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The Container is a mass-produced mobile suit housing unit and transport of Celestial Being in Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

Technology & Characteristics

The Containers are built as self-contained mobile housing units. They are primarily used to house the 3rd generation Gundams while docked to the Ptolemy's (CBS-70 Ptolemaios) rotatable docking-ring. However, the Containers also serve as a mobile station of operations on Earth-based missions. Unfortunately, due to limited data, not everything about its technologies and systems are fully understood.

The Containers were designed to function in concert with Ptolemy; a great deal of its abilities and functions are relative to Ptolemy's use in mobile suit (MS) operations. When docked onto the docking ring of Ptolemy, the Containers act as portable MS hangers for storing, maintaining, and launching their Gundams. However, they also provide additional thrust to the ship.

Because of limited data, the flight capabilities of the Containers were never fully defined. They have a pair of their own GN Verniers and visible rear fins for flight; it can be used to travel, however, there was never a visible cockpit nor a control system that suggests the Containers are capable of independent flight. Either there exists an unseen flight control system and/or it is remotely controlled. In addition, the units can be used underwater, but it's also unclear of its capabilities and usage in aquatic conditions as well.

During Earth-based operations, the Containers have four large connector ports on the bottom of the hull. The ports can be used to connect the caterpillar tracks to give it tank-like mobility to travel across Earth terrain. However, the design of the tracks only give the Containers limited mobility for short distance travel and not meant for rough terrain travel.

Like most of CB's technology, it's powered by GN Particles. However, the unit doesn't have a GN Drive. It utilizes a GN Condenser for limited power usage. When present with a Gundam(s), the Containers has a special particle connector that directly siphons the GN Particles out from the Gundam(s) to recharge the Containers as well as redirecting particles into Ptolemy's power systems.

The docking ring was designed to help utilize the Containers in the most efficient way for travel and MS operations. However, the ring was never used to create artificial gravity for the ship's crew; it's only a tactical equipment exchange tool. In cruising mode, the Containers are rotated and fixed into an X-formation. While not explained, it suggests that the X-formation provides the most efficient method of speed and maneuvers. When launching their Gundams, the Containers are rotated to a T-formation to vertically lower the MS to launch.

Each of the Containers features two hatches for loading and docking. The top-section of the Containers has the largest opening for MS docking. The underbelly of the units has the smaller hatch, designed to unload the Gundam downwards to the linear catapult of Ptolemy for MS launch operations. However, during emergency combat situations, the Gundams can launch right out of their Containers (minus the advanced speed of the linear catapults) for immediate response.

Within the Containers, each of them have an unspecified number of Haros and Karels to maintain both the Container and the Gundam. Near the rear end of the Container, there's a observation deck for CB staff to observe their Gundam through a window. Although not completely clarified, it seems the MS hanger section is not completely environmentally contained as the staff is often seen wearing spacesuits while within the hanger, but in normal clothes at the observation deck (suggesting that area is contained).

Each of the Containers are customized after each Gundams' arsenal and equipment. Depending on the mission, the Gundams can switch different equipment and/or weaponry to suit their needs to the mission(s). When the Gundams prepare to sortie for combat, the Containers automatically set their preferences so the Gundams can quickly load their equipment and proceed towards their mission(s).

For systems, the Containers have a docking and launching system. For docking, the top section of the Container would open and reveal a laser-guided projection system to guide the Gundam to dock into its port. The launching system is inter-connected with Ptolemy; the Containers releases the Gundam through its lower-hatch and onto Ptolemy's lift into the Linear Catapault. The containers itself has no weapons; its later incarnations would be modified to carry GN Missiles.

In terms of the Trans-Am System, the Containers have no Trans-Am abilities, but it was never proven nor disproven if it couldn't utilize it on conjunction with a Gundam docked to its systems. However, CB engineers would later develop a GN particle siphoning method to take advantage of the Gundams' Trans-Am to super-power their ship(s) and enhance their peripheral equipment, such as the CBS-74 Ptolemaios 2 (Ptolemy II).

Eventually, use of the Containers became less relevant after the destruction of Ptolemy. After its successor, Ptolemy II, was launched, the Containers became obsolete as CB engineers no longer had use for them in future purposes. However, CB engineers would find new use for them in retro-engineering.

In the events of AD 2312, CB operations had to be more mobile as the Innovators and the ESF was rapidly evolving their GN technologies. However, their space shuttles were too small and not powerful enough to transport large and heavy payloads. To remedy the problem, CB engineers realized they needed a new ship; with limited resources and time constraints, they decided to build a new transport ship out of their spare components. Using the Containers and a spare secondary bridge module from Ptolemy II, they created the Lab Transport.

Armaments & Equipment

The Containers have no built-in weaponry. It relies on the Gundam to protect it from harm or it is easily destroyed.

  • Caterpillar Tracks
Used for transportation in ground-based missions, four optional caterpillar tracks can be installed on the lower bottom ports of the Containers to give them tank-like mobility. However, the tracks were not designed for rough terrain nor long term use. They're to provide limited mobility for the Containers, however, it's unclear if the tracks are retractable or require manual removal; the design suggests it requires an engineer to add or remove them depending on the mission(s).

Systems

  • Docking System
A laser-based guidance system, it is used to help guide the Gundam to safely dock at its port. By utilizing network data and a projection system, the Gundam is given active data over its docking process to ease the docking process. While the Gundam does have an automated pilot system, it is unclear can the Container's systems automatically dock without a Meister's discretion.

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Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 Mechanics
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Celestial Being
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GN-000 0 Gundam | GN-0000 00 Gundam | GN-001 Gundam Exia | GN-002 Gundam Dynames | GN-003 Gundam Kyrios | GN-004 Gundam Nadleeh | GN-005 Gundam Virtue | GNW-001 Gundam Throne Eins | GNW-002 Gundam Throne Zwei | GNW-003 Gundam Throne Drei
Other
GN-001+GNR-001E GN Armor Type-E | GN-002+GNR-001D GN Armor Type-D

Aircraft / Spacecraft
GNR-001 GN Arms
Transporter / Supply Ship
Assault Container | Container
Cruiser / Mother Ship
CBS-70 Ptolemaios | Trinity Mothership
Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GNX-603T GN-X | MA-115HT Union Realdo Hover Tank | SVMS-01 Union Flag | SVMS-01E Union Flag Graham Aker Custom | SVMS-01O Over Flag | SVMS-01OP Union Flag Orbit Package | SVMS-01SG Union Flag Ground Package Shell Type | SVMS-01X Union Flag Custom II | VMS-15 Union Realdo

Ship
Landing Ship | MS Carrier | Union Cruiser
Transporter / Supply Ship
Carrier Plane | Transport Plane | Ural-class
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Virginia-class
Advanced European Union
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AEU-05/05 AEU Hellion Perpetuum | AEU-05G AEU Hellion Ground Type | AEU-09 AEU Enact | AEU-09T AEU Enact Commander Type | AEU-09Y812 AEU Enact Ali Al-Saachez Custom | GNX-603T GN-X
Mobile Armor
AEU-MA07013 Agrissa Type 13

Transporter
Transport Plane
Human Reform League
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GNX-603T GN-X | MSJ-06II-A Tieren Ground Type | MSJ-06II-C Tieren High Mobility Type | MSJ-06II-C/B Tieren High Mobility Type B | MSJ-06II-C/BT Tieren High Mobility Commander Type B | MSJ-06II-E Tieren Space Type | MSJ-06II-ET Tieren Space Commander Type | MSJ-06II-LC Tieren Long-Range Cannon Type | MSJ-06II-SP Tieren Taozi
Mobile Armor
MAJ-V34 Jiachong | MAJ-V34 Jiachong Engineer Type | MAJ-V34AI Jiachong AI-Controlled Type

Land Vehicle
Military Jeep | Trailer Base
Ship
Marine Transport
Transporter / Supply Ship
Large Transport Plane
Cruiser / Mother Ship
EDI-40-II Laohu
United Nations Forces
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GNMS-XCVII Alvaaron | GNX-603T GN-X | GNW-002 Gundam Throne Zwei
Mobile Armor
GNMA-XCVII Alvatore

Cruiser / Mother Ship
Virginia-class
PMC Trust
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AEU-05G AEU Hellion Ground Type | AEU-09Y812 AEU Enact Ali Al-Saachez Custom
La Eden
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AEU-05/05 AEU Hellion Perpetuum
Mobile Armor
MAJ-03 Shuichai
Kingdom of Azadistan
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MSER-04 Anf
Civilians
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AEU-05OP AEU Hellion Orbit Package | MSER-04 Anf
Workloader
Workloader

Aircraft / Spacecraft
Colony Worker Pod
Transporter / Supply Ship
Passenger Plane

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