Connestoga class Heavy Carrier
|Connestoga class Heavy Carrier|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: TB Transport|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr13365.276 (base)|
|Passengers||16 High/Med 300 Low|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Connestoga class Heavy Carrier is a mercantile starship.
It is a generic class of civilian vessel, the Heavy Carrier is a large commercial transport commonly encountered operating within clusters of stars within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- The vessel is a TL-10 design.
Basic Ship Characteristics
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. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage|| 45,000 tons.
The Heavy Carrier is constructed using a 45000 dTon hull built in a close structure configuration. The hull is sufficiently streamlined to allow gas giant refuelling: it is equipped with fuel scoops.
|2.||Crew|| xTBD crew.
The Heavy Carrier requires x193 crew: 23x command, 32x engineering, 24x gunnery, and 135x service, of which 33 double up as flight crew for the subcraft as required. In addition, the vessel carries 2x passenger stewards and a medic.
The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-1 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive, and a Power plant 1, giving performance of Jump-1 and 1G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. There is fuel tankage of 4950 dTons, sufficient for one Jump-1 and giving the power plant four weeks duration. The vessel is fitted with a purification plant.
|4.||Electronics|| Model/4 computer.
Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/4: the vessel carries an additional backup computer model/4. The vessel has a secure locker with a capacity of 2 dTons. There are 125 staterooms and 300 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all except the command crew. 16 staterooms are available to paying passengers. Cargo capacity amounts to 32000 dTons.
|6.||Armament|| The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
There are 250 unused hardpoints and 250 dTons is set aside for fire control.
|7.||Defenses||No information yet available.|
|8.||Craft||The ship carries two 1200 dTon Heavy Landers and a 40 dTon Ship’s Boat, each housed in a dedicated hangar.|
The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr12942.310.
|11.||Construction Time||TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.|
The Heavy Carrier is considered badly underpowered and suffers serious performance issues in a high gravity environment. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
No information yet available.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type TBD class Merchant Carrier
- Connestoga class Heavy Carrier
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