The Raven’s computer houses the main AI core that regulates all critical ship systems and subsystems—closely monitoring variables like overall condition, temperature, energy levels, and external hazards. It processes billions of instructions per second, affording the Raven an ample degree of independent thought and decision making. A few military consultants
, speaking on condition of anonymity, have expressed concerns that such a powerful AI could gain sentience, leading to abject disaster. Thus far, there’s no evidence to back up those claims—and subsequently, no reason to worry.
Layers of neosteel and synthetic weave make up the bulk of the Raven’s fuselage, with sturdy, space-grade fabric between each layer to provide insulation for internal components. The stabilizer fins and key points of the structure are equipped with microscopic weeping holes, which allow for the release of a multipurpose solution to break down ice buildups or cool the fuselage—depending on the environment the vessel is operating in. Further upgrades and adjustments have been implemented recently, as the ship transitions into a more active role while conflict levels escalate.
The Raven is equipped with an advanced manufacturing plant. Hundreds of thousands of AI-operated nanomachines diligently assemble a diversity of mission critical equipment, such as: armored auto-turrets, point defense drones, and thermobaric, laser-guided seeker missiles. Onboard production capabilities afford the Raven greater operative flexibility than its predecessor, the costlier and less efficient Science Vessel.
Ravens have state-of-the-art surveillance and reconnaissance hardware. Two radars, operating at high / low frequencies respectively, and four high-resolution, multi-spectral cameras allow for target acquisition and tracking at long ranges. When the vessel’s low frequency radar detects anomalies, heuristic detection algorithms—supported by thermal and electrical imaging—sweep the area to find any cloaked threats. Ravens have become more common throughout the sector, but many wonder if the “protection” they offer is just an excuse the Dominion uses to spy on its citizens.