What Ship To Choose For The Design Project In Starfield

There are numerous ships in Starfield that will take you around the cosmos. You can cruise around on luxury liners, shuffle around enormous amonts of cargo, or zip around on compact scout ships.


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After finishing one of the main quests involving Walter Shroud, he will talk to you about a project his company is working on. The development has hit a roadblock, and he thinks that you could help get the project moving again. Depending on the choices you make with the team, you can either get the Kepler S or Kepler R ship, for free.


Talk With The R&D Team At Stroud-Eklund Staryard

A team of Stroud-Eklund designers sitting around a conference table, discussing a project.

Go to the Stroud-Eklund Staryard in the Narion System. This will be orbiting above Deepala’s moon, Dalvik. Once you dock to the starship, head inside to find your contact.

Make your way into one of the nearby conference rooms to find Jules Degante, the project lead, and speak with her. She will get you up to speed on how the R&D team is tasked with coming up with designs for the next big starship for Stroud-Eklund.

The R&D team consists of Jules, the project lead; Frank, the lead designer; Ella, the senior technical designer; Mike, a senior engineer; and Nev, the marketing lead. You’ll eventually get the chance to talk to all of them.

The first thing to resolve is the budget issue, as Jules puts it. This is where your decisions will start affecting the type of ship you can receive at the end of the quest.

  • You can choose a smaller budget to help focus the design of the ship, which will lead to the Kepler S ship.
  • You can choose to pursue a larger budget through the “kitchen sink” proposal, which will lead to the Kepler R ship.

If you want to pursue a larger budget, you will first need to convince Jules herself to go along with it. Before trying to persuade Jules, take a dose of Hippolyta or Paramour to help your buff up your persuasion chances.

If you fail the persuasion attempt on Jules, you can still develop the Kepler R ship by paying 100,000 credits to help front the budget cost.

After deciding which way to go for a budget, you will be able to talk with the rest of the team about their ideas. Supporting everyone’s ideas helps lead to the kitchen sink proposal, while offering critiques is a way to focus the design to get the smaller ship.

Gather Market Data

A mission board located on the Stroud-Eklund Staryard.

The next big step in this project will be to gather some market data. You will need to have the option to complete two different missions to help. One mission will have you transport cargo or passengers to a specific destination, and the other will be a bounty mission.

You can access a mission board right outside the conference room where the R&D team is working. These will be randomly generated, but are fairly straightforward. It’s up to you whether you want to do both, but you need to complete at least one to move forward in the quest.

Once the market data is gathered, return to Jules for your final decision with this project. You will either need to make everyone compromise on something, or you can try a teambuilding exercise to get everyone to get along. Choose the former if you want the

Finalize The Design With Walter Stroud

Walter Shroud talks to you about the R&D project.

Head back to the Lodge on Jemison. Find Walter and talk to him about the project you’ve been helping with. He’ll comment on the design based on the choices you’ve made, and the quest will be completed. You’ll receive experience, credits, and a brand-spanking-new ship for all your efforts.

Collect Your New Ship

With the project completed, you get one of the very first ships manufactured. It will be automatically available in your fleet, and you can change it to make it your home ship at any ship vendor.

The Kepler S is a B class ship, while the Kepler R is a C class ship. You will need to level up your Piloting skill to the appropriate rank before you can pilot your new ship.

Kepler S Ship – Focused Design

The stats and specs for the Kepler S ship in Starfield.

The Kepler S ship is what you will receive through the “Overdesigned” quest if you choose to focus on a smaller budget, critique people’s ideas, and make everyone compromise on something.

Unfortunately, the Kepler S ship doesn’t come with any weapons, so you would have to add them in yourself later. Other than that, the Kepler S ship is a very decent ship to add to your fleet.

Kepler S Stats

Class

B

Grav Jump

30 Light Years

Fuel

400

Hull

689

Shields

570

Cargo Space

3200

Crew Space

3

Weapons

None

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Kepler R Ship – Kitchen Sink Design

The stats and specs for the Kepler S ship in Starfield.

The Kepler R ship is what you will receive through the “Overdesigned” quest if you choose to focus on a larger budget, support people’s ideas, and ultimately lead a group meditation session.

The Kepler S might be decent, but the Kepler R ends up being the better ship in almost every way. Its stats are better across the board, it comes with weapons, and it will sell for a huge chunk of change more than the Kepler S. It’s slightly heavy, so suffers a little in maneuverability.

Kepler S Stats

Class

C

Grav Jump

30 Light Years

Fuel

2000

Hull

999

Shields

805

Cargo Space

3550

Crew Space

6

Weapons

Lasers (38), Ballistics (44)

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