INDUSTRY

 

DROID MANUFACTURING

INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATON WAS FORMED OVER 850 YEARS BEFORE THE RISE OF THE EMPIRE WITH THE MERGER OF INDUSTRIAL INTELLIGENCE AND AUTOMATA GALACTICA. INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATON BECAME A VASTLY WEALTHY COMPANY, AND VIED FOR CONTROL OF THE DROID MARKET WITH FELLOW MANUFACTURING GIANT CYBOT GALACTICA. THESE RIVAL COMPANIES WERE KNOWN AS THE “BIG TWO” OF DROID PRODUCTION.

THE R2-SERIES DROID, AN ASTROMECH MODEL PRODUCED BY INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATON, BOASTED A LEVEL OF SUCCESS THAT WAS NEVER EQUALED IN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATON’S LONG HISTORY. A COMBINATION OF EXCELLENT DESIGN, HIGH-QUALITY MARKETING, AND GOOD TIMING MADE THIS ASTROMECH DROID ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER DROIDS IN HISTORY AND ONE OF THE FEW VINTAGE ASTROMECH SERIES STILL IN ACTIVE PRODUCTION DECADES AFTER IT WAS FIRST DESIGNED, INCLUDING THE PROTOTYPE R2-0.

THE LINE WAS SO SUCCESSFUL THAT THE GALACTIC EMPIRE WOULD LATER TAKE CREDIT FOR THE DESIGN. THE AVERAGE COST OF AN R2 UNIT WAS ABOUT 5000 IMPERIAL CREDITS FOR A STARTER MODEL.

ALTHOUGH R2-D2 APPEARED TO BE JUST ANOTHER ASTROMECH DROID ROLLING OFF THE PRODUCTION LINES OF INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION HE WAS PART OF A SHIPMENT OF DROIDS BOUGHT BY THE THE PALACE SPACE VESSEL ENGINEERING CORPS. THIS LITTLE DROID WAS PROGRAMMED WITH TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE VARIOUS CRAFT USED BY THE ROYAL HOUSE AND BY THE NABOO SPACE FIGHTER CORPS. PRIMARILY ENGINEERED FOR ASTRONAVIGATIONAL ASSISTANCE AND STARSHIP MAINTENANCE, R2-D2 ALSO DOUBLES AS A GENERAL-PURPOSE UTILITY DROID. HIS FUNCTIONALITY EXTENDS TO HOLOGRAPHIC RECORDING, IMAGE PROJECTION, DATA STORAGE, FIRE EXTINGUISHING, ND SENSOR SCANNING. HE’S EVEN BEEN KNOWN TO SERVE DRINKS, PROVING HE FITS HIS MANUFACTURER’S FAMOUS ADVERTISING SLOGAN: “No job is over this little guy’s head”.

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