Orbital Complex

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Orbital Complexes are large artificial satellites, capable of sustaining life.

Please see the following AAB articles for more information:


Orbital complexes range in size from single stations up to large, sprawling cities. Complexes can be joined in a daisy-chain arrangement, or simply a group of closely proximate individual complexes in the same orbit. Three general size categories exist: orbital stations, orbital settlements, and orbital cities.

Ship Doctrine (Operations)[edit]

Orbital Complex Types
# Type Remarks
Orbital Station An Orbital Station is a single large satellite used as an orbital installation, with a permanent population in the tens. Often built as a modular unit, able to be expanded upon as necessary. Some standard station types include refueling station, communications station, research station, fighter base, peace monitor, civilian transfer station (for personnel and/or cargo), or drydock control centre. Possible at TL–7.
Orbital Settlement An Orbital Settlement is an open-cycle orbital station with a permanent population in the hundreds. Possible at TL–8.
Orbital City The largest of the orbital complexes, an Orbital City is a closed-cycle orbital station with a permanent population in the thousands. Possible at TL–9.

Representative Types[edit]

8 Representative Orbital Complexes (W) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
4-C/D class Automated Interdiction Satellite Third Imperium WP 14 300 0
Comstar class Commo Satellite Distant Fringe W 9 5 0
Congo class Cargo Barge Third Imperium W 9 50 0
Gaesh Prison Hulk Third Imperium WHP 15 1,200 0
Harbor class Orbital Station Distant Fringe W 11 95,000 0
Sanctuary class Sensor Buoy Distant Fringe W 11 50 0
Sentinel class Missile Platform Distant Fringe W 11 30 0
WP-768 class Jump Shuttle Third Imperium WP 12 200 2


Ship Type Notes
Gaesh Prison Hulk Prison Former warship

References and Contributors[edit]

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