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|engine=[[Girodyne]] Ter58 [[Ion drive|ion turbine engines]] (11)
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|armament=*[[Taim & Bak]] [[H9 dual turbolaser]]s (2: 1 dorsal, 1 ventral){{Ref|<ref name=SWCCS>''[[Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections]]''</ref>}}
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|escapepods=*[[Faberstien-Lago]] 37s emergency [[escape pod]]s (8, ventral)
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==Notes and references==
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==External links==
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CR90 corvette
Production information

Corellian Engineering Corporation

Product line

CR series


CR90 corvette



  • New: 3,500,000 credits
  • Used: 1,500,000 credits
Technical specifications

150 meters


48.6 meters [1]


32.6 meters (including upper communications antenna)[1]

Maximum acceleration

2,100 G

atmospheric speed

950 kph

Engine unit(s)

Girodyne Ter58 high-output ion turbine engines (11)[2]

Hyperdrive rating

Class 1

Power plant

Mason-Branger 7085 ionization reactor and regulator


Phoah-Kingsmeyer 484-J4e (100 SBD)


Ferro-magnesium ceramic (50 RU)

Sensor systems

Pax Hustana variable array sensor units (2)

Navigation system

Corellian Chain Management NavCom Unit (26640 limited non-AI processing)

Docking bays

Ventral starfighter-scale landing bay (1)[4]

Escape craft

30-165, depending on configuration


Up to 600, depending on configuration

Cargo capacity

Up to 3,000 metric tons, depending on configuration


1 year


The CR90 corvette, commonly referred to as the Corellian corvette, was a small, multi-purpose capital ship manufactured by Corellian Engineering Corporation.


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A Corellian corvette.

A versatile starship, the CR90 was used extensively across the Galaxy by governments and private interests. The interior of the CR90 featured a modular design to allow for easy reconfiguration of the Corellian corvette from one function to another. Some older model corvettes, like the CR70, could easily be upgraded with retrofit packages like the Vanguard c20 to become CR90s.

Common configurations included a troop carrier, light escort vessel, cargo transport, or passenger liner. Its ease of modification was a trademark of CEC's and increased the corvette's resale value.

The weapon systems varied, although the standard configuration mounted two Taim & Bak H9 dual turbolasers and four laser cannons. CR90 corvettes could carry as many as eight turbolasers, six laser cannons, and four ion cannons. Under the standard configuration, these turrets were unable to hit anything behind the corvette's engines, so CR90 corvettes featured a well-known axial blind spot.


A CR90.

A common configuration for combat-oriented corvettes consisted of six H9 dual turbolasers. A similar armament was mounted on the Assassin-class corvette, a successor of the CR90 that was designed exclusively for combat roles.

The ship was capable of sustaining acceleration up to 2,100 G and could carry 600 passengers. However, its hyperdrive class was low compared to most ships of similar size. The standard crew was made up of 8 officers and 38 enlisted crew, but could range from 30 to 165 total, depending on its configuration.

Interestingly, the CR90 could be piloted by one person if necessary via a steering yoke, as Wedge Antilles demonstrated when he flew the modified corvette Night Caller.


Republic service

In the last decades of the Galactic Republic, the CR90 corvette was introduced and older corvette-models like the CR70 were gradually being refitted into this version. The Republic CR90 corvettes served in the Judicial Forces and later in the Republic Navy when it was reinstated during the Clone Wars.

Imperial service

Capital corellian corvette

A corvette in space.

A dwarf amongst the massive Imperial-class Star Destroyers of the Imperial Navy, CR90 corvettes were relegated primarily to diplomatic and escort duty in the Galactic Empire. In fleet engagements, CR90 corvettes were often tasked with attacking enemy starfighters or fleeing the battlefield with important cargo or intelligence.

Rebel and fringe service

Unlike their Imperial counterparts, Alliance CR90 corvettes acted as frontline combat ships for the early years of the Galactic Civil War. The ease of acquiring CR90 parts and mechanics made them a good fit for the desperate Rebellion. Its near ubiquity made it a popular choice amongst Rebels, pirates, and smugglers, earning it the nickname "blockade runner" for its ability to slip through Imperial nets. However, it proved ineffective against larger ships such as the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer.

New Republic service

Following the transition of the Alliance into the New Republic, CR90 corvettes continued to play an important role in the newly organized New Republic Defense Fleet until phased out of line-duty with modernization efforts like the New Class program.

Behind the scenes

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Tantive IV schematics.

  • The CR90 corvette's design was developed from one originally intended for Millennium Falcon. When that design was rejected for being too reminiscent of Space: 1999's Eagle Transporter, it was adapted to become the CR90. The most obvious change was replacing its cockpit area with the distinctive "hammerhead" bridge section. In addition, the escape pods were relocated to the lower hull, with laser cannons being mounted where the pods had originally been placed. This was essential because Tantive IV had to launch an escape pod while inside the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Devastator's ventral hangar bay.
  • Corvettes have a well-known "blind spot," in that they cannot shoot anything behind their engines, known especially to gamers of X-wing computer game series and used whenever they had to destroy one. However, this fact contradicts the very first scene of A New HopeTantive IV shoots Devastator, right behind her. Of course, this may be explained by the fact that Devastator was a much broader target.
  • Early West End Games RPG statistics for the Corellian corvette list its armament as six double turbolaser turrets, despite the corvettes seen in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi clearly mounting only two such turrets. This was later retconned by describing the heavier armament as an optional upgrade. The CR90 that appears in Star Wars: Empire at War is armed with only eight laser cannons, although this may be a simple game mechanic, as with other ships in the game—the Imperial-class Star Destroyers mount only four turbolasers instead of the sixty batteries they are supposed to have.



Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Derived from scaling based on the dimensions of the studio model compared to the official length of 150 meters.
  2. Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections names them as Girodyne Ter58 ion turbine engines. The Episode IV Visual Guide calls them CEC high-output sublight engines. For this among other reasons we speculate in our Girodyne article that Girodyne may be a division of CEC and integrate both terms here.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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