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Capital Ship Combatants Escort Combatants Military Smallcraft Support Ships
Battleship Cruiser Carrier Destroyer Escort Frigate System Defense Boat Fighter Assault Transport Smallcraft Auxiliaries
Commercial Mercantile Ships Non-Mercantile Commercial Ships Non-Commercial Ships Civilian Smallcraft Highports & Satellites
Merchant Liner Transport Commercial Industrial Commercial Ships General Research Private Auxiliary Orbital

Auxiliaries are civilian smallcraft that perform utility functions.

Please see the following AAB articles for more information:


This class of vessel includes pinnaces, shuttles, cutters, ship's boats, and all other non-jump capable spacecraft of less than 100 tons. The exception to this are system defense boats whose roll is system defense. Often the names are used interchangable, but they are often classified by role and size. These craft have a wide variety of uses from cargo, fuel and passenger transport; policing; customs enforcement; to search and rescue operations and support.

Ship Doctrine[edit]

Shuttle Shuttles are normally used to access planetary surfaces, or other ships. They are often used by ships which themselves are not capable of landing on planetary services themselves. Large shuttles, up to 95 tons, are capable of 3 Gs of acceleration, and can carry up to 30 passengers and 80 tons of cargo.
Pinnace Small craft or boat of interplanetary (though not interstellar) capability. Approximate displacement: 40 tons. The Pinnace is a larger version of the ship's boat, capable of 5 Gs acceleration, carrying up to 8 passengers and displacing 40 tons. It has a fuel tank capacity of 12 tons and an equal cargo capacity. Pinnaces are usually armed with one beam or pulse laser in a non-turret mount. In some cases, a missile launch rack is installed instead. This vessel is the preferred craft for customs enforcement and policing.
Cutter Cutters are considered the smallest vessel associated with independent military command. As such, cutter commanders are called "captain." Cutters are used in a variety of military and civilian settings. Although they can fill similar roles to those of the pinnace, they are more likely to be found as work boats and ferrying supplies and equipment around the system.
Gig These vessel are normally carried on other ships. They are larger than lifeboats and have the capacity to carry passengers and freight. They have a variety of other designations including Launch, Jolly Boat, and Ship's Boat.
Lifeboat One of the smallest spaceships in common use. Although its primary function is to serve as a life craft in the event that evacuation is required, it can also be used to transport passengers.

Representative Types[edit]

Class Tonnage Jump
15 Rosendal class Shuttle 95 tons J-0
15 Mineral class Cutter 50 tons J-0
15 Boquist class Pinnace 40 tons J-0
15 Versiil class Ship's Boat 30 tons J-0
15 Longliner's Launch 20 tons J-0
14 Horizon class Gig 20 tons J-0
13 Louis&Clark Fuel Pinnace 40 tons J-0
13 Scout Launch 20 tons J-0
10 Lifeboat 10 tons J-0
8 Inthe Modular Cutter 50 tons J-0

References and contributors[edit]

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