Harbor class Orbital Station

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Harbor class Orbital Station
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Distant Fringe object.
Type: WO Orbital Complex
Category [[BCS]]
Size 95000 Tons
Hull Configuration Close Structure Hull
Streamlining Partially Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
Computer Model/5
Jump J-0
Maneuver 0.5 G
Hardpoints 950
Staterooms 0
Crew 727
    Officers 146
    Enlisted 581
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 25000 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Distant Fringe
Year Operational No information yet available.
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCr31,025.000 (base)
MCr24,820.000 (qty)
Architect fee Ade Stewart
Quick Ship Profile Not applicable.
Blueprint Yes
Illustration No
Also see Satellites
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Reference Fan: Ade Stewart
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Harbor class Orbital Station is a large Space Station.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

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

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Harbor class Orbital Station with an Olympian class Cruise Liner (silhouetted) alongside.
    J-0 95000dT Orbital Station.jpg
  2. Approaching a Harbor class Orbital Station.
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General Description[edit]

The station is constructed as a close structure. It has four major elements - a flattened sphere-shaped primary hull containing the passenger facilities, a tall spire, a long commercial berthing arm, and a shorter military berthing arm. The primary hull has a height of 40 meters, a diameter of 220 meters, and contains 10 decks of varying height. The spire has a height of 150 meters and contains 45 decks. The military arm has a length of 180 meters and terminates in a COACC installation. The commercial arm has a length of around 450 meters and terminates in isolation and quarantine facilities. Some sections of the station are narrower and some are wider, giving it a total enclosed volume of approximately 1,280,000 cubic meters.

The main fuel tanks and the heavy machinery are located at the base of the spire and the main control center forms its peak. The main cargo holds are located below the fuel tanks, forming the upper decks of the primary hull, and include the cryogenic (low berth) sections. General crew quarters are located within the central section of the spire, though Stewards have rooms close to passenger accommodations.

Middle passage accommodations are found in the less desirable inner zones of the primary hull while first class cabins are traditionally located on its edge, often with windows offering spectacular views. The main commercial strip and leisure facilities are located in the primary hull's core zones and are focused on a multi-deck open plaza. The commercial shuttle port lies at the base of the primary hull and below that is a secondary control room.

The arms are immensely strong and are fitted with multiple docking points, an internal walkway, and external transportation pods.

J0 95000dT Orbital Station Schematic.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 Station is constructed using a 95,000 dTon hull built in a close structure configuration. The hull is partially streamlined but does not have the structural strength to survive entry into a planetary atmosphere.
  • Individual sections of the station are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There are multiple airlocks located around the station.
  • The station is not capable of surface landings and risks catastrophic structural failure in significant gravity wells.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: 727
  • x48 Command, x38 Engineering, x94 Gunnery, x285 Service, x250 Passenger Stewards, and x12 Medical Staff.

There are x4500 Staterooms.

  • x450 Staterooms are given over to crew quarters. Officers, senior staff and any celebrities working aboard the station have individual cabins: all other quarters are double occupancy.
  • x50 Staterooms form a state of the art medical facility.
  • Up to x2000 First Class guests may be carried: the stewards attend to their needs. However, staterooms located within less desirable sections of the station are generally available at Second Class rates.
  • The remaining x2000 staterooms are fitted out as public plazas, malls and boutiques, entertainment complexes, casinos, spas and gymnasiums, restaurants, cafes, and other similar amenities.

There are x5000 Low Berths. The low berths are overseen by the station's medical staff, assisted by properly trained service crew. These are most commonly used to store bulk livestock but they may also be utilized by individuals wishing to wait out a period of time (most commonly for financial or tax reasons), or by those seeking medical procedures that may require the arrival of a specialist. It is rare that the station's low berths are fully occupied.

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 20 dTons. These include vaults, safety deposit boxes, and secure holding areas.
  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the facility. Sections of the station can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance The station mounts a Maneuver half-drive, and a Power Plant-1, giving performance of 0.5-G acceleration (sufficient for orbital positioning only) and producing 950 Energy Points. The station 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 station has x3 backup Model/5 Computers.
5. Hardpoints x950 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the station. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific situations.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for an Orbital Station is:

x25 100-Ton bays, mounting Heavy Missile Launchers.

x300 triple Beam Laser turrets, forming thirty batteries each of 10 linked turrets

7. Defenses The hull is heavily plated and structurally reinforced, giving it an armor rating of 4.

x400 triple Sandcaster turrets, forming fourty batteries each of 10 linked turrets

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

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

There are multiple large hangars located around the station: the hangars have a total volume of 15,950 dTons and can be sealed.

9. Fuel Treatment The station has internal fuel tankage of 15,850 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the station is MCr31,025.
  • 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 MCr24,820.
  • The station is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 206 weeks (52 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 25,000 dTons.
  • The cargo hold can be sealed and has 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]

Harbor class Orbital Stations are rugged and known for their excellent safety record. Many are finished to very high standards, offering services and facilities equivalent to surface hotels, leisure complexes and shopping malls, but with the additional benefit that they are free of any local taxes and surcharges. 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.

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 Harbor class Station.

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 station 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