Looking oddly like a beetle, the Kite Class Corvette has excellent sensors, but limited range and rather cramped quarters - meaning that crews generally have to pull double duty as there isn't space for enough people to run more civilised shift patterns. It seems to serve well in system defence modes, however.
There is a rather muddled account of the development of this class of vessel, apparently done in tandem with the Cutlass Heavy Fighter which uses it as a mobile base. The success of the Kite has rather piggybacked on sales of the Cutlass, it seems, to the delight of the manufacturer (just who that is we are not told...).
Some notes on typical crew - generally fresh out of Space Academy - are given, along with full stats, several external views and a deckplan. This shows how cramped it is - you have to walk through the Ship's Locker to get to the Bridge, and there are no common areas whatsoever!
The beetle-like appearance is due to huge sensor booms, by the way.
Best use for this vessel is a near-planet patrol, something your party may encounter as they arrive in-system.