Gunsan class Orbital Dockyard

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Gunsan class Orbital Dockyard
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Distant Fringe object.
Type: WO Orbital Dockyard
Category BCS
Size 90,000 Tons
Hull Configuration Dispersed Structure Hull
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
Computer Model/5
Jump J-0
Maneuver 0.5 G
Hardpoints 900
Staterooms 0
Crew 516
    Officers 104
    Enlisted 412
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 14,000.0 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Distant Fringe
Year Operational Unknown
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCr30,060.950 (base)
MCr24,048.760 (qty)
Architect fee Ade Stewart
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Also see Space Station
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Reference Fan: Ade Stewart
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Gunsan class Orbital Dockyard is a large Space Station.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Orbital Dockyard is a large commercial orbital facility found within systems in the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as an Orbital Complex. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Gunsan class Orbital Dockyard with an Olympian class Cruise Liner (silhouetted) alongside.
    J0 90000dT Orbital Dock.jpg
  2. Beside a Gunsan class Orbital Dockyard. As is common with this design, the factory components are located around the exterior of the construction cylinder according to the operators preferences.
    Gunsan class Orbital Dockyard.png

General Description[edit]

The dockyard is constructed as a Dispersed Structure. The core of the station is the yard space, an empty cylinder surrounded by joined rings with an enclosed volume of approximately 1.3 million dTons. Sections within this cylinder are set aside as maintenance facilities, an engineering plant, and an equipment testing facility: each area has multiple hangars and sealed compartments. Individual dockyards contain the same basic elements but their layouts may vary considerably, depending on the needs and preferences of the operator.

The main section of the dockyard is a boxy structure built onto the exterior of the rings. It contains much of the heavy machinery, the operations control center, and the crew and passenger accommodations. An enclosed boatyard is set aside for the manufacture of smaller starships and smallcraft.

Each area of the dockyard can be accessed by transportation pods that follow trackways mounted on the interior of the yard rings. All sections of the yard can also be accessed by internal walkways, though many areas have no grav plates and some sections may not be pressurized.

The dockyard mounts x80 Heavy Repulsor units in bays spread over the interior of the yard space rings. These are used as construction tools, working in groups to maneuver and manipulate very large components.

J0 90000dT Orbital Dock Plan.jpg
A basic plan of the station indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.

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) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage The Orbital Dockyard is constructed using a 90,000 dTon hull built in a dispersed structure configuration. The hull is unstreamlined and cannot survive entry into a planetary atmosphere.
  • Individual sections of the dockyard are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There are multiple airlocks located around the dockyard.
  • The complex is not capable of surface landings and risks catastrophic structural failure in significant gravity wells.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 516

There are x1000 Staterooms.

  • x320 Staterooms are given over to crew quarters. Officers and senior staff have individual cabins: all other quarters are double occupancy.
  • x80 Staterooms are given over to machine shops, office space, recreational facilities and a large medical bay.
  • x600 Staterooms are provided for construction crews, engineering teams, specialists, and visitors.

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

  • There are secure lockers with a total volume of 80 dTons.
  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the facility. Sections of the dockyard can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance The dockyard mounts a Maneuver half-drive, and a Power Plant-1, giving performance of 0.5-G acceleration (sufficient for orbital positioning only) and producing 900 Energy Points. The dockyard does not have an agility rating. The dedicated internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a number of control rooms.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/5 Computer: the dockyard has x3 backup Model/5 Computers.
5. Hardpoints x900 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the station. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific situations.
  • There are 100 unused hardpoints. No additional space is set aside for fire control.
6. Armament The dockyard is unarmed.
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x80 100-Ton bays, mounting Repulsors. The Repulsors face inward and are used as construction tools, using gravitic forces to manipulate and maneuver large components.

The dockyard is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.

8. Craft The dockyard is not supplied with intrinsic subcraft: these are purchased as required by the yard's operators.

There are multiple large enclosed hangars located around the station: the hangars have a total volume of 50,000 dTons and can be sealed.

9. Fuel Treatment The dockyard has dedicated internal fuel tankage of 900 dTons.

The yard has auxiliary fuel tankage of 2,600 dTons, sufficient to provide an operational supply of fuel to vessels berthed within it.

10. Cost The basic cost of the station is MCr30,060.950
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the units in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price per unit to MCr24,048.760.
  • The station is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 205 weeks (51 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 Standard cargo capacity amounts to 14,000 dTons. Some of this space is occupied by specialist manufacturing equipment and machinery, though much holds preassembled ship components and fittings and a range of raw and processed materials necessary to the construction process.
  • The cargo holds can be sealed and have independent life support and environmental systems.
  • Sections of the hold may be isolated if desired and can be provided with specialized environmental conditions, typically refrigeration.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Gunsan class Orbital Dockyards are rugged and known for their excellent safety record. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the onboard electronics and the fit out of internal spaces.

Support Craft[edit]

The station relies on a variety of support craft.

Interface Craft:


Distant Fringe Vessels[edit]

The Distant Fringe is said to be a far rimward-trailing area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, lying hundreds of parsecs from the rest of Charted Space and separated from it by 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. Data about stations and facilities may be known from records found aboard such far-flung craft.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

A number of companies manufacture facilities equivalent to the Gunsan class dockyard.

They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics

  • Each variant class of yard 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 stations within a class are issued specific designations.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Artificial SatellitesSpace Stations:

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  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