All Ships have Blueprints depicting their abilities (e.g. weapons, Initiative, Shields, etc.). Non-player Ship Blueprints are represented by Blueprint Tiles which do not change during the game. Player Ship Blueprints are represented on their Species Board and can be customized during the game using the Upgrade Action (see the Upgrade section of the Action Phase section for details on Blueprints and Upgrading).
Some Ship Blueprints have extra Ship Parts outside the Ship Part grid. These work just like other Ship Parts except that they cannot be replaced.
Note: One Discovery Tile provides a Ship Part that is placed outside the Ship Part grid (see the Discovery Tiles section of the Action Phase section for details on Discovery Tiles).