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Largecraft: Vessels at or over a hundred tons in weight or displacement are considered to be largecraft.

  • While most bigcraft are considered to be NAFAL boats, most largecraft are considered FTL craft with jump drives.
  • The two definitions possess some semantic overlap.
  • Largecraft are the vast majority of star wandering vessels that are not smallcraft nor bigcraft.
  • Some very early technology vessels were intended for interstellar voyages despite having only NAFAL engines and these antiquated vessels are considered bigcraft. They include sleeper ships and generation ships.
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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]

Largecraft is the general catchall category for significant, star faring FTL vessels. The category excludes smallcraft and bigcraft… and little else. Almost any large starcraft is a largecraft. The term is so ubiquitous that few feel a need to mention it.

Naval Ship Synopsis by Size-Role[edit]

These vary in tonnage and in their intended function or role.

Ship Classification by Size in TL:13-15 [1]
# Type Tonnage Class Commonality Remarks
1. Smallcraft (Subcraft) 0 to 99 tons Vehicle Ubiquitous Smallcraft are NAFAL or STL.
2. Bigcraft (Subcraft) 100 tons or larger Vehicle or Ship Uncommon Bigcraft are designed for NAFAL capabilities, but some mistakenly call them FTL.
3. Largecraft (Non-subcraft) 100 tons or larger Vehicle or Ship Uncommon Largecraft are designed FTL.
  • Largecraft are NOT designed to be carried by larger carrier craft as Subcraft.
  • This class represents regular ships and overlaps with many other ship organizational categories.
  • Largecraft mount jump drives. If they lack jump drives, they are called bigcraft.
4. Adventure Class Ships (ACS) 100 to 2,499 tons Ship or Vessel Common Adventure Class ships may be FTL or NAFAL.
5. Battle Class Ships (BCS) 2,500 to 249,999 tons Ship or Vessel Uncommon Battle Class ships may be FTL or NAFAL.
6. Fleet Class Ships (FCS) 250,000 to 999,999 tons Ship or Vessel Rare Fleet Class ships may be FTL or NAFAL.
7. World Class Ships (WCS) 1,000,000 tons or larger Ship or Vessel Ultra-rare World Class ships may be FTL or NAFAL.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The rise of size-based ship terminology came from the unique properties of the conventional jump drive in Charted Space. Jump Drives from TL-10 to TL-15 require a minimum mass of 100.0 tons or larger. Proper jump bubbles and fields cannot be created with less mass displacement. Some day, someone will miniaturize the technology and be able to create a jump transition bubble at any mass displacement, but the peculiarities of the contemporary technology preclude smaller craft. This greatly affects naval architecture.

Bigcraft vs. Largecraft[edit]

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak