The Herald is a data runner spacecraft sold by Drake Interplanetary. It is an unusually specialized design for Drake, focusing entirely on the process of securely storing, transmitting, and moving data as quickly as possible. The Herald is built with an armored computer core and an STA-M6A1 high power broadcast array that allows for long-range transmission. They are used by a variety of corporations and by independent contractors who specialize in data running missions.
The Drake Herald is a small, armored ship designed to get information from Point A to Point B. safely. Featuring a powerful central engine (for high-speed transit and generating the power needed for effective data encryption/containment), advanced encryption software, and an armored computer core, the Herald, is unique among personal spacecraft in that it is designed to be easily ‘cleaned’ when in danger of capture.
Here is a short history of publications about the series from the RSI website.
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