The original Heliades was ICC-certified and featured a medical bay, lab facilities, and over a dozen HES-compatible chambers. The Heliades used dual FTL engines powered by the ship's 2.1 terrawatt RL fusion reactor power source and had a payload capacity of up to 9 megatonnes. The ship had the ability to provide molecularly stable transport for ship components and human crew over light-years of space, enabling Weyland Corp scientists explorers and planetary engineers access to various new unexplored regions of space.
On July 9, 2072, the second FTL-capable SEV, the USCSS Prometheus was introduced to the world prior to its mission to LV-223. Heliades pilot, Captain Corin McManna joined the Prometheus test flight crew and was impressed by the ship's performance.