I'm shocked too.
There were moments last night where I was disconnected from the servers, but the game still functioned (as in, I didn't even notice unless I saw the message on the discovery page) and just uploaded my discoveries whenever it reconnected.
So, yeah, I know that's Polygon, but this is brand new information to me. I redeemed my ship, but haven't left my initial system yet. Thankfully. Just make sure you get hyperdrive blueprints until Hello Games can figure out how to fix this for preorders.
"For what it’s worth, I started with the bonus ship and found that if you stick with it (i.e. Don’t buy a new one) the game points you to all the necessary blueprints after your second warp jump."
So, thankfully, I came upon 2 ships I could trade for, but noticed they didn't have warp drives, so I skipped them. Cool.
Useful tips, including how to fix the preorder bug.