The Intergalactic Aerospace Expo is back on microTech, and we’re celebrating this year’s premier aerospace event by launching a Free Fly event. From November 17 through November 30, you have the chance to try some of Star Citizen’s most iconic vehicles for free. All you have to do is to create an account, download the game and jump into the fun.
Here’s how it works:
During the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo, anyone can explore Star Citizen’s incredible Persistent Universe for free. Even if you don’t have a Star Citizen Game Package, you can try it for free and fly to the in-game event in style with Drake’s new starter ship, the Cutter, which we’re loaning to all players for free for the duration of the event.
Starting on November 17 (4pm UTC), each day a different ship manufacturer will take over one of the expo halls for 48 hours. There’s something new to see every day, and nearly everything on display is available to test-fly for free!
Check out the schedule below to plan your test flights.
Gatac, Aopoa, Banu, Esperia
Day 1, November 17
Starting out in the ‘verse for the first time this IAE? Be sure to check out the updated New Player Experience and Tutorial in New Babbage to help get your space legs, then head to the show floor to check out the following exotic alien vessels:
Aopoa Khartu-al : Enigmatic, exotic, and agile. The fragile Khartu-al excels at lateral thrust and maneuverability.
Aopoa Nox : Sleek and fast, this gravity bike glides across rough terrain. Perfect for scouting and racing.
Banu Defender : The exotic fighter is the first line of defense against enemy attack.
Esperia Blade : This alien fighter slices through the air with high agility to shred foes to ribbons.
Esperia Glaive : This medium alien fighter replica drives fear with its impressive armament.
Esperia Prowler : The Prowler is a modernized version of the infamous Tevarin armored personnel carrier.
Esperia Talon : The Talon is the Tevarin equivalent to the Aegis Gladius or Vanduul Blade; a single-seat combat ship.
Esperia Talon Shrike : The infamous Shrike variant is armed with authentic internal missile racks capable of unleashing lethal barrages of projectiles.
Day 2, November 18
The second day of IAE gives you access to the combat-heavy lineup of Aegis Dynamics. Feel like testing your mettle with some combat? Grab an Aegis fighter and get your Bounty Hunting certification! Here’s the full list available on Day 2:
Aegis Avenger Stalker : A modified version of the Avenger catering to bounty hunters thanks to built-in prison cells.
Aegis Avenger Titan : A former Advocacy patrol ship with added cargo capacity for light couriering.
Aegis Avenger Titan Renegade : Special-edition of the Avenger Titan with custom livery and a loadout geared to Arena Commander.
Aegis Avenger Warlock : A variant of the Avenger armed with an EMP generator to humanely disable enemies.
Aegis Eclipse : A sleek stealth bomber armed with heavy torpedoes.
Aegis Gladius : An aging but agile light-fighter boasting mid-range armament.
Aegis Gladius Valiant : Special-edition Gladius with custom livery and a loadout geared to Arena Commander.
Aegis Hammerhead : A multi-crew corvette bristling with manned turrets and heavy firepower.
Aegis Reclaimer : A vast deep-space salvage vessel built to reclaim wrecks and derelict ships.
Aegis Redeemer : Dotted with turrets and missiles, the Aegis Redeemer is a powerful fighting gunship capable of holding its own in combat with an impressive weapons payload.
Aegis Retaliator Bomber : A long-range, anti-capital-ship bomber. Covered in manned turrets and capable of launching size-9 torpedoes.
Aegis Sabre : Favoring agility over durability, the Sabre is light, sleek, and deadly.
Aegis Sabre Comet : Special-edition of the Sabre with custom livery and a loadout geared to Arena Commander.
Aegis Vanguard Harbinger : A powerful bomber that can operate out of the roughest forward-operating bases.
Aegis Vanguard Hoplite : Long-range squad dropship with a manned turret for protection.
Aegis Vanguard Sentinel : Designed to fight smart instead of taking enemies head-on.
Aegis Vanguard Warden : Long-range heavy fighter with a manned turret.
Crusader Industries, Tumbril Landsystems
Day 3, November 19
After a day of combat, some peaceful cargo delivery might be in the cards for you. Take the newly-introduced C1 Spirit out so you don’t fret about your freight. Day 3’s full free fly lineup from Crusader and Tumbril is below:
Crusader A1 Spirit : A mid-size multi-purpose starship equipped as a light bomber but has the cargo and weaponry to deal with many different scenarios.
Crusader C1 Spirit : A mid-size multi-purpose starship built for cargo transport and delivery but packing enough versatility to tackle multiple roles and unpredictable jobs.
Crusader Ares Inferno : Whether heading up a crew or hunting big ships solo, the Ares Inferno’s massive Gatling tears through gunship armor and turns smaller fighters to dust in seconds.
Crusader Ares Ion : This single cannon equipped heavy fighter delivers extremely powerful shots to quickly disable the shields of even the biggest enemy vessels.
Crusader A2 Hercules : With more than double the firepower of the M2, and a custom bomb bay capable of delivering a staggering payload, the A2 caters to anyone hauling massive amounts of cargo through potentially unfriendly skies.
Crusader C2 Hercules : Utilizing the patented Hercules military-grade spaceframe and expanding cargo capacity, while sacrificing barely any firepower, the C2 has become the cargo industry standard.
Crusader M2 Hercules : As the UEE’s premier tactical Starlifter, the M2’s potent combination of capacity, maneuverability, and durability make it the obvious choice in large-scale transport.
Crusader Mercury Star Runner : Built with the same engineering and design principals that has made Crusader the go-to manufacturer for galactic transport on any scale, the Mercury checks all the boxes expected of a dependable courier vessel, and then some.
Tumbril Storm : The Tumbril Storm single-operator mini-tank is built to blitz battlefields and take out enemy artillery.
Tumbril Cyclone : Stir up a storm with this robust two-seater buggy that can carry a little something in the back.
Tumbril Cyclone AA : Features EMP functionality and an anti-air missile launcher to deter threats from above.
Tumbril Cyclone MT : Building on the agile off-road platform of the base variant, the MT adds two surface-to-air missile launchers and a ballistic cannon to keep airborne assailants at bay.
Tumbril Cyclone RC : Cyclone racing variant. It’s red, fast, and equipped with a built-in nitro booster.
Tumbril Cyclone RN : Built to clear the fog of war, the recon variant of the Cyclone features a powerful scanner array.
Tumbril Cyclone TR : Support infantry with this combat buggy. Equipped with a mounted turret to provide cover fire for ground operations.
Tumbril Nova : This heavy tank offers a devastating combination of weaponry to eliminate threats on the ground and in the air.
Day 4, November 20
Now that you’ve taken on some of the careers in the ‘verse, why don’t you get out there and explore a bit. Origin’s lineup is perfect for checking out the clouds of Orison, the forests of microTech, or the canyons of Daymar. Here’s what’s available on Day 4:
Origin 85x : A luxury and sporty short-range runabout for pilot and passenger.
Origin 100i : Tour the universe with the perfect coupling of luxury and performance.
Origin 125a : With high fuel economy, a souped-up weapons package, and trademark Origin refinement, the 125a is the ideal entry into luxury spaceflight.
Origin 135c : With a deceptive amount of storage space in its sleek, stylish frame, the 135c is the obvious choice for the hauler of taste.
Origin 300i : Travel in style with this high-performance solo tourer.
Origin 315p : Traverse the ‘verse with this high-performance light explorer.
Origin 325a : Origin’s sleek signature fighter, the 325a makes a great companion for finding your mark in style and sophistication.
Origin 350r : Origin’s signature racer, the 350r leaves the competition in the dust.
Origin 400i : To explore the stars is a most noble endeavor, and Origin Jumpworks has risen to the occasion in crafting the 400i, the ultimate high-performance pathfinder.
Origin 600i Touring : Star Citizen’s iconic luxury tourer.
Origin 600i Explorer : The 600i Explorer swaps the lounge for a robust scanning station as well as additional utility hardpoints to increase the ship’s effectiveness.
Origin 890 Jump : A vessel in a class all of its own, the colossal 890 Jump is a masterpiece of long-distance touring.
Origin M50 : Origin’s premier racer. Small, fast, and highly agile.
Day 5, November 21
Ready to get your hands dirty? Drake Interplanetary’s lineup is available on Day 5, which gives you access to the light salvage ship, the Vulture. Take it for a spin and potentially make some huge profits from derelicts scattered throughout Stanton. Drake’s vehicle lineup available for IAE is below:
Drake Buccaneer : A light fighter that sacrifices durability (and its ejection seat!) for raw firepower.
Drake Caterpillar : A heavy multi-crew commercial freighter. Lightly armed with superior cargo capacity.
Drake Corsair : A worthy exploration companion, supporting you in battle, discovery, and delivery, wherever the winds of adventure may steer you.
Drake Cutlass Black : Back in black, Drake’s pirate-favorite is a highly versatile ship with combat and cargo prowess.
Drake Cutlass Blue : The Cutlass Blue boasts missiles, a more powerful engine, and Durasteel holding cells in the cargo bay.
Drake Cutlass Red : The Cutlass Red converts the standard cargo hold into a well-equipped medical facility, including two MedBeds.
Drake Cutlass Steel : Whoever has the guns and the personnel makes the rules. Drake has your back in both of those departments with the Cutlass Steel, featuring 18 jump seats and a wealth of firepower.
Drake Dragonfly Black : A two-seater grav-lev bike that easily traverses rough terrain or open space.
Drake Herald : No secret is safe. Drake’s Herald captures and stores information before leaving at blistering speed.
Drake Mule : Whether you need to transport cargo over the roughest terrain possible or load it onto larger vessels and cargo decks, the Mule works, plain and simple.
Drake Vulture : Rip wrecks like a pro and carve out your own place in the great big empty behind the stick of this rough, rugged salvage machine from Drake Interplanetary.
Argo, Consolidated Outland, Greycat, Kruger
Day 6, November 22
With a wide array of manufacturers on Day 6, there’s a lot of gameplay choices in front of you. If you’re looking to try out mining, grab a Greycat ROC and something that can carry it and head off in search of ores and gems! Here’s the rest of the lineup for Day 6:
Argo SRV : From simple freight and cargo towing to harrowing search-and-rescue operations, the SRV handles whatever you can throw at it.
Argo MOLE : Tap into your crew’s full potential with the combined force of Argo’s patented tri-lateral mining system.
Argo MPUV Cargo : A small, unarmed utility runabout designed for shuttling cargo.
Argo MPUV Personnel : A compact utility shuttle built for moving personnel.
Argo RAFT : Perfect for entry-level haulers and old pros alike, the RAFT is an ideal solution for reliable local freight transport.
CNOU HoverQuad : You know that place where the roads end, and sky runs out? That’s HoverQuad country, and it’s begging to be explored.
CNOU Mustang Alpha : Consolidated Outland’s premier ship for those wanting to push the limits a little further when starting out.
CNOU Mustang Beta : Home is where the heart is. The Beta offers comfortable living quarters for beginners roaming the frontier.
CNOU Mustang Gamma : An additional engine provides racers the competitive edge they need.
CNOU Mustang Delta : The Mustang Delta is armed with heavier weapons and rocket pods to give new pilots a little more firepower.
CNOU Nomad : The Nomad is ready to go anywhere and do anything – the perfect solution for anyone yearning to start a brand-new adventure.
Greycat ROC : Designed to be as hard-working and versatile as the miners who use it.
Greycat ROC-DS : With more than double the ore capacity of the standard ROC, and a dedicated boom seat for manual laser operation, the ROC-DS makes big jobs manageable.
Greycat STV : A sports vehicle built by pros for pros that takes the industry-proven usability of Greycat and opens the door to adventure.
Greycat PTV : The Greycat PTV buggy gets you from point to point, wherever you are.
Kruger P-52 Merlin : Small, agile, and with a sting in its tail. This snub fighter is fragile but difficult to hit.
Kruger P-72 Archimedes : The Archimedes delivers exceptional handling and boost capabilities in a beautifully designed package.
Day 7, November 23
Looking to lend a helping hand? Anvil Aerospace’s C8X Pisces is perfect for dipping your toes into the medical career, so get out there and rescue some poorly souls. Anvil’s lineup on Day 6 of IAE can be found below:
Anvil Arrow : Featuring an ultra-aerodynamic frame and slight profile, it’s the most agile ship in its class.
Anvil Ballista : This self-propelled air defense system is capable of destruction on a massive scale.
Anvil C8R Pisces : With the addition of an onboard Tier 3 Medical Bed, the C8R Pisces can treat minor injuries and keep a patient stable while transporting them to the safety of a larger ship, station, or nearby medical facility, making it an invaluable asset for short-range search and rescue.
Anvil C8X Pisces : Ideal for inter-system travel or investigating tight spots inaccessible to larger ships, it’s a small ship ready for big adventures.
Anvil Carrack : Iconic multi-crew explorer ready for your next epic adventure.
Anvil Centurion : Built on Anvil’s popular Atlas Platform, the Centurion presents a tactical solution for short-range anti-aircraft engagement.
Anvil F7C Hornet : Tough and dependable, the F7C is a textbook multi-purpose medium fighter.
Anvil F7C Hornet Wildfire : Special-edition of the F7C Hornet with custom livery and a loadout geared to Arena Commander.
Anvil F7C-M Super Hornet : A two-seater medium fighter with a heavy loadout.
Anvil F7C-R Hornet Tracker : Sacrificing the turret for an advanced radar system, the Hornet Tracker seeks what’s hidden.
Anvil F7C-S Hornet Ghost : Stealthy, silent, deadly – the Ghost keeps a low profile.
Anvil Gladiator : A ruggedly built two-person dive bomber.
Anvil Hawk : The perfect ship for independent bounty hunters or local security.
Anvil Hurricane : A heavy fighter with an almost excessive loadout. Includes a turret that punches through shields and defenses.
Anvil Spartan : Ready for any battlefield, this vehicle gets troops there safely, quickly, and effectively.
Anvil Terrapin : Heavily armored ship with a sophisticated scanner. Ideal for recon and exploration.
Anvil Valkyrie : A heavily armed dropship perfect for full-crew expeditions.
Day 8, November 24
Enjoyed the ROC from Day 6 and you’re looking for more rocks to break? Step up to a MISC Prospector on Day 8 of IAE and get crackin’! Both Mirai and MISC’s lineup is available to try on Day 8:
Mirai Fury : Shatter the limits of performance with this next-generation snub fighter from Mirai featuring four halo-mounted size 2 laser repeaters, best-in-class maneuverability, and unprecedented integration of Xi’an tech.
Mirai Fury LX : The next-generation Fury LX racing ship from Mirai switches out the lithe ship’s offensive capabilities to make room for additional maneuvering thrusters perfect for getting across the finish line.
Mirai Fury MX : Featuring twenty halo-mounted missiles and best-in-class maneuverability, the Fury MX is poised to devastate targets and redefine short-range space combat.
MISC Freelancer : A multi-crew freighter with a turret and ordnance to deter those after its haul.
MISC Freelancer DUR : The Freelancer DUR specializes in exploration with improved scanner, jump drive, and fuel tanks.
MISC Freelancer MAX : The Freelancer MAX is for pilots who prize increased cargo capacity over everything else.
MISC Freelancer MIS : The Freelancer MIS is a limited-edition militarized variant of the classic merchant ship.
MISC Hull A : Where the others trade cargo capacity for firepower or speed, the Hull A is 100% on-mission transport.
MISC Hull C : Often called the most common ship in the galaxy, the Hull C cargo vessel is the most-produced of the range and is considered by many to be the most versatile.
MISC Prospector : A miner’s best friend, with a powerful laser and saddlebags to turn minerals to profit.
Mirai Razor : Cutting ahead of the competition, this sleek racer gives anyone a run for pole position.
Mirai Razor EX : Stealth-edition of the Razor outfitted with signature-reducing materials and low-draw components.
Mirai Razor LX : Special-edition of the Razor features reduced maneuverability and armament in exchange for extreme straight-line speed.
MISC Reliant Kore : A fusion of Xi’an and Human technology, this light freighter lets you haul cargo with a friend.
MISC Reliant Mako : Go where the news is and capture every moment with turret-mounted optics.
MISC Reliant Sen : The Reliant Sen is a versatile mobile science platform.
MISC Reliant Tana : An easy to maintain, versatile, lightweight fighter.
MISC Starfarer : The dedicated fuel refining platform from MISC.
MISC Starfarer Gemini : This military variant sacrifices fuel capacity for armor and a missile launcher.
Roberts Space Industries
Day 9, November 25
Now that you’ve got some mined ore prepared, swing over to your nearest refinery station to melt down your ore into pricier refined commodities. And while you’re at it, give a Constellation Taurus a whirl and take that cargo where its needed most (and for a tidy profit)! The Taurus and the rest of RSI’s lineup are available to try on Day 9 of IAE:
RSI Aurora CL : The Aurora Clipper is an effective vessel for aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned traders alike.
RSI Aurora ES: A descendant of the X-7, this is the ideal choice for new ship owners. Versatile and intuitive.
RSI Aurora LN : For combat-focused citizens. The Aurora LN comes with bigger shields and larger weapons that pack a punch.
RSI Aurora LX : The Aurora Deluxe adds luxury and comfort for long stretches into the deep.
RSI Aurora MR : A balance of function and performance, the Aurora MR comes with cargo capacity and guns to ensure freight gets there safely.
RSI Constellation Andromeda : A multi-crew freighter with a modular design, the RSI Andromeda is one of the most iconic ships in the verse.
RSI Constellation Aquila : Explore the stars and distant horizons. The uprated sensor suite and redesigned cockpit offer maximum visibility.
RSI Constellation Phoenix : A chariot of the gods, this converted luxury freighter is ideal for VIP transport.
RSI Constellation Taurus : Fully configurable but without all the bells-and-whistles, the Taurus is a great way to get started with crewed ships.
RSI Lynx : Tour the wildest corners of the ‘verse in safety, comfort, and style in the Lynx from RSI.
RSI Mantis : Stop ships dead in their tracks with RSI’s premier quantum enforcer.
RSI Scorpius : With an adaptable bi-wing configuration and revolutionary rail-mounted remote turret, the Scorpius offers unprecedented fire coverage, allowing for both defensive and assault-minded applications.
RSI Scorpius Antares : Redesigned to house a devastating EMP device and quantum jammer, the Antares shuts down enemy combatants, leaving them open to attack or boarding.
RSI Ursa : Rugged, durable, and tough, this is the rover of choice for extreme planetary exploration.
Best In Show
Day 10, November 26
In August, we held our annual Ship Showdown contest to uncover the community’s favorite flyable ship of 2023.
After a tense battle, the Drake Corsair took home the title, with the Drake Vulture, Aegis Redeemer, and Origin 600i finishing close behind.
To celebrate the final four ships, the Best in Show day lets you test-fly each finalist. Furthermore, those who have one (or more) of the four ships that made it to the Semi-Finals will get a free limited-edition ship livery!
Also, all previously available flyable ships will also be ready to test-fly via the rental kiosks.
Day 11-14, November 27-30
All previously available flyable ships will be ready to test-fly via the rental kiosks.
New Player Guide
As you take your first steps into the expansive Star Citizen universe, you might be wondering where to find your ship when you first log in. Fear not. The New Player Guide will provide you with anything you’ll need to know.
Knowledge Base & Traveler’s Guide
Last but not least, we created a Welcome Back page to catch you up to speed with information about our last year of patch updates. Before you jump into your ship and start your engines, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the latest additions to the ‘verse.