In order to advance, we upgrade to newer ships, and build outposts. A Shipyard or Construction Ship can accomplish these tasks. To see what ships are available, view the shipyards page.
Manufacturing generally requires several steps, from the manufacturing of components from minerals, to the construction of parts. Please see http://v2wiki.chosenspace.com/index.php/Manufactory for locations of manufactories and recipies for manufacturing, as any work done here, would simply be rewriting the same work.