Crewman: "Captain, a number of escape pods have just jettisoned from the freighter."
Captain: "The Rebels must be trying to escape."
Crewman: "No, sir. The pods are full of our troopers!"
―An Imperial Navy crewman and his captain[src]

The drone freighter was a type of unmanned freighter used by the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War.


Drone freighter flight deck

Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker in the flight deck of a drone freighter

The drone freighter came in a variety of forms, but all models seemingly featured vertical fins in the aft section. Being unmanned, the drone freighter did not require a crew and was instead controlled by a command relay. Despite this, the freighter had a breathable atmosphere and was equipped with a flight deck which could be manned by a pilot and a gunner.[1]


In 3 ABY, an Imperial convoy of drone freighters was en route to the Kuat Drive Yards with a cargo of hyperdrive components. When Rebel spies learned of this convoy, the Alliance mounted a daring mission to intercept one of those freighters.[1]

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