Marrel Veckor class Lifeboat
|Marrel Veckor class Lifeboat|
Bright Conclave vessel.
|Type: U Smallcraft|
|Canon||Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr9.7 (base)|
|IOC||No information yet available.|
|Passengers||17 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||Ron Kline Design|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
The Marrel Veckor class Lifeboat is a noncombatant smallcraft with a utility role.
The Marrel Vektor class is designed to transport passengers in a variety of circumstances. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled. The design is officially designated as a Lifeboat but also serves as a general utility craft.
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) when necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Marrel Vektor is constructed using a 20 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving improved atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: 1
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a Maneuver-2 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2-G acceleration and producing 0.4 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant approximately 13 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||The cockpit contains x2 acceleration couches and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/1 Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament||The Marrel Veckor class is generally unarmed.|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1.3 dTon.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr9.700.
|11.||Construction Time|| 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Cargo capacity amounts to 5.5 dTons.|
An ubiquitous design used throughout the Distant Fringe, the Marrel Vektor class is durable and reliable. Its small size makes it a popular subcraft for smaller starships. 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.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Marrel Veckor class. They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics.
- Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
- Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their first crew, though from a list of approved options. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type U class Auxiliary
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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), Captain, and Lead Naval Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr. of the Imperial Navy
- 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