I am also having this issue. Inevitably, I run into ET life while running to my first mining node. The weapon they give you, doesn't seem super effective as the timing has to be just right. So, enter the death and re-spawn. Doing so empties your inventory, so now you cannot get any ore, because you are defenseless against any ET life (seriously, you can't even punch it?) and cannot build the HUB. I get the beginning is supposed to be challenging but wow. Is this intentional?
EDIT: I was within 200m of the starting point, just going to try and find my first ore. Seems super difficult, and also odd that your inventory would be emptied putting you defenseless and unable to advance.