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Asteroid Prospector AP-300

Name/Model# : Asteroid Prospector AP-300
Designer/Manufacturer : Kuat Drive Yards
Combat Designation : Asteroid Mining Starship
Scale : Capital
Length : 350 Metres
Skill : Space transports: AP-300
Crew Skill : Space transports 3D, capital ship gunnery 3D, capital ship shields 2D and sensors 4D
Crew : 536  Crew 500 + Gunners 36
Skeleton Crew : 300 (+15 DIFFICULTY)
Troop Capacity : 50 Passengers
Cost : NEW 8,000,000 Credits USED 6,000,000 Credits
Nav Computer : Yes
Sublight Speed : 4 Space Units
Hyperdrive Rating : Class 3
Hyperdrive Backup : Class 15
Atmospheric Speed : Cannot Enter Atmosphere
Manoeuvrability : 1D
Cargo Capacity : 80,000 Metric Tons
Consumables : 2 Years
Weapons : 8 Laser Cannons [Fire Separately] (2 Forward, 2 Left, 2 Right, 2 Aft)
Crew: 3 Gunners per cannon
Fire Control: 2D+2
Space Range: 1-5/10/17 Space Units
Damage: 3D

4 Tractor Beam Projectors (2 Forward, 1 Left, 1 Right)
Crew: 3 Gunners per projector
Fire Control: 0D
Space Range: 1-5/15/30 Space Units
Damage: 4D
Sensors : Passive : 45 Space Units/1D
Scan : 70 Space Units/2D
Search : 120 Space Units/2D+2
Focus : 5 Space Units/3D
Shields/Hull Rating : Shields 3D. Hull 5D
Note : PP incorrectly states Search: 120 Space Units/2D+1. Both sources gave no stats on tractor beam fire control.


    The Asteroid Prospector AP-300 is designed to slowly comb through and extract mineable ore from asteroid fields. Designed for small to mid-sized operations, these vessels may operate in solitude or in conjunction with ore haulers and other craft for larger mining operations. This vessel was on the market a few weeks after the Battle of Yavin.

    For asteroids too large to haul in, the AP-300's laser cannon fire control crews coordinate their actions with the tractor beams to blast the target asteroid into smaller pieces, which are then collected. Metals and minerals are extracted from the asteroid, which are either stored onboard ship or transferred to ore haulers for immediate transport to refineries. The onboard refinery ensures that the extracted ore is at least 25% pure. Meanwhile, slag and other useless waste are ejected from the rear of the AP-300.

    Due to the hazardous nature of asteroid field mining operations, such as trapped explosive gasses in the asteroids, AP-300s boast medium weaponry, heavy hull plating, mighty shields and highly accurate sensors. Even with these advantages, a careless sensor operator may misread an asteroid which could cause significant damage to the vessel. It is up to the sensor operator to find those asteroids containing suitable quantities of ore. In some ways, the AP-300 represents a pirate's dream prize, as these ships can be found plying their trade alone in remote star systems.

Sources: FBS***Pg 5, 28 / PP***Pg 59, 69