I was wondering as I can't really test well via sandbox...is boron better than boron carbide? In regards to hyper velocity rounds at least.
Edit because I forgot: Some of my line warships use citadel armor, along the midsection where the AI fires at when not targeting modules. Usually ~5cm in thickness, over 5cm or so thick base armor. Under silica aerogel anti-laser armor.
Those must have been pretty high delta-V drones, haha!
I beat the mission Force Projection by...not matching orbits. Instead I would launch drones and have them intercept the enemy. Every orbit, since my fleet was traveling in the opposite direction.
After depleting my drones, I sent my capital ships on intercept...to do a fly by with guns as the laser frigate was more or less disabled. Well...I lined the intercept up a little to well. My support carrier collided with the enemy at nearly 4 km/s. Both husks of the ships, now in multiple pieces, rapidly flew off at insane speeds. I don't think the game knew what to do in that situation...
I, too, am having crashes with my own created drone designs. All the drones in question had thermoelectric fission reactor modules. IE:The ones shown in the UNLIMITED POWER thread. I do believe this is the problem. They work fine (and no crashes) with radioisotope thermoelectric generators, of course.