Hercules class Commercial Tender
|Hercules class Commercial Tender|
Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
|Type: GE Tender|
|Cost|| MCr2043.918 (base)|
|Passengers||56 High/Med 100 Low|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
It is a generic class of civilian vessel, the Commercial Tender is a commercial transport typically encountered operating within clusters of stars within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Non-Mercantile Commercial Ship 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.
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|1.||Tonnage||The Commercial Tender is constructed using a 3,500 dTon hull built in a generally conical configuration. The hull is fully streamlined, giving good atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew|| x44 personnel.
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-2 drive, and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of Jump-2 and 2-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 computer: the vessel has a backup Model/2 computer.|
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Commercial Tender is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is unarmored.|
|8.||Craft|| Commercial Hangers
Internal commercial hanger space amounts to 1100 dTons. Ships berthing within the hanger require their displacement tonnage x1.1 in terms of space: ships of greater than 500 dTons are generally unable to enter the hanger due to size restrictions.
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1,170 dTons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr2,043.918|
|11.||Construction Time|| 84 weeks (21 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 66 dTons, though hanger space may be used to store cargo.|
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. The vessel uses the same basic hull as the Provincial Freighter.
- Vessels of this type are employed in the Recovery Trade.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science