This space scooter flies through asteroids and moons, scouting out valuable minerals.
About this creation
The Y-1 was designed by United Minerals Corporation for use by prospectors to fly through asteroid fields, using its wing-mounted sensors to search for mineral deposits. The speeder gets its insectoid name from its uncannily responsive steering, necessary to avoid the hurtling rocks in an asteroid field. Power for the Y-1 comes from a mid-mounted Dash .3 reactor, coupled with two anode ion engines. Despite the Y-1’s almost complete lack of cargo or life support, therefore, it has the range to operate completely independently of a mothership.
One of the few vehicles that are truly more powerful than its pilot, the Y-1 has an unknown top speed. During its speed and qualification trial, test pilot Roald Sigarr took the Y-1 to 865 mph and was still accelerating when it started to roll sideways. Sigarr overcorrected and lost control, and the Y-1 careened into the ground. As it spun vertically into the earth, Sigarr was killed instantly. Unsurprisingly, United Minerals was unable to find a pilot willing to fly the Y-1 faster than Sigarr did, so his mark still stands. Because the Y-1 was otherwise capable and production had already begun, however, the decision was made to continue its manufacture, with a sticker warning pilots: “Excessive speed might result in both Serious Injury and Death. (Now you can’t sue us.)”
Features of the Y-1 include two AK-8 laser cannons, a searchlight, and six X-ray scanners integrated into the wing foils. The scanners form a virtual image of all the mineral deposits within 25 feet of the Y-1, which is then sent back to a drilling vehicle such as the DT-4 Reaper. If more sensors are needed, they can be clipped onto the barrels of the laser cannons. When flying on the dark side of a moon or through a narrow tunnel, the Y-1 carries a searchlight, which can also be removed for hand-held use by the pilot. United Minerals is very jealous of its mining territory, so the Y-1’s two anti-vehicle lasers are most often used to intimidate its rivals.
Even though it was designed only for mining, the Y-1 has gathered a broad support among civilians. Its infinite acceleration, sharp handling, and exhilarating performance, as well as its comparatively low price, make it extremely popular among both teenagers and adults. Also, off-world visitors have picked up on its attraction. They don’t always have complete control over the Y-1, though, as this Teuthidian demonstrates! Despite its danger and impracticality, the Y-1 Horsefly has been almost a complete success for United Minerals.