Large heavy freight ship manufactured by Drake
Quick facts:
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Flight ready
Heavy Freight
Large (S5/L)
1 – 4
576 SCU576,000 KµSCU <br />576,000,000 µSCU <br />
596,000 KµSCU596 SCU <br />596,000,000 µSCU <br />
$ 330.00€ 333.30 <br />£ 280.50 <br /> ($ 225.00€ 227.25 <br />£ 191.25 <br />)
$ 295.00€ 297.95 <br />£ 250.75 <br />
Time-limited sales
18m 37s
6m 12s
Expedite fee
7,730 aUEC
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111.5 m0.112 km <br />11,150 cm <br />
39.5 m0.0395 km <br />3,950 cm <br />
13.4 m0.0134 km <br />1,340 cm <br />
960,063 kg960.063 t <br />
Scm speed
99 m/s356.4 km/h <br />
0 to scm
2.952 s
Scm to 0
5.155 s
Max speed
894 m/s3,218.4 km/h <br />
0 to max
26.665 s
Max to 0
46.551 s
Roll rate
65 °/s
Pitch rate
20 °/s
Yaw rate
20 °/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
- 58 %
- 100 %
45,800 ❤️

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]


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.


Sc-icon-turret.svg Weapons
Defensive devices
25/25 Ammunition


Ship profile

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear Below
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Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear
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Special editions

Image Name Description
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'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]
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'Pirate' Dark olive green and dark grey colour with pirate decals. It's only available when defeating "Pirate Swarm" in Arena Commander. [4]


The following paints (skins) can be used on all variants of the Caterpillar.

Image Paint Name Description Price (aUEC) Price ($)
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"Deck the Hull" Pale green colouring with dark grey and red accents. Limited edition. Reward for the Luminalia 2951 event. [5] [not available] (Reward)
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"Foundation Festival" Metallic silver in colour with teal & white accents and a Foundation Festival logo. Limited edition. Only available as a reward to backers who took part in the annual Foundation Festival event. [6] [not available] (Reward)
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"Ghoulish Green" Metallic green and dark grey colour with dark grey accents. Limited sale. Only available during the Day of the Vara event. [7] [not available] 11.00
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"IceBreak" White and metallic blue colour with dark grey accents. Limited edition. Reward for the Luminalia 2951 event. [not available] (Reward)
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"Mistwalker" Green 3 tone digital camo pattern and dark grey colour. [not available] 13.00 [8]
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"Polar" White and grey colour with dark grey accents. [not available] 11.00 [9]
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"Stormbringer" Blue and dark grey colour with white accents. [not available] 7.50 [10]

Universe availability

Pledge price history

Date Pledge cost (USD) Insurance Availability Sale
2012-11-18 225 LTI Limited Kickstarter final day addon [11]
2013-09-20 225 LTI Limited Caterpillar 72 hours flash sale [12]
2013-11-20 245 LTI Time-limited 2013 anniversary sale [13]
2014-11-22 245 2 years Time-limited 2014 anniversary sale [14]
2015-11-21 245 3 years Time-limited 2015 anniversary sale [15]
2016-11-18 295 4 years Time-limited 2016 anniversary sale [16]
2016-12-16 295 6 months Time-limited 2016 holiday sale [17]


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]




  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. Celebrate Luminalia 2951. Transmission - Comm-Link. Retrieved 22/12/2021
  6. Foundation Festival 2950. Transmission - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2022-05-23
  7. Horror Beyond The Stars - Day of the Vara 2951. Transmission - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2022-05-23
  8. Caterpillar Mistwalker Paint. Pledge Store. Retrieved 2022-06-05
  9. Caterpillar Polar Paint. Pledge Store. Retrieved 22/12/2021
  10. Caterpillar Stormbringer Paint. Pledge Store. Retrieved 22/12/2021
  11. Star Citizen Kickstarter page
  12. A Look Inside the Pirate Ships. Transmission - Comm-Link
  13. Drake Caterpillar Now Available. Transmission - Comm-Link
  14. Star Citizen Anniversary Sale. Transmission - Comm-Link
  15. AnniVERSEary Sale: Kickoff. Transmission - Comm-Link
  16. Drake Caterpillar - 2016 Anniversary Sale Archived 2016-11-21.
  17. Drake Caterpillar - 2016 Holiday Sale Archived 2016-12-23.
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