Type A class Free Trader

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Type A class Free Trader
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Type A class Free Trader
Type: MLJ Trader
Also see Free Trader
Blueprint Yes
Canon Yes. Canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Cargo 82 Tons
Cost MCrMCr37.08
Crew 4
Officers TBD
Enlisted TBD
Hardpoints 2
Hull Wedge Hull
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Model TBD
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 6 High/Med 20 Low
QSP A-BS11
Reference TBD
Size 200 Tons
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–12
USP TBD
Classic Traveller core ship design.

Free Trader (type A): Using a 200-ton hull, the free trader is an elementary interstellar merchant ship plying the space lanes carrying cargo and passengers. [1]

Basic Ship Synopsis[edit]

A Free Trader. 200 tons. Jump-1. 1-G. 30 tons fuel. Model/1. 10 staterooms. 20 low. 2 hardpoints. 82 tons cargo. Streamlined. 4 crew. MCr37.08: 11 months. [3]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It has jump drive-A, maneuver drive-A, and power plant-A, giving performance of jump-1 and 1-G acceleration. There is fuel tankage for 30 tons, sufficient for the power plant and one jump-1. Adjacent to the bridge is a computer Model/1. There are ten staterooms and twenty low berths. [4]

No turrets or weaponry are installed, but there are two hardpoints and two tons are set aside for fire control. There are no ship's vehicles. Cargo capacity is 82.0 tons. The hull is streamlined. The free trader requires a crew of four: pilot, engineer, medic, and steward. Gunners may be carried if the ship is armed. The ship costs MCr37.08 and typically takes eleven months to build. [5]

Image Repository[edit]

  1. An image of a Beowulf class Free Trader.
    Free-Trader-T5-Core-Rules-Pg-358 25-July-2018a.jpg
  2. An image of a variant Type A class Free Trader.
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  3. An image of a variant Type A class Free Trader.
    Type A Free Trader Alt.png

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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. [6]

Basic Ship Characteristics [7]
#. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage 200 tons. The hull is streamlined.
2. Crew x4 crew. The free trader requires a crew of four: pilot, engineer, medic, and steward. Gunners may be carried if the ship is armed.
3. Performance Propulsion:
  • Jump-1
  • 1-G acceleration
  • Power Plant-TBD
  • TBD-EPs
  • Agility-TBD
4. Electronics Computer Model/1
5. Hardpoints x2 hardpoints
6. Armament No turrets or weaponry are normally installed, but there are two hardpoints and two tons are set aside for fire control. Capacity for two turrets.
7. Defenses Not generally equipped. Sandcasters common on multi-turrets
8. Craft There are no ship's vehicles.
9. Fuel Treatment Yes. Scoops and purification. There is fuel tankage for 30 tons, sufficient for the power plant and one jump-1.
10. Cost The ship costs MCr37.08.
11. Construction Time It typically takes eleven months to build.
12. Comments The Type A becomes the cornerstone of interstellar commerce by the end of the TL:7-9 technological epoch.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Type A becomes the cornerstone of interstellar commerce by the end of the TL:7-9 epoch. It can operate under impromptu circumstances as a tramp liner and typically transports interstellar mail along all but the most frequented trade routes. A great number of variant classes of the Type A have been manufactured over the millennia.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessels:
Free Trader:

  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
    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 A2 class Far Trader
    8. Type A2L class Far Trader

Deep Trader / Fast Trader:

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
    2. 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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