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Z-class Special Mission Ships are special research or test craft used for very specialized missions.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Starship:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

This supraclass also includes unique ships (...such as one-off prototypes and ships from unknown or vanished civilizations), which consist of a "class" of just one, where there is not a better classification. For instance, the message pod found in Ognar system, containing the only record of their long lost civilization, qualifies as Z-class rather than a W-class station due to its uniqueness, its archaeological importance, and its utter lack of commercial, military, or (aside from the data it serves as an archive for) scientific capability. [1]

Image Repository[edit]

No information yet available.

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

It is almost impossible to state a common doctrine for this disparate class as a whole, beyond generalized notes that apply to all ships, as each Z class ship tends to be unique with very specialized mission profiles. [2]

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Special Mission Ships typically serve the following roles:
Largecraft, Smallcraft & Bigcraft:

  1. Alien Artifact Ship (ZA)
  2. Carrier Prototype (ZP)
  3. Decoy (ZD)
  4. Decoy Vessel (ZD)
  5. Drone (ZD)
  6. Experimental Craft (ZE)
  7. Experimental Far Trader (ZE)
  8. Experimental Gunboat (ZE)
  9. Experimental Vessel (ZE)
  10. Experimental Transport (ZE)
  11. Hybrid Experimental Craft (ZE)
  12. Hybrid Test Ship (ZE)
  13. Prototype (ZP)
  14. Prototype Carrier (ZP)
  15. Prototype Ship (ZP)
  16. Prototype Vessel (ZP)
  17. Special Mission Ship (Z) (Namesake)
  18. Special Mission Smallcraft (UZ)
  19. Test Ship (ZE)
  20. Unclassified Ship (ZU)
  21. Unique Ship (ZU)
  22. Special Mission Ship (Z) (Namesake)

Military Subcraft[edit]

Military subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

  1. Battle Rider (BR)
  2. Combat Barge (WBG)
  3. Combat Transport Smallcraft (UI)
  4. Fighters (F)
  5. Militarized Utility Craft (UQ)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

Z-class Special Mission Ship Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Special Mission Ship Z (Namesake) Exatar class Ramscoop Jumpship Special mission ships include a variety of very specialized and low manufacturing run vessels that don't fit well into the fleets of Charted Space.
  • Z = Special (...last letter of Anglic alphabet, a catchall category)
Alien Artifact Ship ZA Annic Nova class Far Trader Alien artifact ships are ships with recovered alien technology often that didn't prove reverse-engineerable, but is very useful to have in service, even if it isn't fully understood. These vessels are very useful and unique treasures and have often been reproduced with conventional technologies that lack the original technology's capabilities.
  • Z = Special (...last letter of Anglic alphabet, a catchall category)
  • A = Alien
Decoy Vessel ZD No recorded examples. Decoy vessels are typically converted from retired or mothballed warship hulls and can be used for deception practices, as fireships, for live fire exercises, or for other unconventional tactics. They are expensive in relationship to their uses, but sometimes perform an irreplaceable function.
  • Z = Special (...last letter of Anglic alphabet, a catchall category)
  • D = Decoy, Drone Bigcraft, etc.
Experimental Vessel ZE Star Rider class Experimental Transport Experimental vessels often function as testbeds for prototype technologies or tactics. Battle riders were originally classified as experimental vessels until they became widely accepted throughout several major navies.
  • Z = Special (...last letter of Anglic alphabet, a catchall category)
  • E = Experimental
Prototype Vessel ZP Grey Ghost class Fast Intruder Experimental vessels lead to prototypes, a testbed evaluator for mature or maturing technology much further along in the development process than an earlier and often yet unproven experimental tech. They often use new ideas, techniques, or theories that have reached a point of pre-operational activity in which designs are probed for flaws and shortcomings.
  • Z = Special (...last letter of Anglic alphabet, a catchall category)
  • P = Prototype
Unclassified Ship or
Unique Ship
ZU The Green Hornet Unclassified or unique ships are often specially converted as one-offs or are outright produced by a wealthy party as a unique vessel. They forego the cost savings of mass production and economies of scale so they must serve a demanding role that other mainstream vessels could not.
  • Z = Special (...last letter of Anglic alphabet, a catchall category)
  • U = Unique or Unclassified
Drone Smallcraft UD Mint class Mining Drone Drone smallcraft are multi-ton drones that displace less than a 100 tons, and are often used in space where the distances are vast. Smaller vehicular drones simply wouldn't have the endurance and thrust to function efficiently considering the environment.
  • U = Utility
  • D = Drone Smallcraft
Special Mission Smallcraft UZ No recorded examples. Special mission smallcraft perform a wide variety of very specialized smallcraft missions as alien technology demonstrators, prototypes, experimental craft, test ships, and a variety of very small run craft.
  • U = Utility
  • Z = Special (...last letter of Anglic alphabet, a catchall category)
NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Military Ship - Special Mission Ship:

  1. Type TBD class TBD
    1. TBD class TBD

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role include:

18 Representative Special Mission Ship (Z) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Annic Nova class Deep Trader ZA 600 ACS 12 Precursor 3 0.0 / 0.1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Bramble class Gunboat ZEPG 600 ACS 11 Terran Confederation 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Delta Princess class Merchant ZUA 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Exatar class Ramscoop Jumpship ZP X ACS 14 Interstellar Confederacy X X No Yes
Galiar class Light Cruiser ZCL 20,000 BCS 12 Unity of Sed 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Governor class Yacht ZYK 900 ACS 13 Council of Heads 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Grey Ghost class Fast Intruder ZEF 800 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hood class Heavy Cruiser ZCA 74,000 BCS 14 Solomani Confederation 5 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Imperial Intruder class Scout ZSI 100 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Leset class Fleet Tender ZVT 10,000 ACS 12 Protectorate of Leset 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Phoenix 2800 ZUKC- X BCS 12 Solomani Confederation X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sadist class Destroyer ZPR 4,000 ACS 14 Terran Confederation 5 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sariwon class Corvette ZEC 450 ACS 11 Worlds of The Leader 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Shantou class Gunboat ZPG 455 ACS 11 Worlds of The Leader 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Star Rider class Experimental Transport ZVE 50,000 BCS 14 Third Imperium 4 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Star Rider class Heavy Cruiser ZPC X BCS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
The Green Hornet ZUSC 100 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Triggerfish class Battle Rider ZBR 10,000 BCS 12 Aslan Hierate 0 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


1 Representative Alien Artifact Ship (ZA) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Annic Nova class Deep Trader ZA 600 ACS 12 Precursor 3 0.0 / 0.1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.


0 Representative Decoy Vessel (ZD) Classes
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3 Representative Experimental Vessel (ZE) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Bramble class Gunboat ZEPG 600 ACS 11 Terran Confederation 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Grey Ghost class Fast Intruder ZEF 800 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sariwon class Corvette ZEC 450 ACS 11 Worlds of The Leader 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


4 Representative Prototype Vessel (ZP) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Exatar class Ramscoop Jumpship ZP X ACS 14 Interstellar Confederacy X X No Yes
Sadist class Destroyer ZPR 4,000 ACS 14 Terran Confederation 5 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Shantou class Gunboat ZPG 455 ACS 11 Worlds of The Leader 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Star Rider class Heavy Cruiser ZPC X BCS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


3 Representative Unique Ship (ZU) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Delta Princess class Merchant ZUA 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Phoenix 2800 ZUKC- X BCS 12 Solomani Confederation X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
The Green Hornet ZUSC 100 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


12 Representative Drone Smallcraft (UD) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Dover-Gabe class Courier Robot UDX 50 Smallcraft X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Fuelbag class Fuel Depot Drone UDX 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
Icepick class Fuel/Ice Harvesting Drone UDF 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
Mint class Mining Drone UDG 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
Mk 41 Mod 0 class Torpedo UD 0.003 Smallcraft 10 Third Imperium 0 8 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Mk 42 class Recon Drone UDQ 0.003 Smallcraft 10 Third Imperium 0 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
MOLRASP class Sensor Drone UDL X Smallcraft 15 Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Quarter Hammer class Construction Drone UDG 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
Stardisc class Probe Drone UDL 10 Smallcraft 10 United States Space Force 0 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
System Defense Brick class Defense Drone UDQ 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
Wolfhound class Sensor Drone UDL X Smallcraft x Solomani Confederation X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zip class Courier Drone UDX 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.


1 Representative Special Mission Smallcraft (UZ) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Xenon class Heavy Fighter UZ 90 Smallcraft 13 Kingdom of Peladon 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


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