A Tractor Beam is a utility mounted on a weapon hardpoint. It projects an energy beam which exerts a force on a free floating body in space (e.g. destroyed ship parts), attracting it towards the origin of the beam. Salvaging ships use tractor beams to drag recoverable debris closer to the ship where it can be disassembled into smaller chunks or brought directly into the cargo bay.
|“||Tractor beams can be used for mining, boarding, salvaging, and even towing damaged ships. There will likely be different types of tractor beams with different amounts of power/characteristics, but the general rule for now is that you can't tow a ship that is larger than your own ship.||”|
–Nate Blaisdell on October 21, 2013