Coluber Blue Racer

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Coluber Blue Racer
Blueracer player.png
Size (W×H×L) 100m×40m×112m
Cargo capacity 70 TC
Cargo bay extension 85 TC
Maximum speed 0.333 LM
Manoeuvrability Roll: 2.25
Pitch: 1.0
Yaw: 0.8
Thrust: 36
Energy banks 6
Energy recharge rate

Good (3.6)

Gun mounts Fore, Aft
Missile slots 5
Shield boosters available Yes
Military shields available Yes
Hyperspace capable Yes
OXP or standard OXP
Available to player Yes
Base price 327000 Cr

Overview

The Coluber CB-70333 "Blue Racer" is a medium size cargo ship, a further development of the good old Python. The ship is being developed and produced by the Coluber Works and Shipyards Ltd. located in the Riredi system, Xexedi cluster in galaxy one. After the industrial property rights for the Python had finally expired in 2807, Coluber Ltd. decided to use this tried and tested workhorse as basis for its first own ship design.

Notable features

The Blue Racer has 30% less cargo space than a Python, but overall - except for the number of energy banks - better stats. This makes the Blue Racer more suitable for a role as multi-purpose ship. It is fast, maneuverable, and armed well enough to defend itself against pirates without the help of escort ships. The flight, weapon, and navigation systems of a Blue Racer are mostly widely automated so it can easily be handled by a single pilot. Nevertheless the standard crew consist of a pilot and a flight engineer.

A special HUD design for the Blue Racer is included:
Blueracer hud.png

Variations

At the moment there are two variations of the standard Blue Racer that are worthy of mention. The first is a less welcome one, the Buccaneer Blue Racer. This version is used by some veteran pirates. If you have bad luck and encounter one of this red and orange painted (well, you know pirates - and even veteran pirates - seldom have an eye for colors) Blue Racer, you should ask yourself: Do I have an iron-assed ship and need some challenging target practice or is it the better choice to jettison my cargo and run? You can absolutely be sure that the pirate flying the Buccaneer Blue Racer HAS an iron-assed ship!

The second variation is the Riredisec Blue Racer. Riredisec Inc. is a well established transport company that is specialized in the transportation of larger quantities of gold, platinum and gemstones. Of course this makes the Riredisec Blue Racer a rewarding target for a pirate attack. Even so a Riredisec Blue Racer is only very seldom bothered by pirates, because it is widely known that it is always escorted by a full squadron of heavy fighters flown by experienced veterans and it always carries a least one q-bomb. ALWAYS!

Notable pilots

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Captain Leo T. Eccles and flight engineer Atou Bedidiso formed one of the first crews on a Riredisec Blue Racer. This crew came to some fame because Eccles and Bedidiso survived a massive, coordinated attack of 15 pirate ships in the Gelaed system. After eliminating the three escort ships, seven remaining pirate ships moved forward to the Blue Racer flown by Eccles and Bedidiso for the final kill. But while the pirates were busy with the escorts, Bedidiso had managed to transfer the high-energy fuel from three missiles to the ship's fuel tanks. Then they put everything at stake and Eccles activated the fuel injectors. For a short period of time the high-energy fuel produced enough thrust to be faster than the fastest pirate ship, but also a rapidly growing risk of overheating and an engine explosion. But they were lucky and as their ship came out of masslock range with almost ruined engines, Eccles activated the jumpdrive and they escaped.

Finally they reached the station aegis and delivered the cargo - three tons of platinum - safe to its destination. After this incident Riredisec general management decided to equip every of their cargo ship with at least one q-bomb. Eccles and Bedidiso are still on duty for Riredisec Inc. And in the space bars there is still the tale of the two to be the first crew that ever flew a fire-ass ship. Well, I think Eccles and Bedidiso never were very happy about that tale and if you ever happen to encounter the two veterans in a space bar, it is a wise decision not to hint at it.

Upgrades

Compatible equipment for this ship. Factory standard equipment is marked in bold, all other equipment can be added by the player.
Misc. Equipment Advanced Space CompassDocking ComputersEscape CapsuleWitch Fuel InjectorsFuel ScoopsGalactic HyperdriveMulti-Targeting SystemPassenger BerthScanner Targeting Enhancement • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}
Weaponry Energy BombBeam LaserPulse LaserMining LaserMilitary Laser • {{{7}}} • {{{8}}} • {{{9}}} • {{{10}}} • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}
Defence E.C.M. SystemExtra Energy UnitNaval Energy UnitMilitary Shield EnhancementShield BoostersExternal Heat Shielding • {{{8}}} • {{{9}}} • {{{10}}} • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}

Custom paint jobs

Download

The Blue Racer is part of the Coluber.oxp.

Current version:

  • 0.6.0 Changed ships names and the backgroundstory; added the Red Racer; minor changes at the textures.

Old versions:

  • 0.5.1 Bugfix in the shipyard.plist. Bug caused problems on windows systems. Thanks to JD for reporting the Bug and fixing it.
  • 0.5.0 First release