A so-called “flying toolbox,” the Crucible is Anvil Aerospace’s first dedicated repair ship. Featuring a rotating control bridge and a detachable pressurized workspace, the Crucible is a versatile mobile garage equipped with repair arms, an operations center and all the equipment needed to overhaul a damaged craft back into fighting shape.
Whether you’re restoring a crippled derelict or quickly getting a Hornet back into fighting shape, the Crucible is your one stop repair shop! Featuring a series of remote manipulator arms for delicate repair work, clamshell doors that allow for both zero-g and pressurized repair work and all the tools and EVA equipment needed to get out there and make things go.
Are you interested in learning more about Star Citizen’s ship repair mechanics? Check out this design document developed as part of the Crucible design process to learn everything you could ever want to know!
Part One: The Cab
The Crucible features a carefully designed repair-oriented bridge with multiple operations stations. A single captain can operate both flight and repair control systems by rotating the bridge. By facing forward, the ship can operate as a normal spacecraft. In reverse, the commander can look out over the repair bay and interact with the manipulator arms and other systems. A larger crew can divide these tasks for maximum efficiency!
The Crucible’s cab section includes storage, living quarters and dedicated EVA lockers intended to allow a multi-person crew to prepare to function in zero gravity, which will be necessary for larger repair and salvage operations. Be sure to tune in to today’s livestream for a walkthrough of the planned interior from designer Randy Vasquez.
Part Two: The Workshop
Like the Endeavor or the Hull-series, the Crucible is designed for future expansion! Included with the standard model is what we’ve dubbed the ‘Scarab’: a dedicated dry workshop designed to support pressurized repair of single-seat fighters such as the Hornet or Gladiator (as an Anvil ship produced for the military, the Crucible is designed with these in mind.) Two internal arms allow work repair work to be conducted remotely, while direct access to the cab module (when attached) lets crews get up close and personal with their charges. External clamshell doors can be opened in depressurized mode, allowing the crew access to repair larger ships… making the Crucible capable of servicing everything from a Constellation to a Bengal! The Scarab can also be ‘dropped’ in space and can remain a fully functional temporary station while the cab performs other duties.
To learn more about repair systems, you may check out our Ship Repair and Maintenance post.