Gaia class Luxury Liner

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Gaia class Luxury Liner
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: RT Liner
Also see Liner
Blueprint Yes
Canon Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 850 Tons
Cost MCr7194.407 (base)
MCr5755.5256 (qty)
Crew 157
Officers 32
Enlisted 125
Hardpoints 100
Hull Conical Hull
Jump J-2
Maneuver 3 G
Model Model/3
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 650 High/Med 400 Low
QSP Not applicable.
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 10000 Tons
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP RT–K223332–090000–80000-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Gaia class Luxury Liner is a large passenger starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Luxury Liner is a large commercial passenger transport commonly encountered along Star Lanes within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Luxury Liner 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-11 design.

Image Repository[edit]

J2 10000 dT Luxury Liner.jpg
A majestic Gaia class Luxury Liner.

General Description[edit]

The Gaia class Liner is a streamlined flattened cone with a mean diameter of 31 meters and a length of around 160 meters. Some sections are narrower and some are wider, giving it a total enclosed volume of approximately 135,000 cubic meters.

Fuel tanks wrap around the central and rear sections of the ship. The cargo hold includes the cryogenic (low berth) section. Working sections of the vessel such as the laundry, the galleys and general crew quarters are located aft. Senior officers are accommodated forward, close to the bridge, while stewards have rooms close to passenger cabins. Middle passage accommodations are found in the less desirable midsection of the vessel while first class cabins are traditionally forward, often with windows offering spectacular views. The main commercial strip and leisure facilities are located in the forward core regions and are focused on an open Atrium area capped with a spectacular domed ceiling.

Deck Plan liner 3.jpg
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.

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 Luxury Liner is constructed using a 10,000 dTon hull built in a generally conical configuration. The hull is fully streamlined, giving good atmospheric performance that is reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 157
  • x11 command, x20 engineering, x10 gunnery, and x30 service, of which x12 double up as flight crew for the small craft when required. In addition, the vessel carries x82 stewards and x4 medical staff.

Accommodations

There are 900 Staterooms.

  • x100 Staterooms are given over to crew quarters. The command crew (and any celebrities working aboard the ship) have individual cabins: all other quarters are double occupancy.
  • x650 Staterooms are available to passengers. The stewards attend to their needs.
  • The remaining x150 staterooms are fitted out as shops and boutiques, entertainment complexes, casinos, spas and gymnasiums, restaurants, cafes, and other similar amenities.

There are x400 Low Berths. The low berths are tended by the vessel's medical staff, assisted by properly trained stewards.

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

  • 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 DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-3 drive, and a Power Plant-3, giving performance of Jump-2, 3-G acceleration, and producing 300 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2 and an emergency agility of 3. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
  • The jump drive utilizes a hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/3 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/3 Computer.
5. Hardpoints x100 hardpoints.
  • The listed weapons systems are typical for the design. Alternative weaponry may be designated for specific routes.
  • There are 30 unused hardpoints and 30 dTons are set aside for fire control.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Luxury Liner is:

x30 triple Beam Laser turrets, forming three batteries each of 10 linked turrets

7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x40 triple Sandcaster turrets, forming four batteries each of 10 linked turrets

The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.

8. Craft Flight Section

The subcraft are housed in dedicated hangers located at strategic points around the vessel: the hangers can be sealed and have a total volume of 741 dTons.

9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 2,300 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr7,194.407
  • 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 MCr5,755.5256.
  • The vessel and its subcraft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 160 weeks (40 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 850 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, typically refrigeration.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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. Luxury Liners generally follow predetermined routes, often with extended layovers at locations to allow tourism and sightseeing. Liners of this type have been pressed into service as troop transports during conflicts.

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]

A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Gaia class.

They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics: the most notable of these "mirror" designs is the remarkably similar Olympian class Cruise Liner. Olympians and Gaians often directly compete on profitable routes. There is intense rivalry between individual vessels and their crews.

  • Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
  • Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their owners. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".

Some of the earliest versions of the design were known as the Horizon class, a name that has subsequently been reused on a smaller class of Passenger Liners.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Liner:

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  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