A Foundation class heavy cruiser, the Castores is a long endurance survey ship leased by Expert Technologies with a Templar command crew officially following up on first-pass charts plotted by smaller Discovery class ships. The Castores is a typical sample of the Foundation type: equipped with high resolution sensors, an optionally pressurized flight deck, low gravity hydroponics bays, a rocket assisted rotating section, cruise missiles and a number of small support craft, she can comfortably support a modest crew for as long as they can stand each other.
Development Notes: The Castores was the first asset to use a more streamlined texturing method. It’s a combination of colored hull textures with decals composited on top, notably on the engines, the nose, and the rotating section. This approach saved an enormous amount of development time, and was streamlined further with the development of its sister ship, the Pollux.