Long-Range Pattern Starship

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Long-Range Pattern Starship: A designation applied to starships within the Distant Fringe region: vessels fitted with additional permanent internal hydrogen fuel tanks.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Starships are limited by the performance of DeVoss-type jump drives - the so-called Jump-2 Barrier.

Long-range vessels typically carry adequate fuel to perform two (or more) jumps and to support the power plant for up to six weeks. Conventional vessels, conversely, carry only enough fuel to perform a single jump. Drop-tanks or collapsible fuel tanks may be carried by long-range ships (making them X-Range vessels) to further increase their range.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Long-Range vessels are less efficient in terms of revenue generated per ton of displacement volume. A significant part of their internal volume is dedicated to fuel storage rather than being available as useable cargo storage. Their primary use is to bridge 3 parsec (or greater) gaps, effectively circumventing the jump-2 limitation on DeVoss Drives.

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