Star class Armored Merchant

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Star class Armored Merchant
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Published, canon starship design.
Type: MA Armored Merchant
Also see
Architect William H. Keith, Jr.
Blueprint Yes
Canon {{{canon}}}
Cargo 50 Tons
Cost MCr135.36
Crew 8
Officers TBD
Enlisted TBD
Era {{{era}}}
Hardpoints 3
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration Yes
Jump J-3
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines TBD
Model TBD
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 8 High/Med 10 Low
Reference TBD
Size 300 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining {{{aerodynam}}}
Tech Level TL–15
Star class Armored Merchant

The Star class Armored Merchant is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Star class Armored Merchant is a fairly uncommon merchant ship found throughout Charted Space.

Using a 300-ton flattened cone hull (to provide better stabilization during atmospheric flight), the Star class armored merchant is capable of Jump-3 and 1G maneuver. The fuel tank is 99 tons, providing unlimited maneuvering and a 100-day range. The ship has fuel scoops installed for skimming gas giants and a purification plant to refine the fuel. Both of these are mounted in two three meter tall pods, one to port and one to starboard of the main deck.

The Star class merchant is 42 meters long, with a width of 27 meters tapering to 3 meters at the bow. Inertial compensators and an adjustable 0G to 2G floor field are installed. The bridge has a Model 2/fib optic computer installed.

The Star class has 13 staterooms, five reserved for the crew, although if no gunners are carried two more staterooms may be available for passengers. Ten low berths also carry passengers. The crew consists of a pilot/captain, a navigator, an engineer, a chief steward, a medic (who may also double as a steward), a chief gunner, and two gunners, one of whom may double as steward instead of the medic.

A standard Air/Raft is carried for ground transport duties. Cargo capacity is 50.0 tons.

Standard weapon installation is two triple beam turrets installed on the same pods as the fuel scoops. A chin mounted triple missile launcher is armed from an ordinance locker located just above it.

History & Background / Dossier[edit]

Variants: The most notable variant of the Star class is a more specialized version. Dual fusion gun turrets replace the triple laser turrets. The computer is upgraded to a model3/fib. This variation is commonly used in the squadron supply role.

Naming: Early ships in the Star class took the names of different types of stars like pulsar, neutron, red giant, and white dwarf. Later ships in the class were named after actual stars.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Tramp Liner:
Free Trader / Tramp Liner:

  1. Type A class Free Trader
    1. Alexandria class Free Trader
    2. Basil class Merchant
    3. Beowulf class Free Trader
    4. Moraine class Free Trader
    5. Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader
    6. Type A-J2 class Free Trader
    7. Type A-P class Free Trader

Far Trader:

  1. Type A1 class Far Trader
  2. Type A2 class Far Trader
    1. Avian class Far Trader
    2. Empress Marava class Far Trader
    3. Garu class Far Trader
    4. Hero class Far Trader
    5. Jayhawk class Far Trader
    6. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
    7. Type A2L class Far Trader

Deep Trader / Fast Trader:

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Fat Cat class Far Trader
    2. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
    3. Type A3L class Far Trader

Armored Trader / Frontier Trader:

  1. Type AA class Armored Merchant
    1. Ronkli class Combat Transport
    2. Star class Armored Merchant

References & Contributors / Sources[edit]

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