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The Clippership V class was one of the first proper DropShip designs, created immediately after the invention of the Docking Collar/Hardpoint coupling that defines the class. Designed within a decade of the first successful jump of the Nimbus III, a modified Clippership IV, in 2458 (i.e. no later than 2468), the Clippership V was based on the proven Clippership IV hull.
The mass of the Clippership V was not stated but, as a DropShip, it was no longer under the size limit that restricted the previous DropShuttle designs to no more than 5,000 tons of mass. (A military DropShip, the Czar, was developed from the Clippership IV hull concurrently with the Clippership V and ended up massing 6.400 tons.)
- Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 3, p. 14