Gallant class Assault Shuttle

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Gallant class Assault Shuttle
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
TBD
Type: UIS Gunship
Agility {{{agility}}}
Also see Combat Transport
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 4 Tons
Cost MCr104.550 (base)
MCr83.640 (qty)
Crew 2
Enlisted 1
Officers 1
EOS {{{EOS}}}
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull [[Wedge Hull]]
Illustration No
IOC TBD
Jump J-0
Maneuver 5 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/2
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 30 High/Med 0 Low
QSP PG-8A50
Reference Fan: Ade Alagoric Stewart
Size 80 Tons
Size-cat Smallcraft
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP UI–0105820–600000–20001-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Gallant class Assault Shuttle is a combat smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Assault Shuttle is a solid, reliable vessel designed to transport troops and supplies into dangerous areas. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL-11 design.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A side view of a Gallant class Assault Shuttle smallcraft.
    J0 80dT Assault Shuttle.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) when necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull This Assault Shuttle is constructed using an 80 dTon hull built in a generally wedge-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving improved atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • The vessel has an airlock.
  • The vessel has a sturdy retractable landing legs, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 2
  • x1 pilot and x1 gunner.
  • If the vessel is carried as a subcraft, these individuals serve as service crew aboard the parent vessel when not required for flight duties.

Accommodations

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators. The vessel has full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple small emergency lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Maneuver-5 drive and a Power Plant-8, giving performance of 5-G acceleration and producing 6.4 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 5. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant approximately 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section is controlled from the cockpit. Access to the machinery can be gained via a sealable hatch.
4. Electronics The cockpit area contains x2 acceleration couches and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/2 Computer: no backup computer is installed.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
6. Armament x1 mixed triple turret holding x2 Beam Lasers and x1 Missile Rack.
7. Defenses The hull is plated, braced and structurally reinforced, with an armor rating of 6.
  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
8. Craft The vessel carries no subcraft.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 6.4 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr104.550.
  • The ship is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price of each unit to MCr83.640.
11. Construction Time 32 weeks (8.5 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments Cargo capacity amounts to 4 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

An ubiquitous design used throughout the Distant Fringe, the Assault Shuttle is durable and reliable. 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.

Distant Fringe Vessels[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Individual vessels are generally named by their crews.

  • Individual vessels within the class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes.
  • Naming a ship is considered a serious affair and is generally accompanied by a traditional ceremony, usually pouring a local beverage over the bows of the craft. Spacefarers tend to be superstitious folk and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Smallcraft - Gunboat:

Smallcraft - Utility Craft:

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak