Asp Explorer
Asp Explorer - Profile
ManufacturerLakon Spaceways
Years Produced3300-Present
Cost6,661,153 CR
Insurance333,057 CR
Default Specifications
Landing Pad SizeMedium
Dimensions56.5m x 51.3m x 19.7m
Pilot Seats2
Fighter HangarNo
Hull Mass280 t
Mass Lock Factor11
Armour Hardness52
Shields152 MJ
Top Speed254 m/s
Boost Speed345 m/s
Unladen Jump Range13.12 ly
Cargo Capacity38 t
Fuel Capacity32 t
Hardpoints4x Utility Mounts
4x Small Hardpoints
2x Medium Hardpoints
Internals1x Size 1 Compartment
2x Size 2 Compartments
3x Size 3 Compartments
1x Size 5 Compartment
1x Size 6 Compartment
Maximum Non-Engineered Specs
Top Speed290 m/s
Boost Speed395 m/s
Unladen Jump Range38.19 ly
Cargo Capacity130 t

Manufactured by Lakon Spaceways, the Asp Explorer is often marketed at pilots seeking their first multi-crew vessel. Its high jump range and wide, unobstructed cockpit canopy make it popular with explorers, but its versatility also makes it a viable choice for traders and combat pilots.

— In-Game Description

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'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.

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen Discount
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Akkadia Calvin Lawrence Mar. 27, 2019 15% discount
Lembava Goldstein Port Apr. 1, 2019 15% discount
LP 355-65 Barba Ring Mar. 27, 2019 15% discount
Momus Reach Ralphus Mar. 27, 2019 15% discount
Hel Jones Orbital Mar. 27, 2019 15% discount
YZ Ceti Clement Orbital Mar. 27, 2019
Bugas Marlowe Orbital Mar. 27, 2019
Exioce Macmillan Depot Mar. 27, 2019
Lombi Xin Hub Mar. 27, 2019
LP 131-66 Vasilyev Station Mar. 27, 2019
Koyeris Fernandes Port Mar. 27, 2019
HIP 2453 Lubin Ring May 11, 2019
GD 219 Mckee Ring June 22, 2019
LHS 531 Nelson Terminal August 2, 2019


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
Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Medium Hardpoint Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 5 5
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters 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
Sensor Suite Sensors E 5 5
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x32] C 5 5
Internal Compartments Cargo Rack [x32] E 5 6
Shield Generator E 5 5
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Cargo Rack [x2] E 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Supercruise Assist E 1 1
Planetary Approach Suite (H) I 1 1


  • The Asp Explorer was first revealed for Elite Dangerous in Newsletter #6.[1] It was first added to the game in beta version 2.0 on September 30, 2014.




  1. Newsletter #6
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