Colossus class Heavy Lander

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Colossus class Heavy Lander
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Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: WB Heavy Lander
Category Bigcraft
Size 1,200 Tons
Hull Configuration [[Cone Hull]]
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–9
Computer Model/2
Jump J-0
Maneuver 2 G
Hardpoints 12
Staterooms 0
Crew 16
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 12
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 900.0 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Distant Fringe
Year Operational No information yet available.
Cost MCr425.113 (base)
MCr340.091 (qty)
Architect fee Ade Stewart
Quick Ship Profile QH-MS20
Blueprint No.
Also see Utility Craft - Spaceplane
Canon Published, fan design
Reference Fan: Ade Alagoric Stewart
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Colossus class Heavy Lander is a transport spaceplane spacecraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Heavy Lander is designed to ferry cargo and fuel between a world's surface and close orbit. It is a common in-system transport vessel within the Distant Fringe and is occasionally carried as a subcraft aboard large commercial vessels. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Colossus class Heavy Lander in side view.
    J0 1200dT Heavy Lander 2.jpg

General Description[edit]

The Colossus class is a streamlined though rather boxy cone with a mean width of 15 meters, a mean height of 18 meters, and a length of around 80 meters. The ship has a total enclosed volume of approximately 16,200 cubic meters. There is a single dorsal through deck running the length of the vessel: the bridge is located forward, cabins and facilities are located centrally, and the engineering section is aft. The majority of the vessel is given over to a cavernous cargo hold that is accessed by side hatches and a large set of bow doors.

J0 1200dT Heavy Lander Plan.jpg
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.

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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull The Heavy Lander is constructed using a 1,200 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving fair atmospheric performance that is reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There are multiple airlocks located around the vessel. The cargo hold is accessed by doors and hatches and has a loading ramp.
  • The vessel has sturdy retractable legs, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 16


There are 15 Staterooms.

  • 11 Staterooms are given over to the crew. The command crew have individual cabins: all other crew quarters are double occupancy.
  • 4 Staterooms are available to paying passengers: the vessel carries no stewards.

There are 20 Low Berths.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • The vessel has a secure locker with a capacity of 3 dTons.
  • 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 Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Maneuver-2 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2-G acceleration and producing 24 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/2 Computer.
5. Hardpoints x12 hardpoints.
  • There are 2 unused hardpoints and 2 dTons of space is set aside for fire control.
6. Armament The Heavy Lander is generally unarmed.
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x10 triple Sandcaster turrets, grouped into one battery of 10 linked turrets

  • 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 internal fuel tankage of 24 dTons.
  • The hull is fitted with fuel scoops.
  • The vessel is equipped with fuel purification equipment.
  • The ship carries a collapsible fuel tank with a capacity of 900 dTons and a stowed volume of 9 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr425.113.
  • 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 per unit to MCr340.091.
  • The vessel is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 125 weeks (31 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 Standard cargo capacity amounts to 900 dTons.
  • The cargo hold can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.
  • Sections of the hold may be isolated if desired and can be provided with specialized environmental conditions.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

A large interface craft primarily designed to shuttle fuel, cargo, and sundries between a world's surface and close orbit. It is frequently used as an in-system transport, carrying equipment and supplies to secondary worlds within a system. 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.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Auxiliary - Spaceplane

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  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