Lifeboat (ISW Period)
|Type: UL Lifeboat|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 24 Low|
|Tech Level||TL–10 (GTL)|
|No internal life support|
The Lifeboat (ISW Period) is one of many production variants exist in both Imperial and Terran vessels. This design was generally for smaller ships; larger ships often had especially designed lifeboats.
Normal capacity is 22 low berths, the last 2 berths reserved for the crew. When in use, the lifeboat generally had low power usage, a distress beacon and minimal power allocated to the low berths and computer. When the 2 days of internally stored air was exhausted, the crew would take the last 2 low berths.
With no air lock, the lifeboat cannot take on more passengers in space or in hostile atmospheres unless everyone is in protective gear (a usual precaution on commercial ships is to have passengers wear Vacc suits during high stress maneuvers).
One of the most common lifeboats used throughout the Imperium is the KSbA Model A-23, manufactured by Kaufmann Sternschiffbau Amt.
The TL–8 craft masses 19.6 metric tons and is capable of carrying three conscious passengers (including pilot) and an additional twenty in five cold sleep berths, for a total of twenty-three passengers.
The Model A-23 incorporates an ablative heat shield and simple retro-rocket for atmospheric entry under most conditions. In addition, fuel sufficient for a soft landing under all but the most extreme gravities and a parasail landing parachute permit a reasonable last minute choice of landing sites. A combination of extremely simple controls and a small on board auto-pilot allow even the most inexperienced small craft pilots a good chance of safe planet fall.
The Model A-23 lifeboat costs Cr14,000,000.