Fearless class Assault Transport

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Fearless class Assault Transport
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Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type: TA Auxiliary
Also see Spaceplane
Blueprint No
Canon No
Cargo 70 Tons
Cost MCr185.950 (base)
MCr148.760 (qty)
Crew 7
Officers 2
Enlisted 5
Hardpoints 3
Hull Conical Hull
Jump J-0
Maneuver 5 G
Model Model/2
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP TA-3A50
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 300 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–10
USP TA–3605520–750000–00002-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Fearless class Assault Transport is a transport spaceplane bigcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Assault Transport is a solid, reliable vessel designed to transport vehicles, supplies, and equipment into dangerous areas. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL-10 design.

Image Repository[edit]

J0 300dT Assault Transport.jpg
A Fearless class Assault Transport.

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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 subcraft) 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 / Hull The Fearless class is constructed using a 300 dTon hull built in a flattened sphere-shaped configuration. The hull has an airframe construction and has airfoil surfaces, giving improved atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There are multiple airlocks located around the vessel. The cargo hold is accessed by doors and has a loading ramp.
  • The vessel has sturdy retractable legs, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: x7

Accommodations
There are x7 Staterooms.

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

  • The vessel has a secure locker with a capacity of 1 dTon.
  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Maneuver-5 drive and a Power Plant-5, giving performance of 5-G acceleration and producing 15 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 5. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: a backup Model/2 Computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x3 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific missions.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for an Assault Transport is:

x1 triple Missile turret, forming its own battery.

7. Defenses The hull is plated and structurally reinforced, with an armor rating of 7.

x2 triple Sandcaster turrets, grouped into one battery of 2 linked turrets

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 15 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr185.950.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price per unit to MCr148.760.
  • The vessel is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 56 weeks (14 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional shipyard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments Standard cargo capacity amounts to 70 dTons.
  • The cargo hold can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.
  • Sections of the hold may be isolated if desired and can be provided with specialized environmental conditions.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Fearless class is an interface craft primarily designed to carry vehicles and equipment between close orbit and a worlds surface. It is also used as an in-system transport, carrying equipment and supplies to secondary worlds within a system. 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.

Assault Transports may be deployed by vessels such as the Marius class Ship Transporter.

Distant Fringe Vessels[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Auxiliary - Interface Craft - Spaceplane

Merchant Vessel - Transport

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.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak