Gaia class Luxury Liner
|Gaia class Luxury Liner|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: MPL Luxury Liner|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Passengers||650 High/Med 400 Low|
|Reference||Ade Alagoric Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
- It is a Civilian Ship and a Luxury Liner.
- The vessel is a TL-11 design.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
The Luxury Liner is a large commercial passenger transport commonly encountered along Star Lanes within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Luxury Liner and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
The Gaia class Liner is a streamlined flattened cone with a mean diameter of 31 meters and a length of around 160 meters. Some sections are narrower and some are wider, giving it a total enclosed volume of approximately 135,000 cubic meters.
Fuel tanks wrap around the central and rear sections of the ship. The cargo hold includes the cryogenic (low berth) section. Working sections of the vessel such as the laundry, the galleys and general crew quarters are located aft. Senior officers are accommodated forward, close to the bridge, while stewards have rooms close to passenger cabins. Middle passage accommodations are found in the less desirable midsection of the vessel while first class cabins are traditionally forward, often with windows offering spectacular views. The main commercial strip and leisure facilities are located in the forward core regions and are focused on an open Atrium area capped with a spectacular domed ceiling.
Basic Ship Characteristics
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) where necessary. 
|1.||Tonnage||The Luxury Liner is constructed using a 10,000 dTon hull built in a generally conical configuration. The hull is fully streamlined, giving good atmospheric performance that is reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew||Total Crew Complement: 157
There are 900 Staterooms.
There are x400 Low Berths. The low berths are tended by the vessel's medical staff, assisted by properly trained stewards.
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-3 drive, and a Power Plant-3, giving performance of Jump-2, 3-G acceleration, and producing 300 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2 and an emergency agility of 3. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/3 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/3 Computer.|
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Luxury Liner is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is unarmored.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 2,300 dTons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel is MCr7,194.407|
|11.||Construction Time||160 weeks (40 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 850 dTons.|
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. Luxury Liners generally follow predetermined routes, often with extended layovers at locations to allow tourism and sightseeing. Liners of this type have been pressed into service as troop transports during conflicts.
Distant Fringe Vessels
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.
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.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Gaia class.
They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics: the most notable of these "mirror" designs is the remarkably similar Olympian class Cruise Liner. Olympians and Gaians often directly compete on profitable routes. There is intense rivalry between individual vessels and their crews.
- Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
- Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their owners. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type MP class Passenger Freighter
- Gaia class Luxury Liner
- Horizon class Passenger Freighter
- Jelmirt Marquis class High Liner
- King Richard class Interstellar Liner
- Last Armada class Personnel Transport
- Nebula class Starliner
- Olympian class Cruise Liner
- Royal class Interstellar Liner
- Sapphire Moon class Moduleship
- Shuvalivashtu class Luxury Liner
- Clii Argu class Common Transport (Type TC class Common Transport)
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