The YV-100 light freighter was the first of the Corellian Engineering Corporation's YV series starships released in the era surrounding the rise of the Galactic Empire. Its 46.5-meter-long frame housed enough room to hold 150 cubic meters of cargo, as well as other vital starship systems, including the hyperdrive, weaponry, and living arrangements. On the exterior, the ship resembled CEC's YT series line in the rear portion—this design feature was due to the influence of the popular YT series already on the market which the designers brought along. The body also featured a long, slender forward portion—a feature that would become trademark to the future ships of the YV series.
The ship was considered to be well-built and hardy by pilots of its era, and, while considered an unremarkable ship design, was well-received by those who bought it. Even so, the YV-100 was not as easily modifiable as other CEC ships still on the market and as a result never gained the popularity its YT series cousins had. Still, even with the slightly lowered demand, the YV-100 light freighter lasted from its original release well into the climax of the Yuuzhan Vong War.
Because the ship was the first in the Corellian Engineering Corporation's YV series line, the YV-100 light freighter closely resembled the YT series line already on the market, a trend that became less and less noticeable as the ship designs in the series progressed. This was shown in the distinctly familiar saucer-shaped hull toward the rear of the vessel. However, beyond this design influence, the YV-100 differed greatly from its YT series cousins, most noticeably in the design of the cockpit and connecting structure; it was this feature that gave the freighter its 46.5-meter length. Due to the extended rear portion of the vessel, cargo space was plentiful for a ship of its size and capabilities; approximately 150 cubic meters of freight could be placed in the cargo hold.
Two large engines, positioned on the port and starboard sides of the rear of the vessel, provided the ship with much of its thrust; two smaller engines, located just in between the larger ones, assisted. A class 3 hyperdrive was fed into these engines, providing the ship with a shorter hyperspace traveling time; a backup class 12 hyperdrive existed to rescue the ship in case the class 3 failed.
For weaponry, the stock YV-100 utilized two fire-linked laser cannons, located in the nose of the ship, and two fire-linked blaster cannons, located in a turret atop the freighter. The laser cannons had a very limited fire-arc, as they could only fire forward. However, the turret-mounted blaster cannons made up for whatever area not covered by the forward lasers, and could fire in any direction except aft.
The freighter lacked the modularity common in CEC lines; as such the YV-100, and the entire YV line, never garnered as much popularity as had the YT series and thus never established a firm foothold in the galaxy's starship markets. Consequently, the cost of a used ship was fairly low when compared with other ships of its caliber. Still, those who owned it often claimed their YV-100 freighter was a solid, well-built ship, and actually outperformed the older YT-1300 light freighter. Spacefarers with extra money would often convert the freighter to a luxury craft, even though it was more costly and harder to accomplish, due to the lack of modularity. Despite the difficulty in changing the ship's features, it was not uncommon for YV-100 freighters to be extensively modified.
The YV-100 light freighter remained competitive up to and into the Yuuzhan Vong War, which began in 25 ABY. While not fast enough to evade the Yuuzhan Vong coralskippers, the ship could enter and exit a system quietly and undetected, and remain competitive to last long enough to escape a battle, if one arose.
The YV-100's main mission role was that of freight transfer. One such craft under the cargo configuration crash-landed on the planet Endregaad sometime around 19 ABY, during the reign of the New Republic. The ship was formerly operated by the company Skydove Freight and was carrying a shipment of tempest, a drug akin, though more powerful and addictive, to Glitterstim spice. The Hutt Mika Anjiliac Chiera set up a salvage tent to try and recover anything he could from the downed ship—as well as any of the tempest, as the Hutt had himself initially ordered the shipment.
However, the YV-100 light freighter also served the purpose of a shuttle. To this extent, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker offered a modified freighter, the Lady Starstorm, to a group of spacers during the Yuuzhan Vong War. These spacers were tasked with infiltrating the planet Myrkr in order to ascertain the extent of the Yuuzhan Vong's supply of vornskr canines and their hold on the planet. The ship would allow them enough cover to safely land on the planet as well as evade any complications that arose.
Following in the vein of shuttle transportation, the ship was often converted to a dedicated luxury craft by individuals with extra credits.