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Factional variants of the IDA Frigate
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The Colonial Council IDA Frigate is a civilian ship in Escape Velocity Nova. This craft is unavailable for most of the Vell-os Storyline or if your shareware trial passes 30 days.

"The IDA Frigate was the mainstay of the Colonial Council line before the collapse of the Gate system, and instrumental in the defense of the core worlds against the Aurorans. These ships were made to last; the spaceframe itself is compartmental and component-based, and, like the Leviathan, it is virtually indestructible. Don't count on this protecting you on the bridge, though. Bad shields, good armor and brutal Impact Drive Assemblies (hence IDA) are all trademarks of this keel." ― Buying an IDA Frigate

An ancient warship, the IDA Frigate is available on the open market for Federation citizens that can qualify for the myriad of necessary licenses. Though a tough old ship, the IDA is not prepared to engage in modern capital ship combat or fleet actions.

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"The captain of this ancient IDA Frigate introduces you to his crew as a matter of course as he takes you on a tour of his sturdy ship. He's a sturdy man himself; nearly fifty from the look of him, but still in fighting trim. The frigate is also old but strong; her hull plating is scrubbed, and her brutally efficient Impact Drive Assemblies are still in original condition." ― Hiring an IDA Frigate

350NC (#140)[]

Stats
  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 80%/50%
  • Purchase Cost: 750k
  • Hire Cost: 75k/upfront 7.5k/day
  • Upgrade: 1150NC
  • Upgrade Cost: 100k
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 200
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 275
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 30
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 525
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 11
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 0.33
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 26.5
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 750
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33%
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 495
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 1020
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 150
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 15
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 117t
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 50t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 250t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 4
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Max Turrets: 4
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Turrets: 2 Medium Blaster Turrets
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 1 Raven Rocket Turret (100 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Military IR Jammer
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 200 (2 jumps)
  • Nova pict 6074 thumb Jump Time: 3 days
  • Nova pict 6073 thumb Jump Speed: 75%
  • Strength: 300
  • AI Type: Brave Trader

Wild Variants[]

Stat changes are relative to the stats of the basic model. The basic model is 350NC.

The following shipvariants are unavailable in the shipyard and must be captured in the field. Each IDA variant adds an escalating amount of equipment space for no downside.

1150NC (#282)[]

Stats
  • Purchase Cost: 850k (+100k)
  • Hire Cost: 85k/upfront 8.5k/day
  • Upgrade: 1160NC
  • Upgrade Cost: 100k
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 300 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 600 (+75)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 15 (+4)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 0.45
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 22.2
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 900 (+150)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 600
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 1200
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 224t (+107)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 50t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 4 Light Blasters
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Turrets: 4 Medium Blaster Turrets
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 4 Raven Rocket Turrets (100 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Military IR Jammer

This shipvariant's favorite number is four.

1160NC (#283)[]

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1170NC (#284)[]

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This shipvariant has slightly less armor than the 1160NC in return for more speed and more space.

Gameplay Analysis[]

IDA Frigate Shipyard

"The IDA Frigate is an excellent choice for traders that want to have some ass-kicking power while being able to run the profitable (but rather dangerous) Gefjon run. Good shields and armor, plus decent weaponry and speed, combined with the huge cargo hold make this a good ship for the low price." ― EVula Survival Guide

The IDA Frigate has an expansive cargo hold at 250 tons. While this is less than a bulk freighter, it's far more impressive than the corvettes that market themselves as freighters such as the SB and Valk. The IDA is also well-equipped to fight off would-be pirates that would stymie a bulk freighter. Its large hold also makes it an ideal candidate for the Mass Trick.

The IDA can be a good ship for asteroid mining. It is long so you can turn it sideways in order to collect loose giblets. When turned sideways, it is actually wider than the Asteroid Miner. The IDA's narrow profile can be helpful in combat as long as you're facing your enemies head-on.

As expected of such an ancient ship, the IDA has poor electronics. It is a short-range vessel, but you can add batteries and auxiliary power sources to extend its hyperjump range. The IDA cannot be turned when completely ionized, so beware flying in the Scheall system where the planetary ion cannon will leave you a sitting duck. Also beware approaching Manticores or getting hit by EMP Torpedoes. The latter is a real threat due to your low speed.

Images[]

The IDA Frigate was mostly made by Scott Vardy of ATMOS, with a little done by Dave Williams.

Appearance[]

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Ship Spins[]

This ship has one set with 36 frames.

  • Ship: 100x100
  • Lights: 200x200
  • Engine: 200x200

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Additional Images[]

Nova Civilians
Civilian Ships Cargo Drone (v) (i) 2k as escort only, Shuttle (v) (i) 10k, Heavy Shuttle (v) (i) 17.5k, Viper (v) (i) 80k, Asteroid Miner (i) 150k, Terrapin (v) (i) 150k, Lightning (WG) (v) (i) 250k, Thunderhead (v) (i) 300k, Valkyrie (v) (i) 350k, Starbridge (v) (i) 600k (Modified (v) (i) 750k), IDA Frigate (v) (i) 750k
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