The DrakeVulture 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.
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
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. The ship went on sale on 2018-06-14.
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. In May 5th, 2021 it was revealed that the Vulture was in production and to be implemented in game with an allocated work schedule of 18 weeks.
Vulture's design share a lot of similarities with the ship Venture in EVE Online. On 2018-06-14, shortly after the design of the Vulture is 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, while CI developers pointed out that the ship is inspired by the Dragonfly. The rivalry escalated with redditors brigading on both subreddit to the point that even EVE developer CCP tweeted about it.