Vanguard class Shuttle

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Vanguard class Shuttle
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
TBD
Type: U Smallcraft
Also see Fast Shuttle
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 70 Tons
Cost MCr35.925 (base)
MCr28.740 (qty)
Crew 1
Officers 1
Enlisted 0
Era {{{era}}}
Hardpoints 1
Hull Conical Hull
Illustration {{{illustration}}}
IOC No information yet available.
Jump J-0
Maneuver 2 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/1
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 4 High/Med 0 Low
QSP U-9A20
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 90 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–7
USP QY–0202210–020000–00000-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Vanguard class Shuttle is a smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Shuttle is a low-tech vessel designed to ferry cargo and passengers between locations. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL-7 design.

Image Repository[edit]

J0 90dT Shuttle.jpg
A Vanguard class Shuttle.

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) when necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The Ship's Boat is constructed using a 90 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving improved atmospheric performance.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 1
  • x1 Pilot. If the vessel is carried as a subcraft, this individual serves as service crew aboard the parent vessel when not required for piloting duties.

Accommodations

There is 1 small stateroom. This typically serves as an office, galley or medical bay as necessary and contains a small fresher. It is set up for zero-gee activity.

There are x4 passenger acceleration couches, located in a compartment directly behind the cockpit.

3. Performance The vessel mounts an extremely efficient rocket thrust-based Maneuver-2 drive and a Fission Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2-G acceleration and producing 1.8 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel supply provides reaction mass for the Maneuver drive and is considered sufficient to support approximately 3 weeks of operations. Activity in significant gravity wells and atmospheres exponentially reduces the vessel's maneuver endurance.
  • The Power Plant includes inherent fuel, consisting of a heavily shielded pellet of fissionable material.
  • The engineering section is controlled from the cockpit. Access to the machinery can be gained via a sealable hatch.
  • the machinery can be gained via a sealable hatch.
4. Electronics The cockpit area contains x1 acceleration couch and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/1 Computer: no backup computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
6. Armament The Shuttle is generally unarmed.
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x1 triple Sandcaster turret, forming its own battery.

  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
8. Craft The vessel carries no subcraft.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has an internal fuel tank containing 1.8 dTons of reaction mass for the Drives.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr35.925.
  • The ship is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price of each unit to MCr28.740.
11. Construction Time 36 weeks (9 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments Cargo capacity amounts to 70 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

A basic low-tech design used throughout the Distant Fringe. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces.

Distant Fringe Vessels[edit]

The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.[3]

Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.

Selected Example Ships[edit]

Smallcraft:

Smallcraft - Gunboat:

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.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak