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The Caterpillar from Drake Interplanetary is a large transport ship, it consists of the hull and the detachable[1] command module. The Caterpillar is fitted with four ship weapon hardpoints, two manned turrets and two tractor beams of which one is located on the command module. The cargo deck consists of five interconnected modules, each outfitted with airlocks and the fifth with a manned turret.

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.

–Pledge store

Features[]

Armament

  • A manned turret is located topside in the front and another on the underside in the back behind the cargo lift, both turrets are equipped with twin size 4 M6A Cannon laser cannons. The command pod is outfitted with two M5A Cannons and two M4A Cannons installed on size 3 gimbals.

Cargo deck

  • Four identically cargo modules, each with a capacity of 121 SCU and cargo bay doors on port and starboard side, the doors also function as lifts. The fifth module has a capacity of 80 SCU, one front facing cargo door and houses the forward manned turret.

Upcoming features[]

Features that are announced to be implemented in the future.

  • Command module external entry
  • Detachable command module
  • Engineering station
  • EVA hatch
  • Lowerable cargo bay doors
  • Separable cargo modules
  • Tractor beam stations

Default ship loadout[]

Avionics Quantity Size Model Grade Class Manufacturer
Logo Radar.png Radars
3
Chernykh
Systems Quantity Size Model Grade Class Manufacturer
Logo Power Plants.png Power plants
2
 S  3
Ginzel
C
Industrial
Juno Starwerk
Logo Coolers.png Coolers
2
 S  3
ThermalCore
C
Industrial
Juno Starwerk
Logo Shield Generators.png Shield generators
2
 S  3
Stronghold
C
Industrial
Basilisk
Propulsion Quantity Size Model Grade Class Manufacturer
Logo Fuel Intakes.png Fuel intakes
2
 S  3
Logo Fuel Tanks.png Fuel tanks
1
 S  3
Logo Quantum Drives.png Quantum drive
1
 S  3
Pontes
C
Military
Wei-Tek
Logo Jump Modules.png Jump drive
1
 S  3
Logo Quantum Fuel Tanks.png Quantum fuel tanks
1
 S  3
Thrusters Quantity Type
Logo Main Thrusters.png Main thrusters
4
6
2
2
Main Thruster
Retro Thruster
Main Thruster (Command pod)
Retro Thruster (Command pod)
Logo Maneuvering Thrusters.png Maneuvering thrusters
28
6
Fixed Maneuvering Thruster
Gimbal Maneuvering Thruster (Command pod)
Weapons Quantity Weapon size Hardpoint size Model Type Manufacturer
Logo Weapons.png Weapons
2
2
 S  3
 S  2
 S  3
 S  3
M5A Cannon
M4A Cannon
Laser cannon
Behring Applied Technology
Logo Turrets.png Turrets
2x2
 S  4
 S  4
CF-447 Rhino Repeater
Manned
Klaus and Werner
Logo Utility Items.png Utility items
2
 S  1
 S  1
Tractor beam

In game availability[]

Dealership[]

Store name Location Price / aUEC
New Deal Lorville 4,686,600

Rental[]

Note.png See Renting for a full list.
Rental company Location 1-Day / aUEC 3-Days / aUEC 7-Days / aUEC 30-Days / aUEC

Paints[]

Trivia[]

  • It is the only ship capable of separating hull and flight deck.
  • It used to have the highest cargo capacity, but has since been surpassed by the C2 Hercules.

Gallery[]

Images[]

Concept art[]

Videos[]

See also[]

Patch history[]

References[]

  1. robertsspaceindustries.com "The Visual Guide to Spacecraft - Caterpillar Edition". Retrieved July 17, 2021. (4.48 MB PDF download)
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