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Small ship manufactured by Drake Interplanetary
Vulture Flying Concept.jpg
ManufacturerDrake Interplanetary (DRAK)
Cargo capacity12 SCU
Production state
Loaner vehicleProspector, Buccaneer
In-Game Cost
BuyNot available
Pledge ($USD)
AvailabilityTime-limited sales
Length33 m
Beam16 m
Height9 m
Combat speed165 m/s
Mass114,591 kg
Introduction2938 CE; 14 years ago (2938)
Developed fromVertical Landing Test 3
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The Drake Vulture is an upcoming one-man salvage starter ship with plenty of on-board storage to help with salvage operations. It is designed for single-pilot salvage operations in dangerous or distant locations It is small enough to sneak into hostile areas unnoticed to recover fresh salvage.[1]

Brochure description

When you embrace the lone wolf spirit, you often find yourself traversing the outermost reaches of civilized space and sometimes even farther off the proverbial grid than that.


Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x total
TBD S Radar Small (Small) 1 x 1
TBD S Computer Small (Small) 1 x 1
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x total
Power Plants
TBD Power Plant Small (Small) 1 x 1
TBD Cooler Small (Small) 1 x 2
TBD Shield Generator Small (Small) 1 x 2

Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x Total
Fuel Intakes
TBD S Fuel Intake Small (Small) 1 x 2
Fuel Tanks
S Fuel Tank Small (Small) 1 x 1
Quantum Drives
TBD S Quantum Drive Small (Small) 1 x 1
Jump Modules
TBD S Jump Module Small (Small) 1 x 1
Quantum Fuel Tanks
TBD S Quantum Fuel Tank Small (Small) 1 x 1
Component Manufacturer Model Type # per mount x Total
Maneuvering Thrusters
Fixed Maneuvering Thruster N/A 1 x 24

Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x Total
TBD Weapon TBD 1 (1) 1 x 2
Utility Items
Tractor Beam 1 (1) 1 x 1
Scraper Beam 1 (1) 1 x 1


  • Scraper Beams: Dual integrated scraper beams use Drake’s patented Tomium system, developed with professional salvagers for the ultimate in speed and efficiency.
  • Integrated Tractor Rig: The Ripper’s claw is outfitted with an integrated Lariat tractor rig, designed specifically for the Vulture. This industrial grade tractor’s innovative proprietary beam configuration makes it more powerful than setups three times its size.
  • Cargo: The Vulture’s deceptively spacious interior bay can be anything you need it to be, from extra cargo space to your personal sanctuary of solitude, and all points in between.
  • Long Haul Capable: The Vulture eases the pain of lengthy travel, and the frequent dangers associated therewith, by providing a versatile combination of comfort and convenience. A full-size bunk employs a new composite mattress developed and tested by professional salvager's and haulers right here at Drake. When the going gets rough, you’re never more than a skip and a stumble away from the cockpit and command station.
  • Central Intuitive Control: With maximum visibility and vital ship systems at your fingertips, the Vulture puts you in command of any situation and ensures you’re ready for anything. You’re in complete control of navigation, defense, weapons, and the Vulture’s unique all-in-one utility arrangement


Ship profile

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear Rear Isometric
Vulture - Schematic - Isometric.png
Vulture - Schematic - Above.png
Vulture - Schematic - Port.png
Vulture - Schematic - Front.png
Vulture - Schematic - Rear.png
Vulture - Schematic - Rear Isometric.png


Vulture Salvaging Concept.jpg
Vulture - Crew Area.jpg
Vulture - Isometric Rear.jpg
Vulture - Cockpit - Closeup 2.jpg
Vulture - Cockpit - Looking out.png
Vulture - Rear - Cargo door down.jpg
Vulture - Lone Box beside giant debris.jpg
Vulture - x2 Flying through station debris.jpg
Vulture - Cut Process Sell.png
Vulture - Grinders.png
Vulture - Salvage comes out and stacks.png
Vulture - 12 Cargo Units.png
Vulture - Cockpit - Closeup 1.jpg
Vulture CargoBay Concept.jpg
Vulture ExternalCockpit Concept.jpg
Vulture Landed Concept.jpg
Vulture Teaser.jpg



  • The Vulture was first introduced on 2017-12-01 in the vote "YOU Pick the Next Drake Ship". It was voted to be the next Drake ship by backers with 44% of 37696 voters.[1] The ship went on sale on 2018-06-14.[2]
  • John Crewe (Lead Designer), Toby Lewin (Ship Designer), Aleks Akstinas (Ship Designer), and Paul Jones (Art Director) are the key contributors of the design of the ship.[3]
  • Pre-release appearance: During the 2950 Drake Defensecon, the ship was on display at the Riker Memorial Spaceport in Area18. It was represented by a downscaled holographic display of the model.[4] In May 5, 2021 it was revealed that the Vulture was in production and to be implemented in game with an allocated work schedule of 18 weeks.[5]


  • The Vulture has some resemblance to the Venture ship in EVE Online. On 2018-06-14, shortly after the design of the Vulture was revealed, players and fans of EVE Online pointed out the similarity between the two ships and accused CI of copying the design on EVE's subreddit,[6] while CI developers said that the ship was inspired by the Dragonfly.[7] The rivalry escalated with redditors brigading both the EVE Online and Star Citizen subreddits, to the point that even EVE developer CCP tweeted about it.[8][9]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 YOU Pick the Next Drake Ship. Citizens - Comm-Link
  2. Your Ship Your Sky. Comm-Link. Retrieved 2020-04-03
  3. Ben Lesnick. "Work in Progress: Drake Vulture". Jump Point. Vol. 6 no. 7. pp.15–34. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  4. Alpha 3.9.1 in-game survey during Drake Defensecon
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named RR2105
  6. Behold, the totally not a copy, Drake Vulture on EVE subreddit
  7. Star Citizen: Around the Verse - Vulture Views and Weapons 2 on Youtube
  8. EVE Online tweet on Vulture
  9. Eve Online and Star Citzen fans at war over £112 "copycat" spaceship
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