TECHNOLOGY

LIKE ITS FORERUNNERS, THE R2 ASTROMECH WAS DESIGNED TO WORK IN AND AROUND SPACE VESSELS AS A DIAGNOSTIC AND REPAIR UNIT. BUT UNLIKE THE CLUNKY R1-SERIES, THIS ROUNDED, WAIST-HIGH DROID WAS MADE SPECIFICALLY TO FIT IN MILITARY STARFIGHTER ASTROMECH SLOTS. THIS WAS A RADICAL DEPARTURE, AS PREVIOUSLY ALL SUCH DROIDS HAD BEEN DEDICATED GOVERNMENT MODELS.

WHILE R2 UNITS ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR BATTLE, THEY ARE PROGRAMMED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES OR THEIR OWNERS. THEIR MULTIPLE ACCESSORIES AND RESOURCEFUL PROGRAMMING MEANS THAT THEY CAN BE USEFUL ALLIES IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. THE CENTER OF THE DROIDS’ SUCCESS COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS INTELLEX IV COMPUTER, WHICH FEATURED 700 DIFFERENT SPACECRAFT CONFIGURATIONS. ITS SENSOR PACKAGE WAS EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE, WITH A FULL-SPECTRUM TRANSCEIVER AND ELECTROMAGNETIC, HEAT, MOTION, AND LIFE FORM INDICATORS. THE DROID ALSO HAD A FULLY MANEUVERABLE VIDEO SENSOR, DEPLOYED FROM ITS DOMED HEAD, ALLOWING IT TO INSPECT ENCLOSED SPACES OR PEER OVER OBSTACLES.

JUSTIFYING THEIR MARKET-LEADING POSITION, R2-SERIES ASTROMECHS ARE VERSATILE AUTOMATED MECHANIC/REPAIR DROIDS THAT CAN ALSO STAND IN AS SUBSTITUTE NAVI-COMPUTERS OR CO-PILOTS ON SMALLER STARSHIPS. WHEN PLUGGED INTO A T-65 X-WING STARFIGHTER, ETA-2 ACTIS-CLASS INTERCEPTOR, OR SIMILAR STARFIGHTER, THE R2 MONITORED FLIGHT PERFORMANCE, PINPOINTED AND CORRECTED TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, AND PERFORMED POWER MANAGEMENT, OPTIMIZING SHIPBOARD SYSTEMS. THE UNIT COULD STORE UP TO TEN SETS OF HYPERSPACE VECTOR COORDINATES IN ITS ASTROGATION BUFFER, AND MANY HAD THE INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE TO PERFORM ENGINE STARTUP AND PRE-FLIGHT TAXIING

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