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Beluga Liner
D1-Ship
Overview
ManufacturerSaud Kruger
Years Produced3302-Present
TypePassenger Liner
Cost84,532,780 CR
Insurance4,226,639 CR
ExpansionElite Dangerous: Horizons
Default Specifications
Landing Pad SizeLarge
Dimensions209.1m x 131.6m x 38.6m
Pilot Seats3
MulticrewYes
Fighter HangarYes
Hull Mass950 t
Mass Lock Factor18
Armour504
Armour Hardness60
Shields110 MJ
Manoeuvrability2
Top Speed197 m/s
Boost Speed276 m/s
Unladen Jump Range10.60 ly
Cargo Capacity44 t
Fuel Capacity128 t
Hardpoints6x Utility Mounts
5x Medium Hardpoints
Internals4x Size 3 Compartments
1x Size 4 Compartment
2x Size 5 Compartments
4x Size 6 Compartments
Maximum Non-Engineered Specs
Top Speed230 m/s
Boost Speed322 m/s
Unladen Jump Range30.09 ly
Cargo Capacity368 t

The Beluga Class Liner is one of the most prestigious vessels to travel the space lanes. Only the Imperial Gutamaya liners rival these glorious vessels. If you want to travel in style, this is the vessel to do it in. A fighter hangar can be equipped to these ships.

— In-game Description

The Beluga Liner is a passenger ship manufactured by Saud Kruger.[1] Comparable to an Imperial Cutter in mass and even bulkier in volume, the Beluga is designed to carry passengers to their destination in comfort. Only the Beluga and its smaller cousins the Orca and the Dolphin can be equipped with Luxury Passenger Cabin modules, allowing it to transport VIPs.

OverviewEdit

The third in the Saud Kruger line after the Dolphin and Orca, the Beluga Liner is the Passenger equivalent of the Type-9; sacrificing the huge cargo hold to carry luxury VIPs.

The Beluga Liner is designed to accommodate even more passengers in luxury and comfort than an Orca, but this specialization comes at the cost of speed and maneuverability. The result is a slow, cumbersome ship that is difficult to fit through a station's Access Corridor, deploying the landing gear folds the ship's bulky rear fins down, making it easier to transverse. To compensate, the Beluga features a Class 7 Frame Shift Drive and a 128-tonne Fuel Tank that gives it an impressive travel range for long-distance cruises. The Beluga can also fit a Fighter Hangar to bolster its modest offensive capability, though it is in no way optimized or recommended for extensive combat.

In Combat the Beluga is not very good. While the ship does boast better hardpoints and maneuverability than the Type-9, the hardpoints are positioned in a way that does not allow them good coverage areas or firing arcs, making it difficult to keep even turreted mounts on targets. The biggest downside is the shield generator and hull mass; which make the Beluga very easy to take down with even moderate fire. Combined with its colossal size making it a ridiculously large target the Beluga is often easy pickings for many ships and even a Fighter Hanger only helps so much; especially as the Beluga only has 2 compartments above size 5 that aren't reserved.

As a cargo ship, the Beluga has 368t of potential space. This is fairly poor for a large ship, only beating the Type-7 by 60 tonnes. The Beluga is capable of doing cargo runs but the price puts it in range of the Type-9; which completely overshadows it all together.

As a dedicated, high-capacity passenger liner or simple Explorer, the Beluga suffers from a number of shortcomings that restrict its ability to adequately serve other roles. The number of Reserved Compartments reduce the available outfitting space for optional modules. Furthermore, due to its already high hull mass and lack of Class 7 or above unreserved Internal Compartments, the Beluga cannot hold a Shield Generator larger than Class 6, making it the only ship unable to fit a shield generator that is optimized for its mass. The Beluga also has issues with heat management, which can exceed safe levels during and immediately after a Hyperspace jump due the heat build-up from the charging FSD; this can be partially mitigated by installing a higher-rated Power Plant, but the added mass will hinder the ship's jump range.

The Beluga is debatably worse than the Orca predecessor. It has a worse jump range, only marginally better combat potential and a frustratingly large size making docking difficult. The Beluga is able to carry a large amount of passengers however, it is unbeaten in the profit one can make for bulk VIP passenger missions. However for long range missions, the Dolphin is a better option and for bulk lower class, the Type-9 can carry more. This makes the Beluga a very specialised ship that excels in bulk VIP passenger delivery, but little else.

The Beluga Liner is available only to the owners of Elite Dangerous: Horizons.[2]

Exploration vessel Edit

The Beluga Liner is a large class VIP passenger vessel. The Beluga will be the most "sci-fi, star trek" ship available, that makes it great at being an explorer.[3]

In Beyond Chapter Four, the optional compartments free up. This means there are 4 size 6 slots, a couple of 5s and some 3s. Pair that with integrating the Discovery scanner you can be an explorer with a large ship and extended range.[3] Here is the Beta Coriolis rough build.

  • 1 size 6 fighter bay: 2 different craft To check out all the new planetary goodies.
  • 1 size 4 SRV: 2 SRVs in case 1 goes down
  • a couple AFMS: for repairing, and another in case the first goes kaput.
  • 1 size 3d repair limpet controller
  • a size 32 cargo, but filled with 6 limpets
  • a size 5 shield (smallest I could go)
  • Surface scanner
  • Guardian booster (if you have it)
  • A fuel tank: To go further into the unknown areas without scoopable stars
  • A very rough engineering job got the above build to ~40Ly jump range to ~50 with the guardian tech

Many explorers don't need a Fighter Bay, but once an explorer gets enough rank and money, they would go back out to the black with a big ship capable of doing many lengthy trips to unscoopable star systems. It has a great view too.

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Last date seen Notes
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount, Founders Permit needed
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Diaguandri Ray Gateway Mar 18, 2018 15% discount
44 Rho-1 Sagittarii Crippen Reach Aug 12, 2017
Alioth Irkutsk January 2, 2018
Arjung Hiyya Sep 9, 2017 15% discount
Baedule Coye Horizons Oct 29, 2016
Waq Fischer Orbital Nov 14, 2016
Jitabos Finney Ring Dec 1, 2016
Qama Thurston Ring Apr 8, 2017 15% discount
Exioce Macmillan Depot Oct 29, 2016
Anlave Kobayashi City Oct 25, 2016
LHS 3447 Dalton Gateway Sep 25, 2016
Gende Bellunas Hub Jan 29, 2017
CD-61 1439 Huygens Gateway Feb 7, 2017
NLTT 21088 Weber Terminal Mar 02, 2017
Nahua Fuller Vision June 18, 2017
LTT 377 Zoline Port Apr 14, 2017
LTT 4961 Conway City July 17, 2017
Eleu Farmer Silo May 01, 2017
Harm Gentil Hub July 12, 2017 15% discount
Toolfa Crook Hub July 17, 2017
Alrai Bounds Hub Sep 30, 2017
Zaragas Jenner Hub August 6, 2017
Rhea Carter Port August 7, 2017
Hill Pa Hsi Curie Gateway May 5, 2018
Lembava Goldstein Port May 19, 2018 15% discount
LHS 20 Ohm City July 10, 2018 15% discount
Ceos Brunel Hub Oct 09, 2018

OutfittingEdit

Main article: Outfitting

All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Beluga Liner.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 6 6
Thruster Mounting Thrusters E 7 7
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 7 7
Environment Control Life Support E 8 8
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 6 6
Sensor Suite Sensors E 5 5
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x128] C 7 7
Internal Compartments Shield Generator E 6 6
Cargo Rack [x32] E 5 6
Passenger Cabin D 6 6
Passenger Cabin D 6 6
Passenger Cabin D 4 5
Passenger Cabin D 4 5
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Planetary Approach Suite (H) I 1 1

Notes Edit

Whale by name, whale by nature, the Beluga is one of the largest ships in the game. As a specialised Passenger Liner the Beluga has multiple module slots that can accommodate all types of passenger cabins. Well armoured, and decently quick for such a large civilian ship, the Beluga has a similar speed to the Hauler. When escorting passengers across the galaxy you’ll need defence, so the Beluga has 6 utility mounts and 5 medium hardpoints. The Beluga has plenty of mid-range sized internal slots (4 threes, 1 four, 2 fives and 4 sixes). The Beluga can fit a size 7 FSD, but it’s a very heavy ship so it’s more suited for multiple jumps rather than giant leaps.

— From Gamescon 2016 Day One Complete Thread dev post

TriviaEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Elite Dangerous patch 2.2 - aliens, space stations & more Gamescom 2016, 2016-08-17
  2. Official FAQ
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/9yv855/why_the_beluga_is_the_exploration_vessel_for/
  4. Frontier Forums: Beyond - Chapter Four - Beta 1, post #191