Kugashin class Laboratory Ship

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Kugashin class Laboratory Ship
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Kugashin class Laboratory Ship
Type: LS Laboratory Ship
Also see
Blueprint {{{blueprint}}}
Canon {{{canon}}}
Cargo 31 Tons
Cost MCr72.8
Crew 10: Captain, Pilot, Navigator, Sensor Operator, Comm Operator, Medic, 3 Engineers, Small-Craft Pilot, plus 10-20 scientists/lab techs
Officers 8
Enlisted 2
Hardpoints 2
Hull {{{hull}}}
Jump J-2
Maneuver 1.2 G
Model TBD
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 20 High/Med 4 Low
QSP {{{QSP}}}
Reference {{{ref}}}
Size 400 Tons
Streamlining {{{aerodynam}}}
Tech Level TL–13
USP TBD
Classic Traveller core ship design.

The Kugashin class Laboratory Ship is an upgraded version of the venerable Lavalier class Laboratory Ship.

  • Using a 400-ton hull, the Kugashin class (also called the Type L) is a mobile research and development station used for routine commercial experimentation.
  • An older version is the Lavalier class Laboratory Ship.
  • It is an ordinarily unarmed civilian ship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The lab ship is built as a ring structure which is rotated to provide centrifugal gravity simulation. Although the standard grav plates and inertial compensators are installed, they may be turned off and centrifugal force used instead in order to remove grav forces as a variable in experiments.

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]
#. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage 400 tons. The ship is unstreamlined.
2. Crew 10 crew. The lab ship requires a crew of ten: captain, pilot, small-craft pilot, navigator, medic, and three engineers. Gunners may be added to the crew if the ship is armed. Additional crew are carried to execute the research functions.
3. Performance It has a performance of Jump-2 and 1.2-G acceleration. There is fuel tankage for 90 tons, sufficient to supply the power plant and one Jump-2.
4. Electronics A computer Model/2 with software package is installed adjacent to the bridge.
5. Hardpoints 2 hardpoints (4 possible). Two drive pods are mounted on the rings and contain drives and the power plant; on the forward face of the pods are hardpoints for the turret weaponry if called for.
6. Armament One turret is installed, but no weaponry; two tons of space have been reserved for later installation of fire control equipment for the ship's two hardpoints.
7. Defenses There are no standard defenses equipped.
8. Craft The ship carries one 40-ton fuel skimmer and two air/rafts. Two air/rafts are carried in compartments on the ring hull. They provide access to world surfaces, both for specimen gathering and for routine errands. The 40-ton fuel skimmer is carried at the end of a central spoke, making mating easy even if the ring is rotating.
9. Fuel Treatment Refueling: Since the lab ship is unstreamlined, and cannot skim fuel itself, this task falls to the 40-ton fuel skimmer. It is assigned the routine of skimming fuel from a gas giant and ferrying it to the ship. On worlds with refined fuel available, the skimmer ferries the fuel from the starport to the lab ship.
10. Cost The ship costs MCr72.8.
11. Construction Time It takes 16 months to construct.
12. Comments Cargo capacity is 31 tons. The ship comes equipped with 10 laboratory modules, of types specified by the purchaser. There are twenty staterooms and 1 low berth.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Operations: Typically, a lab ship will be purchased (or chartered) and assigned to a specific system or world for a series of research projects. After jumping to the system, the ship takes up orbit and begins its regimen of experiments. Lab ships are capable of moving great distances, but generally take up station and remain in one place for long periods of time. The air/rafts are used for routine transport while the fuel skimmer is used for heavier work or missions requiring greater speed. The ship itself has minor thrusters positioned along the ring allowing for rotation as desired.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Some of the best known and most widely produced versions of this ship include:
Laboratory Ship:

  1. Type L class Laboratory Ship
    1. Calipso class Laboratory Ship
    2. Ciri class Laboratory Ship
    3. Hkiyrerao class Laboratory Ship
    4. Kugashin class Laboratory Ship
    5. Kurgilash class Medical Scout
    6. Lavalier class Laboratory Ship

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.