Caterpillar

Large ship manufactured by Drake Interplanetary
Caterpillar firing guns - Front Port.jpg
Production state
Caterpillar
ManufacturerDrake Interplanetary (DRAK)
RoleHeavy freight
SizeLarge
Capacity
Crew1 – 4
Cargo576 SCU
Stowage576,000K μSCU
Cost
Buy
4,686,600 aUEC
Rent
Not avaliable
Standalone
$330
S. orig.
$225
Warbond
$295
Availability
Time-limited sales
Pledge value
14,202 aUEC/$
Claim
18:00
Expedite
06:00
Expedite fee
9,000 aUEC
Rent
Not avaliable
Specifications
Length111.5 m
Beam39.5 m
Height13.4 m
Combat speed99 m/s
Max speed894 m/s
Mass1,660,063 kg
Lore
Introduction2871 CE; 81 years ago (2871)

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 fo 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 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 side-access elevator that allows all the sections to act as self-contained units, which allows people to add or remove cargo without disturbing any of the 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

Note: The specification below is a merge of the in-game data as of Alpha 3.11 and the ship matrix. The small size components do not appear in game yet as the command module is not implemented.
Avionics
Radarnav.svgRadars
3x
S2
WLOP - WillsOp
1x
S1
S Radar
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Computernav.svgComputers
3x
S2
M Computer
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
1x
S1
S Computer
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Systems
Powerplantnav.svgPower plants
2x
S3
JUST - Juno Starwerk
2x
S1
JUST - Juno Starwerk
Coolernav.svgCoolers
2x
S3
JUST - Juno Starwerk
2x
S1
JUST - Juno Starwerk
Shieldgeneratornav.svgShield generators
2x
S3
BASL - Basilisk
2x
S1
BASL - Basilisk

Propulsion
Fuelintakenav.svgFuel intakes
2x
S3
L Fuel Intake
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
1x
S1
S Fuel Intake
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Fueltanknav.svgFuel tanks
1x
S3
L Fuel Tank
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
1x
S1
S Fuel Tank
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Quantumdrivenav.svgQuantum drives
1x
S3
WETK - Wei-Tek
1x
S1
S Quantum Drive
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Jumpdrivenav.svgJump drives
1x
S3
L Jump Module
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Quantumfueltanknav.svgQuantum fuel tanks
1x
S3
L Quantum Fuel Tank
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
1x
S1
S Quantum Fuel Tank
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Thrusters
Mainthrusternav.svgMain thrusters
2x
S5
Main Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
2x
S5
Aux Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
2x
SX
Main Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
Maneuveringthrusternav.svgManeuvering thrusters
6x
S5
Retro Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
28x
S5
Fixed Maneuvering Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
2x
SX
Retro Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
6x
SX
Gimbal Maneuvering Thruster
N/A - Unknown manufacturer

Weaponry
Weaponnav.svgWeapons
1x
S5
Dual Weapon Mount
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
  • 2x
    S3
    BEHR - Behring Applied Technology
2x
S3
VariPuck S3 Gimbal Mount
FFSY - Flashfire Systems
  • 2x
    S2
    BEHR - Behring Applied Technology
Turretnav.svgTurrets
2x
S6
Manned Turret
N/A - Unknown manufacturer
  • 4x
    S4
    BEHR - Behring Applied Technology

History

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 2871Intergalactic 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]

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

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

Image Paint Name Description Price (aUEC) Price ($)
Caterpillar DTH in space - Isometric.jpg
"Deck the Hull" Pale green colouring with dark grey and red accents. Limited edition. Reward for the Luminalia 2951 event. [5] [not available] (Reward)
Caterpillar FF in space - Isometric.jpg
"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)
Caterpillar Ghoulish Green in space - Isometric.jpg
"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
Caterpillar IceBreak in space - Isometric.jpg
"IceBreak" White and metallic blue colour with dark grey accents. Limited edition. Reward for the Luminalia 2951 event. [not available] (Reward)
Caterpillar Mistwalker in space - Isometric.jpg
"Mistwalker" Green 3 tone digital camo pattern and dark grey colour. [not available] 13.00 [8]
Caterpillar Polar in space - Isometric.jpg
"Polar" White and grey colour with dark grey accents. [not available] 11.00 [9]
Caterpillar Stormbringer in space - Isometric.jpg
"Stormbringer" Blue and dark grey colour with white accents. [not available] 7.50 [10]

In-game availability & pricing

Updated: May 10, 2021 (16 months ago) (2021-05-10) - Alpha 3.13.0

Buying

New Deal, Lorville Astro Armada, Area18
4,686,600 Unavailable

Renting

Unavailable

Prices given are per-day. Prices for all rental periods can be found at Ship renting.

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]

Gallery

Caterpillar firing guns - Front Port.jpg
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Caterpillar Top.jpg
The Shipyard - Careers and Roles - Transporter1.jpg
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Caterpillar Turret.jpg
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Caterpillar CMod Solo.jpg
Catepillar Bottom.jpg
Catepillar Front.jpg
Catepillar Back.jpg
Catepillar Command Module Bridge.jpg
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IAE2950-day6-caterpillar.jpg
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Invictus-2952-Drake-showfloor.jpg
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Caterpillar Daymar Landed 3.0 PTU.png
Caterpillar Crusader.png
Caterpillar salvage.png

Caterpillar Best In Show Edition 2949 - Cut.png
Caterpillar BIS 2949 in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar BIS 2949 in space - Above.jpg
Caterpillar BIS 2949 in space - Port.jpg
Caterpillar BIS 2949 in space - Front.jpg
Caterpillar BIS 2949 in space - Rear.jpg
Caterpillar BIS 2949 in space - Below.jpg

Caterpillar Pirate - Landed in station hangar.jpg
Caterpillar Pirate in space - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar Pirate in space - Above.jpg
Caterpillar Pirate in space - Port.jpg
Caterpillar Pirate in space - Front.jpg
Caterpillar Pirate in space - Rear.jpg
Caterpillar Pirate in space - Below.jpg
Pirate Cat - Above debris field.jpg

Caterpillar DTH - Landed in hangar.jpg
Caterpillar DTH Icon TP.png
Caterpillar FF - Landed in hangar.jpg
Caterpillar FF Icon TP.png
Caterpillar Ghoulish Green - Landed in hangar.jpg
Caterpillar Ghoulish Green Icon TP.png
Caterpillar IceBreak - Landed in hangar.jpg
Caterpillar IceBreak Icon TP.png
Caterpillar Mistwalker landed - Isometric.jpg
Caterpillar Mistwalker Icon TP.png
Caterpillar Polar.jpg
Caterpillar Polar Icon TP.png
Caterpillar Stormbringer.jpg
Caterpillar Stormbringer Icon TP.png

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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. 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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