Galaxy In Flames
YT-1300 - "Silver Bucket"
The YT-1300 light freighter was one of the most successful of Corellian Engineering Corporation’s freighter designs.[source?] The most notable example of this model was the Millennium Falcon, a heavily (and illegally) modified YT-1300.
Conceived by a panel of CEC shipbuilding experts with help from Narro Sienar, the YT-series went on to become one of the most popular space transport hulls ever produced, revolutionizing the interstellar shipping industry with its unparalleled application of modular design. Whole sections could be mass-produced and arranged into new configurations as needed without extensive retooling. This saved CEC enormous amounts of credits by allowing the starships to be brought to market at extremely competitive prices.
The YT-1300 model exemplified this concept with a circular main corridor and modular compartments that could be mounted around it, all radiating outwards from a central core inside a saucer-shaped hull making for both a convenient and economic design.
The appeal of the YT-1300 transport was not its basic equipment, but in its ability to accept an extraordinary amount of modifications and alterations. In short, the YT-1300 was reliable, durable, and easy to modify, hence its popularity amongst freighter captains throughout the galaxy.
Almost every YT-1300 that was sold was later customized with a handful of extra components, from simple underfloor storage space to a new hyperdrive and added firepower. The features the YT-1300 was given on the production line were necessary but basic: the off-center cockpit; two escape pods located on the port and starboard side of the freighter; a laser cannon mounted atop the craft; and about 100 tons of cargo space.
Hundreds of thousands of YT-1300s are still in service to this day.