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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 smallcraft to macrodrone bigcraft.
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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
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Description (Specifications)[edit]

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Image Repository[edit]

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Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

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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. Defense Drone (UDQ)
  6. Drone (ZD) (Namesake)
  7. Fire Support Drone (UDQ)
  8. Fuel Drone (UDF)
  9. Suicide Drone (UDQ)
  10. Mine Drone (UDQ) (Explosive Weapon)
  11. Mining Drone (UDG) (Ore Processing Device)
  12. Probe Drone (UDL)
  13. Recon Drone (UDL)
  14. Reconnoissance Drone (UDL)
  15. Repair Drone (UDG)
  16. Rescue Drone (UDX) (as their purpose is to move people)
  17. Science Drone (UDL)
  18. Sensor Drone (UDL)
  19. Survey Drone (UDL)
  20. 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
  • D = Drone
Drone AKA Mesodrone UD TBD None
  • D = Drone
Fuel Drone UDF Icepick class Fuel/Ice Harvesting Drone Fuel drones (if under 100 tons) are Type-UDF craft.
  • D = Drone
  • F = Fuel
Mining Drone UDG Mint class Mining Drone Mining drones (if under 100 tons) are Type-UDG craft.
  • D = Drone
  • G = Industrial
Probe Drone UDL TBD Probe drones (if under 100 tons) are Type-UDL craft.
  • 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 show of force the possibility of combat. Most armed drones are UDQ-Type.
  • 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).
  • 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:

9 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 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 starship design.
Icepick class Fuel/Ice Harvesting Drone UDF 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Mint class Mining Drone UDG 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship 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.
Quarter Hammer class Construction Drone UDG 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
System Defense Brick class Defense Drone UDQ 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Zip class Courier Drone UDX 10 Smallcraft 12 Second Imperium 0 7 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.


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