Constance class Launch

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Constance class Launch
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: UML Smallcraft
Agility X
Also see Utility Craft - Smallcraft
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 40.0 Tons
Cost MCr18.850 (base)
MCr15.080 (qty)
Crew 1
Enlisted 0
Officers 1
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Unknown
Jump J-0
Maneuver 2 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/1
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 1 High/Med 0 Low
QSP U-5A20
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 50 Tons
Size-cat Smallcraft
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–9
USP UM–0202210–030000–00000-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Constance class Launch is a noncombatant smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Launch is designed to transport passengers in a variety of circumstances. It uses the same basic hull as the Lifeboat. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL-9 design.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Constance class Launch.
    J0 50dT Launch.jpg

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

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull The Launch is constructed using a 50 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving improved atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 1
  • x1 Pilot. If the vessel is carried as a subcraft, this individual serves as service crew aboard the parent vessel when not required for piloting duties.

Accommodations

There is 1 small stateroom. This serves as an office, galley or medical bay as necessary and contains a small fresher.

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

  • 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 x3 small emergency lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Maneuver-2 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2-G acceleration and producing 1 Energy Point. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant approximately 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section is controlled from the cockpit. Access to the machinery can be gained via a sealable hatch.
4. Electronics The cockpit contains x2 acceleration couches and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/1 Computer: no backup Computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
  • There is one unused hardpoint and 1 dTon is set aside for fire control.
6. Armament The Launch is unarmed.
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.
  • 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 1 dTon.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr18.850.
  • The ship is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • 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 of each unit to MCr15.080.
11. Construction Time 24 weeks (5.5 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 Cargo capacity amounts to 40 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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]

Civilian Ship - Smallcraft - Utility Craft - Launch:

  1. Type UML class Launch
    1. Constance class Launch
    2. Damgarrii class Passenger Launch
    3. Generic Launch / Lifeboat
    4. Gillow class Launch
    5. Last Armada class Launch
    6. Rodgers class Skiff
    7. Stead class Modular Launch
    8. Venters class Launch

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  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