Apollo class Runabout

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Apollo class Runabout
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TBD
Type: UMC Runabout
Agility 2
Also see Utility Craft - Smallcraft
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 28.0 Tons
Cost MCr22.200 (base)
MCr17.760 (qty)
Crew 1
Enlisted 0
Officers 1
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Unknown
Jump J-0
Maneuver 2 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/1 flt
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 11 High/Med 0 Low
QSP UMC-5A20
Reference Fan: Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 50 Tons
Size-cat Smallcraft
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–7
USP UMC–0202210–020000–00000-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Apollo class Runabout is a utilitarian smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Runabout 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.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. An Apollo class Runabout.
    J0 50dT Runabout.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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 / Hull The Runabout is constructed using a 50 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 are 4 small staterooms. One typically serves as an office, galley or medical bay as necessary and contains a small fresher, while the remaining three are available to paying passengers.

There are x8 passenger acceleration couches.

The ship does not have grav plates or inertial compensators: all accessible areas of the ship are set up for zero-gee activity. The vessel has full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple small emergency lockers.
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 Energy Point. 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.
4. Electronics The cockpit contains x2 acceleration couches and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/1 flt ship computer: no backup computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
6. Armament The Runabout 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 dTon of reaction mass for the Drives.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr22.200.
  • 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 MCr17.760.
11. Construction Time 24 weeks (5.5 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 28 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Runabout is a low-tech design used for a variety of roles. 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. The Apollo's are generally named after mythical beings from the histories and legends of the sophonts of the Distant Fringe.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Smallcraft - Utility Craft - Cutter:

  1. Type UMC class Cutter
    1. Apollo class Runabout
    2. Diamond class Modular Cutter
    3. Garrag class Modular Cutter
    4. Generic Modular Cutter
    5. GX class III Modular Cutter
    6. Inthe class Modular Cutter
    7. Lushina class Fast Cutter
    8. Mineral class Cutter
    9. Mule class Modular Cutter
    10. Seragh class Cutter

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