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M2 Hercules

Large ship manufactured by Crusader Industries
Starlifter Front Concept.png
M2 Hercules
ManufacturerCrusader Industries (CRUS)
RoleHeavy Military Lifting
SizeLarge
Crew1 – 3
SeriesHercules
Cargo capacity468 SCU
Production state
  • In production
Loaner vehicleMercury Star Runner, Caterpillar
Pledge
StandaloneUS$480
OriginalUS$480
WarbondUS$400
OriginalUS$400
AvailabilityTime-limited sales
Specifications
Length94 m
Beam70 m
Height23 m
Combat speed130 m/s
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The Crusader M2 Hercules (nickname: "Mama Bird")[1] is a military protean vehicle transport that supports strategic lift and landing operations (i.e. Sword of Hope).[2] It is the UEE's premier tactical starlifter. The ship's potent combination of capacity, maneuverability, and durability make it the obvious choice in large-scale transport, and a robust weapons package assures your cargo, and crew, gets to where they're going in one piece.[3]

Brochure Description

For years the M2 has been the gold standard in strategic and tactical starlifts throughout the UEE.


Specifications

Avionics
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x total
TBD Radar Medium (Medium) 1 x 1
TBD Computer Medium (Medium) 1 x 1
Systems
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x total
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Power Plants
TBD Power Plant Large (Large) 1 x 1
TBD Cooler Large (Large) 1 x 1
TBD Shield Generator Large (Large) 1 x 2

Propulsion
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x Total
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Fuel Intakes
TBD Fuel Intake Medium (Medium) 1 x 2
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Fuel Tanks
TBD Fuel Tank Medium (Medium) 1 x 2
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Quantum Drives
TBD Quantum Drive Large (Large) 1 x 1
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Jump Modules
TBD Jump Module Large (Large) 1 x 1
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Quantum Fuel Tanks
TBD Quantum Fuel Tank Medium (Medium) 1 x 2
Thrusters
Component Manufacturer Model Type # per mount x Total
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Main Thrusters
TBD Main Thrusters Main 1 x 4
TBD Retro Thrusters Retro 1 x 2
TBD VTOL Thrusters VTOL 1 x 4
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Maneuvering Thrusters
TBD Fixed Maneuvering Thruster Fixed 1 x 12

Weaponry
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x Total
Weaponnav.svg
Weapons
TBC TBC Ballistic Cannon 4 (4) 1 x 2
Turretnav.svg
Turrets
TBD TBD 3 (3) 2 x 3
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Utility Items
TBD TBC Countermeasures TBD (TBD) 1 x 6

Model

Series variants

Image Name Description
A2 Starlifter Bombing Concept.png
A2 Hercules Focused as a military heavy gunship & bomber.
C2Starlifter FrontTop Concept.png
C2 Hercules A civilian heavy transport.

Development

The Hercules was introduced in 2018-05-03 in the Around the Verse episode.[4] The ship concept is designed by Michael Oberschneider (Senior Concept Artist) in Foundry 42 UK with contributions from Sarah McCulloch (Concept Artist), Paul Jones (Art Director), Corentin Billemont (Systems Designer), John Crewe (Lead Technical Designer).[5]

Trivia

  • The term Starlifter was originally referred to Genesis Starlifter, a variant of the Genesis Starliner. According to the 2018-05-04 episode of Reverse the Verse, the Genesis Starlifter has been superseded by the Hercules Starlifter.[6]
  • Hercules is the first ship in the Star Citizen universe designed to transport tanks (such as the Nova).

Gallery

M2 Hercules Starlifter.jpg
M2 Hercules concept - Profiles.png
C2 and M2 Hercules VTOL.jpg
Hercules Starlifter Cockpit.jpg

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See also

References

  1. Introducing The Hercules: Crusader's Premier Tactical Starlifter
  2. Hercules - Ship Brochure
  3. M2 Hercules Starlifter - Ship Page
  4. Star Citizen: Around the Verse - The Labours of Hercules (Relay icon.svg transcript by Relay)
  5. David Ladyman and Ben Lesnick, Work in Progress: Crusader Hercules Starlifter, Jump Point, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 15-32, 2018-05-31.
  6. Reverse the Verse - Hercules Starlifter and Anvil Hurricane