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Deviana Sevidon
Gallente
Panta-Rhei
Butterfly Effect Alliance
Posted - 2010.06.29 17:29:00 - [1]
 

The new ship model is quite nice and detailed, but I still wonder about it's place in prime fiction. The whole design also reminds me on the Leonov from 2010: Linkage

First the ships description:

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The Primae is a repurposed ORE design intended to ease the task of extracting resources from planetbound environments. Initially devised as a deep space salvage vessel for large-scale ore retrieval from destroyed ORE fleets in pirate-occupied areas, its previous incarnation was made all but obsolete by the arrival of capsuleers on the interstellar scene. Realizing that the ship could, with a few minor modifications, be made into an efficient resource harvesting aid, ORE wasted no time in revamping the design.

A low signature radius (a holdover from its earlier manifestation) adds a layer of defense to the Primae's already decent plating. In addition, the ship's two large bays have been re-engineered to hold equipment for planetside resource extraction and processed materials, making it an especially useful complement to any planetside harvesting endeavor.


So it is an old design and from the looks of it, that seems logical. Very limited customisation option. It has also a lot of things that seem unneeded on modern ships, like their Grav-Decks for example. Compared to most other ships a lot of parts are exposed, which might explain the low shield armor and structure. The front part also looks like a hangar bay for small ships, but that might have changed during the revamp and it is now a bay for cargo-transfer drones.

In theory this ship could be established as an ancient design from the early days of space exploration. A multi-purpose Star Cruiser, that could probably do a lot of different tasks, including ferrying VIPs, Troops or various Goods to different Solar System. Probably cheap enough to build and maintain it may have been one of the ships of the early Federation space-expansion, while the design is in fact of Caldari origin (who were still a member state during that age).

Over time these hulls were probably mostly decommissioned, but a sizeable amount was sold to ORE who used them heavily for salvage operations, but in the end ORE also mothballed the remaining hulls when more advanced (T1) ships became available.

Myxx
Atropos Group
Posted - 2010.06.29 22:25:00 - [2]
 

I'd love to see a pure salvage variant released. I'm dissappointed with the primae - Fact is, where I do PI, it can only haul 1/10th of what I harvest in 24h.

Jediseah Tophet
Posted - 2010.08.16 09:33:00 - [3]
 

The Primae reminds me more of the Omega Destroyers in Babylon 5. The whole ship has a lot of design cues reminiscent of that series.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_class_destroyer

Justin Cody
Caldari
T.A.L.O.N. Company
B4D W01F
Posted - 2010.08.18 08:00:00 - [4]
 

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The Primae is a repurposed ORE design intended to ease the task of extracting resources from planetbound environments. Initially devised as a deep space salvage vessel for large-scale ore retrieval from destroyed ORE fleets in pirate-occupied areas, its previous incarnation was made all but obsolete by the arrival of capsuleers on the interstellar scene. Realizing that the ship could, with a few minor modifications, be made into an efficient resource harvesting aid, ORE wasted no time in revamping the design. A low signature radius (a holdover from its earlier manifestation) adds a layer of defense to the Primae's already decent plating. In addition, the ship's two large bays have been re-engineered to hold equipment for planetside resource extraction and processed materials, making it an especially useful complement to any planetside harvesting endeavor.


Based on the design data and my own experience flying this vessel I would say that this description is somewhat generous. It is neither efficient nor large for its bays. Not even by pre-capsuleer standards does this have larges bays as most of the ships we fly save brand new designs are of pre-capsule days. The industrial design is of no doubt. However the re-purposing of the ship does leave me in doubt as to its effectiveness in any role.

Four Low-power slots are not enough to protect this ship from predators that would kill what it salvages...no. This does not harvest resources either. At most it can ferry small amounts of goods from a customs office to a station or port. It would better fit as a passenger liner these days and in days past than a serious industrial ship. Perhaps this design is the work of one of ORE's CEO's for his own personal pleasure vessel. There is enough room in the cargo bay for one heck of a celebration with some exotic dancers.


 

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