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Space Transports

YT-1300 Transport

Craft: Corellian Engineering Corp. YT-1300 Transport
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 26.7 meters
Skill: Space transports: YT-1300
Crew: 1 (1 can coordinate), gunners: 1
Passengers: 6; 9 (YT-1300p); None (YT-1300f)
Cargo Capacity: 100 metric tons; 50 (YT-1300p); 150 (YT-1300f)
Consumables: 2 months
Cost: 100,000 (new), 25,000 (used)
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x2
Hyperdrive Backup: x12
Nav Computer: Yes
Space: 4
Atmosphere: 480; 800 kmh
Hull: 4D
Sensors:
Passive: 10/0D
Scan: 25/1D
Search: 40/2D
Focus: 2/3D

Weapons:
Laser Cannon
Fire Arc: Turret
Crew: 1
Skill: Starship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range:
100-300/1.2/2.5 km
Damage: 4D

Background: The YT-1300 light freighter was one of the most successful of Corellian Engineering Corporation’s freighter designs. Conceived by a panel of CEC shipbuilding experts with help from Narro Sienar, the YT-series went on to become one of the most popular space transport hulls ever produced, revolutionizing the interstellar shipping industry with its unparalleled application of modular design. Whole sections could be mass-produced and arranged into new configurations as needed without extensive retooling. This saved CEC enormous amounts of credits by allowing the starships to be brought to market at extremely competitive prices.

The YT-1300 model exemplified this concept with a circular main corridor and modular compartments that could be mounted around it, all radiating outwards from a central core inside a saucer-shaped hull making for both a convenient and economic design.

It was considered an equivalent of its time to the Galactic Republic Barloz cargo freighter. The appeal of the YT-1300 transport was not its basic equipment, but in its ability to take an extraordinary amount of modifications and alterations. In short, the YT-1300 was reliable, durable, and easy to modify, hence its popularity amongst freighter captains throughout the galaxy.

Like the rest of the YT-series, it featured a saucer-shaped hull with external cockpit. The YT-1300 came in three different configurations: a port-mounted cockpit, a starboard-mounted cockpit, and a centrally mounted cockpit (the last of which became standard in the YT-1930 design). YT-1300s used fuel cells powered by liquid metal fuel.

Almost every YT-1300 that was sold was later customized with a handful of extra components, from simple underfloor storage space to a new hyperdrive and added firepower. The features the YT-1300 was given on the production line were necessary but basic: the off-center cockpit; two escape pods, located on the port and starboard side of the freighter; a laser cannon mounted atop the craft; and about 100 tons of cargo space.

Hundreds of thousands of YT-1300s were still in service as of 40 ABY.

While all YT-1300s looked similar from the outside, the interior of the ship could be configured in a number of ways thanks to the modular design. Two of the most popular designs, and which saw the greatest levels of production, were the freight (YT-1300f) and passenger (YT-1300p) configurations. It was not uncommon to find ships with a mixture of both passenger and cargo configurations belonging to more entrepreneurial captains however, and later in the life-cycle of the YT-1300 product line the CEC execs grew wise to this fact.

Realizing that many customers were looking for a balance between cargo and passengers, Corellian Engineering began to deliver ships with a blend of both freight and passenger modules. This configuration, initially called “YT-1300fp”, quickly became the most popular arrangement, over time coming to be recognized as the “stock” version of the ship. The separate designations for freight and passenger configurations disappeared from common usage soon after Emperor Palpatine’s rise to power.

PT White

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