Platoon F:3

The SSMC Voyeur
(Platoon F #3)
by John P. Logsdon (2014)

A space probe that was sent out 500 years ago has returned…sort of. It’s actually a copy of the original model of The SSMC Voyeur, which begs the question: What happened to the original craft?

The crew of The SSMC Reluctant is dispatched to learn about the originating planet that sent this cloned vehicle.

This one works better as a satire on the techno-babble in popular science fiction. Nothing really makes sense, the science is just there to move the plot along.