Ramscoop Jumpship

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A ramscoop jumpship is designed to gather interstellar hydrogen before and after a jump. In theory, if such a ship could operate efficiently, it would never need to refuel at a gas giant or starport and would have essentially limitless range. The ship's disadvantage is that it takes many weeks of constant acceleration on maneuver drives to gather enough hydrogen for a jump.

The best-known example is the experimental craft Exatar Class Ramscoop Jumpship. (see Exatar Project), designed in -248 by the Interstellar Confederacy

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