Craft: Kuat Drive Yards Space Master Medium Transport
Type: Medium freighter
Length: 80 meters
Skill: Space transports: Space Master medium transport
Crew: 2, gunners: 3
Crew Skill: All skills at 4D
Cargo Capacity: 19,000 metric tons
Consumables: 3 months
Cost: 550,000 (new), 175,000 (used)
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x2
Hyperdrive Backup: x10
Nav Computer: Yes
Atmosphere: 280; 800 kmh
4 Twin Laser Cannons
Fire Arc: Turret
Skill: Starship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5 km
Background: Manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards, the “Space Master” designation referred to the craft’s impressive cargo capacity and use of space, and was KDY’s version of the Gallofree Yards GR-75 medium transport.
Designed to makes use of every spare meter of space to store cargo, the Space Master followed a similar design concept to the GR-75, being built around a central spar with numerous attachment points for modular cargo pods. This resulted in a ship that while slightly smaller, slower, and less maneuverable than the competing GR-75, was nevertheless capable of carrying an impressive nineteen thousand metric tons of cargo like its larger competitor.
Despite slight loss in functionality, the Space Master held several benefits over its competitor, namely spacious accommodations for crew and passengers in the ship’s saucer-shaped command section, and multiple stock weapon mounts for defensive laser cannons, and additional hardpoints for further customization.
A common ship, these unassuming vessels operated across the galaxy, moving freight from one location to the other, and were popular with smugglers. Many CEC designers joked that most Space Master Captains were only hauling at half their capacity because they hadn’t figured out where all the storage compartments were; while this was a slight exaggeration, many cargo compartments were so hard to reach that they were commonly used to smuggle illegal cargo, lending to its popularity with smugglers.