The X-Rebirth drone flying mechanic is interesting: it's kind of neat to explore the system from far away (although that has put me in positions where my ship has taken damage while I was playing drone pilot). My question is: can my drones be destroyed? It seems like drones bamf back to your hold if you hit escape, no matter how far they are from the ship. Is it possible for an enemy to kill one faster that you can hit the key? Can they be destroyed at all? Is there a max distance for them to teleport back to your drone hangar?
Any drone can be destroyed, utility drones usually have about 1000 hull points. Attack drones have more, depending on model.
If you recall your drone (hit ESC), it will remain damaged next time you use it.
3.0 update changed drone behaviour and drones now fly to Player Ship for docking when you exit remote control.
Max distance for remote control is 20 km. If you cross this distance, then drone will be destroyed.