Suluru class Mercantile Carrier
|Suluru class Mercantile Carrier|
|Type: TC Transport|
|Also see||Fringian Mercantile Carrier|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr6064.175 (base)|
|Passengers||2 High/Med 100 Low|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Suluru class Mercantile Carrier is a mercantile starship.
A generic class of civilian vessel, the Mercantile Carrier is a large commercial transport commonly encountered operating within clusters of stars within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- The vessel is a TL-9 design.
Basic Ship Characteristics
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. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage|| TBD tons.
|2.||Crew|| xTBD crew.
The Mercantile Carrier requires 99 crew: 11x command, 14x engineering, 14x gunnery, and 60x service, of which 19 double up as flight crew for the subcraft as required. In addition, the vessel carries 2 passenger stewards and a medic.
The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-1 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive, and a Power plant 1, giving performance of Jump-1 and 1G acceleration. The ship has an Agility rating of 0 and an Emergency Agility of 1. There is fuel tankage of 2200 dTons, sufficient for one Jump-1 and giving the power plant four weeks duration. The vessel is fitted with a fuel purification plant.
|4.||Electronics|| Model/TBD fib computer.
|6.||Armament|| The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
There are 100 unused hardpoints and 100 tons of space is set aside for fire control.
|7.||Defenses||No information yet available.|
|8.||Craft||The ship carries three 400 dTon Interface Landers and a 40 dTon Ship's Boat, each housed in a dedicated hanger.|
The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr6064.175.
|11.||Construction Time||TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.|
History & Background (Dossier)
The Mercantile Carrier is considered underpowered and suffers performance issues in a high gravity environment. 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
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.
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.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
No information yet available.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type MT class Merchant Carrier
- Suluru class Mercantile Carrier
References & Contributors (Sources)
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