USCSS Nostromo Starfreighter
The USCSS Commercial Towing Vehicle, Nostromo, is owned by The Company. In the film, the crew members refer to their employer as “The Company”. Those familiar with the series will know that this is the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. The ship only has seven crew members and is on its return trip to Earth with its cargo of 20,000,000 tons of mineral ore in refinery processing enroute.
USCSS Nostromo was constructed in 2101 as an interstellar cruiser, but was refitted in 2116 as a commercial towing vehicle. Nostromo was subsequently operated as a commercial hauler, transporting automated ore and oil refineries between the outer colonies and Earth.
The ship had an onboard artificial intelligence computer, “Mother”, which communicated with the crew through the intercom system or a special interface room only accessible to officer at the top of the chain of command. Mother is a 2.1 Terabyte intelligent mainframe which monitors all of the ship’s flight and autonomic functions. Mother protects the crew and employs them, but she also betrays them. She is an extension of the Company, and the Company has informed her that the Nostromo’s crew is expendable.
The ship had numerous industrial areas, a central eating area, a hypersleep chamber, a kitchen, a cockpit where the crew piloted the ship together, and an infirmary.
The ship was destroyed in 2122 when its reactor was set to self destruct by Ellen Ripley in an attempt to kill the lone Xenomorph that was loose aboard the vessel. The ship and its refinery cargo were completely destroyed in the resulting explosion.