Deneb class Modular Starship

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Deneb class Modular Starship
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The nose and bridge of a Deneb class Modular Starship
Type: RV Modular Freighter
Category ACS
Size 300 Tons
Hull Configuration Wedge Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–12
Computer Model/2
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Hardpoints 1
Staterooms 2
Crew 3
High/Mid Passengers
Cargo 5 Tons
Fuel tank 42 Tons
Carried craft 6 30t modules
Construction Time 19 Months
Origin Third Imperium
Manufacturer Ling-Standard Products
Cost MCr95.21
Quick Ship Profile RV-CS22
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Canon Published, non-canon design
Designer Ron Vutpakdi
Design System Mongoose Traveller
Era 1105
Reference LSP Modular Starship 1-39.

The Deneb class Modular Starship TL–12 Modular Starship. It is also known as the LSP Modular Starship.


This technical dossier outlines Ling Standard Product’s 300 ton modular starship, The ship designed to be a multi-purpose workhorse capable of easy customisation through the changeout of standard 30 ton Cutter Modules. The ship is seem throughout the Imperium, and with its six module capacity is used in roles as diverse as military support, cargo hauling, exploration, and research. [1]

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Deneb class Modular Starship on a trade mission in orbit over a rich world.
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General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

LSP’s 300 ton ship is built to a streamlined configuration resembling a wedge, enabling the ship to land on the surface of a planet and drop off or pick up cutter modules. The Denebs have a small crew compartment in a pod at the front of the ship, housing the staterooms, computer, and bridge. Behind this pod is a framework to hold six cutter modules. A 1.5m high accessway runs from the front pod over the cutter modules to the drive section of the ship at the rear, which holds the powerplant, some fuel, maneuver drive, and jump drive. The two centerline cutter modules also attach to the underside of the accessway. Cutter Modules are slotted in place, allowing egress from one module to another all the way to the rear drive section. [2]

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. [3]

Basic Ship Characteristics [4]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull 300 tons. Streamlined Wedge Hull.
2. Crew 3 crew: pilot, astrogator, engineer. Often runs with an additional pilot. More crew may be needed for the modules.
  • The ship can be run at a pinch with a crew of three (pilot, navigator and engineer), but depending on the ship’s current configuration and purpose, additional crew are carried in the modules that are carried. Most operators however run a standard crew of four, the fourth position being another pilot.[5]
3. Performance / Engineering Propulsion:
  • Jump-2 (needs at least one module dedicated to fuel to achieve this; if not, can only achieve Jump-1)
  • 2-G acceleration
  • Power Plant-2
  • 6-EPs
  • Agility-2

  • The integral fuel tanks only hold enough fuel for a single parsec jump. In practice, Deneb class ships typically carry at least one Fuel module to provide Jump-2 capability. With no modules installed the ship reverts to “stanard” streamlining and is only capable of 1–G acceleration due to the lack of structural integrity. In order to qualify for full streamlining and 2-G acceleration the ship must have as a minimum, the two modules attached along the centerline.[6]
4. Main Section / Electronics Model/2 ship computer.
5. Hardpoints x3 hardpoints.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • A single triple turret is provided along with a one ton armory for storage of 12 missiles. The turret is empty to allow customisation of armament. Only the forward port and forward starboard module locations have the necessary sensor and communication connections and the bracing to support modules mounting a turret. Modules with turrets may be placed in other locations in the module framework, but operating the turrets in those locations is not possible.[7]
7. Defenses Defensive Equipment:
8. Craft / Drones None
9. Fuel Treatment Fueling Equipment:
10. Cost MCr95.21.
11. Construction Time 19 months to build, 16 months in quantity.
12. Remarks Other Equipment:

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Imperial Megacorp Ling Standard Products (LSP) decided that the success of its 50 ton Modular Cutter warranted a starship that utilized the tens of thousands of 30 ton cutter modules that had been built since 988. The idea was to create a starship that could be easily configured for any use by its owners, simply by swapping out modules. For instance, a modular starship with five 30 ton cargo modules could easily be converted to passenger use by swapping in one to five passenger modules. Other organizations like the Scout Service or Navies could procure a multi-role starship which could act as a tanker with 6 fuel modules, then be configured as an ATV carrier using the Vehicle modules, and then a mobile hospital by incorporating Field Hospital modules. [8]

In 992 LSP’s Deneb Design Directorate produced its first design, a 300 ton modular starship with Jump-2 capability and 2-G acceleration, and space for 6 standard cutter modules. The design was refined and a prototype built and flown in 997. [9]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Vessel Peculiarities: The major issue with modular ships is they are never as efficient as a custom-built design, by the nature of the support systems required for the operation of each module. Nevertheless, it is felt that flexibility is more important than any other consideration in some scenarios. [10]

Class Naming Practice/s: Called the Deneb class after the Directorate’s location, the design was offered for sale throughout the Imperium, gathering orders in particular from research organizations, the Scout Service and local planetary navies, who saw its utility. Denebs are now seen throughout the Imperium plying trade routes as multi-role freighter/passenger ships, acting as light auxiliaries in Planetary and Colonial navies, and undertaking different missions for the Scout Service and research organizations. [11]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

14 Representative Modular Freighter (RV) Classes[edit]


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Mongoose Traveller This ship was originally designed using Mongoose Traveller (1st Edition) ship design rules.