An Acceleration Couch is a crew station designed to help mitigate G-forces caused from heavy acceleration.
- It is a type of Ship Equipment.
An acceleration couch and its associated life support takes up 0.5 Tons. Acceleration couches allow a person to function under an additional 2Gs for extended periods and additional 5Gs for short periods (10 minutes or less). This is cumulative with Inertial Compensators and G-Suits.
- The bridge of a vessel normally contains two or more acceleration couches as part of its construction. The acceleration couch is included in Bridge and Crew Workstations.
- An acceleration couch must be installed for each crewmember if there is no bridge, even with a bridge damage control parties, maintenance crew, stewards, medics, and ship's troops do not normally get workstations and must be afforded acceleration couches. Passengers must be provided with acceleration couches.
As the first practical internal combustion engines are mastered within the TL:4-6 tech epoch, the majority of sopohnt societies are able to achieve powered flight and some even achieve spaceflight. The array of technologies within the TL:7-9 tech epoch, typically allow the sound barrier to be broken and many civilizations can achieve hypersonic speeds. By the TL:10-12 tech epoch, interstellar spaceflight becomes cheap, affordable, and everyday in application, with FTL jump engines creating true interstellar communities. 
As higher and higher speeds are achieved, ways to compensate for or mitigate against the forces of extreme acceleration are developed including G-suits, accelerations seats, and eventually the grav plate and inertial compensators. 
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