Python (classic)

From Elite Wiki
Dimensions 130 x 40 x 80
Cargo capacity 100 TC
Armaments Volt-Variscan
Pulse lasers
Maximum speed 0.20 LM
In-service date 2700 AD, Whatt &
Pritney ShipConstruct
Maneuverability CF 3
Crew 20-30
Drive motors 4 C40K V
Ames Drive Exlon
76NN Model
Hull stress factor T(ensman) YO
20 C-Holding
Hyperspace capable Yes
Game versions Classic


One of the larger trading vessels manufactured in Inera Orbit Space by Whatt and Pritney ShipConstruct. Cabin accommodation is cramped and spartan in contrast to facilities for cargo and 'alien environment' transport. Though slow and ponderous, the craft has powerful CC-Voltaire shields and Volt-Variscan Pulse lasers, earning it the nickname of the "space porcupine". Not commonly attacked by pirate ships, but a popular craft for freebooters, usually used as a way-station and storage hulk.

The Python making its pendular motions.

Dry Dock

During coding of Classic Elite 'dry-dock' code was used to view some of the ships during development (referred to as *VIEW on Ian Bell's web site). A movie for the Python generated using *VIEW run under the BBC emulator BeebEm3 is available here.