I always liked simple shapes for spaceships, it makes them more realistic somehow. And it doesn't get more simplistic than the old Elite designs. That was the inspiration for this ship. The idea behind it is to have a retro design that could work in the universe of Elite: Dangerous today but retain the purity of shape of the old games.
You can read my in universe background story here :http://marian87.deviantart.com/art/Kob-R4-612558463