Naboo N-1 Starfighter
From the MoviesProtecting the skies and space around Naboo is the N-1 starfighter. Its sleek design exemplifies the philosophy of art and function witnessed throughout Naboo technology. Its twin radial J-type engines are capped in gleaming chrome and trail long delicate-looking finials behind the ship's single-pilot compartment. Behind the pilot sits a standard astromech droid, plugged into an abbreviated, ventrally-fed socket which requires the droid to compress slightly in order to fit within the vessel's curves. The fighter features twin blaster cannons, twin fire-linked torpedo launchers, and a capable automatic pilot feature.
During the Battle of Naboo, fearless pilot Ric Olié led Bravo Squadron's N-1 fighters against swarms of Trade Federation droid starfighters. The unexpected help of talented rookie pilot Anakin Skywalker resulted in the destruction of the Droid Control Ship, sealing the victory at Naboo.
From the Expanded UniverseThe Naboo N-1's spaceframe is handcrafted by the Theed Palace Space Vessel division, and its high tech interior components come from a wide variety of offworld sources. Twin J-type Nubian-221 engines propel the craft at sublight speeds. These are specially configured to reduce pollution in Naboo's environment. A Nubian Monarc C-4 hyperdrive increases the ship's range once astrogation coordinates are supplied by an R2 unit or similar. The compact hyperdrive is especially useful when N-1 fighters serve as the Queen's Honor Guard on visits to other planets.
The central trailing finial serves as a conduit for power and computer data. Theed Palace's hangar bays have specially designed revetment areas into which an N-1 plugs when docked. Large transformers in the hangar complex deliver a high-voltage power charge to activate the fighter's many systems. The palace battle computer delivers coded battle coordinates and strategic plans into the fighter's computer and automatic pilot.
As Naboo is a peaceful world, the N-1's mission profile covers planetary defense sorties, patrols, and formal diplomatic escort missions.
Behind the ScenesAt the start of the design phase, the Naboo N-1 had the angular design aesthetic prevalent in the original trilogy. As the character and style of Naboo designs began to develop, the N-1 took a more sleek and streamlined direction.
Keywords: Databank - Episode I, Databank - Episode II, Databank - Episode VI
Filed under: Vault, Starship
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