The torpedo bay is non-modular, and will not be replaceable, as the
ships main purpose is to bring firepower. Strictly speaking, you can put
whatever you want inside the hangar bay as long as you can make it fit,
but the issue you may run into is the lack of cargo plates, like the
ones found in the cargo hold, that allow you to attach your haul to the
ship. You may find that cargo floating away when the hangar doors open
in zero G. While we may investigate after-market options to prevent this
from happening in the future, there are no plans to do so at this time.
The other two capital-class ships like the Idris and the Javelin come with an Argo. Will the Polaris also come with an Argo?
There are no plans to include an Argo at present.
What do you mean when you refer to the Polaris as being “versatile?”
The Polaris will be versatile in the way you will be able to use it
for things such as Strike Missions, Search and Rescue, and general
patrol. But in addition to this, Cargo facilities will allow movement of
haulage and the hangar essentially will allow you to carry a range of
different smaller ships to areas outside of their usual reach.
Since the Polaris is intended to be a “self-sustaining combat
platform” and “capable of extended deployment without resupply” does it
have a medical facility or Captain’s quarters?
I can confirm that both a captains quarters (and secondary quarters
for the fighter pilot or second in command) and also a small medical bay
are indeed present on the Polaris. In addition to this, the Polaris has
capacity for a large stockpile of 24 Torpedoes, as well as another 4
ready loaded for launching.
What makes the Polaris more than, “just a better Retaliator?”
The ability to have another ship in its hangar is the obvious one,
plus support for a whole crew. Along with the ability to carry cargo
without the need of a module, essentially meaning you do not lose any
existing features for it. Other than the engineering post of the
Retaliator, it only supports the pilot and a few gunners, the Polaris
can let a whole strike team work together at maximum efficiency.
Generally speaking, it fills a similar role, but on a much larger scale,
and carries with it the presence of a capital ship as well as extra
facilities that support the diverse skill-set of its crew which goes
beyond piloting, gunnery, and the firing of torpedoes. The cargo hold
can be used for mission-related supplies such as spacesuits, ammunition,
repair supplies, medical equipment, and other things that make a
sustained, more self-sufficient deployment possible without compromising
its offensive capability, as well as prepare the Polaris for a broader
range of contingencies than only torpedo delivery.
How modular is the ship? Can the torpedo, hangar, and cargo bays be replaced? If so, with what?
There are no plans for these large, internal spaces to be modular. We
expect the Polaris to have the same customization options found in most
ships utilizing the component system.
What can you tell us about the cockpit view? It appears to be
obstructed in much the same manner as the Constellation. What is the
reasoning for this?
The Cockpit glass is essentially a callback to other RSI
ships, basically a signature style. While the struts are present, the
overall size of the glass coverage will allow great wide angle views for
the bridge and turret crews.
Does the Polaris carry any fixed weaponry? There is conflicting data
between the ship page, the matrix, and the brochure about how many
turrets are manned and unmanned, fixed hardpoints, etc.
The current planned weaponry loadout for the Polaris is 4x S10
torpedo launch tubes, 6x Manned Turrets, 1x Remote Operated Turret on
the Nose (controlled from the bridge) and 1x Automated Lower Rear
turret. Apologies for any confusion, if there are discrepancies on the
site we will adjust them.
Could we fully repair and refill any ship that fits inside the hangar bay?
Refill and restocking will be an option, and some degree of repair is
possible; the hangar has enough room for technicians and repairmen to
walk around the ship and use portable repair tools and onboard supplies
to repair damage to a greater degree than a lone mechanic on location in
the field, but it’s not quite the same as a Crucible’s fully equipped
workshop. You should be able to perform patch jobs and repairs, but if
the ship comes back really wrecked, you’ll want a find a proper repair
bay or Crucible for a full repair.
Will Polaris have any other rooms not shown on layout?
Rooms not listed in the brochure include an armoury, med bay, brig,
Captains Quarters and secondary quarters for the fighter pilot or second