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|Merchant||Liner||Transport||Commercial Industrial||Commercial Ships||General||Research||Private||Auxiliary|| Orbital
- Ships by Function
- Starship User Types
- Advanced Ship Classifications
- Basic Ship Classifications
- Speed of Travel
- Jump Drive
A spaceship is a spacecraft without a jump drive. Spaceships are often carried on Starships for star system usage (e.g. Shuttles, Fighters), and are sometimes transported interstellar distances by a special starship constructed specifically for that purpose (e.g. Battle Rider, Battle Tender).
There is no question that a starship equipped with an FTL jump drive is vastly more capable than a spaceship limited to intrasystemic travel so why use them? The simple, direct answer is cost. Jump drives are prohibitively expensive and require advanced technology to maintain and operate. An interstellar polity can typically afford to operate several spaceships for every starship it employs.
Expected Technological Progression of This Vehicle Type
No information yet available.
- Picket Theory (Defense, Intel)
- Monitor Theory (Defense)
- System Defense Boat Theory (Defense)
- Battle Rider Theory (Offense)