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|载人量||2 – 4|
1 660 063 kg
45 800 hp
2 505 000 L
11 000 L
The Drake Caterpillar is an affordable modular cargo ship. 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.
"Easily identified by its unique asymmetrical silhouette, few spaceships have inspired as many different reactions as Drake's Caterpillar. To many, it's a versatile hauling ship. To others, it's a sign of trouble... Today, Caterpillars can be found in all corners of the Empire and beyond, still inspiring those same varied reactions. Have a look for yourself and see what it says to you."
The Visual Guide to Spacecraft: Drake Caterpillar 2946
- Command Module: The Command Module can be detached from the main hull and use 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. The upper deck contains auxiliary terminals that allow two additional crewmembers to handle comms, running scans, or managaing defenses. The lower deck of the Command Module is outfitted with small crew quarters and an entertainment center in case of extended travel.
- 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 蜻蜓. 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.
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 星际航空航天博览会. 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.
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.
|'Best In Show 2949'||White and dark grey colour with purple accents and a IAE logo. Limited edition. Created to celebrate the 星际航空航天博览会 2949 event. |
|'Pirate'||Dark olive green and dark grey colour with pirate decals. It's only available when defeating "Pirate Swarm" in 竞技场指挥官. |
The following paints (skins) can be used on all variants of the Caterpillar.
|Image||Paint Name||Description||Price (aUEC)||Price ($)|
|"Deck the Hull"||Pale green colouring with dark grey and red accents. Limited edition. Reward for the 光灯节 2951 event. ||[not available]||(Reward)|
|"Ghoulish Green"||Metallic green and dark grey colour with dark grey accents. Limited sale. Only available during the Day of the Vara event.||[not available]||11.00|
|"IceBreak"||White and metallic blue colour with dark grey accents. Limited edition. Reward for the 光灯节 2951 event.||[not available]||(Reward)|
|"Polar"||White and grey colour with dark grey accents.||[not available]||11.00 |
|"Stormbringer"||Blue and dark grey colour with white accents.||[not available]||7.50 |
In-game availability & pricing
|New Deal, Lorville||Astro Armada, Area18|
Prices given are per-day. Prices for all rental periods can be found at 飞船租赁.
Pledge price history
|Date||Pledge cost (USD)||Insurance||Availability||Sale|
|2012-11-18||225||LTI||Limited||Kickstarter final day addon |
|2013-09-20||225||LTI||Limited||Caterpillar 72 hours flash sale |
|2013-11-20||245||LTI||Time-limited||2013 anniversary sale |
|2014-11-22||245||2 years||Time-limited||2014 anniversary sale |
|2015-11-21||245||3 years||Time-limited||2015 anniversary sale |
|2016-11-18||295||4 years||Time-limited||2016 anniversary sale |
|2016-12-16||295||6 months||Time-limited||2016 holiday sale |
- Caterpillar - Ship page. Pledge Store
- Drake Caterpillar - Ship Brochure
- The Caterpillar Best In Show Edition - Pledge store. Pledge Store
- The Caterpillar Pirate Edition - Pledge store. Pledge Store
- Celebrate Luminalia 2951. 通讯链接. Retrieved 22/12/2021
- Caterpillar Polar Paint. Pledge Store. Retrieved 22/12/2021
- Caterpillar Stormbringer Paint. Pledge Store. Retrieved 22/12/2021
- Star Citizen Kickstarter page
- A Look Inside the Pirate Ships. 通讯链接
- Drake Caterpillar Now Available. 通讯链接
- Star Citizen Anniversary Sale. 通讯链接
- AnniVERSEary Sale: Kickoff. 通讯链接
- Drake Caterpillar - 2016 Anniversary Sale Archived 2016-11-21.
- Drake Caterpillar - 2016 Holiday Sale Archived 2016-12-23.