Planetoid

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Planetoids are the worldlets of a Belt. The Population, Government, and Law Level represent the general level throughout the Belt. TINY

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Generally any object less than 500 kilometers in diameter is considered to be a planetoid, although it may be called a moon if it is a satellite of a planet.

  • For the purposes of distinction, the term asteroid belt is used to describe a planetoid belt which forms the main "world" in a stellar system.

Planetary Characteristics[edit]

The term planetoid belt refers to a belt of minor planets when another belt or world is the main world in a system.

  • Asteroid and planetoid belts typically hold between 1,000 and 10,000 asteroids or planetoids each.

Probably Planetary Orbit & Climate[edit]

No information yet available.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Planetoids generally cluster together in planetoid belts which encircle a star.

  • These belts have a number of possible origins. For example, a planet may have failed to coalesce during the formation of its star system. It is also possible that a planet has been torn apart by tidal forces, leaving a path of scattered debris.

Planetoid Hulls[edit]

Some classes of spacecraft utilize planetoids as hulls: these are noted as being Planetoid or Buffered Planetoid vessels. Denser nickel-iron planetoids are preferred, though some vessels use carbonaceous bodies. Most commonly, a chunk of material of a suitable size, density and internal structure is cut from a larger donor planetoid body. It is then towed to a shipyard and hollowed out, typically through the use of fusion tunneling.

  • Only a limited percentage of the volume of a planetoid hull is usable: the remainder forms the structure of the hull. However, this structure affords the vessel integral armor. A Buffered Planetoid retains more of its natural structure, giving it better armor.

The surface of the planetoid vessel may be sculpted. This may be done to give the vessel a more conventional layout, particularly if it is to be carried aboard a larger vessel such as a Carrier or a Fleet Tender. A planetoid ship may also be sculpted to disguise it, making it seem like a natural body.

Final War Artifacts[edit]

Finally, many belts in and around the Third Imperium were formed by "planet-buster" weapons used in the Final War. These weapons used technologies with capabilities far beyond anything that TL-15 science can produce. It is widely thought that highly advanced antimatter weapons might have been one of those technologies.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.