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The Barbapiccola (or "Barb") was a formerly Mao-Kwikowski Mercantile owned freighter stationed on Ganymede, last shipping Lithium from Ilus IV to the Sol system.


After the Ganymede incident, refugees from the station claimed the ship as salvage and escaped on it from Ganymede. This included Basia Merton and his family. The refugees lived on the now independent ship for a year, a consequence of being denied permission to dock anywhere in the Sol System, which was in turn due to the ship's legal status.

After the Slow Zone was deactivated and its rings activated, the first sensor data from another star system returned with news of the hospitable planet that the United Nations (UN) would call New Terra. The Barb travelled through Sol Ring and settled on the planet, claiming it and naming it Ilus.

The Barb's landing site was called First Landing and became the planet's first settlement.




  • The ship's namesake could be attributed to be in honor of Giuseppa Eleonora Barbapiccola , an Italian natural philosopher, poet and translator. She is most well-known for providing an Italian translation of of René Descartes' "Principles of Philosophy" and was a zealous advocate for woman's education.
  • While this ship's size is currently unknown, comments from Expanse 3D rigger Mathias Villalobos indicate that the ship's size may be around 144 metres tall. The actual 3D model file built for the VFX team measures 144m tall, though Villabolos also elaborated that for a "realistic scale" estimate, the small shuttles seen on the side of the ship may be considered to be around 3-4 storeys (12.8-17 metres) tall, making this given number potentially slightly inaccurate.
  • As the Barbapiccola is similar model freighter as the Guy Molinari, it shouldn't deviate much (10-15% deviation) from the Guy Molinari's 121 meters(intended lenght), which roughly fits the Barbapiccola's size extrapolated from habitat containers visible on the ship, and same seen on Illus(3.5 meters hight with human scale). While compared to its heavy shuttle (not less than 22.5 meter, official) ship is about 130 meter in length. [1]


  1. ArtStation - The Barbapiccola - "in the show, I'd say one of the small shuttle ships on the side is about 3-4 stories tall for a realistic scale comparison. But in the Maya file, the length of the Barbapiccola is only 144 meters tall