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With so many Starfield ship manufacturers to choose from, it can be a struggle to figure out the differences (if any) between these various interstellar organisations. As soon as you open up the ship builder, you’re bombarded by all sorts of different brands, and we’re here to tell you all about them, and where you can find them in-game.
If you’re getting started with the game or just looking to refresh yourself, our Starfield tips and tricks guide has plenty of great ideas to help really get your playthrough going. Be sure to check out the best Starfield ships or the Starfield best ship parts if you want try your own hand at starship design. We also have more in-depth guides to the Starfield best reactors and Starfield starship weapons, too. With that, let’s take a look at all the available Starfield ship manufacturers, their locations, and the best shipyards in Starfield.
All Starfield ship manufacturers
In total, there are 19 ship manufacturers in Starfield, and each has their own specialties that make them worth having on your ship. Notably, each manufacturer has their own unique aesthetic style, so if you’re going for looks, then selecting one manufacturer’s parts might be your best bet. But if you’re trying to maximise your ship stats for space combat, then mixing and matching is the way to go.
Here are all of the 19 available ship manufacturers in Starfield:
- Amun Dunn – Specialises in reactors
- Ballistic Solutions Inc. – Specialises in Ballistic weapons and fuel tanks
- Deep Core – Specialises in cargo holds and grav drives
- Deimos – Specialises in creating ships parts with highly defensive ship parts
- Dogstar – Specialises in shields, cargo holds, and reactors
- HopeTech – A great all-round manufacturer, with solid parts in every category
- Horizon Defense – Specialises in Ballistic and Energy weapons
- Light Scythe – Specialises in Energy weapons
- Nautilus – Specialises in shields and fuel tanks
- Panoptes – Specialises in engines
- Nova Galactic – Specialises in habs, landing gear, and structures
- Protectorate Systems – Specialises in cargo holds
- Reladyne – Specialises in engines and grav drives
- Sextant Shield Systems – Specialises in shielded cargo holds
- Shinigami – Specialises in Energy weapons
- Slayton Aerospace – Specialises in grav drives
- Stroud Eklund – Specialises in structures and aesthetics, both inside and outside
- Taiyo Astroneering – Specialises in cockpits and habs
- Xiang – Specialises in reactors
All Starfield ship manufacturer locations
Some of the available ship manufacturers exist in more than just the ship building menu, and can actually be found out in the Settled Systems. While there are 19 total manufacturers, not all of them have their own shipyards, with only four that we know of so far. At these shipyards, you can buy unique Class A, Class B, and Class C ship parts that are unavailable at other shipyards, so if you’ve got a preferred manufacturer, be sure to check out their shipyard.
Here are all of the Starfield ship manufacturers with their own shipyards, and their shipyard locations:
- Deimos – Deimos Staryard, orbit of Deimos (moon of Mars), Sol System
- HopeTech – Hopetown Shipyard, Polvo, Valo System
- Stroud-Eklund – Stroud-Eklund Showroom, Neon, Volii Alpha, Volii System
- Stroud-Eklund – Stroud-Eklund Staryard, orbiting Dalvik (moon of Deepala), Narion System
- Taiyo Astroneering – Taiyo Astroneering Showroom, Neon, Volii Alpha, Volii System
While the Stroud-Eklund and Taiyo Astroneering showrooms are not technically shipyards, they do serve as the official headquarters of these companies, and ship customization, upgrades, and purchasing ships are all possible here as they would be at any regular shipyard, though you will not be able to repair your ship. For that, you’ll need a Ship Services Technician, which can only be found near the landing bay of out-and-out spaceports like those listed below.
Other notable shipyards
Aside from these branded shipyards, there are several other shipyards found across the Settled Systems that offer unique ships, parts, and missions for players to take on, typically found in major cities. These shipyards include:
- Akila City spaceport – Akila, Cheyenne System
- Cydonia spaceport – Mars, Sol System
- Gagarin spaceport – Gagarin, Alpha Centauri System
- Neon spaceport -Volii Alpha, Volii System
- New Atlantis spaceport – Jemison, Alpha Centauri System
- New Homestead – Titan, moon of Saturn, Sol System
- Paradiso – Porrima II, Porrima System
- Red Mile – Porrima III, Porrima System
- The Den – Orbiting Chthonia, Wolf System
- The Key – Orbiting Suvorov, Kryx System
What are the best ship manufacturers in Starfield?
We wouldn’t say that there are any particular ship manufacturers that are objectively the best, as a lot of it comes down to personal preference. Nevertheless, there are a few that we’d like to single out as having been useful in our playthrough.
Deep Core, Deimos, and Xiang all excel in their respective specialties, creating high quality grav drives, shields, and reactors. They might cost you a little more to buy, but are certainly worth spending that extra money on. HopeTech are also a great option, as they offer great all-around parts, and can be a good way to get the essentials fairly cheaply.
Best Starfield shipyards
The best shipyards in Starfield are the New Atlantis spaceport, the Neon spaceport, and the Red Mile.
New Atlantis is a fairly straightforward pick. It’s effectively your tutorial area for the ship building system, but will also act as a hub of sorts as you repeatedly return to New Atlantis during the main story, and other faction missions. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick upgrade or repairs when you need one – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Neon is another place you’ll be visiting plenty of times, but it does have some added benefits that New Atlantis doesn’t. It’s located much more centrally in the Settled Systems, so is a good place to grav jump from to reach faraway star systems. It also has two ship manufacturers headquartered here that offer unique parts – the Stroud Eklund shipyard and Taiyo Astroneering shipyard respectively.
The Red Mile on Porrima III isn’t the flashiest of shipyards, but it does offer something important for anyone looking to make a career in the smuggling game – shielded cargo holds. It’s one of the only shipyards in the game where you can buy shielded cargo holds and scan jammers which can help you smuggle contraband into United Colonies and Freestar Collective controlled planets. Check out our Starfield Red Mile location guide to find out exactly how to get there.
As a special mention, it’s worth checking out the Crimson Fleet’s base The Key, as well as The Den space station. You’ll be able to repair your ship at both of these, and they each host a Trade Authority, meaning you can safely sell contraband without having to go through a scan first.
If you’re wanting to become a real space combat ace, then you’ll need to level up a few of the tech-related Starfield skills. And if you’re wanting to do some missions but don’t know what exactly you should be doing, check out our Starfield quest list to see what’s available. For more help on your journey across the galaxy, read up on where to get the Starfield Mark 1 spacesuit, where to get Digipicks, Quantum Essence, the Starfield Jemison Mercantile location, how to reach The Key, Alternating Currents quest walkthrough, and how to store items on your ship to keep your inventory nice and tidy.
Starfield ship manufacturers FAQ
How many ship manufacturers are there in Starfield?
In total there are 19 different ship manufacturers in Starfield, each with their own specialties.
What is the best spaceport in Starfield?
The best spaceport in Starfield is the New Atlantis spaceport, because it is close to the majority of the game’s major events, and has a large variety of services.