The DropShip Stella Nera is one of the oldest of its class still in service.
Once it become privately owned by Tamara Gioia, a former DropShip captain, the craft was no longer used for combat, but as a flight school for eager spacer cadets who can't afford to attend a proper aerospace academy.
Stella Nera is still outfitted with her full weapons loadout, "just to guarantee timely payments". Because of this, government authorities watch her activities with close scrutiny, and more than one planet has issued arrest warrants against Tamara Gioia.
- Technical Readout 3145: Mercenaries, p. 48 "Condottiere"