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R8-series astromech droid
Production information



Manufacturer

Industrial Automaton

Product line

R-series

Model

R8-series astromech droid

Technical specifications





Equipment
  • Comlink
  • Diagnostics package
  • Environmental compensator (vacuum)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Heuristic processor
  • Internal storage (2 kg)
  • Locked access
  • Magnetic feet
  • Holographic unit
  • Rust inhibitor
  • Tool mount x4
  • Tool kit
  • Welding laser/cutting torch
Chronological and political information
Era(s)

New Republic era

Affiliation

Various

The R8-series astromech droid was a part of Industrial Automaton's line of R-series astromech droids. This model was produced during the rule of the New Republic, following the death of Grand Admiral Thrawn. This was also the only R-series astromech to not have a sensor "eye", and instead featured a miniature satellite dish on its dome.

CharacteristicsEdit

During development, it was rumored that the R8 unit would be the first Industrial Automaton astro-droid to speak Basic, though the final product communicated in Droidspeak. It came with a full-frequency comm system as standard equipment, making it (along with the venerable R2 astromech unit) a recommended choice for those needing long-range comm interface capabilities.

R8-series astromech droid

An R8 unit being lowered into a starfighter

The R8 was designed to have the piloting power of the R7’s without focusing on just the antiquated E-wing, as well as having the usefulness, versatility, and most of all, customizability of the previous R-series droids. The R8 was better with repairs, navigation, and piloting than any other R-series droid, and provided far-superior software customizability. Additionally, in times of emergency, the R8 was actually capable of piloting small craft (and mid-sized craft if so programmed) with a great deal of skill directly from its astromech socket or while connected to a computer terminal, though dynamic piloting and intuitive thinking was still a stretch. Similarly, to the interest smugglers, pirates, and others who may appreciate it, an R8 was capable of manning the weaponry of smaller ships, with capabilities possibly even matching an organic crew member. Externally, the R8 resembled any R-series droid. However, in keeping with the “return to their roots” slogan, the R8 head was once again dome shaped, like that of the R2-series. Instead of the metal shell of previous models, the head and body of R8 droids were composed of frosted plasteel, with “gel” style plasteel coloring for aesthetic purposes. Thus far, much like its R6 predecessor, the R8 has sold incredibly well. However, before Industrial Automaton announced the new model, it ventured a major risk in over-producing the required parts for the R8. The gamble had paid off in spades.

HistoryEdit

Though Industrial Automaton’s initial release of the highly specialized R7 droid was a moderate success, thanks to continuous attacks from the Imperial Remnant, and later the war with the Yuuzhan Vong, the R7 line of droids eventually and inevitably became obsolete when the New Republic’s E-wing were phased out in favor of newer models. As a result, the company decided to market the incredibly versatile and powerful processing power of the R7 series and “return to their roots”, as was the company’s slogan for the new droid. The R8 series was born.

R8 units were sold at a droid outlet on the Imperial world of Bastion shortly before the signing of the Pellaeon–Gavrisom Treaty. These units were used by Lando Calrissian and Han Solo to block Imperial sensors that were pursuing them onworld.

Behind the scenesEdit

In The Clone Wars episodes "Death Trap" and "R2 Come Home", Mace Windu has an astromech unit designated R8-B7. Since the R8-series was supposedly not created until several decades after the Clone Wars, it is likely that this is an earlier model with an R8 designation.

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