The Orca is a high-end passenger ship manufactured by Saud Kruger, the market leader in civilian-transport vessels. Like Saud Kruger's other ships, the Orca can accommodate a luxury-tier passenger cabin, allowing it to transport passengers in comfort and style. The Orca has not been designed for combat or exploration, however, and its internal compartments cannot accommodate military modules.
— In-Game Description
The Orca is a ship manufactured by Saud Kruger. One of the galaxy's most popular passenger liners, the Orca combines Saud Kruger's signature sleek aesthetics and luxury accommodations into a relatively affordable package in the large-size ship range. As with other Saud Kruger vessels, it is capable of equipping Luxury-class Passenger Cabins, a manufacturer-exclusive feature. Although the Orca's initial specifications are not especially impressive given its heavy focus on passenger transport, with the right modules and engineering it can be transformed into a surprisingly manoeuvrable ship with above-average jump range. In most roles, the Orca can get the job done in style.
The Orca is essentially a passenger carrier version of the Type-7 Transporter, sacrificing many of the latter's advantages to focus almost entirely on passenger accommodation, similar to how the Dolphin matches up to the Type-6 Transporter.
Where officially its maneuverability is slightly better than an Anaconda and worse than a Beluga Liner, in practice the Orca handles far better than this rating suggests. It has a remarkably high turn rate, especially yaw, high acceleration and max speed, and it is very good at strafing and ramming. However, its relatively small power plant and limited hardpoint capacity prevent it from becoming a great combat ship. Its large size makes it an easy target, and its shields are mediocre at best for a ship of this size and class. The Orca's armour, on the other hand, can be modified to values on par with other medium combat ships, such as the Federal Assault Ship, and pilots outfitting an Orca for combat tend to fly it shieldless with the largest possible Hull Reinforcement Packages and Module Reinforcement Packages. This also makes it possible for the Orca to wade into anti-Thargoid combat, though better options are available. One of the biggest drawbacks of an Orca in combat is its hardpoint placement; all hardpoints are on the underside of the ship, making it easy for enemy ships to stay out of the Orca's firing range. This has not stopped a handful of pilots from setting up groups dedicated to combat in Orcas, and like any ship, it is still formidable with engineering and skilled pilots.
The jump range can reach a rather impressive average of 36lys making it a very good explorer at a fraction of the price of the Anaconda. This makes the Orca a better ship for long distance passenger hauling than most others and contributes heavily to its role as a cruise ship, allowing Commanders to take high-paying VIPs many light-years. Its range is still less than that of a Diamondback Explorer or Asp Explorer, which are both a fraction of the price.
As a trader or miner the Orca is a very bad option. In both aspects, the Type-7 is a far better option especially due to the Orca's huge pricetag. At a maximum 194T of possible cargo it has the lowest of any large ship, even lower when shielded.
The biggest downside the Orca has is its pricetag; it is only slightly better at its roles than the Dolphin or Type-7 but at more than ten times the cost. It is also worse than the Beluga Liner at everything but jump range; Commanders looking for passenger missions may choose it instead. The Orca is very good at carrying passengers long range, however because of the weight it is ill-advised to bring bulk passengers long range; at which point the Dolphin outclasses the Orca.
The Orca's hardpoints are placed as follows: all three hardpoints are located on the underside of the ship, with the single Class 3 hardpoint positioned in front of the front landing gear, and the two Class 2 hardpoints behind it and side by side. This placement is ideal for fixed weapons. The cockpit is located on the bottom of massive window in the front of the ship, with the pilot seat on the left side. From there the pilot enjoys excellent viewing angles in all directions but down. The Orca also has a second pilot seat and is compatible with Multicrew.
The Orca's heat dispersion capabilities are relatively poor, so caution must be taken when adding or engineering modules with a high thermal load. The ship is especially prone to overheat when scooping fuel. A silver lining to this inconvenience is that it can be combined with Silent Running and a weapon modified with Thermal Conduit to deal massive amounts of damage.
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- Main article: Outfitting
All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Orca.
|Category||Default System||Default Rating||Default Class||Max Class|
|Medium Hardpoint||Pulse Laser (L)||F||1||2|
|Pulse Laser (L)||F||1||2|
|Reactor Bay||Power Plant||E||5||5|
|Frame Shift Drive Housing||Frame Shift Drive||E||5||5|
|Environment Control||Life Support||E||6||6|
|Power Coupling||Power Distributor||E||5||5|
|Fuel Store||Fuel Tank [x32]||C||5||5|
|Internal Compartments||Cargo Rack [x32]||E||5||6|
|Cargo Rack [x16]||E||4||5|
|Cargo Rack [x16]||E||4||5|
|Cargo Rack [x8]||E||3||4|
|Planetary Approach Suite (H)||I||1||1|
- (L) = Loaned Module
- [x#] = Capacity
- (H) = Requires Elite Dangerous: Horizons, reserved solely for Planetary Approach Suite
- Initially decals could not be fitted. Now they can and even some basic paint jobs are available (Vibrant pack, Tactical pack, and Military pack)
- A 'fasten seatbelt' tone will sound in the cabin when using this ship's boost.
- According to the Newsletter #84, with 0.016% of players piloting it the Orca is the least popular ship in the game.
- Beyond Chapter Four removes restrictions from the restricted module slots on the Beluga Liner, Dolphin and Orca. This allows them to equip modules other than Passenger Cabins in those slots.