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Vehicles are technological devices intended to convey sophonts or their Goods from one location to another.

  • A vehicle (...from Latin: vehiculum) is a machine or device that transports passengers or cargo.
  • In essence, they are tools constructed using other tools, of varying complexity and sophistication.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Vehicles are a technological item that allows movement of Sophont or Goods from one place to another. Some Vehicles may provide a sealed environment with or without life-support, others may require the occupants and/or crew to provide their own life-support and environmental protection as required.

Vehicles by Environment[edit]

Transportation is developed separately for three key separate environments:

[a]: Starships are a separate category in this wiki, with its own subdivisions

Some vehicles are able to operate across categories: Multi-Environment Vehicles

Additionally, some methods of transport exist that defy the above classifications: Exotic Craft

Vehicles by method of lift[edit]

Aerospace Vessels and Watercraft may achieve lift (movement in the up-down dimension) through Wings, Thrust, Air-Cushion, Magnetic Levitation, Anti-Gravity Lifter and Natural Buoyancy.

Transportation by class of User[edit]

Vehicles may be used by Civil, Paramilitary or Military users. Some vehicles will be specific to roles within one of these realms, but often there is cross-over between realms.

n.b. Equivalent divisions exist for Starships

Vehicle Types by Role[edit]

  1. Personal Vehicle (Low Volume Sophont Transport)
  2. Consumer Vehicle (Medium Volume Sophont Transport)
  3. Mass Transit Vehicle (High Volume [Public] Sophont Transport)
  4. Industrial Vehicle (Vehicles for undertaking Industrial processes, e.g. Mining)
  5. Commercial Vehicle (Vehicles for Transport of Goods)
  6. Combat Vehicle
  7. Combat Support Vehicle

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Expected Technological Progression of Vehicles[edit]

See Transportation Technologies of Charted Space

See also[edit]


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The line between Spaceplane and Spaceship is blurred.
If the design is described as a Vehicle then its a Spaceplane;
if it is described as a Ship its a Spaceship.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]