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The Clippership IV class of DropShuttles debuted in 2422, and was Deimos Clipperships' entry into the . The mass of the Clippership IV was not stated, but it had a cargo capacity of 4,000 tons and as a DropShuttle it would have been limited to no more than 5,000 tons of mass
A modified Clippership IV, the Nimbus III, would become the first-ever proper DropShip in a technical sense in 2458 by being equipped with a K-F Boom and Docking Collar, able to dock with a standardized Hardpoint on a JumpShip. Within a decade of this technological breakthrough, Deimos Clipperships developed two distinct (though related) DropShips from the proven Clippership IV hull, the Clippership V and the 6.400 ton Czar.
Based on the fact that the Nimbus III was a modified Clippership IV, the class has been categorized as both a DropShuttle and a DropShip.
- Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 3, p. 14