I have left Ark twice today carrying passengers, and both times have been in range of a pirate. The first time I think I took him unawares and was able to slip out of visual range before he could follow. The second time, just recently, a certain pirate was close enough to follow me out of the zone but was slow enough on the uptake that he was out of range. Wasted a good bit of his ammo, tho, so that's the bright side. Just a warning... Arkadia spawn zone is being camped by pirates. Do not bring stackables up to space unless you have a ship clear the spawn zone first.