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Blakeway class First Response Vessel
|Blakeway class First Response Vessel|
The nose and bridge of a Blakeway class First Response Vessel, a type of converted Type S.
|Type: NR First Response Vessel|
|Also see||Medical Vessel|
|Canon||Yes. Published, canon starship design.|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Passengers||4 High/Med X Low|
|Streamlining||Lifting Body Hull|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Blakeway class First Response Vessel is a medical starship.
- It is a civilian ship and a First Response Vessel.
- It is a variation and development of the venerable and ubiquitous Type S.
Many Blakeway-class Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) operate out of Mora highport. The immense distances that separate incoming and outgoing starships from the full facilities of the highport make the need for highly trained medical and emergency rescue crews even more urgent. The crews of ERVs must act as surgeons, firefighters, police officers, and counselors – sometimes all at the same time. The group is trained and ready to respond to any situation from births to emergency triage in a time of war. With the huge volume of traffic moving through the Mora system on a daily basis, their days are anything but routine.
- A Blakeway class First Response Vessel underway to rescue the crew of a distressed Beowulf class Free Trader...
General Description & Deck Plans
- Simple Deck Plans for a Blakeway class First Response Vessel.
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||100 tons. Lifting Body Wedge Hull.|
|3.||Performance / Engineering||Propulsion:|
|4.||Main Section / Electronics||Model/1 flt ship computer.|
|6.||Armament / Weaponry||The normal weapons fit-out for it is:|
|8.||Craft / Drones||Three Space Docks|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||Fueling Equipment:|
|11.||Construction Time||9 months to build, 7 months in quantity.|
The Blakeway, built on the ubiquitous scout/courier hull, is intended as a "first responder" emergency vessel: Its primary tasks are to rescue passengers and crew from a vessel in distress, and, when possible, prevent the crisis from worsening. It is not jump-capable, trading the space for a lot of maneuver thrust. With crew and rescue equipment aboard, it can pull more than 4 Gs. This power also allows it to act as an emergency space tug, towing vessels several times its own mass with ventral and stern grapples.
Within, there are two operating rooms equipped for trauma surgery. Victims triaged as not requiring immediate surgery go into one of the six automeds or the racked Life Support Carriers. There are 36 passenger couches for evacuees with no or minor injuries. The ship is not intended for long endurance; the four double staterooms allow crew members to take short breaks during extended operations, and can be used as extra patient beds.
General-purpose emergency equipment is kept aboard at all times; additional racks are stored in the ship's ready berth. A grav ambulance or an ATV-style vehicle can be carried on the lower deck; note that when the maindeck center door is lowered as a ramp, only short vehicles such as air/rafts and ground cars can leave the garage.
No weapons are mounted. Some Blakeway conversions — rebuilds from surplus Suleiman hulls - retain the turret and a single laser, officially for use as a cutting torch. This is counted against the main spacedock space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Vessel Peculiarities: The ship's configuration is unusual. The M-drives are mounted on the upper deck, leaving the main deck clear to the aft bulkhead. This bulkhead is fitted with three drop-down doors. The outermost pair (10' wide) dock air/rafts while the 20' wide center door allows unrestricted access to the main deck. Standard lifeboats can be moved inside, allowing transfer of passengers in normal atmosphere and gravity. All three doors have extension panels for use as boarding ramps; they may also be locked in a horizontal position. When horizontal, they shelter the space underneath; with the addition of drapes or lightweight side panels, this space can be used as an office or field hospital.
Class Naming Practice/s: No information yet available.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type N class Medical Vessel
- Blakeway class First Response Vessel
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
- John M. Ford, James D Maliszwski. Starports (Steve Jackson Games, 2000), 96-97.
- GURPS Traveller Deck Plans Download for Blakeway 300 c.2000
- Traveller the Best of JTAS Volume 1 in Article: ERV – LIFE IN THE SPACE LANES by Kurt Brown c.2004
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