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Polaris

Capital corvette manufactured by RSI
Quick facts:
Polaris
Polaris ILW2954 sign - 3.23.1 game files with skybox.png
Active production
Scheduled for IAE 2954
Role
corvette
Size
Capital (S5/L)
Capacity
Crew
6 – 12
Cargo
432 SCU432,000 KµSCU <br />432,000,000 µSCU <br />
Stowage
432,000 KµSCU432 SCU <br />432,000,000 µSCU <br />
Cost

Standalone
$ 750.00€ 757.50 <br />£ 637.50 <br />
Warbond
$ 675.00€ 681.75 <br />£ 573.75 <br /> ($ 625.00€ 631.25 <br />£ 531.25 <br />)
Availability
Time-limited sales

Claim
1h 10m
Expedite
30m
Expedite fee
40,000 aUEC

Specifications

Length
166 m0.166 km <br />16,600 cm <br />
Width
82 m0.082 km <br />8,200 cm <br />
Height
35 m0.035 km <br />3,500 cm <br />
Mass
11,000,000 kg11,000 t <br />

Scm speed
210 m/s756 km/h <br />
0 to scm
4.268 s
Scm to 0
6.326 s
Max speed
900 m/s3,240 km/h <br />
0 to max
18.295 s
Max to 0
27.111 s
Roll rate
25 °/s
Pitch rate
18 °/s
Yaw rate
20 °/s

Hydrogen capacity
2,500,000 L2,500 SCU <br />
Hydrogen intake
15 L/s0.015 SCU/s <br />
Quantum capacity
15,000 L15 SCU <br />

Cross section
- 20 %
Electromagnetic
- 20 %
Infrared
- 20 %
Physical
- 100 %
Energy
- 100 %
Distortion
- 100 %
Thermal
- 100 %
Biochemical
- 100 %
Stun
- 100 %
Health
100,236,000 ❤️

Lore
Released
2946
Development
Announced
9 October 2016
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The Polaris is a corvette-class capital ship developed by Roberts Space Industries (RSI) for the United Empire of Earth Navy (UEEN). Designed for use as both a naval patrol ship and to serve as the flagship of civilian militia operations, the Polaris has the capacity to perform search & rescue operations, strike missions and general security patrols. While intended for combat situations, the Polaris can also operate as a command center while providing refuel and repair capabilities from its single small fighter bay.

Brochure description

"The Polaris Corvette-class patrol vessel represents the new tip of the spear for Humanity's defense. Able to insert itself into a situation, establish its authority and then quickly maneuver to safety, the Polaris possesses the perfect balance of power and speed."

Features

Torpedo Bays
Capable of firing 4 capital ship killer torpedoes simultaneously and holding a stockpile of 28 in total, the Polaris is not to be underestimated, even by the largest of ships.
Medical Bay
The Polaris is equipped with a small medical bay.
Hangar
Capable of housing one light fighter for combat support or utility vehicles for additional operational flexibility. The Hangar floor elevates to create a landing platform.
Bridge
RSI incorporated their iconic high visibility bridge allowing for increased situational awareness.
Engines
Two main and four auxiliary thrusters provided the Polaris enough power to chase down fleeing outlaws and evade hostiles looking to achieve target lock.
Self-sustainable
Designed to be a self-sustaining combat platform, the Polaris is capable of extended deployment without resupply, while still providing crew members with higher quality of life standards than most currently available fleet options. Allowing for enhanced morale and combat effectiveness while on assignment, the Polaris is truly a first class vessel that will add a much needed dimension to the Empire's fleet.
Mess
The mess doubles as a recreation room to ensure not only physical well-being, but mental health, allowing the crew to operate with peak performance while on an extended voyage.

Rooms not listed in the brochure include an armory, brig, captains quarters, and secondary quarters for the fighter pilot or second in command.[1]

Specifications

Sc-icon-radar.svg Radar
7x
S2
Civilian (C)
1x
S4
Radarradr_rsi_s04_polaris
Sc-icon-cooler.svg Cooler
1x
S4
Civilian (Bespoke)
Sc-icon-powerplant.svg Power plant
1x
S4
Civilian (Bespoke)
Sc-icon-selfdestruct.svg Self destruct
1x
S1
60,000 🗡️ · 150 m0.15 km <br />15,000 cm <br />
Sc-icon-shieldgenerator.svg Shield generator
1x
S4
Industrial (Bespoke)

Sc-icon-fuelintake.svg Fuel intake
1x
S1
Fuel intakeintk_rsi_polaris
15 L/s0.015 SCU/s <br />
Fuel port
1x
S1
Fuel portdockingtube_fuel_ports_rsi_polaris
Sc-icon-fueltank.svg Fuel tank
1x
S1
2,500,000 L2,500 SCU <br />
Sc-icon-quantumdrive.svg Quantum drive
1x
S3
Civilian (A)
Sc-icon-quantumfueltank.svg Quantum fuel tank
1x
S3
15,000 L15 SCU <br />
Sc-icon-mainthruster.svg Main thruster
6x
S4
Main thrusterrsi_polaris_thruster_main_outer
90 MN90,000 kN <br />20,232,810 lbf <br />
Sc-icon-maneuveringthruster.svg Maneuvering thruster
3x
S4
VTOL thrusterrsi_polaris_thruster_vtol
3.4 MN3,400 kN <br />764,350.6 lbf <br />
10x
S4
Retro thrusterrsi_polaris_thruster_retro
70 MN70,000 kN <br />15,736,630 lbf <br />
18x
S3
Maneuvering thrusterrsi_polaris_thruster_mav_joint
14.786 MN14,785.7 kN <br />3,323,958.431 lbf <br />

Sc-icon-missile.svg Ordnance
4x
S4
Left lower, Left upper, Right lower, Right upper
1x
S10
Missile launchermrck_s10_rsi_polaris
Right
Sc-icon-turret.svg Turret
2x
S4
4x
S3
Bottom left, Bottom right, Top left, Top right
4x
S1
374/∞ Ammunition
1x
S4
Missile launchermrck_s4_rsi_polaris_
5x
S5
Lower front, Left, Right, Top left, Top right
8x
S3
Upper left, Upper right, Lower left, Lower right
8x
S1
374/∞ Ammunition
4x
S4
Left upper, Right upper
4x
S1
100/∞ Ammunition
2x
S5
2x
S1
100/∞ Ammunition
Defensive devices
2x
S1
Magazinefaux_magazinemagazine
15/15 Ammunition
4x
S3
Bottom left, Bottom right, Top left, Top right
4x
S1
Magazinefaux_magazinemagazine
30/30 Ammunition

Lore

The Polaris was fast-tracked for development following the 2945 Vanduul attack on the Vega System. The request-for-proposal specified a smaller, first-response alternative to the Idris-class frigates currently serving with both the UEE Navy and private concerns. Roberts Space Industries' Polaris bid was selected due to its unique combination of a fully equipped small craft hangar and an array of torpedo tubes that let it punch above its weight class.

As part of the UEE Militia Mobilization Initiative, the Polaris is being made available to Citizens so they can protect contested and dangerous regions around the Empire. The UEE military will also utilize the Polaris as a standard patrol and picket ship, where it is expected to be especially effective supporting larger fleet movements. A percentage of funds from the Polaris sale is used to support continued mobilization and relief efforts across the Empire.[2]

Model

Ship profile

Exterior

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear Below
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Polaris - Line Drawing - Port.png
Polaris - Line Drawing - Front.png
Polaris - Line Drawing - Rear.png
Polaris - Line Drawing - Below.png

Interior

Technical deck Habitation deck
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Polaris - Interior Map - Habitation Deck - Concept - ISC Finding the North Star Fall 2022.png

Gallery

Development

During the production phase of the Aegis Idris, the ship grew in size significantly. This left a void between larger capital sized ships and non-capital ships. It was decided to create a brand new ship to fill this gap. And so the Polaris was born.[3][4] the Polaris will be a Corvette.

It was said in 10 FTC episode 77 (question 9, 29 Feb 2016) that Corvettes will fill a role between capital and sub-capital ships. As such, the Polaris will be more economical in their role. It won't be a massive carrier but will feature the ability to dock a ship and hold its own while fighting fighters or bigger ships. It was also said that a group of Corvettes could cause problems for bigger ships such as a frigate or a destroyer.

During Bensday with Batgirl & Ben episode 45 (9 Mar 2016), Ben Lesnick commented that they were leaning towards a length of 100 to 120 meters. On October 12, 2016, the Polaris Q&A showed an increase of size to 155m.[3] During a live steam Q&A on December 12, 2020, John Crewe stated that the ship had grown but remained in the 100s of meters range. (156-199m).[5]

During Inside Star Citizen: Finding the North Star (1 Dec 2022), Mark Gibson, John Crewe and Ben Curtis do a 3D Studio Max mesh walk though of the model.[6] In this episode, they talk about finalizing the interior layout with some minor changes. Mark Gibson also confirms that the ship is getting capital size shields, coolers and power plant.

On May 26, 2023, Polaris is announced to be scheduled for production in 2024.[7]

On October 21, 2023, Polaris is announced to be released within the next 12 months. [8]

On October 21, 2023 During Citizen 2953 Day one, Talking ship 2953[9] the Polaris was show in the current state of design in engine white box.

In the Star Citizen Monthly Report of January 2024 the Polaris has entered the greybox stage, marking the completion of modular pieces for the lifts, habs, corridors, and hangar.[10]

During Ironclad is Rad (23 May 2024) John Crewe commented, that "they will do some upgunning on the Polaris, because it is not only a torpedo-boat, the Polaris can kinda hold it's own against capital ships with it's turrets".[11]

During Star Citizen Live Q&A: Invictus All-Vehicles (17 May 2024) John Crewe commented, that the Polaris will be flight ready for IAE 2954. [12]

Trivia

  • Traditionally, Polaris-class ships are named after historical figures and military heroes (for example UEES Reilly).[13]
  • Development of this ship was accelerated as a part of the Militia Mobilization Initiative (2946), after which a limited number of Polaris were made available for purchase on the civilian market.[14]

See also

References

  1. Comm-Link:RSI Polaris Q&A Part 2. Transmission - Comm-Link
  2. RSI Polaris - Concept Sale. Transmission - Comm-Link
  3. 3.0 3.1 Comm-Link:RSI Polaris Q&A Part 1. Transmission - Comm-Link
  4. The Polaris - Ship page. Pledge Store
  5. https://clips.twitch.tv/SincereSlickBatPogChamp - Star Citizen LIVE: IAE Free Fly Q&A
  6. https://youtu.be/n1Fjctpk2qU?t=395 | Inside Star Citizen: Finding the North Star | Fall 2022
  7. Star Citizen Live: Invictus All-Vehicles Roundtable
  8. https://youtu.be/8ZjnPdqHjDw?si=5K28N3GTp7P75Z7S&t=15024 CitCon 2953 Day One Exact Time code
  9. https://youtu.be/8ZjnPdqHjDw?si=gtTyJwrTNY4uoabL&t=15239 CitCon 2953 Day One Exact Time code
  10. https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/transmission/19779-Star-Citizen-Monthly-Report-January-2024 SC Months report January 2024
  11. https://youtu.be/j9d8GXMtHOs?si=1CMb_NoyCYxr6tGe Inside Star Citizen Ironclad is Rad
  12. https://youtu.be/71uiBVajvFE?si=otXrFXvNyK4BlBFP&t=3879
  13. RSInotext.svg CIG writer's forum comment
  14. Galactapedia - Polaris. Galactapedia
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