Nav Beacons are located close to the primary star of every inhabited star system, and act as endpoints of hyperspace jumps for some NPC ships. These locations spawn a variety of NPCs and are one of the simplest places to bounty hunt (the other being Resource Extraction Sites). The most common NPC types are traders, freighter convoys, smugglers, pirates, other wanted vessels, bounty hunters, and security vessels.
Scanning a Nav Beacon will reveal and name any unexplored destinations in the current system.
There are systems where the Nav Beacon close to the primary star has been compromised. This causes the info panel to display the message "System Link Error: Security response unavailable." upon entering the location, meaning there is no backup available for vessels who report crimes. Many wanted vessels with high bounties can be found around Compromised Nav Beacons, but no security forces are present.
- Nav Beacons transmit the name of the system they are in to nearby ships, in Morse code.
- If close to a Nav Beacon in normal space, it will appear in the Contacts panel and can be targeted. Destroying a Nav Beacon is not possible.
- Crashed Nav Beacons appear in some Points of Interest, and can be scanned with a Data Link Scanner to retrieve a Data Point Intel Package.