J Type 327 Nubian

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   "This is not a warship! We have no weapons. We're a nonviolent people."
   "That is why the Trade Federation was brave enough to attack us." 
   ―Captain Panaka to Qui-Gon Jinn[src]

The J-type 327 Nubian royal starship (also known as the Naboo royal starship) was a starship used by Queen Amidala, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Invasion of Naboo. Contents [hide]

[edit] Characteristics The Naboo royal starship schematics. The Naboo royal starship schematics.

An example of the marriage between art and design, the craft was designed to embody the glory of Naboo royalty which represented the noble spirit of the citizens of Naboo. It was, in fact, reserved only for use by the Naboo sovereign.

Naboo engineers claimed that the royal starship was actually composed of two major components: the spaceframe and all the other components. This spaceframe, created by the skilled engineers of the Theed Palace Space Vessel Engineering Corps was a single, long supple hull. The frame was covered in chromium, formerly used to shield starships from radiation but later used simply in a time-honored tradition. Only the Queen's own vessel could be entirely chromium-covered, but royal starfighters, such as the Naboo N-1, had chromium on the front of their engines. Non-royal Naboo ships were forbidden to wear chromium.

The rest of the ship's component's were provided by Nubian Design Collective, including the impressive T-14 hyperdrive generator. The T-14 was compact and accessible, unlike most other hyperdrives, and was powerful enough to take the ship from Naboo to Tatooine in a single jump even when damaged. It could also be raised from a compartment in the floor to allow easy checking, repairs and even complete replacement. View of the cockpit from the entrance. View of the cockpit from the entrance.

The royal starship had no weapons since it was designed as a peaceful ambassadorial ship. The Headon-5 sublight engines, which had been modified by the Naboo to be environmentally friendly, could exceed the speed of most starfighters. Its powerful deflector shields could withstand large amounts of damage, including bombardment by turbolaser emplacements. Intricate sensors built into the craft reported damage instantly, allowing the crew to locate trouble spots immediately. When the starship was damaged, up to 8 astromech droids could be automatically deployed. These droids would even venture onto the surface of the ship's outer hull during flight, braving the vacuum of space and enemy fire to make emergency repairs.

The royal starship was normally accompanied by a small wing of Naboo N-1 Starfighters. This elite squadron, known as Bravo Squadron, was handpicked from the most dedicated and talented pilots in the Royal Naboo Security Forces. During Queen Amidala's term in office, the royal starship was piloted by Ric Olié and a well-trained crew of technicians, engineers, navigators and diplomatic aides.

The ship was furnished to accommodate the Queen's entourage, including handmaidens and bodyguards. The vehicle also had large climate-controlled wardrobes that provided Padmé with clothes for all occasions. [edit] History The Naboo royal starship departs Tatooine. The Naboo royal starship departs Tatooine.

This ship was used to carry Amidala on formal state visits to other planetary rulers and to the Galactic Senate in Coruscant. After Amidala retired her position, the royal starship was decommissioned and another craft was handcrafted for her successor Queen Jamillia.

By 25 ABY, it was described as "quite the collector's item". [edit] Behind the scenes

   * The design of this starship was inspired by the chrome hood ornaments of 1950's automobiles.[3]
   * The ship was also inspired by the Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" reconnaissance jet.[4]
   * "327" was the docking bay number the Millennium Falcon was tractored into on the Death Star.
   * In the original drafts of Star Wars, the first space ship seen is described as follows: 
   A small silver spacecraft emerges from behind one of the Utapau moons.[5] 

Interestingly, neither of these concepts appeared in the original trilogy, yet both were used in the prequels.

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