|Landing Pad Size||Medium|
|Dimensions||56.5m x 51.3m x 19.7m|
|Hull Mass||280 t|
|Mass Lock Factor||11|
|Top Speed||254 m/s|
|Boost Speed||345 m/s|
|Unladen Jump Range||13.12 ly|
|Cargo Capacity||38 t|
|Fuel Capacity||32 t|
|Hardpoints||4x Utility Mounts|
4x Small Hardpoints
2x Medium Hardpoints
|Internals||1x Size 1 Compartment|
2x Size 2 Compartments
3x Size 3 Compartments
1x Size 5 Compartment
1x Size 6 Compartment
|Maximum Non-Engineered Specs|
|Top Speed||290 m/s|
|Boost Speed||395 m/s|
|Unladen Jump Range||38.19 ly|
|Cargo Capacity||130 t|
The Asp Explorer is a ship manufactured by Lakon Spaceways. Agile, well-armed for its size, and capable of achieving high jump ranges, the Asp Explorer is a popular and affordable multi-purpose vessel seen in ports across the galaxy. The ship has become a mainstay among explorers due to its versatility in outfitting and an open, unobstructed cockpit canopy that allows for some dramatic views. Even with its emphasis on exploration, the Asp Explorer can also serve as an effective freighter or bounty hunting ship.
The Asp Explorer is the civilian version of the military model Asp MkII (which first saw service in 2878). Lakon Spaceways now owns the licence to construct these ships and has marketed them heavily at customers looking for their first multi-crewed ships. The ship class has earned a solid reputation for long-range missions and those requiring some discretion.
— In-Game Description
The Asp Explorer's six weapon hardpoints are located as follows: on each side of the cockpit, 1 medium hardpoint above the waterline and 1 small hardpoint below the waterline (total 2 medium, 2 small), and 2 small hardpoints located directly beneath the cockpit. Due to the shape of the ship and the hardpoint locations, the medium hardpoints and small hardpoints share a small field of fire (i.e mostly directly ahead). Pilots should be aware that Turrets in both Medium Hardpoints will have firing arcs above the cockpit where the pilot can generally see the target that the turrets are shooting at. However, turrets in all four Small Hardpoints will have firing arcs below the cockpit, where the target will tend to be obscured from the pilot's vision by the flight console and the floor.
The pilot's station is located along the centerline of the ship on the bridge. A secondary, Multicrew-compatible station is located along the centerline of the ship below the bridge which is directly underneath the pilot's station.
While the Asp Explorer packs a decent amount of firepower, it lacks optimal heat dissipation, noticeably suffering in combat situations when equipped with thermal weaponry. This also can present difficulties during fuel scooping, especially when using a small Fuel Scoop.
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- Main article: Outfitting
All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Asp Explorer.
|Category||Default System||Default Rating||Default Class||Max Class|
|Small Hardpoint||Pulse Laser (L)||F||1||1|
|Pulse Laser (L)||F||1||1|
|Reactor Bay||Power Plant||E||5||5|
|Frame Shift Drive Housing||Frame Shift Drive||E||5||5|
|Environment Control||Life Support||E||4||4|
|Power Coupling||Power Distributor||E||4||4|
|Fuel Store||Fuel Tank [x32]||C||5||5|
|Internal Compartments||Cargo Rack [x32]||E||5||6|
|Cargo Rack [x4]||E||2||3|
|Cargo Rack [x2]||E||1||2|
|Planetary Approach Suite (H)||I||1||1|
- (L) = Loaned Module
- [x#] = Capacity
- (H) = Requires Elite Dangerous: Horizons, reserved solely for Planetary Approach Suite
- The Asp Explorer was first revealed for Elite Dangerous in Newsletter #6. It was first added to the game in beta version 2.0 on September 30, 2014.
|Ships marked with H can only be purchased & used by pilots who own Horizons.|
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