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The Polaris Light Corvette is manufactured by RSI. It is the smallest capital ship available to players. The Polaris is a promised feature of the $1 million kickstarter stretch goal[1][2][3] It is being built by Foundry 42.

Ship Role & DescriptionEdit

Built to be both a naval patrol ship and a flagship for militia operations, the Polaris’ versatility makes it an ideal vessel to accomplish a wide variety of objectives. Whether on a search and rescue operation, light strike mission, or general security patrol, RSI’s latest cap-ship is ready to help bring safety and security to your system.

The Polaris was fast-tracked for development following last year’s Vanduul attack on the Vega System. The request-for-proposal specified a smaller, first-response alternative to the Idris-class frigates currently serving with both the UEE Navy and private concerns. Roberts Space Industries’ Polaris bid was selected due to its unique combination of a fully equipped small craft hangar and an array of torpedo tubes that let it punch above its weight class.

As part of the recent Militia Mobilization Initiative, the Polaris is being made available to Citizens so they can protect contested and dangerous regions around the Empire. The UEE military will also utilize the Polaris as a standard patrol and picket ship, where it is expected to be especially effective supporting larger fleet movements. A percentage of funds from the Polaris sale will support continued mobilization and relief efforts across the Empire.[4]

Development HistoryEdit

Idris Manufacturer ClarificationEdit

Lore initially described the Idris class frigate as being made by Roberts Space Industries. Ben Lesnick later wrote that this was made in error, due to Ryan Church working on the design, and that the ship's manufacturer has always been Aegis Dynamics.[5]

Idris Becomes FrigateEdit

The Idris is now a frigate, and existing fiction will be updated to reflect this change wherever possible. We are not removing Idrises from anyone’s inventories; everyone who owned an Idris corvette yesterday owns an Idris frigate today. I’m hoping existing backers will be happy: you’re ending up with twice the ship you pledged for!

–Chris Roberts[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Stretch_goals#Kickstarter_Stretch_Goals
  2. RSIIcon The 2946 RSI Polaris on RSI Website
  3. RSIIcon RSI Polaris Q&A Part 1 on RSI Website
  4. RSIIcon The 2946 RSI Polaris on RSI Website
  5. RSIIcon Forum topic: Ask our Community Manager: Ben Lesnick, page 14, comment #190427 on RSI Website
  6. RSIIcon Idris Revamp on RSI Website

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