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A J-class Prospector Vessel is a specialized vessel that surveys systems for valuable resources.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Starship:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Prospector vessels are an important part of the economy as they do survey work, identify valuable resources, seek out accessible stockpiles, and later redirect significant mining and processing assets to the largest and most promising mineral and/or other valuable resources.

Image Repository[edit]

Prospector Vessel - Largecraft and/or Bigcraft:

  1. An Arzhent class Prospector/Surveyor.
    Arzent-class-Thomas-R-Peters-FAN-ART 03-Feb-2019a.jpg
  2. A Kteiroa class Seeker on route to potential resource-rich star system.
    Kteiroa-MGT-RESIZE-Aslan-pg-107 23-Oct-2019b.jpg
  3. This is a side view and a top view of a smaller layout of the modular ship known as the Roca Maestro class Modular Ore Hauler.
    Roca-Maestro-class-Modular Ore-Hauler--SIDE-VIEW-T5-Tom-Mouat 07-Aug-2019b.jpg
  4. A typical Type J class Seeker preparing to enter jumpspace.
    Jump-FTL-WH-Keith-CT-Starter-Trav-Pg-28 03-July-2018a.jpg

Prospector Vessel - Smallcraft:

  1. Two Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutters making planetfall.
    Bathypshere-class-Boyd-Stone-T5-Jim-K 25-July-2019a.jpg
  2. A Tomar class Industrial Mining Launch equipped with two 15-ton Ore Pods, a kind of Cargo Container.
    Tomar-class-Ind-Launch-IMAGE-Tom-Mouat-Fan 20-July-2019b.jpg

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Prospectors and seekers perform the following missions:

  1. Resource Prospecting
  2. Resource Recovery ("Mining")
  3. Resource Surveying
  4. Other specialized uses

They are noncombatants and are not intended to do anything other than run from hostiles.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Prospectors AKA Seekers typically serve the following roles:
Largecraft & Bigcraft:

  1. Asteroid Miner (JB)
  2. Asteroid Prospector (JB)
  3. Belter Craft (JB)
  4. Belter Ship (JB)
  5. Mining Vessel (JM & GM)
  6. Prospector Vessel (J) (Namesake)
  7. Resource Collector (J)
  8. Resource Hunter (JM)
  9. Resource Scout (JM)
  10. Seeker (J)
  11. Survey Scout (LU)
  12. Survey Ship (LU)

Size-Class Roles for Transport Vessels[edit]

  1. Industrial Smallcraft (UG) (1 to 99 tons)
  2. Prospector Vessel (J) (100 to 2,499 tons)
  3. Light Industrial Vessel (GL) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
  4. Medium Industrial Vessel (GM) (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
  5. Heavy Industrial Vessel (GH) (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
  6. Superheavy Industrial Vessel (GS) (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
  7. Ultraheavy Industrial Vessel (GU) (1,000,000 or more tons)

Civilian Subcraft[edit]

Civilian subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

  1. Barge (WB)
  2. Utility Craft (U)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

J-class Prospector Vessel Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Resource Collector J Jackie class Seeker None
Belter Craft JB Seeker class Asteroid Prospector Belter craft perform many of the same missions as prospectors, but are specialized to search planetoid or asteroid belts, requiring less ship performance and cost, but also adding more risk. Belting is a highly dangerous vocation. Many belters use non-jump capable boats.
  • B = Belter
Mining Vessel JM Udzuekh class Mining Vessel Mining vessels follow prospectors and belters, doing extraction and processing at low to medium levels. Truly large resource quantities will attract industrial mining assets. Smaller yields can be handled by smaller, yet capable mining vessels.
  • M = Mining
Prospector Vessel AKA Seeker JP Arzhent class Prospector/Surveyor Prosecutors or Seekers have a straight forward job: Enter un-assayed star systems and investigate, looking for valuable resources worthy of bringing industrial mining vessels or even mining stations for later widespread, industrial extraction, and processing.
  • P = Prospector, Seeker, etc.
Survey Vessel LU Donosev class Survey Scout Survey scouts and other science vessels often perform the first data assays of a system, which later attract an array of prospecting, seeking, and belter attention. The missions of survey vessels and prospecting vessels overlap.
  • L = Laboratory
  • U = sUrvey
Industrial Smallcraft UG Tomar class Industrial Mining Launch None
  • U = Utility
  • G = Great Industrial
NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

While all Prospectors are Belters, not all Belters are Prospectors, as it is a Prospector who identifies suitable targets for later Asteroid Miners.

At minimum, a Propsector needs a way to get to their target asteroids, a way of assessing them and a way of recording their finds. These things are true whether the Prospector is a lone independant, or part of a Megacorporate survey team.

Generally, Prospectors operate small spaceships or starships, going from rock to rock. Sometimes, Prospectors are dropped off by their mothership, and then survey the rock operating out of temporary shelters on the asteroid itself, with the mothership returning once the survey is complete. This allows multiple teams of belters to operate out of one mothership, allowing gains in economy.

While more expensive, jump capable starships enable encounters with pirates to be avoided, making Prospecting a much safer operation. Many Prospectors use modified IISS Type S scouts, usually referred to as 'Seekers', as the IISS sensor package and robust life support and engineering systems are particularily suited to several month long survey expiditions.

Assessment is done by a combination of sensors, scientific instruments and samples for later analysis by better equipment. Part of the skill of a Prospector is knowing what to survey, where and for how long - an experienced Prospector knows when to look for veins of intrusive material, when to sample randomly in a homogenous body and when to abandon an unprofitable rock for another target.

Generally speaking, Prospectors simply record the location and orbit of their surveyed asteroids, as this will allow the target to be located at a future time. Sometimes, beacons are placed on particular rocks, but this is more commonly done to denote asteroids as the legal property of some entity. Some belters broadcast their results to base, but this is unusual in less secure Outsystems, as it may alert Pirates or claim jumpers to the presence of the Belter.

Imperial systems often require a Belter to lodge a temporary survey claim on the asteroids proposed to be surveyed. This claim is generally for 90 days, and then either has to be upgraded to a more expensive Exploitation Licence or abandoned.

Some Prospectors operate without ever entering their target system, by taking existing surveys and applying new techniques, or looking for now in-demand metals or compounds. Generally, once potentially profitable target is found, another Prospector is hired to resurvey the target asteroid and confirm the results. This technique extensively applied by Imperial Megacorporations, who in some systems have series of survey results stretching back hundreds of years.

Prospectors can also operate on planetary surfaces.

Typical Resource Exploitation Process[edit]

Typical Mining Sequence:

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Vessel - Seeker / Prospector:
Type J class Prospector Vessel:

  1. Type JB class Belter's Ship
    1. Seeker class Asteroid Prospector
  2. Type JM class Mining Ship
    1. Udzuekh class Mining Vessel
  3. Type JP class Prospector Vessel AKA Type J class Seeker
    1. Arzhent class Prospector/Surveyor
    2. Jackie class Seeker
    3. Khazad class Seeker
    4. Kteiroa class Seeker
  4. Type UG class Industrial Smallcraft
    1. Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutter
    2. Prospector class Remote Fuel Scavenger
    3. Tomar class Industrial Mining Launch

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

11 Representative Prospector Vessel (J) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Arzhent class Prospector/Surveyor JP 180 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jackie class Seeker JP 100 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Khazad class Seeker JP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kteiroa class Seeker JP 200 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Seeker class Asteroid Prospector JB 100 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type J class Seeker JP 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VJ class Seeker JPV 200 ACS X Vargr Extents X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Udzuekh class Mining Vessel JMV 400 ACS 11 Vargr Extents 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
VCS 891 class Resource Scout JP 100 ACS 10 Viyard Concourse 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Wobbegong class Seeker JP 100 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Zukseg class Seeker JPV 200 ACS X Vargr Extents X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


1 Representative Belter Craft (JB) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Seeker class Asteroid Prospector JB 100 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


1 Representative Mining Vessel (JM) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Udzuekh class Mining Vessel JMV 400 ACS 11 Vargr Extents 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.


9 Representative Prospector Vessel (JP) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Arzhent class Prospector/Surveyor JP 180 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jackie class Seeker JP 100 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Khazad class Seeker JP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kteiroa class Seeker JP 200 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type J class Seeker JP 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VJ class Seeker JPV 200 ACS X Vargr Extents X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
VCS 891 class Resource Scout JP 100 ACS 10 Viyard Concourse 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Wobbegong class Seeker JP 100 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Zukseg class Seeker JPV 200 ACS X Vargr Extents X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


15 Representative Survey Vessel (LU) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Baso Rita class Small Survey Ship LU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Donosev class Survey Scout LU 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 3 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Elson class Explorer Vessel LU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Explorer class Survey Cruiser LU 800 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Lintula class Survey Vessel LU 300 ACS 12 Sylean Federation 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Louis & Clark class Scout Surveyor LU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nostrii class Science Scout LU 100 ACS 13 Third Imperium 3 1.2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Pytheas class Exploratory Cruiser LU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Talon class Survey Cruiser LU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type C class Survey Cruiser LU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type EDSV class Extended Duration Survey Vessel LU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type HX class Explorer LU 200 ACS 12 Hive Federation 3 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ulysses class Long-Range Scout LU 600 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 3 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
VCS 889 class Survey Ship LU 300 ACS 10 Viyard Concourse 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Worldbooker class Survey Ship LU 400 ACS 14 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.


3 Representative Industrial Smallcraft (UG) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutter UG 60 Smallcraft 14 Third Imperium 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Prospector class Remote Fuel Scavenger UG 10 Smallcraft X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Tomar class Industrial Mining Launch UG 20 Smallcraft 10 Third Imperium 0 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


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