Hey guys. I haven't played in a loooong time (before any of the new ships were added). I saw this update and figured I should jump back in and try to unlock everything (including the alternate layouts). I almost immediately died when I opened up all air locks to my ship. Man that hurts now. Before you could almost outpace it with the Engi healing. I lost 3 crew members, haha.
Anyway, luckily I got a Zoltan homeworks (A Green sector) and immediately afterwards the Rock sector (A Red sector).
As everyone's said, just to confirm since the recent "Made Ships Easier To Get" update, that you don't need anything, as far as I could tell, for the Zoltan ship. In a random sector say you'll "Hear them out," then just choose the nice guy stuff at the quest marker.
But I also got the Rock Man Ship. Very lucky this quickly. There are no Blue options in the quest line, making me believe you don't need anything. I had Sensors 2, which gave me another event in the Rock Homeworlds (A Rock ship asked me for information, I chose the blue option from sensors, he joined me ship), but as far as I know did not affect this.
-Rock Homeworlds (Red)
-An area with no distress or anything -- did not have long range sensors
-Given three choices, take first ("I'll try or die trying" kind of lingo is the first option, which I chose)
-Quest marker added to map
-It's a star, and they fire at you. They immediately power up their drives to fly away.
-LET THEM GET AWAY. Your only goal is to get away too. If you're shooting, just shoot their weapons, not their engines. Just tank their hits and the solar flares like a man.
-Go to the next sector. There's a quest marker. You get the ship, and I believe they delay the Federation advance a bit. You also get "Rock Plating" augment which has a 15% chance to negate incoming damage. I'll upload the picture of the rock ship in a bit, if someone else doesn't get to it first.