I know there is a development time budget of sorts but this idea represents how EVE Online can be imaginative to say the least.
I think Mining Boosts should work on drones. I will propose the system idea I have for making it a worthwhile addition to the game.
The mining yield script could work pretty much the same for drones. Mining drones get more yield, Ice drones get faster cycle times.
The mining range script could work for drones as well with similar respects to the purpose. With drones it would be better to increase the navigation speed of the drones. This would be useful in similar respects to having more range on lasers to have drones that engage and return faster.
The boost to reduce damage to Tech II Mining Crystals over time could also increase drone hitpoints. For miners using “Augmented” drones this could potentially save them an expensive drone loss.
This is where the new boosts have some hidden potential here in being what EVE Online can and will always be. An Eos command ship pilot with heavy drones for example, using two Mining Boost II’s to increase the navigation speed and hitpoints of heavy drones would be legitimately viable. This would also apply to any Tech I battlecruiser with drones that can use a command boost.
I think Mining Boosts are missing a “crossover” usefulness for combat ships, but this would change that quick.