Aurora class Light Patrol Fighter

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Aurora class Light Patrol Fighter
Imperial Sunburst-Sun-IISS-Traveller.gif
Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type: FL Fighter
Also see
Blueprint No
Canon No
Cargo 0.15 Tons
Cost MCr44.740 (base)
MCr35.792 (qty)
Crew 1
Officers 1
Enlisted 0
Hardpoints 1
Hull Needle Hull
Jump J-0
Maneuver 6 G
Model Model/2
Origin Bain Defense Squadron
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP FL-1A60.
Reference Ron Kline Design
Size 19 Tons
Streamlining Airframe Hull
Tech Level TL–10
USP FL-0106C21-000000-00002-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Aurora class Light Patrol Fighter is a combatant smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Aurora class Light Patrol Fighter was designed for service with the Bain Defense Squadron, the space force of Bain, a world lying in Spica Sector and a member of the Solomani Confederation. The Aurora is a reliable craft that is typically assigned to formations that carry out secondary duties such as routine patrols and customs inspections. The hull is built in a sleek, streamlined needle configuration and has good handling characteristics in atmospheres. It has excellent acceleration and agility but is considered to have an inferior weapons package. There is no bridge and the performance of the computer suffers as a result, but there is a small stateroom that affords more endurance and a better mission duration than the related Hornet class Fighter, which it regularly serves alongside.

  • The vessel is a TL-10 design.

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The Aurora class is constructed using a 19 Ton hull built in a Needle configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving excellent atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
2. Crew x1 crew:
  • x1 Officer (the pilot).

Accommodations

  • There is one small Stateroom. This cramped and awkwardly laid-out space, located behind and below the cockpit, is accessed by a hatch and contains a fresher, a galley and a bunk.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

3. Performance The vessel mounts a Maneuver-6 drive and a Power Plant-12, giving performance of 6-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 6. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section is controlled by the pilot. The machinery is not accessible.
4. Electronics There is a cockpit containing a pilot's acceleration couch. Adjacent to the cockpit is a Model/2 computer that functions as a Model/1 due to the lack of a bridge: no backup computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
  • The listed battery is the standard configuration for the class. Alternative weapons systems may be installed for specific missions.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for an Aurora class is:
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.
  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
8. Craft The vessel carries no subcraft.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 2.28 Tons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr44.74
  • Architects Fee: MCr0.447
11. Construction Time 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments Standard cargo capacity amounts to 0.15 Tons: it functions as a magazine for additional missiles.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Aurora class Light Patrol Fighter serves with the Bain Defense Squadron, the space force of Bain, a Solomani world lying in Spica Sector. They are occasionally called upon for Federation and Confederation service. It operates alongside the Hornet, Constellation and Retaliator classes of Fighters. Overall, the Aurora is considered to be a forgiving vessel and is generally where newly qualified pilots start their careers. Members of the class are carried aboard Bengal class Carriers.

The Aurora mounts the locally designed and manufactured Misery Blue class Anti-Shipping Missile. The warhead is considered underpowered, the weapon system as a whole barely passed its proofing trials, and the design is prone to problems with its guidance systems. A number of examples of the Aurora class have been sold to neighboring worlds: they are generally refitted with standard Solomani weapons packages.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.