Because the ship it comes with comes with something cool and unique. The Cutlass comes with a tractor beam, pirate skin and (at some point) an Asteroid hanger. Thats some cool stuff to jump-start a Pirate on his way to becoming feared. The Hornet, on the other hand, is a full on combat weapon, and gives you time to practice in the Squad 42 ship. Reason neither of those ships come with pledge packages (alpha access) is, i guess, mostly because of how they will be implemented into the persistent universe. the Cutlass will be a pirate vessel, so it will attract more negative attention from the authorities and players. Wouldn't want somebody to fire up the game, only to be blasted into oblivion by someone with a twitchy trigger finger and a dislike of pirates (unless they have a backup ship while their insurance gets them a new Cutlass). For the Hornet, the lack of cargo space means its roles are only combat, no ability to grab loot or salvage. This limits the player severely, and hampers the ability for the player to make money. Unless the player is bound and determined to play a merc, in which case they will get blasted into oblivion more often (which, again, makes a backup ship handy). That's why i think both ships don't come with alpha access. Could be totally wrong, but it makes sense in my head.