be quite fun to make.