This is a two-fold elegant approach to meaningful synergy between the Noctis and Mobile Tractor Unit. It also provides opportunity for ninja theft.
Step 1: Convert all Mobile Tractor Units (MTU) into single use (i.e. cannot pick the back up) deployables, except…
Step 2: Grant the Noctis the sole role to scoop any other player’s MTU for reuse. If the MTU does not belong to you or your fleet the player goes suspect upon scooping.
The Alpha and Omega Argument:
This proposal essentially make MTU scooping an Omega perk. Alphas could still deploy and loot the contents of their MTU but they would need an Omega buddy to pick the structure back up. Resource collection limitations are already an alpha design philosophy. This proposal allows CCP to make MTU re-use an omega perk via Noctis piloting.
What else changes? :
Beside what ship can scoop, nothing is changed about MTU (build costs, tractor range, general utility remain the same). The Noctis maintains its ‘slow-ass’ align time with no module slot changes as a window to apprehend ninja thieves.
"Don’t gimp MTU, but give Noctis a bonus." :
If we honestly boil it down, the only Noctis buffs that will radically encourage ship use are either enhancing drop quality of loot (not just current bonus of faster cycle time) or nuking salvager cycle times on anything other than the noctis. Both are flawed.
Enhancing drop salvage quality on Noctis would have a cascade effect in flooding market with more materials.
Nuking salvager cycles on any ship that’s not a Noctis would hurt alphas trying to salvage on dessies and any salvager trying to reclaim loot through a frigate wormhole.
Integrating MTU pick up to Noctis would most certainly curtail MTU use in high/low sec and multi-room dungeons. The supply of salvaged materials would also most certainly shrink however this in turn raises their value and the value to people pursing a niche in independent and group salvage/theft operations.
Any ship can deploy and retrieve its own MTU contents.
Only the Noctis can scoop the MTU itself…and it can scoop anybody’s MTU.