Kugashin class Laboratory Ship
|Kugashin class Laboratory Ship|
Kugashin class Laboratory Ship
|Type: LS Laboratory Ship|
|Crew||10: Captain, Pilot, Navigator, Sensor Operator, Comm Operator, Medic, 3 Engineers, Small-Craft Pilot, plus 10-20 scientists/lab techs|
|Passengers||20 High/Med 4 Low|
|Classic Traveller core ship design.|
- 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.
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
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.||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)
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
- Type L class Laboratory Ship
References & Contributors (Sources)
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- Rob Caswell, William W. Connors, Joe Fugate, Gary L. Thomas. Starship Operator's Manual (Digest Group Publications, 1988), 58.
- GURPS Traveller
- GURPS Traveller: Starships
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science