Sentinel class Missile Platform
|Sentinel class Missile Platform|
Distant Fringe object.
|Type: WA Artificial Satellite|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr60.570 (base)|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|IOC||No information yet available.|
|Passengers||2 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||Ade Alagoric Stewart|
|Streamlining||Partially Streamlined Hull|
|This spacecraft is designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
The Sentinel class Missile Platform is a satellite.
- It is a paramilitary ship and a small craft.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
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.
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 craft) 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 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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Missile Platform 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 2 dTons.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the platform is MCr60.570.
|11.||Construction Time|| 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||The platform includes an armored missile magazine with a capacity of 1 dTon.
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
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
- Type W class Orbital Facility
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