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Starchaser is the name given to Recon Viper 1, a variant of the Colonial Viper.
Amongst its modifications are the Computer, Oral Response Activated system, which is capable of piloting the ship without the need for a human pilot. It is fitted with a second set of pulse generators, thus doubling the speed of the craft, and is able to "outrun anything in the galaxy".
However, these modifications come at a cost: Starchaser has no teeth, as its laser generators had to be removed in order to make room for the pulse generators. As it retains the shape, weight, and size of the regular Viper, Starchaser can continue to make use of the launch tubes.
Its first pilot is Lieutenant Starbuck, who volunteers to use the new variant primarily so that he can dine in the re-opened lounge on Rising Star with Cassiopeia. Believing the mission to be fairly standard, Starbuck does not realize that the first patrol outside the Cyrannus galaxy leads him into discovering a lost Colonial penal asteroid and ambrosa that is nearly a millennium old (TOS: "The Long Patrol").
- The craft is only used once and is apparently never seen, or referenced to, in future episodes.
- Further, it is the only Viper that is ever given a proper name.