Sentinel class Missile Platform

From Traveller Wiki - Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far future
Jump to: navigation, search
Sentinel class Missile Platform
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
Distant Fringe object.
Type: WA Artificial Satellite
Agility TBD
Also see Satellites
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 0 Tons
Cost MCr60.570 (base)
MCr48.456 (qty)
Crew 0 (automated)
Officers 0
Enlisted 0
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull [[Cylinder Hull]]
Illustration No
IOC No information yet available.
Jump J-0
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/3 fib
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 2 High/Med 0 Low
QSP W-3C10
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 30 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Partially Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP WA–03014C0–B00000–00002-0
This spacecraft is designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Sentinel class Missile Platform is a satellite.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Missile Platform is designed to be a highly survivable orbital weapons platform. Although it is primarily a defense installation, it serves in a secondary role as a communications relay. Its powerful onboard sensor array may occasionally be used as a scientific observatory, typically monitoring weather patterns and stellar conditions. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The platform is a TL-11 design.

Image Repository[edit]

J0 30dT Missile Platform.jpg
A Sentinel class Missile Platform.

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The Missile Platform is constructed using a 30 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.
  • Individual sections of the platform are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There is one airlock, giving access to the operations section. Armored doors give access to the missile loading bay.
  • The platform has sturdy retractable legs, allowing it to stand on level surfaces such as decks.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 0 (...the Platform is automated).

A cramped operations compartment contains facilities for 2 maintenance technicians. Such personnel carry out occasional duties such as refueling, routine maintenance, refreshing onboard supplies, applying software updates and hardware upgrades, and downloading collected data.

  • Gunnery crews may occasionally be stationed aboard the platform. This is an unpopular duty.

Accommodations
x2 Small Staterooms.

  • These are provided for use by maintenance or gunnery crews.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the platform.
  • There are x2 emergency lockers.
3. Performance The platform mounts a Maneuver-1 drive and a Power Plant-4, giving performance of up to 1-G acceleration (though generally the drives are only used for orbital positioning) and producing 1.2 Energy Points. The Platform has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 7 weeks duration at full combat output: the platform generally operates in a reduced power mode, increasing its endurance exponentially.
  • The engineering section is controlled by the computer or from the operations compartment. Access to the machinery can be gained via a pressure-tight hatch.
4. Electronics The operations compartment contains x2 acceleration couches and control equipment. The platform is run by a largely autonomous Model/3fib Computer: no backup computer is installed.
  • There are multiple control points throughout the platform.
  • The platform is fitted with communications equipment and an advanced sensor array.
    • More sensitive instruments, such as the neutrino sensors, are mounted on a long boom to hold them clear of the platform and any potential interference that it may generate. Other sensor systems are mounted internally, protected by the hull.
    • It is fitted with backup commo and sensor systems.
  • It is equipped with an ECM package and Jamming Equipment.
  • It has a transponder unit that can be deactivated on command.
5. Hardpoints 1 hardpoint.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Missile Platform is:

x1 triple Missile turret, forming its own battery. These are operated by the onboard computer as necessary.

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 2 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the platform is MCr60.570.
  • The platform is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the platforms in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price of each unit to MCr48.456.
11. Construction Time 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments The platform includes an armored missile magazine with a capacity of 1 dTon.

The Missile Platform is operated by an autonomous Model/3fib Computer. It relies in its advanced sensors and threat analysis algorithms to assess potential dangers and deal with them accordingly.

  • The platform is capable of locking itself down in an emergency.
  • The operations compartment and engineering section may not be accessed without the appropriate protocols and security clearances.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Missile Platform is representative of designs used throughout the Distant Fringe. While it is relatively expensive, it is extremely rugged and durable. Large numbers of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted missile complement and the onboard electronics.

  • Missile Platforms are generally deployed in small groups, relaying data between each unit.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

A number of companies manufacture weapons platforms equivalent to the Sentinel class. They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics.

  • Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
  • Individual examples of the class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

SatellitesSpace Stations:

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This article has Metadata
62px-Information icon.svg.png This article is missing content for one or more detailed sections. Additional details are required to complete the article. You can help the Traveller Wiki by expanding it.

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. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.