Eclipse

Small ship manufactured by Aegis Dynamics
Aegis Eclipse over Magda.png
Production state
Eclipse
ManufacturerAegis Dynamics (AEGS)
RoleStealth Bomber
Hangar sizeSmall (S2)
Capacity
Crew1
Cargo0 SCU
Stowage0K μSCU
Cost
Buy
3,490,000 aUEC
Rent
Not avaliable
Standalone
$300
S. orig.
$275
Warbond
$275
W. orig.
$250
Availability
Time-limited sales
Pledge value
11,633 aUEC/$
Claim
15:28
Expedite
5:09
Expedite fee
7,735 aUEC
Rent
Not avaliable
Specifications
Length20.5 m
Width36.6 m
Height4.4 m
Combat speed146 m/s
Max speed981 m/s
Mass55,920 kg
Lore
Introduction2930 CE; 23 years ago (2930)

The Aegis Eclipse is a mid-range stealth bomber designed for tactical torpedo strikes on installations or large ships. Concealed engines and internally-stored weapons allow the Eclipse to stealthily deliver its payload with a minimum of risk of counter-attack. After extensive service with the UEE, this high-tech military equipment is making its debut on the civilian market for 2947.[1]

Features

  • Small Cross Section: The arrowing design of Eclipse allows the ship to stay stealthy. Inconspicuous twin engines are moulded into the shape of the hull, weapons are stored internally until they're ready for use.[2]
  • Multiple Wing Configurations: The Wings can be adjusted to space or atmospheric flight to adapt to the environment. During Zero-G space flight, the Eclipse typically adopts the compact wing position in order to create a slightly smaller profile for harder detection. During atmospheric flight, the wings of the Eclipse can fully expand and deploy smaller fins around its body to improve aerodynamics.[3]

Specifications

Radarnav.svgRadar
1x
S1
S Radar
N/A
Computernav.svgComputer
1x
S1
S Computer
N/A
Powerplantnav.svgPower plant
1x
S1
Tyler Design & Tech
Coolernav.svgCooler
2x
S1
Tyler Design & Tech
Shieldgeneratornav.svgShield generator
2x
S1
Ascension Astro

Quantumdrivenav.svgQuantum drive
1x
S1
RAMP Corporation
Jumpdrivenav.svgJump drive
1x
S1
S Jump Module
N/A
Fuelintakenav.svgFuel intake
2x
S1
S Fuel Intake
N/A
Fueltanknav.svgFuel tank
2x
S1
S Fuel Tank
N/A
Quantumfueltanknav.svgQuantum fuel tank
2x
S1
S Quantum Fuel Tank
N/A
Mainthrusternav.svgThrusters
2x
S3
Main Thruster
N/A
2x
S3
Retro Thruster
N/A
4x
S2
Gimbal Maneuvering Thruster
N/A
4x
S2
Gimbal Maneuvering Thruster
N/A

History

The Eclipse was commissioned under the previous administration on the orders of Imperator Coley. At the time, the administration felt that despite the efforts to mend ties with the Xi'an, the species longer lives resulted in lingering hostilities towards the UEE under the Messer reign. Imperator Coley requested bids for a classified stealth bomber to have as a cautionary defensive measure should another Cold War arise between the Humans and Xi'an.[4] In 2930, the UEE Navy was in need of a more advanced stealth bomber to use specifically in defensive operations against the Vanduul. Military casualties were mounting in cases of direct combat with Vanduul capital ships. The Navy needed a ship that could strike quickly before the enemy detected their presence or soften up strategic targets in anticipation of a larger attack. Aegis Dynamics won that bid. The arrowing design, massive firepower, and cutting-edge clandestine technology of their design easily surpassed the competition. The Eclipse's advanced hull system is adaptable to environments thanks to multiple wing configurations that adjust to space or atmospheric flight.[1]

After 2 years of extensive field tests, the Aegis Eclipse went into service in 2932. Since its introduction, it has distinguished itself as the most advanced stealth bomber in the UEE arsenal, with over three dozen successful operations. Since its first flight in Operation Lighthammer, the Eclipse has participated in numerous stealth and tactical bombing operations over the years, primarily for defensive measures performed by the UEE Navy.[5]

The Eclipse was declassified as a military-level asset in 2947 under Historical Truth Act and the Militia Mobilization Initiative and sold to UEE citizens with a good standing. The fund was used to continue funding Project Eclipse for the UEE Military.[6] Notwithstanding the declassification of Project Eclipse, the ship embodies proprietary technologies and intellectual property that remain under the ownership of Aegis Dynamics and/or the UEE.[1]

Tactics

The sole purpose of Eclipse is to be a mid-range stealth bomber, capable of sneaking behind enemy lines and delivering a high damage strike, but it should not stay in combat due to its defensive shortcomings. The ship is designed to approach a target silently, fire its payload, and leave. The Eclipse carries three size 9 torpedoes, and two size 2 ballistic gatling weapons. These larger torpedoes take a while to lock on to smaller ships, and combined with its relative lack of agility, that will mean the Eclipse is not recommended to be used in dogfighting.[7]

Model

Ship profile

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear Below
Eclipse in space - Isometric.jpg
Eclipse in space - Above.jpg
Eclipse in space - Port.jpg
Eclipse in space - Front.jpg
Eclipse in space - Rear.jpg
Eclipse in space - Below.jpg

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear
Eclipse in SeflLand - Isometric.jpg
Eclipse in SeflLand - Above.jpg
Eclipse in SeflLand - Port.jpg
Eclipse in SeflLand - Front.jpg
Eclipse in SeflLand - Rear.jpg

Paints

Image Paint Name Description Price (aUEC) Price ($)
Eclipse Ambush in space - Isometric.jpg
"Ambush" 3 tone blue/black camo scheme with red accents. [not available] 11.00 [8]
Eclipse BIS2950 in space - Isometric.jpg
"Best in Show 2950" White in colour with gold & grey accents and yellow tinted glass. Limited edition. Reward to Eclipse owners during the IAE2950 event. [not available] (Reward)
Eclipse Knockout in space - Isometric.jpg
"Knockout" 2 tone army green scheme with yellow accents. [not available] 7.50 [9]

In-game availability & pricing

Buying

New Deal, Lorville Astro Armada, Area18
3,490,000 Unavailable

Renting

Unavailable

Prices given are per-day. Prices for all rental periods can be found at Ship renting.

Pledge price history

Date Pledge cost (USD) Insurance Availability Sale
2020-05-26 300 120 months Time-limited Invictus 2950 [10]

Gallery

Development

The Eclipse's concept is designed by Gavin Rothery (Freelance Conceptist) in collaboration with Paul Jones (Art Director) in Foundry 42 UK.[11] The ship is brought into engine by Joe Neville (Senior Vehicle Artist) in Foundry 42 UK with contributions from Corentin Billemont (Systems Designer).[12] The ship was first revealed in 2017-05-19 in the Aegis Eclipse Concept Sale. In 2018-06-30, with the release of Star Citizen Alpha 3.2.0, the ship became Flight Ready.[13]

Design brief

Aims
  • The most advanced stealth bomber available
  • Stealthier than the Hornet Ghost or Sabre. A bomber with a small, potent payload
  • Not a very competent dogfighter. Armed with weapons for self-defence, but relies on stealth. Not very agile
Aesthetic The AEGIS bomber should combine elements of Aegis'srounded aesthetic, and the design elements of iconic stealth ships.
  • A smooth shape running the width and length of the ship like an aerowing
  • Engines and intakes that are moulded to be unobtrusive from the body profile
  • Missiles, bombs, weapons stored internally on the ship so as to reduce its profile; flaps and bays open for their use

Approximate statistics
Length ~22 meters The ship has been discussed to be approximately the size of a Gladiator. For maximum compatibility it should be able to fit inside an Idris, so should be 25m wide max.
Mass 17,000 kg Being an advanced stealth ship, the size and shape of the ship is kept to a smooth, minimalist nature, which will also help keep its weight down a little.
Crew 1 This is a single seater bomber.
Engine 2 Twin engines, as they would produce less heat together than one larger engine. A central torpedo bay also would restrict the ability for it to have one engine.
Thrusters 8 x Joint Thrusters 4 x top, 4 x bottom with two top and bottom on the front, and two top and bottom at the rear.
Power Plants 1 x Small The ship was suggested to run with small components, which should help to keep its signature down.
Weapon Hardpoints 2 x Size 2 Weapons Ballistic Gatling weapons to be used for short, brutal engagements. However, the Eclipse is not a dogfighter and isn't armed for protracted engagements. Weapons should fit inside the wings and have flaps open during flight/use.
Missile Hardpoints 3 x Size 9 Torpedoes Three size 9 torpedoes are stored inside the ship. A central hatch similar to the Retaliator's opens for them to be fired.
Shield 2 x Small (front/back) The ship is lightly armoured, relying on its stealth capabilities for quick, precise strikes
Armour Small As above. However, its armour should have enhanced scanning/detection reducing properties similar to the Hornet Ghost.

Metric & Templates
A list of all components, templates and measurements that the concept artist needs to adhere to.
Animation Templates Seat template AEGIS Avenger-style dual flight stick setup
Enter/exit animation for the ship Ladder (side cockpit), Same as the Avenger Warlock
Enter/exit animation for the seat + ship Avenger Warlock entry/exit
Ship Components Components that need to be accessible behind walls or floor panels, or have the interior built around them:
Power Plants 1 Small (0.5m x 0.75m x 0.5m)
Shield Generator 2 Small (0.25m x 0.75m x 0.25m)
Avionics 1 Small (0.75m x 0.5m x 0.375m)
Coolers 2 Small (0.5m x 0.75m x 0.5m)
Gravity Generator None
Jump Drive 1 Small (0.5m x 0.75m x 0.5m)
Life Support 1 Small (0.5m x 0.5m x 0.5m)
Radar 1 Small (0.5m x 0.5m x 0.25m)
Components that don't need to be accessed but are somewhere on/inside the ship:
Fuel Tanks 1 Medium (1m x 2m x 1m)
Internal fixed weapons:
Ballistic Weapons S2 x 2 (3m x 0.625m x 0.625m)
Torpedo Bay S9 x 1 (10m x 4m x 2.5m)

Contains 3 torpedoes stored horizontally side-by-side Individual torpedo size 9m x 0.9m x 0.9m Same torpedo size as the Retaliator

Requirements
Cockpit Accessed via ladder on the nose of the ship like the Avenger Warlock.
Wing Weapon Mounts

Weapons stored on interior of the wings; do not gimbal.

Flaps on wings should open during flight so weapon can be fired.

When closed they should blend in with the rest of the ship's wing profile.

Torpedo Bay Internal torpedo bay with room to store three Retaliator-type torpedoes
  • Torpedo size individually 9.0m x 0.9m x 0.9m

Torpedo bay will be housed in the mid/rear of the ship, the underside will open, allowing them to be fired out.

Torpedoes will be housed side by side, allowing the ship to maintain a fairly sleek profile.

Bespoke mount for the hull of the Eclipse

Ship Size Most Stealth ships are considerably wider than they are long. The Eclipse will be able to have a wingspan only slightly longer than its length if it is to fit inside an Idris. 22m x 25m leaves it as long as a Gladiator, and slightly wider.

Trivia

See also


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Aegis Eclipse Stealth In The Shadows. Transmission - Comm-Link
  2. The Eclipse - Ship Brochure
  3. The Eclipse - Ship Brochure
  4. The Eclipse - Ship Brochure
  5. The Eclipse - Ship Brochure
  6. The Eclipse - Ship Brochure
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Q&A: Aegis Eclipse. Engineering - Comm-Link
  8. Eclipse Ambush Paint. Pledge Store. Retrieved 2022-11-21
  9. Eclipse Knockout Paint. Pledge Store. Retrieved 2022-11-21
  10. Invictus 2950 Sale. Transmission - Comm-Link
  11. Gavin Rothery, David Ladyman and Ben Lesnick, Work in Progress: Eclipse, Jump Point, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 3-40, 2017-05-19.
  12. Ship Shape: Aegis Eclipse
  13. Star Citizen Alpha 3.2 Available!. Transmission - Comm-Link
  14. Around the Verse - Eclipsing the Competition. Transmission - Comm-Link
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