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Caterpillar
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ManufacturerDrake Interplanetary
Hangar Ready Date2.6
Flight Ready Date2.6
Primary FocusTransport
Secondary FocusPiracy
Minimum Crew2
Maximum Crew4
Standalone Price$295[1]
Mass (empty)84,516.25 Kg[2]
Cargo Capacity592 Standard Cargo Units[3]
Length111.57 m
Height14 m
Beam39 m
Upgrade Capacity [?]12
Max Power Plant Size [?]5
Factory Power PlantReliance
Top SpeedSCM: 100 m/s AB: 300 m/s
Main Thrusters [?]4× TR5
Maneuvering Thrusters [?]28× TR2
Max Shield [?]5[4]
HardpointsWeapons Systems
Class 1None
Class 2Behring M2A laser cannon Size 4 Equipped[4]
Class 3Size 4 Equipped[4]
Class 4Behring M5A laser cannon (turret) Size 4 Equipped[4]
Additional EquipmentL-Sys Mark III Tractor Beam

Official DescriptionEdit

First introduced in 2871, Drake Interplanetary’s Caterpillar has long proven to be a reliable, cost-effective multi-role vessel, capable of being outfitted for everything from mercantile operations to combat support. Long hailed as a hard-fought alternative to the ubiquitous Hull series, the Caterpillar is a freighter that doesn’t skimp on weaponry or customization.

Designed for supporting pirate operations, the Caterpillar features a large cargo hold for carrying loot, heavier armor than other freighters in its class and room for five crew able to serve in boarding operations. Despite its heavier armor, the Caterpillar isn't a bulldog... a successful operation will require a fighter escort.[5]

The ‘Cat is also intended as a platform for boarding operations. Pirates can marshal their shock troops aboard the ship and then force their way onto larger targets like frigates and cruisers![6]

Model E UpdateEdit

The Caterpillar model E[7] is a straight up, no frills hauler. The sheer number of options you can apply to it is truly staggering and will haul a large variety of cargo from raw minerals to human transport.  You can even compartmentalize the ships hold.

The offensive capabilities are a little light, but what it lacks in offense it more than makes up for in defensive options. It can take a beating and ask for seconds depending on the option combinations.

The biggest downside has nothing to do with the ship itself, but rather the reputation associated with it.  To every local cop, Advo, merc and Citizen, Drake ships are treated like suspects wherever they go. 

The biggest problem with the Caterpillar is the negative attention you’ll receive. Cops will probably scan you more often.  

Pros and ConsEdit

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Caterpillar Concept Art

ProsEdit

  • Command module can detach and self-pilot during emergency events
  • Many defensive configurations
  • Compartmentalized hold options
  • Large cargo hold

ConsEdit

  • Slow
  • Light in offensive capabilities
  • Reputation: It attracts attention from Advocacy Agents, cops and mercenaries.[7]

Concept Art GalleryEdit


ReferencesEdit

[3]

  1. RSIIcon Caterpillar Standalone Price on RSI Website
  2. RSIIcon Ship Stats on RSI Website (with updates as of May 21, 2014)
  3. 3.0 3.1 RSIIcon Hull B Q&A, Cargo Chart section on RSI Website
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 RSIIcon Ship Stats on RSI Website (with updates as of May 9, 2014)
  5. Star Citizen Ships Development Document (Note: Page is temporarily inaccessible on the RSI website)
  6. Ship Spotlight
  7. 7.0 7.1 RSIIcon Clean Shot Shipping Update (#4) on RSI Website
8. https://robertsspaceindustries.com/pledge/ships/drake-caterpillar/Caterpillar