Caterpillar

Large heavy freight ship manufactured by Drake
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Caterpillar
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Flight ready
Caterpillar
Role
Heavy Freight
Size
Large (S5/L)
Loaner
Capacity
Crew
2 – 4
Cargo
576 SCU576,000 KµSCU <br />576,000,000 µSCU <br />
Stowage
32,990 KµSCU32.99 SCU <br />32,990,000 µSCU <br />
Cost
Standalone
$ 330.00€ 333.30 <br />£ 280.50 <br /> ($ 225.00€ 227.25 <br />£ 191.25 <br />)
Warbond
$ 295.00€ 297.95 <br />£ 250.75 <br />
Availability
Time-limited sales
Claim
18m 37s
Expedite
6m 12s
Expedite fee
7,730 aUEC
Specifications
Length
111.5 m0.112 km <br />11,150 cm <br />
Width
39.5 m0.0395 km <br />3,950 cm <br />
Height
13.4 m0.0134 km <br />1,340 cm <br />
Mass
1,660,063 kg1,660.063 t <br />
Scm speed
130 m/s468 km/h <br />
0 to scm
3.67 s
Scm to 0
8.563 s
Max speed
900 m/s3,240 km/h <br />
0 to max
25.409 s
Max to 0
59.287 s
Roll rate
25 °/s
Pitch rate
16 °/s
Yaw rate
16 °/s
Hydrogen capacity
2,505,000 L2,505 SCU <br />
Hydrogen intake
50 L/s0.05 SCU/s <br />
Quantum capacity
11,000 L11 SCU <br />
Cross section
None
Electromagnetic
None
Infrared
None
Physical
- 58 %
Energy
None
Distortion
None
Thermal
None
Biochemical
None
Stun
- 100 %
Health
92,700 ❤️
Lore
Released
2871
Development
Announced
18 November 2012
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The Drake Caterpillar is a large, modular cargo ship with a focus on significant capacity and flexibility. It is commonly used for legitimate commerce, extended search, and rescue missions. However, because of the low cost and popularity among civilians, the Caterpillar is known for being used by pirates as the storage location for their ill-gotten gains.[1][2]

Features

Command Module
The command module can be detached from the main hull and used as an independent ship. It can be used to move multiple Caterpillar hulls, or as an escape ship. Even at some shipping stations, Caterpillar crews have been known to race command modules while waiting for their cargo to be transferred.
Cargo Module
The cargo modules are outfitted with port and starboard elevators that allow each section to act as a self-contained unit. Operators can add or remove cargo without disturbing other modules.
Front Cargo Bay
The front cargo bay can be used for additional storage and housing open-canopy vehicles like the Dragonfly. It is equipped with an airshield, which allows crew to transfer pallets and launch small vehicles without decompressing. The module is also outfitted with a manned turret, a cargo lift, and multiple sensors to assist in piloting.
Tractor Beam Station
The tractor beam station consists of a terminal that allows the ship to safely guide debris and even errant cargo directly into the side access doors of the cargo modules.

Specifications

Sc-icon-computer.svg Computer
1x
S1
Computer
Sc-icon-radar.svg Radar
3x
S2
Civilian (C)
Sc-icon-scanner.svg Scanner
1x
S1
Scanner
Sc-icon-cooler.svg Cooler
2x
S3
Industrial (C)
Sc-icon-powerplant.svg Power plant
2x
S3
Industrial (C)
Sc-icon-selfdestruct.svg Self destruct
1x
S1
30,000 🗡️ · 120 m0.12 km <br />12,000 cm <br />
Sc-icon-shieldgenerator.svg Shield generator
2x
S3
Industrial (C)
Sc-icon-fuelintake.svg Fuel intake
2x
S1
Fuel intakeintk_drak_caterpillar
25 L/s0.025 SCU/s <br />
Fuel port
1x
S1
Fuel portdockingtube_fuel_ports_drak_caterpillar
Sc-icon-fueltank.svg Fuel tank
1x
S1
2,505,000 L2,505 SCU <br />
Sc-icon-quantumdrive.svg Quantum drive
1x
S3
Military (C)
Sc-icon-quantumfueltank.svg Quantum fuel tank
1x
S2
11,000 L11 SCU <br />
Sc-icon-mainthruster.svg Main thruster
4x
S5
Main thrusterdrak_caterpillar_thruster_aux
12.7 MN12,700 kN <br />2,855,074.3 lbf <br />
Sc-icon-maneuveringthruster.svg Maneuvering thruster
6x
S5
Retro thrusterdrak_caterpillar_thruster_retro
4.2 MN4,200 kN <br />944,197.8 lbf <br />
28x
S5
Maneuvering thrusterdrak_caterpillar_thruster_mav_fixed
4.2 MN4,200 kN <br />944,197.8 lbf <br />
Sc-icon-turret.svg Weapons
Defensive devices
1x
S1
25/25 Ammunition
Cargo grid
1x
S1
Cargo griddrak_caterpillar_cargogrid_module
576,000 SCU
Armor
1x
S1
Armorarmr_drak_caterpillar
Bed
4x
S1
Bed
Lower left, Lower right
Paint
1x
S1
Paint

Model

Ship profile

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear Below
Caterpillar in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar in space - Above.jpg
Caterpillar in space - Port.jpg
Caterpillar in space - Front.jpg
Caterpillar in space - Rear.jpg
Caterpillar in space - Below.jpg
Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear
Caterpillar in RandY - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar in RandY - Above.jpg
Caterpillar in RandY - Port.jpg
Caterpillar in RandY - Front.jpg
Caterpillar in RandY - Rear.jpg

Special editions

Image Name Description
Caterpillar BIS 2949 in space - Isometric.jpg
'Best In Show 2949' White and dark grey colour with purple accents and a IAE logo. Limited edition. Created to celebrate the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo 2949 event. [3]
Caterpillar Pirate in space - Isometric.jpg
'Pirate' Dark olive green and dark grey colour with pirate decals. It's only available when defeating "Pirate Swarm" in Arena Commander. [4]

Paints

"Deck the Hull" "Foundation Festival" "Ghoulish Green" "IceBreak" "Mistwalker" "Polar" "Stormbringer"
Caterpillar DTH in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar FF in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar Ghoulish Green in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar IceBreak in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar Mistwalker in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar Polar in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar Stormbringer in space - Isometric.jpg

Acquisition

Pledge price history

Date Pledge cost (USD) Insurance Availability Sale
2012-11-18 225 LTI Limited Kickstarter final day addon [5]
2013-09-20 225 LTI Limited Caterpillar 72 hours flash sale [6]
2013-11-20 245 LTI Time-limited 2013 anniversary sale [7]
2014-11-22 245 2 years Time-limited 2014 anniversary sale [8]
2015-11-21 245 3 years Time-limited 2015 anniversary sale [9]
2016-11-18 295 4 years Time-limited 2016 anniversary sale [10]
2016-12-16 295 6 months Time-limited 2016 holiday sale [11]

Lore

In the wake of the Cutlass' success in 28th Century, Drake Interplanetary's CEO and lead designer Jan Dredge was looking for a new project to move the company forward. Although the Cutlass enjoyed some success in commercial hauling, it is more known for its combat abilities. Dredge knew that they should take the same design principles and apply it to something much bigger.

The Caterpillar prototype is initially unreviled at the 2871 Intergalactic Aerospace Expo. The ship received a lot of critics for its old design, the negativity almost threatened the whole project. It wasn't until the reports of Caterpillar spread through the Empire, that the tide began to turn. People were floored by two things: the ability to mix and match cargo modules and the price.[2]

On 2903-06-21 SET, a Caterpillar broke out from heavy traffic, and rammed into an eriesium transport using the front sensor array as hooks to latch onto the hull. The front cargo door opened and pirates leapt onto the immobilized transport and cut their way inside while the turret engaged the shocked security detail.

Within five minutes, the security detail had been destroyed, the transport breached and the eriesium taken. The Command Module detached from the Caterpillar and the pirates disappeared back into the spacelane with their fighter accomplices. By the time authorities arrived, they found an image that permanently seared itself into the public's consciousness, a Drake Caterpillar attached to the vented husk of a transport.

Despite an exhaustive search through all the system, authorities never figured out who was behind the heist. The Caterpillar was forever tied with criminal element to the present after the event.[2]

Trivia

If stood upright, a Caterpillar would be taller than the famed Lumière de L'espoir statue in Odyssa, Borea, near Drake's headquarters.[12]

Gallery

References

  1. Caterpillar - Ship page. Pledge Store
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Drake Caterpillar - Ship Brochure
  3. The Caterpillar Best In Show Edition - Pledge store. Pledge Store
  4. The Caterpillar Pirate Edition - Pledge store. Pledge Store
  5. Star Citizen Kickstarter page
  6. A Look Inside the Pirate Ships. Transmission - Comm-Link
  7. Drake Caterpillar Now Available. Transmission - Comm-Link
  8. Star Citizen Anniversary Sale. Transmission - Comm-Link
  9. AnniVERSEary Sale: Kickoff. Transmission - Comm-Link
  10. Drake Caterpillar - 2016 Anniversary Sale Archived 2016-11-21.
  11. Drake Caterpillar - 2016 Holiday Sale Archived 2016-12-23.
  12. Drake Caterpillar brochure, page 7. Transmission - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2024-02-28
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