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GSX-401FW Stargazer Gundam

 

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Equipped with "Voiture Lumiere" ring

Base mobile suit

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GSX-401FW Stargazer Gundam

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: GSX-401FW
Code name: Stargazer Gundam
Unit type: non-combat space exploration mobile suit
Manufacturer: Deep Space Survey & Development Organization (DSSD)
Operator: DSSD
First deployment: C.E. 73
Accommodation: pilot and copilot, in removable cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.94 meters
Weight: max gross weight 76.22 metric tons (mobile suit only); 83.59 metric tons (equipped with "Voiture Lumiere" ring)
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: "Voiture Lumiere" light propulsion system
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; removable Artificial Intelligence unit, nanomachine repair system
Fixed armaments: 2 x beam shield generator, mounted on forearms
Optional hand armaments: KMS71/J beam pistol

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

In late C.E. 73, the Deep Space Survey & Development Organization (DSSD) developed an advanced space exploration mobile suit, the GSX-401FW Stargazer Gundam. As part of its exploration mission, the Stargazer Gundam was intended to be unmanned and controlled by Artificial Intelligence. In addition to the advanced AI, the Stargazer Gundam included the new "Voiture Lumiere" interplanetary propulsion system. A laser fired from a DSSD satellite would hit the "Voiture Lumiere" ring, propelling the Stargazer Gundam and allowing it to build up speed over time as it traveled between planets. The "Voiture Lumiere" system was also utilized by the Martian GSF-YAM01 Δ Astray, and variants were used by the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam and ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam. As part of its autonomous design, the Stargazer Gundam was equipped with a nanomachine repair system. Although the Stargazer Gundam was intended as a non-combat unit, it did have defensive and offensive capabilities. The Stargazer Gundam could deflect and capture incoming beam shots to create a field of beam cutters. In addition, it could use the beam pistol from the UT-1D Civilian Astray DSSD Custom. When used in combat, the Stargazer Gundam's AI unit was replaced with a cockpit block for two pilots.

 

In October C.E. 73, the Stargazer Gundam was stationed at a DSSD station on Earth when terrorists dropped the remains of the Junius Seven PLANT in the incident that was later known as Break the World. The tidal surge caused by falling pieces engulfed a coastal city and threatened the DSSD station, but the Stargazer Gundam was safely launched into space. The development of the Stargazer Gundam continued with short-range tests of its "Voiture Lumiere" system. The Earth Alliance's secret Phantom Pain unit launched an attack on DSSD to seize the Stargazer Gundam. To fend off the attack, DSSD researchers Selene MacGriff and Sol Ryuune L'ange sent the Stargazer Gundam into battle, although it lacked the intended Neutron Jammer Canceler for its powerplant. During a duel with Sven Cal Bayang's GAT-X105E+AQM/E-X09S Strike Noir Gundam, Selene ejected Sol from the cockpit and used the satellite propulsion laser to propel both the Stargazer Gundam and the Strike Noir out to Venus. Afterward, Selene rescued Sven and used the last bit of the Strike Noir's energy to power the Stargazer Gundam for its long journey back to Earth.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Sol Ryuune L'ange, Selene MacGriff
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 STARGAZER; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY: Alliance VS ZAFT II; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

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