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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
Internals1x Size 1 Compartment
4x 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 Capacity370 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 ship manufactured by Saud Kruger.[1] Comparable to an Imperial Cutter in mass and even bulkier in volume, the Beluga is a ponderous cruise liner designed to carry passengers to their destination in luxurious comfort. Only the Beluga and its smaller cousins the Orca and the Dolphin can be equipped with Luxury Passenger Cabin modules, allowing them to transport high-paying VIP passengers.

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. It 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 traverse. 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.

The Beluga Liner performs poorly in Combat. 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.

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

The Beluga Liner makes for an interesting option as an Exploration vessel. With proper Engineering and a Guardian Frame Shift Drive Booster, its jump range tops out at 40-50 ly depending on what other modules it is carrying, but there are cheaper, less unwieldy ships to choose from that can achieve higher jump ranges. What makes the Beluga a decent contender as an explorer is its internal space and ability to equip a Fighter Hangar, it can carry every essential exploration module, a number of non-essential ones, and still have room for modules that have less usefulness out in the black, such as Cargo Racks. Not to be overlooked is the Beluga's open cockpit layout, which provides a wide, unobstructed view.

As a dedicated, high-capacity passenger liner the Beluga Liner suffers from a number of shortcomings that restrict its ability to adequately serve other roles. 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. It also has a worse jump range than the Orca, only marginally better combat potential, and a frustratingly large size that complicates docking. The Beluga is unsurpassed in its capacity for bulk VIP passenger missions, but with its various flaws, the Beluga is in essence cripplingly over-specialized.

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen Discount
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Lembava Goldstein Port Apr. 13, 2019 15% discount
Momus Reach Ralphus Apr. 13, 2019 15% discount
Ix Scully-Power Station Apr. 13, 2019 15% discount
Qi Yomisii Seddon Terminal Apr. 13, 2019 15% discount
Wolf 562 Hopkins Port Apr. 13, 2019
Atagat Glashow City Apr. 13, 2019
Cemiess Meech Dock Apr. 13, 2019
Miphifa Happis Apr. 13, 2019
LHS 2637 Perez Ring Apr. 13, 2019
Asellus Primus Beagle 2 Landing Apr. 13, 2019

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
Supercruise Assist E 1 1
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

  • The Beluga Liner is the largest pilotable ship in Elite Dangerous, larger than even the Imperial Cutter.

Videos Edit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Elite Dangerous patch 2.2 - aliens, space stations & more Gamescom 2016, 2016-08-17
  2. Official FAQ
  3. Frontier Forums: Beyond - Chapter Four - Beta 1, post #191
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