June 22nd 2016
“The most important thing is to have a connection to your ride. Your ship needs to be your friend, your family. Why would you ever trust your life to something you didn’t love?”
- Kyle Valentino, founder of the Lonely Hearts Dragonfly Club
Another Concept Sale, another Question & Answer session. Since last Friday, we’ve been collecting questions from the dedicated Q&A post here and today our designers working on the ship will answer 10 questions for the community. Tune back in this Friday to see the answers to 10 more questions.
Drake Interplanetary is fond of claiming that they build starships for the way you live; with the Dragonfly, they’ve gone an extra step and built a new way of life around the ship itself. Highly compact for easy storage anywhere and capable of traversing both space and ground, the 2947 Dragonfly changes the way we think about ships.
Special thanks to Matt Sherman for taking the time to answer these questions for us.
Right now, we’re currently working off an SCM speed of 180 with a max cruise speed of 300. We want the acceleration to these speeds to be a bigger hallmark for the Dragonfly, so while it should overtake most freighters, it won’t be outrunning the fastest of the fast.
The Dragonfly would not be capable of atmospheric flight. When on a planet’s surface, it would just be operating in its ground mode.
Yes, we’re definitely targeting the ground mode for the Dragonfly to be capable of all-terrain travel. You’ll still want to be mindful of where it’s flying, since while bodies of water should be fine, more hazardous substances could still cause environmental impacts to performance.
The 1 SCU value is including the use of the second seat as an additional saddlebag. The cargo allowances would break up like this:
No, the rider would always be seated back to back with the pilot.
No, the weapon mounts cannot be changed. You can still swap out the weapons, and the Dragonfly has built in ammo capacity if you’re running ballistic weapons.
No, the Grav-Levs are not magnetic devices and would not allow the ship to piggyback to the outer hull of another ship.
This is still being determined as we haven’t locked down if the Dragonfly will be operating off a ship-port from a hangar or the vehicle-ports. It’s not outside the realm of possibility, but it’s not something we can fully commit to happening at this time.
These will be listed as 3 main groups, Ships we will confirm the ability to deploy the Dragonfly from, ships we’ll confirm you cannot deploy one, and ships that are plausible/possible to deploy from, but that we cannot fully commit to the functionality at this time.
Ships you will be able to deploy at least 1 Dragonfly from:
Ships you will not be able to deploy a Dragonfly from:
Ships whose capacity could fit, but ability to deploy a Dragonfly is still undetermined (NOTE: Any ship which has not started a full build-out will be listed here, even if they have existing snub or hangar capacity.):
No, that was older information from the initial concepts of the Dragonfly, with the current projected weight coming in around 1000kg. For reference on how much the Dragonfly shrank during concept, the image to the right shows an earlier version of the Dragonfly which was being worked on.
This larger version was easily 3 times the size of where the Dragonfly ended up, and was the original reference for the 6000kg weight. Sorry for any confusion that may have caused.
The Drake Dragonfly is the perfect snub ship for anyone looking to live on the edge. With nothing separating the pilot from the dangers of space, the Dragonfly is as much an adventure as a ship! Dual-mode conversion allows the Dragonfly to operate on the ground or in space, and a rear-facing second seat means you can even take a passenger! This exclusive Yellowjacket version is available only for the concept sale.