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Ships are the core means of transportation, activity, adventure, and combat in Star Citizen. Every ship is a self-contained vehicle with a cockpit, engines, and a role to play in the greater 'verse, from basic cargo haulers like the Hull A to the huge crewed carriers such as the Bengal. Whether in space or on the surface of a planet, ships offer ways to earn Credits through both friendly and hostile means.

Ships is the general term for both space/atmosphere Spaceships and ground-based Vehicles that every Citizen may own, operate, and crew.

List of all ships and vehicles in the game; From tanks and fighters to dreadnoughts.
Detailed information on where and how to buy ships, and their costs
All ship weapons, from cannons to repeaters to missiles. Protect yourself!
The critical ship components to keep ships functioning, including Shields and Quantum drives
The companies and collectives that design, research and/or manufacture your favorite ships.
Costs and locations for temporarily renting ships with aUEC.
For first-time purchasers, read about the available ships and the pledging process.
How to purchase and maintain insurance to replace damaged or destroyed ships.

Roles

Arrow, Freelancer, Prospector, Mustang Alpha, and Dragonfly on a planet's surface

Most ships and ship variants in the universe are designed and built for a particular purpose, or role, in mind; from the small eleven-meter M50 Interceptor racing ship to the massive one-kilometer UEE Bengal Carrier purpose-built for the military.

Starter

Starter ships are the inexpensive and versatile ships used by fledgling Citizens to explore the universe for the first time. Often single-seat and with a small cross-section, these may be the most common type of ships piloted by Citizens in the universe.

Examples Aurora ES Mustang Alpha Avenger Titan Reliant Kore 100i 300i

Exploration

In-engine concept of Carrack entering a jump point

Exploration craft boast powerful sensor suites, larger fuel tanks, and other components to explore frontiers and make grand discoveries. These ships, manned by brave explorers, will delve into unexplored and dangerous jump points just for the chance to discover a new system.

Examples 315p Freelancer DUR Terrapin Constellation Aquila 400i 600i Carrack Corsair

Cargo

Every settlement, station, and ship needs supplies and goods to function; whether the demand is for essential jump fuel or luxurious leather couches. These ships are owned by traders and merchants seeking to deliver these goods for the highest profit, utilizing expanded cargo holds and improved engines to haul as much cargo as possible.

Examples Hull (series) MPUV Cargo R.A.F.T. Freelancer MAX Constellation Taurus Caterpillar C2 Hercules
Two Tanas in combat

Combat

Combat ships are purpose-built and designed to interdict, outmaneuver, and disable or destroy targeted ships. Bristling with weapons and boasting improved power plants, combat ships have small or non-existent cargo holds and other accessories for maximum combat efficiency. These ships are further broken down into different combat roles.

Fighters

Fighters are combat ships designed for one or two persons; often with forward-facing weapons and focused on taking down other ships of similar size. These fighters can be found all over the universe, whether for bounty hunters or as part of the front line of a capital ship battle.

Examples  Gladius Arrow F7C Hornet Sabre Vanguard Warden Aurora LN Mustang Delta
325a Buccaneer Reliant Tana Cutlass Black P52 Merlin F8 Lightning Hurricane

Bombers

Retaliators on a bombing run

Bombers carry a large payload of torpedoes and other heavy ordnance for tactical strikes against larger targets. Bombers often have fewer anti-fighter weaponry and require a fighter escort to reach the target before being intercepted

Examples Vanguard Harbinger Gladiator Eclipse Retaliator A2 Hercules

Combat utility ships

Combat utility ships are small ships with support equipment, radar, non-lethal weapons, or other specialized equipment. They take on a role beyond simply destroying enemy targets; usually used to support squadrons or fleets with their abilities.

Examples Cutlass Blue F7C-R Hornet Tracker Avenger Stalker Avenger Warlock Vanguard Sentinel

Corvettes

Hammerhead Corvette - An anti-fighter sub-capital ship

Corvettes are large ships that are nearly as capable as capital ships. They require crew contingents greater than fighters but not as large as a full capital ship. These ships serve as support ships to capitals in large fleets or as flagships of small fleets or militias. They are generally designed for the UEE Navy, with many models having "civilian" versions for sale to the general public.

Examples Hammerhead Nautilus Perseus

Capital ships

Polaris and fleet engaging a Vanduul Kingship

Capital ships are larger, heavier, and carry more people, or crew, than fighters. As with fighters, crewed ships may either be general combat ships or focus on a specific role. Many of these heavier combat ships are part of the UEE Navy and are not available to Citizens

Examples Polaris Corvette Idris Frigate Javelin Destroyer Pegasus Escort Carrier Bengal CarrierKraken

Mining

Mining ships work to extract raw materials from asteroids in space and rocks on planetary surfaces. These ships are usually not well armed or armored as their design is full focused on their main goal.

Examples ROC Prospector MOLE Orion

Salvage

These ships aim at recovering materials from space junk and derelict ships. They work by pulverizing pieces of ships into small pieces that can be sorted and melted down for recycling.

Examples Reclaimer Vulture

Racing

Packing oversized engines and power plants at the expense of every other component, racing ships are unparalleled in their speed and maneuverability. Often lightly armed and free of any cargo hold, these sleek ships can fly at breathtaking speeds as they cruise around a race course; racers dreaming of winning the Murray Cup.

Examples M50 Interceptor Mustang Gamma Mustang Omega 350r Razor

Specialized

With many different roles to fulfill in the universe, these ships often fall into a class of their own; filling a niche need without significant competition. Specialized roles include passenger transportation or scientific research, though the customization of other ships may allow them to fulfill this role to a lesser degree.

Examples MPUV Personnel Genesis Starliner Reliant Mako Reliant Sen Crucible Herald
Constellation Phoenix Endeavor 890 Jump Mercury Star Runner Expanse
Captured Qhire Khartu for study

Alien ships

Many alien ships also exist in the universe, most normally not flyable by humans without serious modification. Replica craft are included in the above tables where designed and refitted by human manufacturers for use by Citizens.

Examples Blade  Glaive Scythe Defender Khartu-al Talon Prowler Railen
Merchantman Void Harvester Driller Kingship Qhire Khartu

Manufacturers

Ship manufacturers design and build ships for military and civilian use, spending decades and billions of credits on research and development.

Ship Manufacturers
AEGSnav.svg Aegis Dynamics Growing to prominence in the First Tevarin War, Aegis craft became a symbol of the oppressive Messer regime before shifting into civilian craft.
ANVLnav.svg Anvil Aerospace A Terra based ship manufacturer with a strong focus on military craft.
XNAAnav.svg AopoA Xi'an ship manufacturer, also produces the Khartu-al for sale in the UEE.
ARGOnav.svg ARGO Astronautics ARGO focuses on small utility vehicles such as the MPUV Cargo for intrasystem freight.
BANUnav.svg Banu Individual Banu manufacturers which manufactures Banu ships such as the Merchantman.
CNOUnav.svg Consolidated Outland Produces the affordable but high-quality Mustang series of ships.
CRUSnav.svg Crusader Industries Crusader designs the Genesis Starliner along with other commercial transports and military thrusters.
DRAKnav.svg Drake Interplanetary Drake offers ships for militia and the less morally inclined. Ships such as the Cutlass are often found in pirate gangs and outposts.
ESPRnav.svg Esperia Inc. Produces alien ship replicas for private collectors and the military for training purposes.
GAMAnav.svgGatac Manufacture Produces Xi'an commercial and industrial space craft for interspecies utilization.
KRIGnav.svg Kruger Intergalactic Primarily a weapons manufacturer, Kruger leveraged a deal with RSI to produce snub fighters for the Constellation.
MISCnav.svg Musashi Industrial and Starflight Concern Musashi Industrial and Starflight Concern produces reliable industrial ships that can be found in the hands of traders, explorers, and miners.
ORIGnav.svg Origin Jumpworks GmbH Origin Jumpworks focuses on high-end luxury ships such as the 300i with many variants to specialize the model.
RSInav.svg Roberts Space Industries The original creators of the quantum drive, RSI's large lineup of ships are versatile and reliable.

Sizes

The Size value is a simplified overview of both the scale of a ship's physicality, and the scope of its player investment. While these values are not absolutes i.e. some Capital ships may be smaller, some Medium ships may be larger, it is intended only to be a starting point in your understanding of a particular ship's place in the Star Citizen universe, and not the final word on what it can and cannot do.[1]

Sizing is most important for two applications:

Hangars/landing pads
Hangars and landing pads are each a specific size and can accommodate a specific ship size or smaller
Jump points
Jump points, and constructed jump gates, may only transit a certain size of ship (or smaller). Larger ships must find a different route.
Examples of ship sizes
Ship size Sample Ships
Vehicle Ursa Lynx Cyclone PTV
Snub Archimedes X1 85X Dragonfly
Small Defender Razor Sabre Terrapin
Medium Freelancer Eclipse Cutlass Vanguard
Large Carrack Reclaimer Merchantman Constellation
Capital Orion Hull-E Endeavor Polaris

Vehicle

Cyclones on a beach

Can only be operated on ground, the range spans from simple personal transport vehicles like the Greycat PTV, through exploration rovers like the Lynx and Ursa to much larger vehicles. Can often be crewed by a single player or a small group.[1]

Snub

A ship that is completely dependent on another ship to work over a wide area. Sometimes referred to as a parasite craft. Will work in space and atmosphere with generally only a single pilot. Often has no Quantum Drive or fuel intakes which limit its range without the parent ship. An example of this is the Dragonfly.[1]

Small

Terrapin in a hangar

Generally up to 25m in length. Ships that operate in space with Quantum capability. Ideal for solo operators but not exclusively single-seaters. Appropriate for the vast majority of landing pads on stations throughout the verse.[1]

Medium

Cutlass Black in space

Most commonly 25-50m in length. Can be operated independently, but will flourish most effectively with additional crew. Often contains living accommodations for the crew to support extended missions or some form of cargo area. Designed to be played with a small group of friends well.[1]

Large

Concept art of the Merchantman with fleet

Frequently found in the 50-150m length range, these ships can be operated with a skeleton crew, but really require an experienced medium to large crew working together as a unit throughout the mission to achieve their goals. Maintenance and repair costs often become a significant factor in this size bracket.[1]

Capital

Orion in an asteroid field

Huge ships that are often (but not exclusively) over 150m in length and require a significant investment in time or crew to maintain let alone run. The crew needs to be skilled in many areas to effectively operate these colossal ships and often need a small fleet of supporting ships to keep them in the best condition or out of harms way. While these ships are not designed for the casual, individual player, they will offer a unique gameplay experience to the dedicated crew who put in the time and resources.[1]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Shipyard: Ship Technical Information. Engineering - Comm-Link
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