Founded January 2nd, 2698, Rashpur-Owens Incorporated was the only functional orbital construction yard capable of building JumpShips left in the Confederation after the devastation of the early Succession Wars. Based out of the former Delhi WarShips facilities on Capella, while its survival and continued production were a symbol of Capellan pride, the decrepit and disintegrating yards earned the derisive nickname of the "Citizen's Crutch" due to the costs of producing a mere handful of completed ships being far beyond the marked-up prices involved in purchasing vessels built in other realms.
This changed after Riley Doh rose to chairmanship of the company in 3051. A self-made man who earned his citizenship by working in the yards, Doh used the small amount of free capital available and every scrap of FoundTech he could get his hands on to upgrade the yards, doubling production by 3056. Using backchannel deals and every favor possible, he got RO selected as the site for the production of the new Lung Wang and secured plans and molds to produce the deadly Achilles. The Rashpur-Owens yards at Capella were responsible for the design and production of the first interplanetary drives to be used in the Free Worlds League WarShip program which built the Impavido-class destroyers during this era, before much of that production shifted to support the Confederation's own WarShip program. The Capella yards helped support the yards at Necromo as the produced the Feng Huang-class cruiser. The reconstruction of the Rashpur-Owens WarShip slips at Capella were a jointly funded effort between the Capellan Confederation and the Free Worlds League.
Immediately prior to the Jihad, RO's successes allowed it to secure supplementary contracts for the Necromo Shipyards in 3066 and Doh was lobbying for a license to produce the Defiance OmniFighter in 3068.
During the Jihad, the Necromo Shipyards were destroyed, and analysts believe that RO will abandon their effort to rebuild the interplanetary WarShip drive facility that was moved to the Necromo system. The Word of Blake's expertise was required to get the facility running in the first place, and with that expertise no longer available, the drive facility is simply a money sink. By 3081 the Confederation was still refusing to admit that it could no longer produce WarShips, but it had become increasingly obvious that there was no way that Rashpur-Owens could reproduce or retroengineer the technical knowledge to build WarShip drives, and would instead be limited to trying to repair and maintain the few WarShips still left in the Capellan navy.
Rashpur-Owens Incorporated has manufacturing centers on the following planets:
|Components produced on Capella:|
|Lung Wang Predator||DropShip|
|Interplanetary Drive - DropShip|
|Xevec-19||Lung Wang|
|Kearny-Fuchida Drive - JumpShip|
|KF Mark V||Merchant|
|KF Mark VIIa||Invader|
|KF Mark X||Monolith|
- Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 57, "Rashpur-Owens Incorporated Profile"
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 71, "Capella"
- BattleSpace (Sourcebook), p. 28, "JumpShips and WarShips"
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 135, "Rashpur-Owens, Incorporated"
- BattleSpace, p. 28
- Objectives: Capellan Confederation, p. 8
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 101, "Capellan Commonality"
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 135, "Rashpur-Owens Incorporated Company Profile"
- Objectives: Capellan Confederation, p. 3, "State of the Industry Table"
- Field Report CCAF, p. 6, "No Port to Call Home"
- Objective Raids, p. 143, "Produced Rashpur-Owens Components"
- Experimental Technical Readout: Liao, p. 12, "Produced Experimental Lung Wang Ship variant"
- DropShips and JumpShips: ComStar Intelligence Summary, p. 17