There are multiple station types in Elite Dangerous - some are general purpose stations offering all sorts of services, others are limited in their purpose (e.g. a refuelling outpost).
Different station types in Elite Dangerous have different types of docking pad: Small, Medium & Large. Your ship will require a certain size pad depending on how large it is, and obviously if your ship is too big it wont fit on a small pad!
The stations in Elite Dangerous always rotates anti-clockwise when you are facing the airlock. This means that you can look at the rotation of the station to work out where the entrance should be.
Each station operates a “no-fire” zone. In this zone you should not:
- Fire at the station its self
- Fire at a ship that is not a wanted criminal
If you do these, you will have committed a crime and can expect a suitable response from the station.
If you are in the no-fire zone and shoot at a wanted criminal (and don't hit anything else) you wont commit a crime.