|Capital Ship Combatants||Escort Combatants||Military Smallcraft||Support Ships|
|Battleship||Cruiser||Carrier||Destroyer||Escort||Frigate||System Defense Boat||Fighter||Assault Transport||Smallcraft||Auxiliaries|
|Commercial Mercantile Ships||Non-Mercantile Commercial Ships||Non-Commercial Ships||Civilian Smallcraft||Highports & Satellites|
|Merchant||Liner||Transport||Commercial Industrial||Commercial Ships||General||Research||Private||Auxiliary|| Orbital
A starship is a spacecraft equipped with a jump drive. Please note that very early STL starships did not employ FTL drives, but the greatly enhanced travel speed means that any sophont species with the technology employs it in these times.
- q.v. spaceship.
Please refer to the following AAB library data for more information:
- Jump Drive
Typically, such a ship includes large percentages dedicated to fuel, for jump drive requires a huge investment in energy to accomplish the transition to jumpspace. This limits the available space for other uses, severely in the case of ships able to jump long distances, or rejump repeatedly (which is a lifesaver if you can afford the space). Some ships greatly enhance capacity without sacrificing safety by mounting external tanks to the ship known as droptanks.
What avionics are to aircraft, astronics are to starships.
Please see the article Jump Drive for more information.
History & Background (Dossier)
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Interstellar Travel Motives
The first interstellar ships, while crude in light of more modern FTL jump drives, nevertheless have revolutionized every sophont society that developed them. Two motivations tend to drive the push for interstellar travel:
- 1. Colonization (population pressure)
- 2. Curiosity (exploration)
Some sophont species tend to also be driven by a fear of the unknown, a third common motivator. And yet others possess a religious, ideological fervor to bring their ideas and philosophies to the rest of Interstellar space, a fourth common motivator.
- 3. Fear (paranoia)
- 4. Belief (proselytism)
Starship Representative Sampling
References & Contributors (Sources)
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- Classic Traveller Library Data (N-Z)
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science