(I have already submitted this issue as a bug via the launcher. I was instructed by Support to also post it here; however, I had to wait 3 days for the "short" probationary period to expire before I could create a post.)
The Ba'ul Sentry Ship appears to (for lack of better explanation) stop *being* a ship while it is in Sentry Mode. Some things that won't happen while in Sentry Mode:
1. Cannot interact with anything (for example, collecting loot, or interacting with an object to progress ("Close the Rift" for example).
2. Cannot hail/be hailed by other ships. Which also completely blocks progress.
Now, the ship was advertised as something designed to control an area of space. Which I do get while in Sentry Mode. However, it makes no sense to me that if I happened to "set up shop" by a space station to defend it from enemy ships, that the station can't even hail me at all. So then I have to exit Sentry Mode, which immediately lets NPC's hail me, only to tell me "more enemy ships incoming!" and oh, now I have a two-minute cooldown on Sentry Mode.
I understand that this type of gameplay isn't for everyone, but I do love the ship/concept and I am hoping this will be remedied. We already have so many other ships with mode changes that function just fine (and don't have such a long cooldown)...
Thank you for your time.