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A Drone is an unpiloted vehicle or spacecraft.

  • Most drone spacecraft are considered U-class Utility Craft.
  • They are known by a variety of names.
  • They come in every size, mission, and type imaginable from nanocytes to munition-sized microdrones to mesodrone small-craft to macrodrone big craft.
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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Starship:

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  • Description (Specifications)[edit]

    Drones: These are vehicles that are controlled by an operator from another point, usually a starship. Unlike missiles, drones are not built to be used up with each mission but are intended to be reused. However, since they have no crew, they can be abandoned or placed at great risk if necessary. [1]

    Image Repository[edit]

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    Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

    No information yet available.

    Supraclass Roles[edit]

    Drones typically serve the following roles:

    1. Combat Drone (UDQ)
    2. Construction Drone (UDG)
    3. Countermeasure Drone (UDQ)
    4. Courier Drone (UDX)
    5. Deception Drone (UDL)
    6. Defense Drone (UDQ)
    7. Drone (ZD) (Namesake)
    8. Fire Support Drone (UDQ)
    9. Fuel Drone (UDF)
    10. Suicide Drone (UDQ)
    11. Mine Drone (UDQ) (Explosive Weapon)
    12. Mining Drone (UDG) (Ore Processing Device)
    13. Probe Drone (UDL)
    14. Recon Drone (UDL)
    15. Reconnoissance Drone (UDL)
    16. Repair Drone (UDG)
    17. Rescue Drone (UDX) (as their purpose is to move people)
    18. Science Drone (UDL)
    19. Sensor Drone (UDL)
    20. Survey Drone (UDL)
    21. Target Drone (UD)

    Size-Class Roles for Drones[edit]

    1. Nanocyte (X < 0.001 ton) (U??)
    2. Microdrone (X < 1.0 ton) (UD)
    3. Mesodrone (Smallcraft) (UD)
    4. Macrodrone (Bigcraft) (ZD)

    Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

    These vessels and munitions typically serve the following archetypal roles:

    Type UD and ZD Drone Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
    Drone AKA Microdrone UD TBD None
    • U = Utility, Multipurpose, etc.
    • D = Drone
    Drone AKA Mesodrone UD TBD None
    • U = Utility, Multipurpose, etc.
    • D = Drone
    Fuel Drone UDF Icepick class Fuel/Ice Harvesting Drone Fuel drones (if under 100 tons) are Type-UDF craft.
    • U = Utility, Multipurpose, etc.
    • D = Drone
    • F = Fuel
    Mining Drone UDG Mint class Mining Drone Mining drones (if under 100 tons) are Type-UDG craft.
    • U = Utility, Multipurpose, etc.
    • D = Drone
    • G = Industrial
    Probe Drone UDL MOLRASP class Sensor Drone Probe drones (if under 100 tons) are Type-UDL craft.
    • U = Utility, Multipurpose, etc.
    • D = Drone
    • L = Science, sensor, research, laboratory, etc.
    Combat Drone UDQ System Defense Brick class Defense Drone Refers to any drone where the primary purpose is combat, or to deter via a show of force the possibility of combat. Most armed drones are UDQ-Type.
    • U = Utility, Multipurpose, etc.
    • D = Drone
    • Q = Combat support craft
    Courier Drone UDX Zip class Courier Drone Since smallcraft are incapable of traveling faster than light (thus, laser and radio outpace them for communications), Type-UDX craft are used for carrying small cargoes (relative to what even a typical Tramp Vessel can carry), including hardcopy communications which can not or should not be transmitted (such as physically sealed orders, and sometimes key individuals in tense situations who must quickly cross long ranges between hostile fleets while demonstrably unarmed and unescorted, where either the individual can not pilot or the drone must be recovered).
    • U = Utility, Multipurpose, etc.
    • D = Drone
    • X = Courier, comms
    Drone AKA Macrodrone ZD TBD Large naval drones are categorized as Type-ZD craft if they do not have a more specific type and mission code.
    • Z = Special Mission Craft
    • D = Drone

    History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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    Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

    Munition - Drone:

    Ship Summary List[edit]

    Some of the most commonly used drones in this role or these roles include:

    15 Representative Drone Smallcraft (UD) Classes

    Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
    Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
    Dover-Gabe class Courier Robot UDX 50 Smallcraft X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Fuelbag class Fuel Depot Drone UDX 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
    Mk 41 Mod 0 class Torpedo UD 0.003 Smallcraft 10 Third Imperium 0 8 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Mk 42 class Recon Drone UDQ 0.003 Smallcraft 10 Third Imperium 0 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Icepick class Fuel/Ice Harvesting Drone UDF 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
    Iron Worm class Interceptor UDQ 10 Smallcraft 12 Terran Confederation 0 15 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
    Mint class Mining Drone UDG 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
    Mk 41 Mod 0 class Torpedo UD 0.003 Smallcraft 10 Third Imperium 0 8 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Mk 42 class Recon Drone UDQ 0.003 Smallcraft 10 Third Imperium 0 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    MOLRASP class Sensor Drone UDL X Smallcraft 15 Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Quarter Hammer class Construction Drone UDG 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
    Stardisc class Probe Drone UDL 10 Smallcraft 10 United States Space Force 0 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
    System Defense Brick class Defense Drone UDQ 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
    Wolfhound class Sensor Drone UDL X Smallcraft x Solomani Confederation X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Zip class Courier Drone UDX 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.


    0 Representative Drone Bigcraft (ZD) Classes
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