Sanctuary class Sensor Buoy
|Sanctuary class Sensor Buoy|
Distant Fringe object.
|Type: WA Artificial Satellite|
|Also see||Artificial Satellite|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr79.950 (base)|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|IOC||No information yet available.|
|Passengers||4 High/Med 0 Low|
|Streamlining||Partially Streamlined Hull|
|This spacecraft is designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
The Sanctuary class Sensor Buoy is a satellite.
- It is a paramilitary ship and a small craft.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
The Sensor Buoy is designed to be highly survivable and is used in a variety of roles. Most typically it is positioned in a stable orbit around a world and serves as a communications relay and observation satellite, typically monitoring weather patterns and stellar conditions – some units are employed as astronomical observatories. It contains an intrinsic emergency shelter and is capable of defending itself. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- The platform is a TL-11 design.
Basic Ship Characteristics
Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Sensor Buoy is constructed using a 50 dTon hull built in a generally cylindrical configuration. The hull is partially streamlined, giving a relatively limited atmospheric performance that is reliant on its onboard gravitic systems: the structure rarely leaves its orbital position.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: x0
|3.||Performance|| The platform mounts a Maneuver-1 drive and a Power Plant-6, giving performance of up to 1-G acceleration and producing 3 Energy Points, though generally the drives are only used for orbital positioning. The platform has an agility rating of 1. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 8 weeks duration at full output: the platform generally operates in a reduced power mode, increasing its endurance exponentially.
|4.||Electronics|| A cramped control room contains two operators acceleration couches and numerous control panels. It is equipped with a Model/2 Computer: there is a second computer that serves as a backup and provides additional data storage. The computers are able to run the platform entirely autonomously, relying on the onboard sensors and threat analysis algorithms to assess potential dangers and deal with them accordingly.
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Sensor Buoy is:|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is heavily plated and structurally reinforced, giving it an armor rating of 11.
The platform is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|8.||Craft||The platform carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The platform has internal fuel tankage of 4 dTons.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the platform is MCr79.950.
|11.||Construction Time|| 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments|| Emergency Shelter
The main control room and engineering section may not be accessed without the appropriate protocols and security clearances.
- Sensor buoys are generally deployed in small groups, relaying data between each unit.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type W class Orbital Facility
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
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