Drift beacons scattered across the galaxy allow for easier targeting of Drift jumps. These beacons serve as navigational buoys and are placed by priests of Triune or are spontaneously generated. The most prominent, and least understood, of these beacons is the Starstone at the center of Absalom Station; its extraordinary power allows Drift-capable ships to use it for fast transit from Drift-accessible locations to the hub.
Drift beacons are also used as communication relays for system-wide or interstellar communication, passing on information through encoded channels to their intended receivers. Although doing so shortens the time needed to relay the information (compared to slower methods such as radio waves), sending information through drift beacons takes just as long as it would take to travel the same distance in a spaceship.
- Taking20 and James L. Sutter. (December 13, 2016). Paizo's James Sutter talks Starfinder - The Drift, Space Combat & Mechs?? (14:30), Taking20 YouTube channel.
- Ryan Hiller. (May 24, 2017). The Drift: GeekDad Exclusive Look at ‘Starfinder.’ Watch Your Mouth, Kid, or You’ll Find Yourself Floating Home!, GeekDad.
- Logan Bonner et al. (2017). Starfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, p. 430. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-956-1