Building bigger and better ships is a large part of Space Abyss. The game slowly introduces players to the full sandbox experience of spaceships by the third spaceship tier.
You start with a pod, and your pod is a safe place. It doesn't require engines, energy - nothing. It's a very streamlined experience for new players.
Before long, you will want more space. In a Manufacturer, you can build a Shipyard. Once you have built a Shipyard, you can drop it in the Galaxy. Shipyards can't be placed on planets, or on ships. Only on empty tiles in the galaxy.
Each shipyard is single use - meaning whatever ship you are building in it will replace the shipyard when it is done.
The Shuttle, Mining Ship, Cargo Ship, and Fighter are considered Tier 2 ships. They will generate with Ion Drive(s) - which are an efficient cheap type of engine, as well as a shield, an energy storage object you can fill with energy (batteries work!) and an airlock.
You only have to land on a planet, and your Ion Drives will be refueled.
All other types of drives will need you to manage the energy
The spots on the ship where drives are present are Engine Hardpoints. These are specific ship tiles where an engine can be placed.
Some of the tier 2 ships also come with a Weapon Hardpoint. The fighter is a good example. I've highlighted the Fighter's two Weapon Hardpoints in the image below. This is what an empty hardpoint looks like. Currently, empty Engine Hardpoints look identical.
You can build ship weapons in a Forge. You can install a ship weapon, like a Ship Laser, in a Weapon Hardpoint by right clicking on the hardpoint, and left clicking on the 'Install' button
Ships will always spawn with engines, but the type of engine will increase in complexity.
Some ships aren't designed to ever land on a planet. The first of these most people will have the ability to build is a Space Station. These types of ships are called 'Dockable Ships' You can fly into a Dockable Ship just like you can a planet. Your ship automatically docks at the Dockable Ship, and you can launch off of it, in the same way you can a planet.
If you are the owner of the Dockable Ship, you can switch to it, and move it around the galaxy. These ships can be VERY slow.
Warning: Dockable Ships NEVER leave the galaxy, even if you logout So they will always be vulnerable to attack. You can build an AI on your ship to protect it from others claiming it, and so it can defend itself while you are offline.