This is a funny little consequence where someone didn't think the implications of the preorder bonus through
So for preordering you get a slightly better starting ship that come preequiped with a hyperdrive
normal players have to find the plans and then make it and make fuel etc and people with the preorder can skip this step and blast off deep into space
Presumably the starting area is seeded with the plans for the hyperdrive so you are garanteeded to find it there where it might not exist given this is a procedurally generated universe
Problem comes when they sell that ship to upgrade to a new one. None of them come with a hyperdrive and the old hyperdrive doesn't swap over. For normal players they could then just make a new hyperdrive but given the preorder people never found the plans they are now stranded and need to hope there is the plans for one near by.
Kind of amusing fault in the logic there :D