Prospector Vessel

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A J-class Prospector Vessel is a specialized vessel that surveys systems for valuable resources.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Prospector vessels are an important part of the economy as they do survey work, identify valuable resources, seek out accessible stockpiles, and later redirect significant mining and processing assets to the largest and most promising mineral and/or other valuable resources.

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Prospectors and seekers perform the following missions:

  1. Resource Prospecting
  2. Resource Recovery ("Mining")
  3. Resource Surveying
  4. Other specialized uses

They are noncombatants and are not intended to do anything other than run from hostiles.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Prospectors AKA Seekers typically serve the following roles:

  1. Asteroid Miner (JB)
  2. Belter Craft (JB)
  3. Belter Ship (JB)
  4. Mining Vessel (JM)
  5. Prospector Vessel (J) (Namesake)
  6. Resource Hunter (JM)
  7. Resource Scout (JM)
  8. Seeker (J)
  9. Survey Scout (LU)
  10. Survey Ship (LU)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

J-class Prospector Vessel Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Prospector Vessel AKA Seeker J TBD class Prospector Vessel None
  • J = ramJet ( early reaction drive used by many of the earliest asteroid prospectors)
Belter Craft JB TBD class Prospector Vessel None
  • B = Belter
Mining Vessel JM TBD class Prospector Vessel None
  • M = Mining
Survey Vessel LU TBD class Prospector Vessel Survey scouts and other science vessels often perform the first data assays of a system, which later attract an array of prospecting, seeking, and belter attention. The missions of survey vessels and prospecting vessels overlap.
  • L = Laboratory
  • U = sUrvey
NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

While all Prospectors are Belters, not all Belters are Prospectors, as it is a Prospector who identifies suitable targets for later Asteroid Miners.

At minimum, a Propsector needs a way to get to their target asteroids, a way of assessing them and a way of recording their finds. These things are true whether the Prospector is a lone independant, or part of a Megacorporate survey team.

Generally, Prospectors operate small spaceships or starships, going from rock to rock. Sometimes, Prospectors are dropped off by their mothership, and then survey the rock operating out of temporary shelters on the asteroid itself, with the mothership returning once the survey is complete. This allows multiple teams of belters to operate out of one mothership, allowing gains in economy.

While more expensive, jump capable starships enable encounters with pirates to be avoided, making Prospecting a much safer operation. Many Prospectors use modified IISS Type S scouts, usually referred to as 'Seekers', as the IISS sensor package and robust life support and engineering systems are particularily suited to several month long survey expiditions.

Assessment is done by a combination of sensors, scientific instruments and samples for later analysis by better equipment. Part of the skill of a Prospector is knowing what to survey, where and for how long - an experienced Prospector knows when to look for veins of intrusive material, when to sample randomly in a homogenous body and when to abandon an unprofitable rock for another target.

Generally speaking, Prospectors simply record the location and orbit of their surveyed asteroids, as this will allow the target to be located at a future time. Sometimes, beacons are placed on particular rocks, but this is more commonly done to denote asteroids as the legal property of some entity. Some belters broadcast their results to base, but this is unusual in less secure Outsystems, as it may alert Pirates or claim jumpers to the presence of the Belter.

Imperial systems often require a Belter to lodge a temporary survey claim on the asteroids proposed to be surveyed. This claim is generally for 90 days, and then either has to be upgraded to a more expensive Exploitation Licence or abandoned.

Some Prospectors operate without ever entering their target system, by taking existing surveys and applying new techniques, or looking for now in-demand metals or compounds. Generally, once potentially profitable target is found, another Prospector is hired to resurvey the target asteroid and confirm the results. This technique extensively applied by Imperial Megacorporations, who in some systems have series of survey results stretching back hundreds of years.

Prospectors can also operate on planetary surfaces.

Typical Resource Exploitation Process[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Vessel - Seeker / Prospector - Imperial Space:

  1. Type J class Seeker
    1. Arzhent class Prospector/Surveyor
    2. Jackie class Seeker
    3. Khazad class Seeker
    4. Kteiroa class Seeker
    5. Seeker class Asteroid Prospector
    6. Udzuekh class Mining Vessel

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

10 Representative Prospector Vessel (J) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Arzhent class Prospector/Surveyor J 180 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jackie class Seeker J 100 ACS 12 Third Imperium TBD TBD Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Khazad class Seeker J X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kteiroa class Seeker J 200 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 2 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Seeker class Asteroid Prospector J 100 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type J class Seeker J 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VJ class Seeker JV 200 ACS X Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Udzuekh class Mining Vessel JV 400 ACS 11 Vargr Extents 2 1 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
VCS 891 class Resource Scout J 100 ACS 10 Viyard Concourse 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zukseg class Seeker J 200 ACS X Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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