>Fuck it. If they're already mad at us, start blasting the bigger ones with the lasers.
We don't actually have any combat drones where they are. They're talking to unarmed exploration drones. Otherwise, a show of force would probably have already been in order.
>For a basic small shuttle, that'll be 500 tons.
Guys, we don't need this. If we maintain current extraction rates without increasing things at all, we'll meet the minimum for the month, and that means that we can spend a fair bit of metal on making fun toys like massive laser turrets all around our base if we want to.