Prowler

Reproduced Tevarin military drop ship by Esperia
Quick facts:
Prowler
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Flight ready
Prowler
Esperia (ESPR)
Role
Dropship
Size
Medium (S3/S)
Capacity
Crew
1 – 2
Cargo
0 SCU0 KµSCU <br />0 µSCU <br />
Stowage
1,850 KµSCU1.85 SCU <br />1,850,000 µSCU <br />
Cost
Standalone
$ 440.00€ 444.40 <br />£ 374.00 <br /> ($ 425.00€ 429.25 <br />£ 361.25 <br />)
Warbond
$ 410.00€ 414.10 <br />£ 348.50 <br /> ($ 380.00€ 383.80 <br />£ 323.00 <br />)
Availability
Time-limited sales
Claim
23m 13s
Expedite
7m 44s
Expedite fee
9,993 aUEC
Specifications
Length
34 m0.034 km <br />3,400 cm <br />
Width
32 m0.032 km <br />3,200 cm <br />
Height
15 m0.015 km <br />1,500 cm <br />
Mass
171,700 kg171.7 t <br />
Scm speed
200 m/s720 km/h <br />
0 to scm
2.738 s
Scm to 0
8.001 s
Max speed
1,100 m/s3,960 km/h <br />
0 to max
15.059 s
Max to 0
44.007 s
Roll rate
100 °/s
Pitch rate
35 °/s
Yaw rate
30 °/s
Hydrogen capacity
390,000 L390 SCU <br />
Hydrogen intake
0 L/s0 SCU/s <br />
Quantum capacity
2,500 L2.5 SCU <br />
Cross section
- 40 %
Electromagnetic
- 40 %
Infrared
- 40 %
Physical
- 50 %
Energy
None
Distortion
None
Thermal
None
Biochemical
None
Stun
- 100 %
Health
79,900 ❤️
Lore
Released
2946
Development
Announced
18 November 2016
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The Esperia Prowler is a modernized version of the infamous Tevarin armored personnel carrier. Esperia's astroengineers were given unmitigated access to study original versions of the ship recently discovered in the Kabal system to help meticulously reconstruct the vehicle. Now, the Prowler is the perfect fusion of two cultures: the elegance and effectiveness of the Tevarin war machine combined with the reliability of modern human technology.[1]

Features

Hardened shell
Both the pilot and co-pilot cockpit shield is constructed of kelsun composite utilizing original Tervarin engineering techniques. A process that created the most resilient transparent shielding of that era, a byproduct of the process gives the exterior an opaque coating while still allowing the operator to see out.[2]
Ground runners
Another feature of the Prowler is it's focused gravity emitters that are positioned on the underside, which creates a cushion to allow it to navigate precarious and uneven surfaces such as landscapes or even ship hulls, whilst avoiding scans.[2]
Transforming mechanics
The twin nacelle wings of the Prowler house a pair of low emission thrusters designed to minimize the ship's energy signature profile for a stealthier approach. These wings will also rotate, allowing more maneuvering capabilities in flight, but also double as the ship's landing gear.[2]
Precision offense
A remote turret is placed along the upper spine of the ship, it can be controlled by either the pilot or co-pilot, offering 360 degree weapon coverage against hostile forces.[2]
Rapid deployment
For the deployment of combat personnel, the Prowler has four Deployment Portholes along each side of the hull. These portholes are outfitted with an airshield meaning that they can be open during flight in both atmosphere and deep space. Each of these portholes is outfitted with a dedicated power supply to guarantee that the airshields will stay online.[2] However, losing your airshields while in space would have the same effect as a hull decompression event. The cockpits won't be affected as they are sealed off from the rest of the ship.[3]

Each station is outfitted with a safety harness to secure soldiers into their positions while in transit.

Specifications

Sc-icon-fuelintake.svg Fuel intake
2x
S2
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0 L/s0 SCU/s <br />
Fuel port
1x
S1
Fuel portdockingtube_fuel_ports_espr_prowler
Sc-icon-fueltank.svg Fuel tank
2x
S2
195,000 L195 SCU <br />
Sc-icon-quantumdrive.svg Quantum drive
Sc-icon-quantumfueltank.svg Quantum fuel tank
1x
S2
2,500 L2.5 SCU <br />
Sc-icon-mainthruster.svg Main thruster
2x
S1
Main thrusterespr_prowler_thruster_main
6.271 MN6,270.901 kN <br />1,409,754.983 lbf <br />
Sc-icon-maneuveringthruster.svg Maneuvering thruster
4x
S1
Retro thrusterespr_prowler_thruster_retro_02
0.834 MN834.064 kN <br />187,505.139 lbf <br />
16x
S1
Maneuvering thrusterespr_prowler_thruster_mav_up
1.924 MN1,923.771 kN <br />432,481.035 lbf <br />
8x
S1
Grav levespr_prowler_thruster_aux
0 MN0 kN <br />0 lbf <br />

Model

Ship profile

Exterior

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear Below
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Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear
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Interior

Lower deck Upper deck
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Paints

"Harmony" "Ocellus" "Polar" "Stormbringer" "Wanderer"
Prowler Harmon in space - Isometric.jpg
Prowler Ocellus in space - Isometric.jpg
Prowler Polar in space - Isometric.jpg
Prowler Stormbringer in space - Isometric.jpg
Prowler Wanderer in space - Isometric.jpg

Acquisition

Pledge price history

Date Pledge cost (USD) Insurance Availability Sale
2016-11-18 425 LTI Time-limited 2016 anniversary sale [4]
2020-05-01 440 6 months Time-limited + Warbond Alpha 3.9.0 flight-ready promotion sale [5]

Lore

In 2941, the Imperial pathfinders entered the newly discovered Kabal system and located a series of abandoned Tevarin settlements on Kabal III. The UEE Navy insisted that Esperia be included in the group of analysts brought to Kabal to study potentially lost Tevarin technologies at two aerospace bases identified by the initial surveyors.

While much of what was discovered in the Kabal system remains classified today, what is known is that the researchers discovered nine fully equipped squadrons of Prowler-A's safely stored in bunkers. The investigation revealed that none of the Prowlers had flown for almost five centuries and that they had been properly mothballed rather than abandoned at the site.

Esperia's initial survey team reviewed the available spacecraft. In the culmination of the initial study, a single vintage Prowler tested in a 45-minute atmospheric flight that confirm that the spacecraft were as fully functional. The remote stage of the project took 18 months and at its conclusion, the government opted to ferry six of the Prowlers back to Esperia's clean lab at Kutaram rather than retain the Esperia team on Kabal.[6]

As the team from Esperia completed their work on the ancient spacecraft, management began recreating the ship with Human control surfaces and updated modern components. A formal pitch was made to the UEE for access and legal rights to recreate the ship, with the goal of selling it to the military as well as others who might be interested in the historical spacecraft. Much to the surprise of all involved, the government approved the idea almost immediately and formally declassified the recovered Prowlers for Esperia's benefit.

One of the first issues facing the recreation team was that the models found on Kabal predated the wars and thus lacked the dorsal turret. Astroengineers also had trouble recreating the 'plate cockpit', requiring several months to perfect the once-commonplace Tevarin technologies that gave the ship its distinct forward structure.

The company was able to trace every subsystem and component of the original spacecraft and either re-synthesize it using present-day technology or substitute it for an existing modular system. Computer systems in particular were completely reworked, with the original Tevarin software either completely lost to data rot or deemed incompatible with present-day systems.[6]

The new Prowler debuted in 2946 at the annual Intergalactic Aerospace Expo event. The intent to sell to the UEEN largely fell through, ultimately purchasing only a limited run of the craft for study and potential special operations assignments. However, the design did immediately attract the attention of the civilian sector. Preorders for Prowlers were taken not from historians and preservation groups but instead from mercenary forces and wildcatters seeing a durable, high-tech ship for operations. Generations removed from the stigma of the war, the Prowler had found an unlikely second life serving the descendants of the Humans it had once fought so fiercely against.[6]

Gallery

Development

Prowler was the first Tevarin ship introduced. It was introduced as a Tevarin ship as the developer wanted the Tevarin to be masters of shield tech, so one of the early ideas was that the ship could incorporate air shields to allow the boarding party to quickly exit the ship. The idea of being a Human reproduction of an older Tevarin warship came from the lore that the Tevarin were no longer producing ships themselves.[7]

2014-11-06 Won the poll for the $61 million crowdfunding goal as an unnamed boarding/assault ship in the fourth wave ships.[8]
2016-11-18 Concept sale during the 2016 Anniversary Sale/Intergalactic Aerospace Expo, roughly two years after the first reveal.[9]
2019-11-22 Delayed from Alpha 3.8.0 to Alpha 3.8.X patch in later half of March 2020 because of additional polishing needed.[10]
2020-01-24 Delayed from Alpha 3.8.X to Alpha 3.9.0.[11]
2020-04-29 Flight ready in Alpha 3.9. Along with it's release, the ship was put on temporary promotion sale for $440 USD, with an additional Warbond discount available. Along with the ship, the Aves helmet was added as an extra, but the helmet was also sold separately for $4 USD.[5]

Role Contributors
Original concept Jan Urschel (first round), Gary Sanchez (second round), Gavin Rothery (third round), Sarah McCulloch, Stuart Jennett (cockpit interior and interior lighting), Furio Tedeschi[12]
Art Paul Jones,[12] Byungjin Hyun, Daniel Kamentsky, Arthur Guillot, Elwin Bachiller Jr.[7]
Engineering Mark Abent[7]
System design Calix Reneau, Stephen Hosmer[7]
Technical art Matthew Intrieri, Patrick Salerno, Brian Chen[7]
Technical design John Crewe[12]
Narrative Dave Haddock, Adam Wieser, Cherie Heiberg, Mike Kinshella[7]

Aims & Aesthetic
Aims
  • Alien dropship to form the second wave of battle
  • Showcase alien tech focus and offer unique ship roles
Aesthetic
  • No airlocks — the Tevarin invented atmosphere shields — infantry have direct access to space
  • Highly focused on troop deployment
Statistics
Length 35m
Width 22.5m
Height 8.5m (approximately two Freelancers side-by-side sans wings)
Mass 60,000 kg One medium engine which powers four main nozzles, using Xi'an engine technology.
Health Low The Prowler generally depends on its usage of shielding and armor to protect itself and its troops from harm
Crew 2 Pilot, Co-Pilot (can carry 8 troops)
Engines 2 x Medium The low emissions of the engines help get the Prowler in, and the high durability help get it out again, focusing on personnel safety
Thrusters 20 x Fixed
Power Plants 2 x Medium Somewhat underpowered for all the shields and energy weapons, but this is a ship of singular focus, so it isn't as affected by the low power as other ships might be
Weapon hardpoints
1 x S6 Gimbal S5 Tevarin Ballistic Cannon Main tanklike front-facing weapon
2 x S3 Gimbal S2 Tevarin Laser Cannons Support fire to protect deploying personnel
8 x Tevarin Deployment Ordinance DESIGN TBD Rockets with handles designed to move troops right into battle – the paratroopers of space.
Defense hardpoints
Shield 1x Large Can be disabled during approach for even stealthier deployment
Phalanx Shield 1 x Medium Features the Tevarin Phalanx Shield Emitter, which includes a mode that sacrifices wrap-around defence of the Prowler in favour of a large wall of shield that blocks all projectiles (even from the Prowler itself), allowing groups of Prowlers to protect each other and the fleet
Armour Heavy Heavy armor protection to absorb direct fire
Metric & Templates
Interior
  • Interior consists of cockpit and troop bay with armory
Animation Templates
  • Main seat enter/exit
  • Troop seat enter/exit
  • Cockpit entry (side entry similar to the Freelancer)
  • Troop entry (directly through the side Atmosphere Shields)
Items
  • Medium Powerplant x2 – 1.0m x 1.5m x 1.0m
  • Large Shield Generator – 1.0m x 3.0m x 1.0m
  • Small Avionics x2 – 0.5m x 0.75m x 0.25m
  • Medium Cooler – 1.0m x 1.5m x 0.5m
  • Small Gravity Generator – 0.5m x 0.5m x 0.5m
  • Small Jump Drive – 0.5m x 0.75m x 0.5m 4
  • Medium Life Support – 1.0m x 1.0m x 0.5m
  • Small Radar – 0.5m x 0.5m x 0.5m
  • Small Scanner – 0.5m x 0.5m x 0.25m
  • Large Fuel Tank – TBD
  • Small Battery x2 – TBD
  • Small Ammo – 0.5m x 1.0m x 0.5m
New — Atmosphere Shields
  • The Tevarin invented the Atmosphere Shields, and so had no need for airlocks in their ship designs
  • Each door has a connected battery pack so that power interruptions don't result in instantly venting the ship
New – Phalanx Shield
  • Activate Phalanx Shield, which disables normal shields, sacrificing full shield coverage of the ship for a large flat wall of shield that friendly ships can hide behind.

Approved design needed.

New – Deployment Ordinance
  • Airborne Paratroopers in space – After firing and hitting targets with a tracker, troops hang on to guided rockets that home in on the tracker. The tracker may optionally be detonated as an EMP remotely.

Approved design needed.

Additional references * The Prowler is very much built around agile use, with players moving easily from inside to outside, walking on the surface of the ship – should feel like an infantry-centric action platform

Trivia

Copperhead landing

See also

References

  1. The Esperia Prowler - Ship page. Pledge Store
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Esperia Prowler Manual v2
  3. Esperia Prowler Q&A Part 2. Transmission - Comm-Link
  4. RSI Pledge - Esperia Prowler - LTI Archived 2016-11-21.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Alpha 3.9.0 Flyable Ships. Transmission - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2020-05-06
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Whitley's Guide: Esperia Prowler". Jump Point. Vol. 8 no. 4. pp.25–28. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "Developer Interview: Esperia Prowler". Jump Point. Vol. 8 no. 3. pp.3–10. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  8. Letter from the Chairman - $60 Million. Transmission - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2020-04-07
  9. Intergalactic Aerospace Expo, Day One: The Prowler. Transmission - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2020-04-07
  10. Star Citizen Alpha 3.8.0 Ship Updates. Spectrum. Retrieved 2020-04-07
  11. Roadmap Roundup - January 24th, 2020. Spectrum Dispatch - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2020-04-07
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 David Ladyman, "Work in Progress: Prowler". Jump Point. Vol. 4 no. 12. pp.3–40. Retrieved 2020-04-07.


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