I've recently decided to unmelt my Polaris and after reading about it a bit more I realised how amazing this ship is. Here is why:
Powerful payload So as you might know this ship can fire 4x S10 Torpedoes at once and holds additional 24 that can be reloaded automatically and fired again. This is huge because S10 torpedoes are much more powerful than s9 and this ship holds tons of them.
Speed According to the designers and concept sale information of that ship, the Polaris will be one of the fastest capital ships in the verse. This means that you will not only be able to get into the battlefield quickly but also get out fast after delivering your devastating payload.
Defenses This is something that I feel a lot of people don't realise but this ship has amazing defenses. Polaris has capital sized powerplant and 3x Large shields. This means that it will be able to not only sustain those shields quite easily due to the powerplant immense amount of power but also refresh them much faster if you equip the ship with high refresh rate shield tech. This means that you can get in, fire your salvo and get away from let's say Idris. Idris won't be able to catch you and thanks to the shields refresh rate, fighters that can catch you, won't be able to damage you.
Turrets The Polaris current planned loadout is set to include:
5x Manned Turrets (Twin S4 Weapons)
1x Remote Manned Turret (Twin S5 Weapons)
1x Automated Turret (Twin S4 Weapons)
2x Anti-Fighter Missile Racks, each carrying 16x S3 MissilesFor the size of this ship, this is a lot of defenses against basically any non-capital threat.
Internal Hangar This is the selling point of Polaris for me. This ship has internal hangar for a fighter or other smaller craft. You can easily fit Sabre, Prospector, Terrapin or even F8C lightning in there. I bet that with correct piloting skills you will be able to land there with bigger ships like Eclipse. This is huge.
Cargo bay with a ramp Not sure about the total cargo space as we know this is something that can change completely but the big thing for me is that Polaris cargo bay has a wide ramp. This means we will be able to park a rover or maybe even a tank in there.
Brig, Medical Bay and Armoury In the official Q&A they've said that this ship will also include brig, medbay and armoury - this is big for me because it makes this ship so much more versatile, especially for 155m ship.
Bridge The bridge on the Polaris is not too big nor too small - it has great visibility, proper stations for each crew member and very clean, modern design. Based on the lore and Mantis cockpit, I suspect we will see much less struts than there are shown on the concept art.
Something worth mentioning is that according to my calculations, Polaris will be able to fit up to 7 Arrows in it's hangar bay!