Star Rider class Experimental Transport

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Star Rider class Experimental Transport
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TBD
Type: ZVE Experimental Transport
Agility X
Also see Special Mission Ship - Carrier Prototype
Architect TBD
Blueprint No
Canon Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cargo 65.0 Tons
Cost MCr32,510.05
Crew 403
Enlisted X
Officers X
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 500
Hull TBD Hull
Illustration No
IOC Unknown
Jump J-4
Maneuver 3 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines X
Model Model/TBD
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP TBD
Reference TBD
Size 50,000 Tons
Size-cat BCS
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–14
USP TBD
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Star Rider class Experimental Transport is a heavy warship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Star Rider was a prototype ship constructed for the Imperial Navy by the shipbuilding firm of DDD&S. Laid down in 982, and launched in 985, the Star Rider was intended to function as a bridge between the concepts of cruisers and escort tenders. Fully armed as a cruiser class ship, the Star Rider was designed to carry up to 15 smaller vessels of up to 600 tons (SDB type, primarily) in size in large cargo bays.

The concept failed to translate well to the realities of naval warfare and the Star Rider failed its acceptability trials at Ultraneta (Old Expanses 1213). Once it was proved that neither the cruiser armament or the carried vessels were sufficient for the problems of modern naval combat, the Star Rider series was cancelled. The prototype was completed and put in service by the Navy, however, as a third-line ship transport. In this capacity it proved extremely successful in the years prior to the Solomani Rim War.

Before and during the war, the Star Rider performed excellent service by shuttling SDBs and picket boats into or out of threatened systems. In most cases this was done only when no opposition was present; in 998, however, at the Battle of Shenk, the Star Rider and a handful of supporting ships were caught by surprise by a Solomani incursion. In the battle Star Rider held out stubbornly with meager support until all non-jump-capable vessels in the Imperial Squadron could be taken on board and escape maneuvers undertaken. The ship took a great deal of damage, but jumped successfully. The gallant action against great odds caught the public imagination.

At the conclusion of the war, a cost-conscious Navy placed Star Rider in ordinary service; in 1091, during a thorough renovation of fleet elements, it was decided to scrap the obsolete, one-of-a-kind vessel.

On Shenk (Old Expanses 1128), historians heard of the decision and did everything possible on attempts to save the ship. They first tried to convince the Admiralty to declare the ship a historical treasure and naval museum; this was ignored by bureaucrats more concerned with the budgets than with sentiment. But the historians launched a fund-raising drive and lobbied successfully to have the government of Shenk convert Star Rider into an orbital museum commemorating the battle.

Funds were barely sufficient to purchase the ship. The Duke of Galiano came to their aid making basic repairs and recruiting a skeleton crew to bring the ship to Shenk. As a part of the deal, Star Rider stopped at Galiano (Old Expanses 1519) on the way from the naval yard at Ultraneta to Shenk, and was used there as part of the Centennial Commemoration of the Rim War. The Duke of Galiano issued his famous "Imperial Triumphs" speech from the bridge of the Star Rider in orbit.

Finally heading for its last home, Star Rider suffered a collision with the Far Trader Proloth with all hands lost.

Image Repository[edit]

No information yet available.

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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 subcraft) 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 / Hull TBD tons.
2. Crew xTBD crew.
3. Performance / Engineering Propulsion:
4. Main Section / Electronics Model/TBD fib ship computer.
5. Hardpoints xTBD hardpoints.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • No information yet available.
7. Defenses Defensive Equipment:
8. Craft / Drones TBD
9. Fuel Treatment TBD
10. Cost MCrTBD.
11. Construction Time TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.
12. Remarks Other Equipment:

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

In Class: 1.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Warship - Carrier - Prototype Ship:

  1. Type Z class Special Mission Ship
    1. Star Rider class Experimental Transport

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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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.