Artificial Satellite

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WA-class Artificial Satellites are artificial bodies placed in orbit around fixed celestial objects (...stars, planets, moons, orbital complexes, etc.) in order to collect or disseminate information or serve other sophontic functions.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Starship:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Artificial Satellites: An artifical satellite is typically a device, a structure or more rarely a small body such as a planetoid placed in orbit around a world in order to act as a platform or a base, to collect information or to relay or send communications.

  • Debris or wreckage may orbit a world and be classified as an artificial satellite.

Image Repository[edit]

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Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Artificial satellites are an important part of any advanced technological sophont society and serve a vast myriad of roles under almost any imaginable function. They coordinate communication networks, spy satellites, defense nets, nuclear munitions, and much, much more.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Artificial Satellites typically serve the following roles:

  1. Armed Satellite (WAH)
  2. Artificial Satellite (WA) (Namesake)
  3. Attack Satellite (WAH)
  4. Automated Interdiction Satellite (WAI)
  5. Beacon (WAN)
  6. Commo Satellite (WAC)
  7. Commo Relay Station (WAC)
  8. Communications Satellite (WAC)
  9. Defense Satellite (WAH)
  10. Interdiction Satellite (WAI)
  11. Intelligence Satellite (WAS)
  12. Laser Satellite (WAH)
  13. Missile Platform (WAH)
  14. Missile Satellite (WAH)
  15. Navigation Satellite (WAN)
  16. Sensor Buoy (WAS)
  17. Spy Satellite (WAS)
  18. Weather Satellite (WAS)
  19. X-boat Relay Station (WAC)

Civilian Smallcraft[edit]

Civilian smallcraft are carried by some of these vessels:

  1. Utility Craft (U)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

W-class Artificial Satellite Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Artificial Satellite WA (Namesake) 4-C/D class Automated Interdiction Satellite Artificial Satellites are sophont-made objects that occupy orbits around a world. Many sophont societies can achieve successful satellite launch and orbital launch by the TL:4-6 tech epoch. The first satellites tend to be science or spy satellites (...high priority military satellites), but by TL:7-9 they occupy every possible niche and function from worldwide communication networks to navigational aid systems.
  • W = World Orbiter
  • A = Artificial Satellite
Communications Satellite WAC Comstar class Commo Satellite None
  • C = Communications
Defense Satellite WAH Sentinel class Missile Platform None
  • H = Defender / Security
Interdiction Satellite WAI 4-C/D class Automated Interdiction Satellite None
  • I = Interdiction
Navigation Satellite
AKA Beacon
WAN Sanctuary class Sensor Buoy None
  • N = Navigation
Intelligence Satellite
AKA Spy Satellite
WAS Sanctuary class Sensor Buoy None
  • S = Spy Satellite
NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Artificial Satellite:

  1. Type TBD class Satellite
    1. TBD class Satellite

Military Ship - Artificial Satellite:

  1. Type TBD class Satellite
    1. TBD class Satellite

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

5 Representative Artificial Satellite (WA) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
4-C/D class Automated Interdiction Satellite WAI 300 ACS 14 Third Imperium 0 0.25 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Comstar class Commo Satellite WAC 5 Smallcraft 9 Distant Fringe 0 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sanctuary class Sensor Buoy WAS 50 Smallcraft 11 Distant Fringe 0 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sentinel class Missile Platform WAH 30 Smallcraft 11 Distant Fringe 0 1 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type 37 class Interdiction Satellite WAI X Smallcraft X Third Imperium 0 0.25 Yes. Published, canon starship design.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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