E:D Ship Reviews

Click the links below to read my opinion about the ships I have tested. - still a few more ships to go...

Notice: Jump ranges are calculated by upgrading to a A-class FSD jump drive and replacing all other default internal modules with similar sized D-class modules and remove all hardpoints, utility and optional modules. No engineering effects have been applied. Jump ranges can be increased further by experimenting with reducing size of e.g. engine and thrusters. Jump ranges can be increased even further using engineering.

Ship Price Range Cargo Size* Comment
Adder 77.053 27.79 26 S Multipurpose - nice upgrade from Sidewinder for trading or exploration. Better for combat / self protection than Sidewinder or Hauler
Alliance Challenger 26.736.402 22.56 146 M Nice combat ship with good weapon placement. Good for taking out Thargoid Scouts
Alliance Chieftain 17.007.927 24,39 88 M Nice combat ship, especially for fixed weapons.
Alliance Crusader 20.065.215 20.67 122 M Less firepower and agility than the other Alliance medium ships but with a fighter hangar instead.
Anaconda 128.965.694 31.18 468 L Big and powerful - but a nightmare to dock manually. Best ship for long range exploration!
5.845.164 33.84 128 M Very good multipurpose ship - very versatile. Also one of the best ships for exploration! 🙂
Asp Scout 3.475.914 31.30 44 S I recommend you save 2Mcr more and buy the Asp Explorer instead - or use the DBX if you can't afford it yet.
Beluga Liner 74.177.501 24,36 368 L Great ship for long range passenger (or cargo) transports
Cobra Mk. III 306.879 26.32 60 S This is the probably the best multipurpose ship until you can afford an Asp! 🙂
Cobra Mk. IV 671.041 23.16 88 S  Multipurpose. One extra Class 1 weapon and 28t more cargo  than Cobra Mk III but less jump range, speed and agility.
Diamondback Explorer 1.662.652 33,65 52 S Highly recommended for getting started with  exploration 🙂
Diamondback Scout 495.200 27,84 28 S Exploration
Dolphin 1.173.502 31.30 84 S Small luxury passenger ship with good jump range.
Eagle Mk. II 39.312 23.91 14 S Light fighter - fast and agile, and affordable.
Federal Assault Ship 17.386.966 21.38 96 M  Nice combat ship, especially for fixed weapons
Federal Corvette 164.943.194 18.99 624 L  The most powerful combat ship!
12.560.716 18.22 164 M Handles surprisingly worse than expected!
Federal Gunship 31.426.966 17.70 168 M Slow combat ship with low jump range but plenty of firepower and defensive options.
Fer-de-lance 45.250.078 18.6 72 M Powerful combat ship - like a Vulture on stereoids! 🙂
Hauler 46.262 37,3 22 S Freighter - nice upgrade from Sidewinder for trading. Great for exploration until you can afford a Diamondback
Imperial Clipper 19.564.618 24.63 284 L Fast and agile multipurpose ship that can defend it self
Imperial Courier 2.231.423 26.83 30 S Beautiful little ship but I recommend save some more money and buy a Vulture instead
Imperial Cutter 188.072.506 23,96 792 L  Big and beautiful but it is vulnerable in combat due to low maneuverability
Imperial Eagle 97.250 23.55 16 S Light fighter. Faster and better weapons compared to Eagle Mk. II but less agile.
Keelback 2.743.201 26.62 96 M Combat freighter - good for trading or mining
Krait Mk2 40.201.966 27.68 232 M Very good multipurpose ship - great for deep core mining and combat. This is a MUST-HAVE! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Krait Phantom 32.881.902 29.19 190 M Highly recommended for long-range exploration! 🙂
Mamba 49.023.328 18.6 66 M Super fast combat ship, very fun to fly
Orca 42.593.752 18.01 192 L Beautiful ship that handles well. Very nice for short range bulk passenger or transport missions.
Python 49.998.353 24.54 292 M Very versatile and powerful ship!
Sidewinder 28.080 23.62 10 S Your starter ship (Multipurpose)
Type-6 917.818 32,5 114 M Medium size transporter with good jump range
Type-7 15.331.902 25.03 304 L  Great ship for traders - nice handling and plenty of cargo space
Type-9 Heavy 67.177.752 17.64 532 L Huge cargo capacity but low jump range
Type-10 Defender 109.472.813 23,7 532 L Based on the Type-9 Heavy but highly armoured and improved FSD.
Viper Mk. III 125.423 19.78 22 S Medium fighter. The fastest ship but not as agile as the Eagle Mk. II
Viper Mk. IV 384.285 25.29 50 S Medium fighter with good shields and more cargo than Viper Mk III but less agile
Vulture 4.322.228 21.5 60 S Heavy fighter, very powerful, lot of fun! 🙂


*Ships of size Small and Medium can land on outposts; Large ships can only land at space stations (and planets).

Multipurpose ships can be used for exploration, transport, passengers, mining and also some fighting. But be careful - they are not true combat ships.

Discounts on ships and outfitting

  • 15% discount on ships and outfitting in all systems controlled by Li Yong-Rui (you don't need to pledge to get the discount)
  • Asp Explorer and Orca sold with 20% discount at Irkutsk station in Alioth star system (require permit)
  • 10% discount on all ships and equipment at Jameson Memorial (all ships and equipment for sale at this station!) in the Shinrarta Dezhra system. This require a Founders World permit (you must have Elite rank or be a Kickstarter backer to get this permit).