Colossus class Heavy Lander
|Colossus class Heavy Lander|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: WB Heavy Lander|
|Also see||Utility Craft - Spaceplane|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr425.113 (base) |
|IOC||No information yet available.|
|Passengers||4 High/Med 20 Low|
|Reference||Fan: Ade Alagoric Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
- It is a Civilian Ship and an Auxiliary Spaceplane.
- The vessel is a TL-9 design.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
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.
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.
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.
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||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.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: 16
There are 15 Staterooms.
There are 20 Low Berths.
|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.
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/2 Computer.|
|6.||Armament||The Heavy Lander is generally unarmed.|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 24 dTons.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr425.113.
|11.||Construction Time|| 125 weeks (31 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 900 dTons.|
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
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.
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.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type QT class Auxiliary
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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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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
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