Bubble class Fuel Cutter
|Bubble class Fuel Cutter|
Homegrown industrial smallcraft serving as a utility craft. A thumbnail image of a Bubble class Fuel Cutter.
|Type: UF Fuel Cutter|
|Also see||Utility Craft - Fuel Cutter|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.|
|Cost|| MCr18.4687 (base)|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||Fan: James Kundert|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Bubble class Fuel Cutter is a noncombatant smallcraft.
It is a vessel with 2-G and J-0 performance with a streamlined sphere hull. The Bubble and its related designs are all tail-sitters, with their internal decking perpendicular to the direction of thrust. Unlike the later Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutter, the Bubble cannot spread its upper hemisphere to increase its cargo capacity. It serves as both fuel and cargo cutter, utilizing Collapsible Tanks in a 40-ton cargo bay.
- It ordinarily carries no armament and no defensive suite.
- It ordinarily carries no subcraft nor drones.
- It has a three sophont crew and no marines.
General Description & Deck Plans
No information yet available.
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) when necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||The Bubble class is constructed using a 60 dTon hull built in a sphere configuration. The hull is streamlined and has good atmospheric capability: its atmospheric handling characteristics are entirely reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: x3
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a Maneuver-2 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2G acceleration and producing 1.2 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||There is a cockpit containing three acceleration couches. Adjacent to the cockpit is a Model/1 ship computer that functions as a Model/0 due to the lack of a bridge: No backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament||The vessel is not generally armed.|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|8.||Craft / Drones||None|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1.2 Tons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel is MCr18.4687|
|11.||Construction Time|| 24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 40.0 dTons.|
The Duchy of Inar based out of Inar (world) has a vibrant TL-14 or TL-E ship building industry, known for innovative designs and clever Naval Architecture. They are best known for their unstreamlined cylinder hull tail-sitter designs specialized for star system defense. They also build some of the finest fusion guns and ECM systems in Imperial Space.
Inar (Deneb 1213) produced 60-ton spherical subcraft in great numbers due to questionable Naval and planetary politics in the 1040s. The result was an experimental hull plate fabrication plant which traded versatility for economy. The Imperial Navy contracts tied to this "pilot project" never materialized, but the shipyards of Inar found a use for the odd equipment anyway. Within about 10 to 12 parsecs of Inar, the 60-ton (about 12 meters diameter) sphere is a common sight, serving as the basic hull for a dozen or more fairly standard designs, including the Wart class Heavy Fighter family. The Bubble fuel shuttle was the first Inari design on this hull. Serving the needs of their neighbors, the Inari have produced larger ships which complement the spheres and serve in a variety of roles. Most spheres built by Inar have been at TL–14, though a few have been specially built at lower tech levels for simpler maintenance by the purchasing world.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Naming Practice: The Bubble series are typically named after minerals or hydrocarbons. Crews do tend to get attached to them and give them a personal name. Some crews get superstitious and paint on nose art or perform interesting ceremonies on the craft including an old Terran custom with a bottled alcohol known as Champagne.
Vessel Peculiarity: The vessels are known for an odd nav computer that has problems booting up. Crews often compensate for this quirk by adding extra bypass circuitry and adding an extra layer of aluminum to the "start-up side panel." The "start-up side panel" is a specific spot on the side of the nav computer that when banged just right with a handy spanner tends to alleviate the known start-up issues with the nav computer. A peculiar ringing to the right bang is a relief to crewsophont ears. Design engineers have never been able to identify the cause of the start-up slow-downs, but many crew attribute the problem to "gremlins."
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type UF class Fuel Shuttle
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
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