USCSS Nostromo Starfreighter

The USCSS Nostromo was a $42 billion dollar Weyland-Yutani starfreighter used as a commercial hauler between Thedus 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. It also carried (or rather pulled) a massive refinery behind it for processing ore on the long trip to Earth.

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 had a nuclear reactor power source that held at least three reactors, possibly four, due to the large power requirements of the refinery the Nostromo carried. The ship also had a self-destruct system, whereby the cooling unit for the ship’s nuclear reactor would be turned off and the nuclear core would overheat in a delayed explosion, after 10 minutes. In 2122, the Nostromo was intruded by a Xenomorph, which killed all but one of the starfreighter’s crew. The ship was destroyed in 2122 when its engines were set to self destruct by Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in an attempt to kill the lone Xenomorph that had gotten loose aboard the vessel. The ship and its cargo were completely destroyed in the resulting explosion.

Alien (1979).

The crew of the space ship Nostromo are awaken from hypersleep to investigate a strange signal from a nearby planet LV-426. The Nostromo set down on LV-426 on June 3, 2122. The ship was damaged during landing when dust entered one of the engine intakes, causing it to overheat and eventually triggering an electrical fire in the engineering section. Upon their arrival, they make a horrifying discovery – a life form that attaches itself to the victims face, using it as a host before breeding inside the body. The life form then removes itself, waiting for the young it has planted inside the human victim to be born and explode through the stomach.

Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.