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The Imperial Explorer

Imperial Explorer

Hull Mass: 211t
Mass (Fully Laden): 1996t
Internal Capacity (No Drive): 1785t
Retro Thruster Acceleration: 5 Earth G
Main Thruster Acceleration: 8 Earth G
Crew: 10
Gun Mountings: 2
Fuel Scoop: YES
Missile Pylons: 6
Hyperspace Ranges: Class 5: 3.75 Class 6: 5.41 Class 7: 7.96 Class 8*: 12.17
Standard Drive: Class 8
Internal Capacity (With Class 8 Drive): 1185t
Typical Cost: 2,966,000
Designer: Imperial Navy Research Department
Manufacturer: Gutamaya Corporation
Inservice Date: 3248
Allegiance: Empire, Alliance

This is one of the biggest ships around, and completes the trilogy of the bigger Imperial ships. Originally designed for exploring the galaxy looking for new planets, this ship is equipped with fuel scoop, giving you huge range - although this is limited by the fact that the drive would break down after a year's lack of servicing, so you shouldn't stray too far from inhabited space. It is also a good trading ship, but many see this as a waste of the ship's potential.

The vast capacity means that, with a bit of thought and a lot of money, this ship can be made virtually impregnable. There is ample room for the fitting of a large plasma accelerator, which is seen by many as the ultimate weapon available. In one of these ships you can make the Riedquat run almost without fear! The major worry about the Imperial Explorer is that there have been reports of pirates with plasma accelerator equipped Explorers in some of the frontier systems. The Imperial Navy are also equipped with these, which makes a career with the Feds a lot more dangerous. I'd buy one of these if I could afford one!

Rating: *****

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