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Why is a Type-7 Transporter not able to use a medium pad?

I’m glad you asked!

The landing pads in Elite dangerous come in three flavours. Small (66m x 55m), Medium (150m x 90m) and Large (213m x 128m) and these are rotating tables that sink into a shaft and rotate 180 degrees before reversing your ship into the hangar below.



See this early render of the Panther LX.

So far so good.

Now a Lakon Type-7 Transporter is (according to my blueprints) 56.1m wide by 81.6m long and 25.4m high. Which means the Type-7 sits well within the maximum size of the pad.



It’s not so big

 

Compared to the more expensive multi-role Python, the Type-7 is both shorter and narrower despite having similar cargo sizes and yet the Python is Medium ship. So, what’s the problem?

Height. That pesky 3rd dimension is raining on our Medium pad parade!

The highest Medium pad ship is the Federal Assault Ship which is 49.5m wide by 73.8m long and 22.8m high. That means the maximum headroom for a Medium hangar is somewhere between 22.8m and 25.4m, the average of which is a few centimetres short of 24m, so it’s safe to assume that the ceiling is 24m for a ship with gear deployed.

Which, for the Type-7, is a problem because without gear out, it’s already more than 25m high – closer to 27m with feet on the ground.

Like really tall men and women everywhere the poor Type-7 just has to shop elsewhere for hangars big enough, because what fits all those other Medium ships just isn’t tall enough for the Type-7.

Aww.

And that's why the Type-7 Transporter cannot land on Medium pads. Not because the ship is too big for the pad, but because the ship is too high for the medium hangar.

Ship Size Chart "3305 Edition"

Having added a number of new ships, I thought I'd revisit an old concept.

The size comparison chart that got me started on the blueprint project. I wanted something for the LaveCon raffle this year, so a poster is most likely going to be the thing. Below is a 4K bitmap of what will be an A0 poster.

UPDATE

The poster is done and will be in the LaveCon raffle this year.

poster

Elite Dangerous Ship Blueprints January 2019

Elite Dangerous Ship & Vehicle Blueprints "3305 Edition"

The drawing of new ships, collation and double-checking of all data, finding all the previous translation texts, getting new translations and then putting the whole jigsaw together has swallowed January whole. For those who don't follow me on Twitter, just exporting the blueprints as bitmaps took nearly three hours - in one language. But it was worth it. This is the most complete and comprehensive collection to date with four language versions to boot.

The annotation now includes numbering on the hard-points and on utility slots. This is NOT the numbers that sometimes appear on the ships hull, but the number order from ships outfitting from top to bottom. First slot in outfitting is number 1, last is number 4 (or whatever) I hope that makes sense. See the examples below.

Alliance Crusader Cobra Mk III Beluga Liner Krait Phantom

Special thanks to CMDR Nicou, CMDR Uxío Piñeiro and CMDR Kai Pelzel who did such amazing work getting translations for me in such a short time. o7 CMDRs!

Suggestions and corrections should be submitted written in pencil on a ten pound note. :D

Corrections: I've moved the cargo hatch on the Anaconda, fixed the Cyclops description, added the missing Fer-De-lance hard-point and correctly located the Beluga's SLF bay.
Additions: XG8 Javelin Guardian Fighter. 6 Feb 2019 - Thargoid Medusa

Here they are! Enjoy.

Ship Blueprints

Craft Manufacturer 1920x1080 4096x2305
Stinger-2 Achilles Corp Stinger-2 Stinger-2
Coriolis Station Brewer Corp Coriolis Station Coriolis Station
Nav Beacon Brewer Corp Nav Beacon Nav Beacon
Eagle Mk II Core Dynamics Eagle Mk II Eagle Mk II
F63 Condor Federal Fighter Core Dynamics F63 Condor Federal Fighter F63 Condor Federal Fighter
Farragut Battle Cruiser Core Dynamics Farragut Battle Cruiser Farragut Battle Cruiser
Federal Assault Ship Core Dynamics Federal Assault Ship Federal Assault Ship
Federal Corvette Core Dynamics Federal Corvette Federal Corvette
Federal Dropship Core Dynamics Federal Dropship Federal Dropship
Federal Gunship Core Dynamics Federal Gunship Federal Gunship
S4 Sentry Skimmer Core Dynamics S4 Sentry Skimmer S4 Sentry Skimmer
S5LM Guardian Core Dynamics S5LM Guardian S5LM Guardian
S9 Goliath skimmer Core Dynamics S9 Goliath skimmer S9 Goliath skimmer
Vulture Core Dynamics Vulture Vulture
Anaconda Faulcon DeLacy Anaconda Anaconda
Cobra Mk III Faulcon DeLacy Cobra Mk III Cobra Mk III
Cobra Mk IV Faulcon DeLacy Cobra Mk IV Cobra Mk IV
Krait Mk II Faulcon DeLacy Krait Mk II Krait Mk II
Krait Phantom Faulcon DeLacy Krait Phantom Krait Phantom
Python Faulcon DeLacy Python Python
Sidewinder Faulcon DeLacy Sidewinder Sidewinder
Taipan Independent Fighter Faulcon DeLacy Taipan Independent Fighter Taipan Independent Fighter
Viper Mk III Faulcon DeLacy Viper Mk III Viper Mk III
Viper Mk IV Faulcon DeLacy Viper Mk IV Viper Mk IV
GU-97 Imperial fighter Gutamaya GU-97 Imperial fighter GU-97 Imperial fighter
Imperial Clipper Gutamaya Imperial Clipper Imperial Clipper
Imperial Courier Gutamaya Imperial Courier Imperial Courier
Imperial Cutter Gutamaya Imperial Cutter Imperial Cutter
Imperial Eagle Gutamaya Imperial Eagle Imperial Eagle
Majestic Class Interdictor Gutamaya Majestic Class Interdictor Majestic Class Interdictor
Alliance Challenger Lakon Alliance Challenger Alliance Challenger
Alliance Chieftain Lakon Alliance Chieftain Alliance Chieftain
Alliance Crusader Lakon Alliance Crusader Alliance Crusader
Asp Explorer Lakon Asp Explorer Asp Explorer
Asp Scout Lakon Asp Scout Asp Scout
Diamondback Explorer Lakon Diamondback Explorer Diamondback Explorer
Diamondback Scout Lakon Diamondback Scout Diamondback Scout
Keelback Lakon Keelback Keelback
Type-10 Defender Lakon Type-10 Defender Type-10 Defender
Type-6 Transporter Lakon Type-6 Transporter Type-6 Transporter
Type-7 Transporter Lakon Type-7 Transporter Type-7 Transporter
Type-9 Heavy Lakon Type-9 Heavy Type-9 Heavy
XG7 Trident Ram Tah XG7 Trident XG7 Trident
XG8 Javelin Ram Tah XG8 Javelin XG8 Javelin
XG9 Lance Ram Tah XG9 Lance XG9 Lance
Beluga Liner Saud Kruger Beluga Liner Beluga Liner
Dolphin Saud Kruger Dolphin Dolphin
Orca Saud Kruger Orca Orca
Thargoid Basilisk Thargoids Thargoid Basilisk Thargoid Basilisk
Thargoid Cyclops Thargoids Thargoid Cyclops Thargoid Cyclops
Thargoid Hydra Thargoids Thargoid Hydra Thargoid Hydra
Thargoid Marauder Thargoids Thargoid Marauder Thargoid Marauder
Thargoid Medusa Thargoids Thargoid Medusa Thargoid Medusa
Thargoid Scavenger Thargoids Thargoid Scavenger Thargoid Scavenger
Thargoid Sensor Thargoids Thargoid Sensor Thargoid Sensor
Scarab SRV Vodel Scarab SRV Scarab SRV
Adder Zorgon Peterson Adder Adder
Fer-de-Lance Zorgon Peterson Fer-de-Lance Fer-de-Lance
Hauler Zorgon Peterson Hauler Hauler
Mamba Zorgon Peterson Mamba Mamba

Schéma de Vaisseau

Vaisseau Fabricant 1920x1080 4096x2305
Stinger-2 Achilles Corp Stinger-2 Stinger-2
Coriolis Station Brewer Corp Coriolis Station Coriolis Station
Nav Beacon Brewer Corp Nav Beacon Nav Beacon
Eagle Mk II Core Dynamics Eagle Mk II Eagle Mk II
F63 Condor Federal Fighter Core Dynamics F63 Condor Federal Fighter F63 Condor Federal Fighter
Farragut Battle Cruiser Core Dynamics Farragut Battle Cruiser Farragut Battle Cruiser
Federal Assault Ship Core Dynamics Federal Assault Ship Federal Assault Ship
Federal Corvette Core Dynamics Federal Corvette Federal Corvette
Federal Dropship Core Dynamics Federal Dropship Federal Dropship
Federal Gunship Core Dynamics Federal Gunship Federal Gunship
S4 Sentry Skimmer Core Dynamics S4 Sentry Skimmer S4 Sentry Skimmer
S5LM Guardian Core Dynamics S5LM Guardian S5LM Guardian
S9 Goliath skimmer Core Dynamics S9 Goliath skimmer S9 Goliath skimmer
Vulture Core Dynamics Vulture Vulture
Anaconda Faulcon DeLacy Anaconda Anaconda
Cobra Mk III Faulcon DeLacy Cobra Mk III Cobra Mk III
Cobra Mk IV Faulcon DeLacy Cobra Mk IV Cobra Mk IV
Krait Mk II Faulcon DeLacy Krait Mk II Krait Mk II
Krait Phantom Faulcon DeLacy Krait Phantom Krait Phantom
Python Faulcon DeLacy Python Python
Sidewinder Faulcon DeLacy Sidewinder Sidewinder
Taipan Independent Fighter Faulcon DeLacy Taipan Independent Fighter Taipan Independent Fighter
Viper Mk III Faulcon DeLacy Viper Mk III Viper Mk III
Viper Mk IV Faulcon DeLacy Viper Mk IV Viper Mk IV
GU-97 Imperial fighter Gutamaya GU-97 Imperial fighter GU-97 Imperial fighter
Imperial Clipper Gutamaya Imperial Clipper Imperial Clipper
Imperial Courier Gutamaya Imperial Courier Imperial Courier
Imperial Cutter Gutamaya Imperial Cutter Imperial Cutter
Imperial Eagle Gutamaya Imperial Eagle Imperial Eagle
Majestic Class Interdictor Gutamaya Majestic Class Interdictor Majestic Class Interdictor
Alliance Challenger Lakon Alliance Challenger Alliance Challenger
Alliance Chieftain Lakon Alliance Chieftain Alliance Chieftain
Alliance Crusader Lakon Alliance Crusader Alliance Crusader
Asp Explorer Lakon Asp Explorer Asp Explorer
Asp Scout Lakon Asp Scout Asp Scout
Diamondback Explorer Lakon Diamondback Explorer Diamondback Explorer
Diamondback Scout Lakon Diamondback Scout Diamondback Scout
Keelback Lakon Keelback Keelback
Type-10 Defender Lakon Type-10 Defender Type-10 Defender
Type-6 Transporter Lakon Type-6 Transporter Type-6 Transporter
Type-7 Transporter Lakon Type-7 Transporter Type-7 Transporter
Type-9 Heavy Lakon Type-9 Heavy Type-9 Heavy
XG7 Trident Ram Tah XG7 Trident XG7 Trident
XG8 Javelin Ram Tah XG8 Javelin XG8 Javelin
XG9 Lance Ram Tah XG9 Lance XG9 Lance
Beluga Liner Saud Kruger Beluga Liner Beluga Liner
Dolphin Saud Kruger Dolphin Dolphin
Orca Saud Kruger Orca Orca
Thargoid Basilisk Thargoids Thargoid Basilisk Thargoid Basilisk
Thargoid Cyclops Thargoids Thargoid Cyclops Thargoid Cyclops
Thargoid Hydra Thargoids Thargoid Hydra Thargoid Hydra
Thargoid Marauder Thargoids Thargoid Marauder Thargoid Marauder
Thargoid Medusa Thargoids Thargoid Medusa Thargoid Medusa
Thargoid Scavenger Thargoids Thargoid Scavenger Thargoid Scavenger
Thargoid Sensor Thargoids Thargoid Sensor Thargoid Sensor
Scarab SRV Vodel Scarab SRV Scarab SRV
Adder Zorgon Peterson Adder Adder
Fer-de-Lance Zorgon Peterson Fer-de-Lance Fer-de-Lance
Hauler Zorgon Peterson Hauler Hauler
Mamba Zorgon Peterson Mamba Mamba

Schiffsblaupausen

Fahrzeug Hersteller 1920x1080 4096x2305
Stinger-2 Achilles Corp Stinger-2 Stinger-2
Coriolis Station Brewer Corp Coriolis Station Coriolis Station
Nav Beacon Brewer Corp Nav Beacon Nav Beacon
Eagle Mk II Core Dynamics Eagle Mk II Eagle Mk II
F63 Condor Federal Fighter Core Dynamics F63 Condor Federal Fighter F63 Condor Federal Fighter
Farragut Battle Cruiser Core Dynamics Farragut Battle Cruiser Farragut Battle Cruiser
Federal Assault Ship Core Dynamics Federal Assault Ship Federal Assault Ship
Federal Corvette Core Dynamics Federal Corvette Federal Corvette
Federal Dropship Core Dynamics Federal Dropship Federal Dropship
Federal Gunship Core Dynamics Federal Gunship Federal Gunship
S4 Sentry Skimmer Core Dynamics S4 Sentry Skimmer S4 Sentry Skimmer
S5LM Guardian Core Dynamics S5LM Guardian S5LM Guardian
S9 Goliath skimmer Core Dynamics S9 Goliath skimmer S9 Goliath skimmer
Vulture Core Dynamics Vulture Vulture
Anaconda Faulcon DeLacy Anaconda Anaconda
Cobra Mk III Faulcon DeLacy Cobra Mk III Cobra Mk III
Cobra Mk IV Faulcon DeLacy Cobra Mk IV Cobra Mk IV
Krait Mk II Faulcon DeLacy Krait Mk II Krait Mk II
Krait Phantom Faulcon DeLacy Krait Phantom Krait Phantom
Python Faulcon DeLacy Python Python
Sidewinder Faulcon DeLacy Sidewinder Sidewinder
Taipan Independent Fighter Faulcon DeLacy Taipan Independent Fighter Taipan Independent Fighter
Viper Mk III Faulcon DeLacy Viper Mk III Viper Mk III
Viper Mk IV Faulcon DeLacy Viper Mk IV Viper Mk IV
GU-97 Imperial fighter Gutamaya GU-97 Imperial fighter GU-97 Imperial fighter
Imperial Clipper Gutamaya Imperial Clipper Imperial Clipper
Imperial Courier Gutamaya Imperial Courier Imperial Courier
Imperial Cutter Gutamaya Imperial Cutter Imperial Cutter
Imperial Eagle Gutamaya Imperial Eagle Imperial Eagle
Majestic Class Interdictor Gutamaya Majestic Class Interdictor Majestic Class Interdictor
Alliance Challenger Lakon Alliance Challenger Alliance Challenger
Alliance Chieftain Lakon Alliance Chieftain Alliance Chieftain
Alliance Crusader Lakon Alliance Crusader Alliance Crusader
Asp Explorer Lakon Asp Explorer Asp Explorer
Asp Scout Lakon Asp Scout Asp Scout
Diamondback Explorer Lakon Diamondback Explorer Diamondback Explorer
Diamondback Scout Lakon Diamondback Scout Diamondback Scout
Keelback Lakon Keelback Keelback
Type-10 Defender Lakon Type-10 Defender Type-10 Defender
Type-6 Transporter Lakon Type-6 Transporter Type-6 Transporter
Type-7 Transporter Lakon Type-7 Transporter Type-7 Transporter
Type-9 Heavy Lakon Type-9 Heavy Type-9 Heavy
XG7 Trident Ram Tah XG7 Trident XG7 Trident
XG8 Javelin Ram Tah XG8 Javelin XG8 Javelin
XG9 Lance Ram Tah XG9 Lance XG9 Lance
Beluga Liner Saud Kruger Beluga Liner Beluga Liner
Dolphin Saud Kruger Dolphin Dolphin
Orca Saud Kruger Orca Orca
Thargoid Basilisk Thargoids Thargoid Basilisk Thargoid Basilisk
Thargoid Cyclops Thargoids Thargoid Cyclops Thargoid Cyclops
Thargoid Hydra Thargoids Thargoid Hydra Thargoid Hydra
Thargoid Marauder Thargoids Thargoid Marauder Thargoid Marauder
Thargoid Medusa Thargoids Thargoid Medusa Thargoid Medusa
Thargoid Scavenger Thargoids Thargoid Scavenger Thargoid Scavenger
Thargoid Sensor Thargoids Thargoid Sensor Thargoid Sensor
Scarab SRV Vodel Scarab SRV Scarab SRV
Adder Zorgon Peterson Adder Adder
Fer-de-Lance Zorgon Peterson Fer-de-Lance Fer-de-Lance
Hauler Zorgon Peterson Hauler Hauler
Mamba Zorgon Peterson Mamba Mamba

Planos de Naves

Vehículo Fabricante 1920x1080 4096x2305
Stinger-2 Achilles Corp Stinger-2 Stinger-2
Coriolis Station Brewer Corp Coriolis Station Coriolis Station
Nav Beacon Brewer Corp Nav Beacon Nav Beacon
Eagle Mk II Core Dynamics Eagle Mk II Eagle Mk II
F63 Condor Federal Fighter Core Dynamics F63 Condor Federal Fighter F63 Condor Federal Fighter
Farragut Battle Cruiser Core Dynamics Farragut Battle Cruiser Farragut Battle Cruiser
Federal Assault Ship Core Dynamics Federal Assault Ship Federal Assault Ship
Federal Corvette Core Dynamics Federal Corvette Federal Corvette
Federal Dropship Core Dynamics Federal Dropship Federal Dropship
Federal Gunship Core Dynamics Federal Gunship Federal Gunship
S4 Sentry Skimmer Core Dynamics S4 Sentry Skimmer S4 Sentry Skimmer
S5LM Guardian Core Dynamics S5LM Guardian S5LM Guardian
S9 Goliath skimmer Core Dynamics S9 Goliath skimmer S9 Goliath skimmer
Vulture Core Dynamics Vulture Vulture
Anaconda Faulcon DeLacy Anaconda Anaconda
Cobra Mk III Faulcon DeLacy Cobra Mk III Cobra Mk III
Cobra Mk IV Faulcon DeLacy Cobra Mk IV Cobra Mk IV
Krait Mk II Faulcon DeLacy Krait Mk II Krait Mk II
Krait Phantom Faulcon DeLacy Krait Phantom Krait Phantom
Python Faulcon DeLacy Python Python
Sidewinder Faulcon DeLacy Sidewinder Sidewinder
Taipan Independent Fighter Faulcon DeLacy Taipan Independent Fighter Taipan Independent Fighter
Viper Mk III Faulcon DeLacy Viper Mk III Viper Mk III
Viper Mk IV Faulcon DeLacy Viper Mk IV Viper Mk IV
GU-97 Imperial fighter Gutamaya GU-97 Imperial fighter GU-97 Imperial fighter
Imperial Clipper Gutamaya Imperial Clipper Imperial Clipper
Imperial Courier Gutamaya Imperial Courier Imperial Courier
Imperial Cutter Gutamaya Imperial Cutter Imperial Cutter
Imperial Eagle Gutamaya Imperial Eagle Imperial Eagle
Majestic Class Interdictor Gutamaya Majestic Class Interdictor Majestic Class Interdictor
Alliance Challenger Lakon Alliance Challenger Alliance Challenger
Alliance Chieftain Lakon Alliance Chieftain Alliance Chieftain
Alliance Crusader Lakon Alliance Crusader Alliance Crusader
Asp Explorer Lakon Asp Explorer Asp Explorer
Asp Scout Lakon Asp Scout Asp Scout
Diamondback Explorer Lakon Diamondback Explorer Diamondback Explorer
Diamondback Scout Lakon Diamondback Scout Diamondback Scout
Keelback Lakon Keelback Keelback
Type-10 Defender Lakon Type-10 Defender Type-10 Defender
Type-6 Transporter Lakon Type-6 Transporter Type-6 Transporter
Type-7 Transporter Lakon Type-7 Transporter Type-7 Transporter
Type-9 Heavy Lakon Type-9 Heavy Type-9 Heavy
XG7 Trident Ram Tah XG7 Trident XG7 Trident
XG8 Javelin Ram Tah XG8 Javelin XG8 Javelin
XG9 Lance Ram Tah XG9 Lance XG9 Lance
Beluga Liner Saud Kruger Beluga Liner Beluga Liner
Dolphin Saud Kruger Dolphin Dolphin
Orca Saud Kruger Orca Orca
Thargoid Basilisk Thargoids Thargoid Basilisk Thargoid Basilisk
Thargoid Cyclops Thargoids Thargoid Cyclops Thargoid Cyclops
Thargoid Hydra Thargoids Thargoid Hydra Thargoid Hydra
Thargoid Marauder Thargoids Thargoid Marauder Thargoid Marauder
Thargoid Medusa Thargoids Thargoid Medusa Thargoid Medusa
Thargoid Scavenger Thargoids Thargoid Scavenger Thargoid Scavenger
Thargoid Sensor Thargoids Thargoid Sensor Thargoid Sensor
Scarab SRV Vodel Scarab SRV Scarab SRV
Adder Zorgon Peterson Adder Adder
Fer-de-Lance Zorgon Peterson Fer-de-Lance Fer-de-Lance
Hauler Zorgon Peterson Hauler Hauler
Mamba Zorgon Peterson Mamba Mamba

Codex update

This week I have resumed work on the Vehicle Codex, doing a large number of the datasheets. I have modified my original format and unlike my blueprints, these are all to the same scale (1:2,450).

Yes; I know some don't have completed Codex pages yet (Saud Kruger). If you spot any incorrect stats, please let me know. Here are the ones I've done so far. More to come over the weekend and next week.


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Revised Coriolis Blueprint

I've made adjustments to scale since initial measurements were not accurate enough and I have also added the inner cylinder.

The two versions are now linked on the original BluePrint post here: http://www.elite-dangerous-blog.co.uk/post/Elite-Dangerous-Ship-Blueprints-23-Update

Following a request from CMDR Andrew Indelicate from Facebook's Mobius PvE page, I've stuck a Beluga Liner in the access corridor - CMDR Vincent Chu demonstrated that the Beluga's folding tail makes little or no difference to the overall height when the landing gear comes down.

My original assertion that the station was over 3km across was incorrect and the figure is a little over 2km, which makes it more or less as wide as the Farragut (which I have also recently redrawn). The pads in the cylinder are red for large, orange for medium and cyan for small. The diameter of the cylinder should be very accurate, but the length is an approximation based on the depth of the access corridor.

Thargoid Schematics

I have updated the set of Thargoid data obtained (can't say how) from the Federal Navy.

Thargoid Sensor

Previously the Unknown Artefact.

Thargoid Scout

The scout ship seen only at a crash site so far.

Thargoid Interceptor

The Cyclops variant Thargoid ship.

Comparative scale

To see the Thargoid vessels compared with the human vessels. (4K+ image)

Frontier Expo - Elite 2.4 And Beyond

On Saturday the first Frontier Expo took place. It was held at “Here East” in the Olympic Park in north London near to Stratford. The expo showcased Frontier’s past games, many of which I personally was unaware of, and featured heavily the existing games of Planet Coaster and Elite: Dangerous, as well as promoting Frontier’s new IP which is the Jurassic Park Evolution game, scheduled for release next summer; probably to coincide with the release of the next feature film.

 

 

When I arrived at the venue there was a queue outside arranged around the large Cobra scale model we’ve see before at the launch party. There was also a Jurassic Park explorer on display and the Chief Beef character from Planet Coaster was “working the crowd”.

Once inside after a security check, we took a lift upstairs and were greeted with a “goody bag”. The more expensive Founders tickets got a bright orange gloss-card bag, while the rest of us got fabric bags (I think the Founders dibbed out there). The bag I received contained a cool galaxy map mouse-mat, a Planet Coaster water bottle, digital game codes for Planet Coaster and Elite: Dangerous DLC, a T-shirt, some artwork postcards for both games and a really amazing large card print of a scene from Jurassic Park Evolution.

The Expo was held in two halls, with a third side hall devoted to 3rd parties and refreshments. These included Lave Radio, Hutton Orbital Radio, the Special Effects charity and Spidermind Games. There were also a number of well know Streamers in the streaming room and I think I might have spotted a few Hutton Truckers.

The main hall and secondary hall both hosted presentations throughout the day, I will included URLs to these streams as soon as they are available, so you can watch them – take the time, as they are all very interesting. Also in the main hall there was a diorama of dinosaurs as a backdrop to Jurassic Park Evolution trailer running and the two Frontier exhibition stands - one with the console version of Elite on it and the other with the PC version of Elite.

There was a section of PCs all devoted to playing Planet Coaster and attendees could all sit down at these workstations and play the game. There unfortunately wasn't a playable copy of Jurassic Park Evolution at the expo... early days!

While the events of the day were interesting and it was certainly great to catch up with those commanders who I haven’t seen, some since the premier event in 2014 and others who I have never met before, like the contingent of French and German commanders who helped with the translation of my blueprints (great to see you guys!). The Elite community is a fantastic bunch of people and I could probably fill my blog with a long shout-out to all the people that I met there just on Saturday.

The Juicy Bit

Thing that most people will be interested in was the talk given at 5pm when Frontier announced what they will be doing for the coming year for Planet Coaster, the launch of Jurassic Park Evolution and the big “and finally” which was what’s next Elite: Dangerous, which they have subtitled “2.4 And Beyond”!

What was made very clear, was that the coming year’s releases will be free to anyone that has already bought Horizons, so that means the coming years-worth of DLC is basically inclusive!
Starting with a teaser video, which included the Thargoid scan making a green laser sweep over the audience (very cool Frontier), the presentation got off to a great start.

The first feature announced for Elite was wing missions, which is something that the community, my own gaming group of Dead Men Walking included, really wanted to have so that our group complete missions together.

Frontier also stated that better trade data would be available in game.
They announced that one of the changes they are making to the gaming engine was improved planetary tech, which in simple terms means more variety on planet surfaces, with better textures and better landscapes. A greater variety were demonstrated by showing some slides of different types of planet which looked very impressive in the flesh.

Then they teased some new weapons. No details were given, so feel free to speculate!



Frontier announced new narratives for the game meaning new story lines to take players in different directions; They also plan to continue the Guardians storyline and the new narratives to come will have a lot of crossover with this and the ongoing Thargoid narrative.
A behind the scenes video (which I haven’t yet seen published online) gave us a peek at the Frontier offices and the design of new ships and weapons that will be coming to the game, all of which looked very interesting.
Frontier then stated that the game will be receiving “a lot of new ships”, some of which they showed us -  some of which we caught a glance of (in the previously mentioned video) all of which were completely new ships. See left-hand screen below; what ship is THAT? (Krait on right).


Now my prediction that the Type-10 Defender would be a variant of the Type-9 proved to be correct. Shown in the teaser video from several different angles, you could see that the Type-10 is a militarised Type-9, which clearly has a lot more engine power!

Credit to @EliteCast for the excellent Type-10/Type 9 comparative screenshot.

They’ve also narrowed the hull with flight-deployed winglets. The vessel shown appeared to have a ship kit fitted (spoilers!!!).


The first of the two new ships that were shown to us was the “Chieftain”, which is a Lakon Spaceways designed ship produced for the Alliance, which makes it the first alliance vessel in the game, which has a passing resemblance to the Pelican dropship from HALO. We were shown a 3D rotating textured model of the ship as it will appear in game, and while there’s been some speculation as to the size of the vessel, we were given no statistics of either vessel, so it will be quite difficult know for certain this size of these ships (other than the Type 10).


 

The second ship shown was in its early design stages and they only had an untextured model to display, however the ship will be very popular with fans of the 1984 Elite, as it is a legendary fighter from the original game the “Krait”.

Speculation Alert!

The Krait

Using captures from the videos, I have been able to speculate the approximate size class of the two new ships. Please bear in mind this is not much more than an educated guess, so don't go buying curtains based on my measurements, okay?

The sneek peek video shows a Cobra next to the Krait, so scaling the image after a bit of perspective correction, the Krait would be 42m x 51m (height unknown) making it similar in size to an Asp Scout.

One thing very noticeable on the animated render, is that the Krait has two crew positions either side of the main cockpit and clearly shows a fighter bay behind the cargo hatch, making it both an SLF capable ship and a multi-crew ship!


UPDATE: Using perspective editing I took some (rough) measurements from the video render to compare with the earlier top-down screen grab and found the Krait *might* be larger and squarer than I first estimated. Based on a 18m launch bay and 5m cargo hatch, the ship is 62m long and 62m wide.

That would make the Krait between the Asp Explorer and Fer De Lance in size, so the cost could be anywhere between 6-50M CR! We won't know, until we have more about the ships core internals. One thing from the render is the clearly visible Class 3 hardpoints on the front underside. However, there are no other visible hard-points top or bottom, so would this make the Krait a Vulture XL? The lack of weaponry would have to be balanced with something (more than a fighter bay) so is the Krait super-fast and agile? We'll find out. 

The Chieftain

The Chieftain is a Lakon ship, which kindly have the same cockpit configuration, so based on that, the ship is quite a big one!

Comparing with a Type-9, you can see that while a little narrower, the Chieftain is a good 10m longer. That makes this ship in the same size class as an Anaconda.

After getting hold of some better quality bitmaps, I redid this based on the size of the cargo hatch (which is universal) and the ships comes out much smaller, a little larger than a Federal Gunship. But it does appear to have six Class 2 hard-points and two Class 3 hard-points.

Based on my revised size estimates and what can be deduced from the pictures shown, we have two medium sized combat vessels. One aparently armed to the teeth, but with no fighter bay and the other with minor armaments and a fighter bay and some possible X factor we don't know about yet.

Frontier announced that they would be bringing GalNet Audio to the game. This means no more text-walls for galactic news. Instead each article can be played as an audio track, from the looks of it while flying the ship (i.e. out of menu).

Another big game changing and exciting announcement made was that of Squadrons. Squadrons will be in-game player groups with in-game membership, and admin tools. The squadrons will be able to purchase in game Capital ships for their group, designated as a “Carriers” which will be exclusive to the members of the squadron. I would imagine (purely speculating) these would be a specific class of megaship with large, small and medium landing pads on board. Either way this is something that gaming groups (my own included) have been crying out for.


As promised 2.4 is going to see some major revamps to existing game mechanics and core gameplay one of those being a revamp of mining, offering new mining tools for both extraction and detection of minerals and metals and the ability to carry out operations like asteroid blasting and deep mining.
Frontier showed us a concept art (which I think I’ve seen before) of a snowy planet surface, they have said is that they are working on a new lighting model and new planet surface types with localised ambient effects, like fog. The concept art was set as a target for the developers to match for the in-game graphics.

Exploration is going to be getting a major revision, with more tools for exploration - many new items are out in deep space, outside the bubble, that have yet to be discovered and Frontier are also adding a Codex for explorers to log their discoveries. Frontier described the exploration changes as having “new anomalies and content to discover out in the black”.

Lastly part of the 2.4 teaser video showed off a new class of Thargoid ship – the red Thargoid!



I’ve not covered any of the Planet Coaster or Jurassic Park Evolution as these are not Elite-related, but both presentations were amazing and while I already own Planet Coaster, Jurassic Park Evolution is now on my “Must have” list.