In short, encounters are in game events such as structures spawning in space.
There are two main types of encounters the first are Cargo Ships which are large grid ships that attack on sight. (notice that they can spawn owned by your faction and will attack other ships). The second are crashed ships which can be any size and usually have active turrets.
Types Of Cargo Ships
|Cargo Ship||Category||Mass (Kg)||Speed (M/s)||Booby Trapped||Exterior Defences||Interior Defences||Game Version|
|Private Sail||Private||72 447||
|Business Shipment||184 972||
|Commercial Freighter||463 395||
|Mining Carriage||Mining||266 084||
|Mining Transport||401 953||
|Mining Hauler||1 540 908||
|Military Escort||Military||350 048||
|Military Minelayer||1 637 990||
|Military Transporter||5 578 454||
While its behavior differs slightly from that of cargo ships, the recently-added Argentavis pirate carrier is another possible encounter. It is rather heavily armed and spawns drones but carries a substantial reward for any players who successfully defeat it.
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|Crashed Ship||Category||Exterior Defenses||Interior Defenses||Layout||location||Apparent cause of crash|
|Mercenary||military||2x 1x||2x||It is a heavily damaged Military Transporter with almost the same layout and some chunks missing.||Embedded in asteroids, floating in space.||power surge knocked it from building dock with the crew inside.|
|Section F||Mining||1x||1x||it is a yellow and black ship with a crew quarters named crew quarters F and a one service bay named service bay four. It has a hangar with a free floating escape pod in it.||Crashes on planets||Either was attacked, hit by a comet or had a meltdown.|
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