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Imperial Clipper
EliteDangerous32 2015-07-17 12-49-39-01
Faction Specific
FactionEmpire
Rank RequiredBaron
Default version
ManufacturerGutamaya
Dimensions106.7L - 103.7W - 24.8H
TypeMultipurpose
Cost22,295,860 CR
Insurance1,114,793 CR
Top Speed306 m/s
Boost Speed388 m/s
Manoeuvrability5
Shields186 MJ
Armour486
Hull Mass400 t
Cargo Capacity74 t
Fuel Capacity16 t
Unladen Jump Range8.98 ly
Landing Pad SizeLarge
Hardpoints4x Utility Mounts
2x Medium Hardpoints
2x Large Hardpoints
Internals2x Size 2 Compartments
2x Size 3 Compartments
2x Size 4 Compartments
1x Size 6 Compartment
1x Size 7 Compartment
Maximum/Upgraded versions
Jump Range27.52 ly
Top Speed341 m/s
Top Boost445 m/s
Cargo Capacity248 t
Ship values
Mass lock factor12

The Imperial Clipper is the quintessential Imperial ship. It epitomises elegance of form while delivering speed and agility. Because of its balance of speed, luxury and strength it is used for transporting valuable items and personnel of importance across the Empire. With the navy ships these can come as standard, and not available for civilian, or export models.

— In-Game Description

The Imperial Clipper, built by Gutamaya, is one of the Empire's ships and thus are generally sold at Stations that are aligned with the Empire. To purchase the Imperial Clipper players must have earned the rank of Baron with the Imperial Navy.

This ship is quite popular with pirates, traders, and some combat pilots. It is a reasonable pirate ship due to the large cargo capacity and heavy armament. Traders may find this ship appealing due to its superb cargo capacity and defensive capability; while it is more expensive than the Lakon Type-7 it can easily defend itself against a pirate.

Overview Edit

Pilots of any profession may appreciate its speed; with fully upgraded Thrusters, it is comparable to that of smaller ships such as the Cobra MkIII and the Imperial Eagle. Additionally, its pitch rotation and yaw speed are higher than most ships, making it feel like a very hefty, weighted-down Eagle with a boost speed that is higher than that of the Viper. Its only manoeuvering drawback, and likely the reason for its low overall agility rating, is its poor lateral thruster capability; the vertical-lateral thrusters are very weak compared to those of other ships. This weakness, combined with very weak shields for its size and wing-mounted hardpoints ill-suited for fixed weapons, limits the Imperial Clipper's efficiency as a PvP combat ship even if the shields are upgraded to maximum. The Imperial Clipper is also currently the fifth widest ship controllable by players, which may pose a challenge with docking. Compared to the Alliance Chieftain, which has a similar pricetag, it has better shields, but less damage output and worse armour. However, the Clipper is better at multipurpose roles.

Speed and manoeuvrability fall off more heavily when loaded than other ships, bringing it back to more common speeds and turn rates when hauling cargo. However the ship is capable of carrying 248T of cargo. While this is quite a lot less than what the Type-7 can carry, the Clipper is very capable of defending against pirates and its high maneuvorability lets it dodge interdictions easily, making the Clipper viable for armed traders. The ships high speed also lets it escape with ease.

The ship is a good Miner with high cargo and lots of internals. The downside is the ship has only two medium hardpoints with two large. Youll either have to sacrfice a huge amount of damage output in putting medium Mining lasers in large ports or have subpar mining speed. The ship's large body can also prove problematic in clustered asteroid fields and Planetry Rings.

With around 28Ly of jump range, the Clipper is an average vessel for exploration; its more than capable of doing the job and is a good choice for jobs that require going long distance but is not the best for a dedicated explorer.

Both the ships interior and exterior are luxurious in design, the engines sport a radically different sound than other ships, and the large cockpit canopy features an unobstructed view of space. The Imperial Cutter has a similar appearance to that of the Clipper, albeit much larger.

The weapon hardpoints are located as follows: One Class 3 large hardpoint on the top of each wingtip nacelle (total of two class 3 mounts), and One Class 2 medium hardpoint on the underside of each wing where the wing attaches to the main fuselage (total of two class 2 mounts). The wingtip mounts are very far from centerline and will have trouble converging their fields of fire unless used with gimbaled or turret mounted weapons. The underside mounts although closer together, also suffer the same field of fire convergence issues although to a lesser degree than the wingtip mounts. Due to this, fixed weapons generally are not easy to use with this ship. However, if two fixed weapons are placed on the same side of the ship, it is much easier to use fixed mount weapons.

The pilot's seat is offset to the right of the centerline of the ship while the copilot's seat is offset to the left of the centerline.

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen Notes
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount, Founders Permit required
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
LTT 11103 Korniyenko Terminal Mar. 11, 2018 15% discount
Baldr Keldysh Gateway Mar. 11, 2018 15% discount
Bandizel Hahn Orbital Mar. 11, 2018 15% discount
Eotienses Parkinson Dock Mar. 11, 2018 10% discount
V374 Pegasi MacKellar Hub Mar. 11, 2018 10% discount
Alit Rittenhouse Dock Mar. 11, 2018 10% discount
Wong Guin Heiles Terminal Mar. 11, 2018 10% discount
Achenar Dawes Hub Mar. 11, 2018 Requires permit
Achenar Bell Terminal Mar. 11, 2018 Requires permit
Ra Kazantsev Dock Mar. 11, 2018
Alectrona Marley City Mar. 11, 2018
LFT 78 Coye Orbital Mar. 11, 2018
Arigens Ordway Ring Apr. 21, 2018
Sauraratec Murakami Ring Apr. 26, 2018

OutfittingEdit

Main article: Outfitting

All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Imperial Clipper.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Large Hardpoint Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 6 6
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 6 6
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 5 5
Environment Control Life Support E 5 5
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 6 6
Sensor Suite Sensors E 5 5
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x16] C 4 4
Internal Compartments Cargo Rack [x64] E 6 7
Shield Generator E 6 6
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Empty -- -- 4
Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Cargo Rack [x2] E 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
  • (L) = Loaned
  • [x#] = Capacity
  • BDS = Basic Discovery Scanner

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