Imperial Courier
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Years Produced3145-Present
Cost2,542,931 CR
Insurance127,146 CR
Faction RankMaster
Default Specifications
Landing Pad SizeSmall
Dimensions42.1m x 27.4m x 7.1m
Pilot Seats1
Fighter HangarNo
Hull Mass35 t
Mass Lock Factor7
Armour Hardness30
Shields230 MJ
Top Speed277 m/s
Boost Speed380 m/s
Unladen Jump Range7.81 ly
Cargo Capacity12 t
Fuel Capacity8 t
Hardpoints4x Utility Mounts
3x Medium Hardpoints
Internals3x Size 1 Compartments
3x Size 2 Compartments
2x Size 3 Compartments
Maximum Non-Engineered Specs
Top Speed325 m/s
Boost Speed441 m/s
Unladen Jump Range33.68 ly
Cargo Capacity34 t

One of the most compact vessels on the market, the Imperial Courier is a lightweight combat ship from Gutamaya. With agility to rival the Viper Mk III, the Courier is adept at evading incoming fire, while its three medium hardpoints have made it popular with those who want a balance of power and style.

— In-Game Description

The Imperial Courier is a fast multipurpose ship manufactured by Gutamaya for the Empire. It is one of the smallest ships available, barely larger than the Sidewinder MkI and with a mass lighter than all ships except the Sidewinder and Hauler. Although able to be adapted to several roles, the Imperial Courier's agility and medium hardpoints make it especially well-suited for combat.


The Imperial Courier is well armed and very well shielded for its small size, making it a great and evasive fighter in combat. In terms of agility it ranks somewhere close to the Viper MkIII. While it has a good pitch rotation speed, its slightly weaker vertical-lateral thrusters cause the Courier to drift more than the Viper. Even though the Courier has the same top boost speed as Viper, due to its low hull mass relative to modules, it is slightly slower and can't boost as often as the Viper, dropping down from the top speed faster.

The Imperial Courier's shields are much better than the Viper MkIII's and Cobra MkIII's, being almost on par with those on a Vulture. Unlike the Vulture, the Imperial Courier does not have such severe power management issues, and is thus better able to equip shield boosters and Shield Cell Banks.

The weapon hardpoints are located in the following places: 1 medium hardpoint at the front of each engine nacelle, and 1 medium hardpoint underneath the nose. Utility mounts are located 1 on top of each nacelle and 2 more in-line top centre of the hull behind the cockpit canopy.

While the Imperial Courier can achieve an excellent jump range between 30-50 ly with Engineering, it is not suited for long-term exploration. The Courier's diminutive size and light weight works against it in this situation: it can only fit a Class 3 Frame Shift Drive. Thus, to keep the ship's mass low and achieve that 50 ly jump range requires undersizing the core internals and eschewing utilities along with most modules suggested for exploration, including a Planetary Vehicle Hangar. While this does not mean the Courier should never be used for exploration, there are better ships to choose from for the role, such as the Diamondback Explorer.

Purchase Locations

System Station Date Seen Notes
HIP 5623 D'Arrest Ring December 29, 2018
V374 Pegasi MacKellar Hub May 15, 2017 Cutter, Clipper and Eagle also here
Caspatsuria Binney Dock February 21, 2017
Kou Mantes Espenak Port February 9, 2017 61,342Ls from Arrival Point
Bediangu Gent Orbital February 8, 2017
Almad Heinkel City December 27, 2015
Manianscudo Miller Port December 27, 2015
Yaque Hague Gateway December 27, 2015
Xuanduna De Lay Terminal July 31, 2015
Summerland Henry O'hare's Hanger June 6, 2015
Kokobii Bauman Station July 20, 2015 Not Available, February 17, 2018
Tagoman Brorsen Port January 23, 2017
Murato Tietjen Ring June 6, 2015 Not always available
Biliri Fan City Dec 31, 2015
Dongzi Penrose Ring June 5, 2015
Kuwemargl Baillaud Ring June 6, 2015
Bielonti Ahmed Dock June 8, 2015
Pandemonium Hirayama Port June 9, 2015
Yen K'uie Siddha Gateway June 9, 2015 Not always available
Synteini Both Major Stations June 9, 2015
Njiri Helin Dock June 21, 2015
Miphifa Happis June 23, 2015
Buricasses Walotsky Gateway June 23, 2015
Kuparilda O'Neill Port July 1, 2015
Chona Smoot Station July 1, 2015 Not Available, January 4, 2016
Regir Grushin Dock July 3, 2015 Not available, December 1 2016
Hip 20277 Fabian City July 6, 2015
Orang Dilworth City July 10, 2015
Facece Peters Base July 13,


Requires System Permit
Vaka Zenbei Oribital
Marrallang Coggia Terminal September 27, 2015
Kamocan Danforth City October 22, 2015
LTT 9810 Kerimov Dock May 15, 2016
Baldr Keldysh Gateway May 20, 2017 15% Discount
Not always available
Beta-1 Tucanae Adams Orbital December 4, 2015
CD-86 4 Cummings Dock December 24, 2015
Misisture Gelfand Dock January 9, 2016
Wangal  Rothfuss Orbital July 27th, 2017 10% discount. Cutter/Clipper/Courier/Eagle here too.
LTT 9156 Korolev Hub February 6, 2016
HR 706 Wright Terminal January 20, 2017 10% discount
Iado Boscovich Terminal January 21, 2017
Aonii Jackson Port January 23, 2017
Hollos Bharadwaj Hub January 25, 2017 No more Empire Ships, 10th December 17
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial January 26, 2018 10% Discount, Founders Permit Needed
HIP 20277 Fabian City April 10, 2018 Eagle/Courier/Clipper available
Sauraratec Murakami Ring April 26, 2018
Lampade Ashman Dock April 29, 2018 Cutter, Clipper, and Eagle also here
Sokolsci Manarov Vision June 16, 2018
Lampade Charlois Dock July 21, 2018 All Imperial ships available


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 Courier.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys C 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 4 4
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 3 3
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 3 3
Environment Control Life Support E 1 1
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 3 3
Sensor Suite Sensors E 2 2
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x8] C 3 3
Internal Compartments Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Shield Generator E 2 2
Cargo Rack [x2] E 1 2
Cargo Rack [x2] E 1 2
Empty -- -- 1
Advanced Docking Computer E 1 1
Supercruise Assist E 1 1
Planetary Approach Suite (H) I 1 1



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