Planetoid Hull

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A Planetoid Hull is a kind of ship structure, fuselage, chassis, or hull.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

A Planetoid Hull is a hull constructed from a small planetoid that has laser-tunneled interior for drives, crew, and payload. It is a relatively inexpensive hull with very strong structural properties. It is unsuited for most world landings.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. Planetoid Hulls are a cheap and common hull type.
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CBPUSAL Function Designation Streamlining Spectrum[edit]

The Imperial Ship Builders Association (ISBA) qualifies modern naval hulls across this spectrum:

  1. C. Cluster. An accumulation of compartments.
  2. B. Braced Cluster. Structured for higher acceleration.
  3. P. Planetoid. A hollowed nickel-iron asteroid.
  4. U. Unstreamlined. Protrusions increase drag.
  5. S. Streamlined. Cowlings and fairings decrease drag.
  6. A. Airframe. Winged for performance in atmosphere.
  7. L. Lifting Body. Radically streamlined lifting-surfaces.

Special Variant: Buffered Planetoid Hull[edit]

A Buffered Planetoid Hull is similar to a standard planetoid hull with the difference that extra bracing is installed allowing for stronger durability and better performance capabilities. They are common enough that they warrant their own hull category.

Special Variant: Icy Asteroid Hulls[edit]

Icy Asteroid Hulls are an exotic sort of planetoid hull with shortcomings considered by many to be less desirable than standard metallic meteors. Such hulls tend to lose mass depending on their proximity to a star. However, some sophont species have found ways to make the technology work. They are relatively rare and are considered a subclass of the planetoid hull classification.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Planetoid Hulls are defined by their use of a planetoid or asteroid as the primary hull structure. They typically make use of metallic meteors although other kinds of planetoids may be used.

Special Planetoid Vessels of Note[edit]

Legends of the Sky Raiders - Sky Raiders: During the early stages of the First Imperium the Loeskalth culture absorbed a great deal of science and technology indirectly from the Vilani and founded a small empire which embraced, at its height, most of their home subsector. [1]

About -4200, the Vilani consolidation destroyed the Loeskalth Empire and absorbed the civilization into the mainstream of Vilani culture. An aggressive and warlike race, the Loeskalth resisted but were ultimately overwhelmed. [2]

Recent evidence has shown that the last pocket of Loeskalth resistance built a large asteroid starship which set off on a sublight voyage across the Great Rift after the final Vilani triumph. The descendants of the refugees on this ship later became the so-called Sky Raiders. [3]

Selected Craft Using Planetoid Hulls[edit]

14 Representative Buffered Planetoid Hull configuration ships

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Canon
Defender class Planetoid Monitor HMP 9,000 9 Distant Fringe 6 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Guardian class Asteroid Monitor HMPL 1,000 12 Geonee Confederation 1 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hive Protector class System Defense Boat HSDB 49,000 10 Maskai Empire 5 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hukkert class Monitor HMP 50,000 12 Anubian Trade Coalition 6 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor HMVL 1,000 8 Winston Democracy 4 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Methuselah class System Defense Monitor HMS 750,000 12 Caliphate of Estalia 3 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mossip class Destroyer Escort DE 1,000 13 Mnemosyne Principality 4 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Obsidian class Asteroid Monitor HMP 22,800 12 Federation of Alsas 1 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Peset class Asteroid Monitor HMPL 1,000 11 Rimward Federation 2 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Quesha FR-6 class Buffered Asteroid Monitor HMPL 68,600 11 Sorority of Hygiea 2 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Rull class Light Cruiser CL 49,000 10 Mnemosyne Principality 1 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
System Defense Brick class Defense Drone UDQ 10 12 Second Imperium 7 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Temarn class Asteroid Monitor HMP 20,000 11 Yimin Jiti 2 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Uffan class Monitor HML 4,000 9 Uffan Strategic Space Forces 1 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


16 Representative Planetoid Hull configuration ships

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Canon
Ancona class Destroyer DD 6,000 12 Glenauran Signatorate 3 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Caccil class Merchant TM 100,000 16 Aakho Pantocracy 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor HMP 50,000 15 Third Imperium 6 0 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Express Rock class Mail Drone XC 100 11 GeDeCo 0 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Fuelbag class Fuel Depot Drone UDX 10 12 Second Imperium 1 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Ice Rock class Asteroid Tanker QU 980,000 15 Third Imperium 3 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Icepick class Fuel/Ice Harvesting Drone UDF 10 12 Second Imperium 7 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Ixobis class Dreadnought BDN 200,000 13 Marlan Primate 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mint class Mining Drone UDG 10 12 Second Imperium 1 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Pallad class Asteroid Scout SP 200 15 Third Imperium 2 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Planetoid Hauler class Cargo Ship WBC 990 9 Terra 1 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Sable class Heavy System Defense Monitor HMP 99,000 13 Strend Cluster 2 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
SH2K Frost G class Medium Asteroid Monitor HMP 20,000 11 Sorority of Hygiea 3 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
SH7K Fromaag class Heavy Asteroid Monitor HMP 70,000 11 Sorority of Hygiea 4 0 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Starbelt class Fleet Tender VTF 50,000 11 Trindel Confederacy 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type M2M class Planetoid Battle Station HMP 5,000 10 Queendom Remnants 1 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


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.

  1. J. Andrew Keith. Fate of the Sky Raiders (FASA, 1982), 58.
  2. J. Andrew Keith. Fate of the Sky Raiders (FASA, 1982), 58,59.
  3. J. Andrew Keith. Fate of the Sky Raiders (FASA, 1982), 58,59.