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X-class Communications Vessels serve communication functions throughout Charted Space.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

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  • Description (Specifications)[edit]

    Communications Vessels is a ship hierarchy category that covers a variety of vessels that have a primary mission of conducting communications and connecting mainworlds and/or fleets. Not every polity has a well developed X-boat system, but every polity uses starships to conduct communications missions, varying electronic messages, couriers, diplomats, envoys, and a variety of sophont messengers as well as message mediums. [1]

    Image Repository[edit]

    This image repository contains a selection of communications vessel images:

    Type XB Express Boat:

    1. An image of a Xavier class Express Boat.
      X-boat Ian-Stead 50865284 27-June-2019a.jpg

    Type XC Commercial Courier:

    1. The familiar wedge-shaped Messenger class Commercial Courier.
      J2 100dT Courier.jpg
    2. The Tathoe class Scout/Courier, one of the most common courier ships within the Vargr Extents.
      Tahoe-Courier-MGT- Marco-Morte-RESIZE-pg-73 26-Sept-2019b.jpg

    Type XT Express Boat Tender:

    1. A typical Purcell class Express Boat Tender, one of the prototypical Express Boat Tenders.
      Xboat-Tender-Keith-Supp7 Pg11-15 13-Jan-2019a.jpg

    Type XUA Armed Packet Ship:

    1. A top down image of the most common Imperial Armed Packet in a common livery.
      Armed-Packet-T5-Core-Rules-FFE 29-May-2019a.png

    Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

    Communications Vessels are rarely armed or armored. They are combat multipliers meant to affect battles by getting the right information and intelligence to the right forces at the right time. Every combatant fleet protects its auxiliaries and its communications lines, commo vessels included. When engaged, the commo vessel has only two choices, run as fast as possible, or hopefully hide out in jumpspace if the jump drives are charged and ready. [2]

    Supraclass Roles[edit]

    Communication Vessels typically serve the following roles:
    Largecraft & Bigcraft:

    1. Armored Packet (XUA)
    2. Commercial Courier (XCL)
    3. Communications Vessel (X) (Namesake)
    4. Courier Vessel (XC)
    5. Diplomatic Courier (XUD)
    6. Dispatcher (XC)
    7. Far Courier (XCL))
    8. Express Courier (XCF)
    9. Fast Courier (XCF)
    10. Fleet Courier (XCF)
    11. Fleet Dispatch Courier (XUD)
    12. Frontier Courier (XCL)
    13. Long Range Fleet Courier (XCF)
    14. Mail Ship (XU)
    15. Messenger Ship (XU)
    16. Packet Boat (XU)
    17. Relay Boat (XC)
    18. Relay Ship (XC)
    19. X-Boat (XB)
    20. X-Boat Tender (XT or VXT)

    Size-Class Roles for Communications Vessels[edit]

    1. Communications Craft (UQX) (1 to 99 tons)
    2. Light Communications Vessel (XL) (100 to 999 tons)
    3. Medium Communications Vessel (XM) (1,000 to 1,499 tons)
    4. Heavy Communications Vessel (XH) (1,500 to 2,499 tons)
    5. Super Heavy Communications Vessel (XS) (2,500 or more tons)

    Civilian Subcraft[edit]

    Civilian subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

    1. Barge (WB)
    2. Utility Craft (U)

    Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

    These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

    Selected Communications Vessel Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
    Communications Vessel X (Namesake) Type X class Express Boat Charted Space possesses no FTL communications devices or ansibles. Thus, communications is generally limited to a pony express type of communications network, as in a network of couriers, packets, and the like. The Third Imperium maximized the efficiency of its courier system by developing X-boats, ships dedicated solely to communications functions, but there are other solutions used by other polities: relay systems, fleet couriers, postal unions, military express messengers, X-mail, etc.
    • X = eXchange
    X-Boat XB Xavier class Express Boat The Express Boat (…also called an xboat) is a small, fast ship filled with a pilot compartment, message data banks, and jump drives. The fit is so tight that there is no room even for maneuver drives. Each is capable of Jump-4 (…four parsecs per week); it jumps, relays its messages to the station on arrival, and then waits to be picked up by a tender, to be refuelled and sent on its way with a new load of messages. The local station, meanwhile, accepts messages, encodes them, and transmits them to a tender at the edges of the stellar system. Messages brought by the arriving xboat and intended for further down the line are consolidated with the new data and all are sent on to another xboat already fuelled and standing ready to leave. The entire network operates like the pony express — messages are always moving at top speed. Transfer time for messages from one xboat to another can be as short as ten minutes, and is rarely more than an hour. [3]
    • X = eXchange
    • B = Boat
    Courier Vessel XC Yetsabl class Courier Courier Vessels are communications ships, ships intended to carry communications in a universe where communications are limited to the speed of travel. This includes vessels that would be XB class but do not fit one or more of the criteria (such as having a Jump rating less than 4, a total crew count other than 1, or any form of maneuver drive) and thus do not fit into Imperial x-boat service.
    • X = eXchange
    • C = Courier
    Heavy Communications Vessel XH Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser None
    • X = eXchange
    • H = Heavy
    Light Communications Vessel XL Dhaztuen class Far Merchant None
    • X = eXchange
    • L = Light
    Medium Communications Vessel XM Iris class Armored Packet None
    • X = eXchange
    • M = Medium
    Super Heavy Communications Vessel XS Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht None
    • X = eXchange
    • S = Superheavy
    X-Boat Tender XT Purcell class Express Boat Tender The express boat system would not work without the express boat tender. These tenders, stationed in each system that express boats stop at, serve two purposes. First, they tend express boats, recovering them when they arrive, refueling them and repairing minor problems, and then sending them on their way. Second, they serve as a relay station between the planetary surface based message center and the express boat itself. Messages are forwarded to the tender for transmittal to the xboat just before it leaves for the next star system. [4]
    • X = eXchange
    • T = Tender
    Packet Boat XU Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship Packet Ships conduct similar missions to liners and courier vessels. They are generally understood to perform unscheduled missions where postal routes do not exist. Most are equipped with mail vaults and secure staterooms. [5]
    • Vessels such as Armed Packet (UF-CA33) perform unscheduled passenger service for those in a hurry. The crew can be trusted, but these little ships can still find themselves jumping into harm's way. [6]
    • Generally, packet trade is any regularly scheduled cargo, passenger, and X-mail trade conducted by space or starship. The ships are sometimes called "packet boats"—in the same manner as IISS communications craft are called "x-boats"—since their original function was to carry x-mail. However, in modern times they only supplement the official system. While "packet" can mean any small parcel, its usage here most likely comes from its meaning during the pre-spaceflight Terran Age of Sail, where it meant a parcel of important correspondence—usually governmental—or valuable items for urgent delivery. [7]
    • X = eXchange
    • U = commUnication
    Communications Craft UQX Yaeai class Recon Pinnace Communications and intelligence smallcraft serve at roles below the more common 100 ton scout vessels, often star system monitoring or fleet picket duties not requiring FTL jump capabilities.
    • U = Utility, Multipurpose, etc.
    • Q = Quartermaster, Combat Support, Logistics, etc.
    • X = eXchange
    NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

    History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

    Charted Space possesses no FTL communications devices or ansibles. Thus, communications is generally limited to a pony express type of communications network, as in a network of couriers, packets, and the like. The Third Imperium maximized the efficiency of its courier system by developing X-boats, ships dedicated solely to communications functions, but there are other solutions used by other polities: relay systems, fleet couriers, postal unions, military express messengers, X-mail, etc.. [8]

    Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

    Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boats:


    Paramilitary Vessel - Courier Vessels:

    Paramilitary Vessel - Fleet Couriers:

    Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boat Tenders:


    Communication Vessel - Packet Ship: Civilian ship - Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

    1. Type XU class Packet Ship
      1. Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier
      2. Rapid class Fleet Courier

    Ship Summary List[edit]

    Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role include:

    64 Representative Communications Vessel (X) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Adlerstein class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 X X Third Imperium
    Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 14 200 3 4 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Chantoql class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 14 500 5 4 Strend Cluster No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 12 600 3 1 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Express Rock class Mail Drone XC 11 100 2 0 GeDeCo No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design. XC-AP02
    Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 13 100 3 5 Darrian Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Gepard class Express Courier XCF 13 200 4 4 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Giciifichu class Dispatcher XC 15 100 5 3 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD X 100 4 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Hummingbird class Courier XC 15 400 3 6 Uncharted Space No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XC-DL63
    Iris class Armored Packet XUA 15 1,000 2 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Iyeliy class Messenger XUA 12 200 5 1 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Jump-Boat XB 15 55 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Jumpmax class Courier XC 15 100 6 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XC-AL26
    Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 14 6,000 3 1 Two Thousand Worlds No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Kankur class Frontier Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Khadumir class Fast Courier XCF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Kr'ghrr class Courier XC 13 1,000 2 2 Two Thousand Worlds Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Ktiyhui class Courier XC 14 200 3 4 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 11 100 2 4 The Last Line Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Lirshala class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 14 200 3 3 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Messenger class Commercial Courier XC 11 100 X 4 Distant Fringe Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 12 200 3 5 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Orowani Deep Space class Courier XC 11 100 2 2 Bright Conclave Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Phidippides class Fast Courier XCF X 200 2 6 Terran Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Purcell class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Ranger class Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 15 500 6 1 Darrian Confederation No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
    Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 10 100 1 6 Grand Duchy of Marlheim No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 13 200 2 2 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 14 400 2 2 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Swift Missive class Courier XC 15 400 6 3 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. TBD
    Tathoe class Scout/Courier XC 12 200 3 3 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Thorez class Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type VX class Courier XC 12 200 3 3 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type X class Express Boat XB 10 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 6 2 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat XB X 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XSS class Express Solar Sailor XB TBD 100 4 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XT class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Type XU class Packet Ship XU X X X X Third Imperium Yes
    Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZC class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Vehrsabl class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Venture class Frontier Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xavier class Express Boat XB 10 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes
    Yetsabl class Courier XC X TBD X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design. TBD
    Yinoti class Blockade Runner XUF 15 200 2 9 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XUF-BS92
    Zofagic class Utility Vessel XC 15 200 3 4.12 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.


    5 Representative Express Boat (XB) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Jump-Boat XB 15 55 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Type X class Express Boat XB 10 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat XB X 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XSS class Express Solar Sailor XB TBD 100 4 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xavier class Express Boat XB 10 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.


    31 Representative Courier Vessel (XC) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Adlerstein class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 X X Third Imperium
    Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 14 200 3 4 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Chantoql class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Express Rock class Mail Drone XC 11 100 2 0 GeDeCo No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design. XC-AP02
    Gepard class Express Courier XCF 13 200 4 4 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Giciifichu class Dispatcher XC 15 100 5 3 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Hummingbird class Courier XC 15 400 3 6 Uncharted Space No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XC-DL63
    Jumpmax class Courier XC 15 100 6 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XC-AL26
    Kankur class Frontier Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Khadumir class Fast Courier XCF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Kr'ghrr class Courier XC 13 1,000 2 2 Two Thousand Worlds Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Ktiyhui class Courier XC 14 200 3 4 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 11 100 2 4 The Last Line Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 14 200 3 3 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Messenger class Commercial Courier XC 11 100 X 4 Distant Fringe Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Orowani Deep Space class Courier XC 11 100 2 2 Bright Conclave Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Phidippides class Fast Courier XCF X 200 2 6 Terran Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Ranger class Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 14 400 2 2 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Swift Missive class Courier XC 15 400 6 3 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. TBD
    Tathoe class Scout/Courier XC 12 200 3 3 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Thorez class Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type VX class Courier XC 12 200 3 3 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 6 2 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZC class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Vehrsabl class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Venture class Frontier Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Yetsabl class Courier XC X TBD X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design. TBD
    Zofagic class Utility Vessel XC 15 200 3 4.12 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.


    11 Representative Fleet Courier (XCF) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Adlerstein class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 X X Third Imperium
    Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 14 200 3 4 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Gepard class Express Courier XCF 13 200 4 4 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Khadumir class Fast Courier XCF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 11 100 2 4 The Last Line Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 14 200 3 3 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Phidippides class Fast Courier XCF X 200 2 6 Terran Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 14 400 2 2 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 6 2 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.


    0 Representative Heavy Communications Vessel (XH) Classes
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    0 Representative Light Communications Vessel (XL) Classes
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    0 Representative Medium Communications Vessel (XM) Classes
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    0 Representative Superheavy Communications Vessel (XS) Classes
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    3 Representative Express Boat Tender (XT) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Lirshala class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Purcell class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Type XT class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.


    25 Representative Packet Ship (XU) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 14 500 5 4 Strend Cluster No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 12 600 3 1 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 13 100 3 5 Darrian Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD X 100 4 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Iris class Armored Packet XUA 15 1,000 2 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Iyeliy class Messenger XUA 12 200 5 1 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 14 6,000 3 1 Two Thousand Worlds No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 12 200 3 5 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 15 500 6 1 Darrian Confederation No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
    Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 10 100 1 6 Grand Duchy of Marlheim No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 13 200 2 2 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XU class Packet Ship XU X X X X Third Imperium Yes
    Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes
    Yinoti class Blockade Runner XUF 15 200 2 9 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XUF-BS92


    56 Representative Multipurpose Communications Craft (UM) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Aanz class System Shuttle UMS X 95 X X Zhodani Consulate No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Andrew class Commercial Shuttle UMS X 95 0 X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Apollo class Runabout UMC 7 50 0 2 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Caroline class Heavy Pinnace UMP 9 30 0 4 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Carrus class Shuttle UMS 7 90 0 2 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Cigiysna class Ship's Boat UMB 15 30 0 1.62 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Ciigusna class Pinnace UMP 15 40 0 3.81 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Ciigusna class Shuttle UMS 15 100 0 4.11 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Constance class Launch UML 9 50 0 2 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Crawm class Shuttle UMS 10 40 0 2 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Damgarrii class Passenger Launch UML 9 20 0 1 Vilani Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Darlene class Gig UMG 14 20 0 6 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Deployment Shuttle UMS X X 0 X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Diamond class Modular Cutter UMC 12 50 0 4 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Excellence class Fast Shuttle UMS 8 90 0 3 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Garrag class Modular Cutter UMC 12 50 0 4 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Gemcutter class Ship's Boat UMB X X 0 X Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Generic Gig UMG 13 20 0 5 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
    Gillow class Launch UML X 20 0 2 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
    Goblin class Gig UMG 9 40 0 2 Distant Fringe Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    GX class III Modular Cutter UMC 12 50 0 4 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Inthe class Modular Cutter UMC 8 50 0 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Intruder class Shuttle UMS 14 30 0 6 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Jembyra class Recovery Boat UMB 12 20 0 2 Jelmiri Marches No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. U-1A20
    Jeremey class Recovery Boat UMB 12 20 0 2 Jelmiri Marches No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    KU1a Fetch class Launch UML 9 10 0 2 Korsumug Empire
    Last Armada class Launch UML 11 20 0 2 Terran Confederation No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Generic Launch / Lifeboat UML 8 20 0 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Leo class Ship's Boat UMB 9 30 0 6 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Lushina class Fast Cutter UMC 12 50 0 6 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Mineral class Cutter UMC 11 50 0 4 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Generic Modular Cutter UMC 12 50 0 4 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration. UMC-5S40
    Mule class Modular Cutter UMC 12 50 0 4 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Narva class Pinnace UMP 9 20 0 4 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Olympian class Shuttle UMS X 95 X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Generic Pinnace UMP 9 40 0 5 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Pratt class Gig UMG 14 20 0 6 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Rodgers class Skiff UML 7 20 0 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Rosendal class Shuttle UMS X 95 0 X Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Runabout class Small Transport UM 9 10 0 1 Vland No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design. UM-1S10
    Seragh class Cutter UMC 10 50 0 4 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Servant class Launch UML 9 10 0 2 Unknown Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Generic Ship’s Boat UMB 9 30 0 6 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.. UMB-3S60
    Generic Shuttle UMS 8 95 0 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
    Generic Slow Boat UMW 9 30 0 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
    Generic Slow Pinnace UMO 11 40 0 2 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
    Songbird class Ship's Boat UMB 9 40 0 4 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Stead class Modular Launch UML X 20 X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    TC00a Porter class Gig UMG 10 20 0 2 Trooles Confederation No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Traissthurdusa class Rocket UMS 7 X X X Ancients Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type 423 class Cargo Shuttle UMS 14 95 0 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Type ZSB class Ship's Boat UMB X X 0 X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Type ZSP class Pinnace UMP X 40 0 X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Vanguard class Shuttle UMS 7 90 0 2 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Venters class Launch UML 9 20 0 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Ziiguysna class Pinnance UMP X 40 0 X Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.


    2 Representative Dedicated Communications Craft (UQ) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Foxbat class Pathfinder UQ 12 16 0 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design. UQ-2S30
    Yaeai class Recon Pinnace UQS 14 60 0 6 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design with a Keith illustration.


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    1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
    2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
    3. Marc Miller. Traders and Gunboats (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 8.
    4. Marc Miller. Traders and Gunboats (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 11.
    5. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
    6. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), 738.
    7. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
    8. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak