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Packet Ship: A Packet Ship primarily carries passengers on unscheduled routes. [1]

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

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

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  • Description (Specifications)[edit]

    Packet Ships conduct similar missions to liners and courier vessels. They are generally understood to perform unscheduled missions where postal routes do not exist. Most are equipped with mail vaults and secure staterooms. [2]

    • Vessels such as Armed Packet (UF-CA33) perform unscheduled passenger service for those in a hurry. The crew can be trusted, but these little ships can still find themselves jumping into harm's way. [3]
    • Generally, packet trade is any regularly scheduled cargo, passenger, and X-mail trade conducted by space or starship. The ships are sometimes called "packet boats"—in the same manner as IISS communications craft are called "x-boats"—since their original function was to carry x-mail. However, in modern times they only supplement the official system. While "packet" can mean any small parcel, its usage here most likely comes from its meaning during the pre-spaceflight Terran Age of Sail, where it meant a parcel of important correspondence—usually governmental dispatches—or valuable items for urgent delivery. [4]

    General Definition[edit]

    Packet ships are a class of small merchantmen generally in the 200 to 600-ton range designed to fill the gaps left by the trade lanes that follow the x-boat routes. They may be operated by planetary governments, private individuals, or corporations, they may even be assigned by a subsector duke concerned with developing the economy of their subsector. [5]

    Image Repository[edit]

    1. A schematic outline of the Imperial Armed Packet featured on ship recognition playing cards used by Imperial Marines.
      Packet-Ship-Traveller-Ship-Font-Image-Ian-Stead-Trav 29-May-2019a.jpg
    2. A top down image of the most common Imperial Armed Packet in a common livery.
      Armed-Packet-T5-Core-Rules-FFE 29-May-2019a.png

    Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

    Packet ships perform high priority missions to deliver very high value cargo or passengers to sensitive destinations. They generally focus on high value passengers who carry top secret messages in areas where the fear of electronic intercept is a concern. Packet ships usually travel at high burn to make themselves difficult to intercept. Many use jump shadows or other masking features to minimize detection. [10]

    Supraclass Roles[edit]

    Packet Ships typically serve the following roles:

    1. Armed Packet (XUA)
    2. Armed Packet Ship (XUA)
    3. Blockade Runner (XUF)
    4. Diplomatic Courier (XUD)
    5. Dispatch Boat (XUD)
    6. Dispatch Ship (XUD)
    7. Dispatch Vessel (XUD)
    8. Express Packet Boat (XUF)
    9. Fast Packet Boat (XUF)
    10. Fleet Dispatch Courier (XUA)
    11. Frontier Packet Ship (XUD)
    12. Long Range Fleet Courier (XUD)
    13. Messenger Ship (XU)
    14. Packet (XU)
    15. Packet Boat (XUB)
    16. Packet Carrier (XUB)
    17. Packet Liner (XUR)
    18. Packet Ship (XU) (Namesake)
    19. Private Courier (XUD)
    20. VIP Transport (XUD)
    21. Vargr Packet Boat (XUV)

    Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

    These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

    Selected Packet Ship Types
    Archtype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
    Packet Ship XU ''Excalibur'' class Express Packet Boat The generic Packet Boat is represented by a variety of types with a variety of capabilities.
    • X = eXchange
    • U = commUnication
    Armed Packet Ship XUA Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship The Armed Packet Ship is designed to deal with frontier areas where hostile situations my be encountered such as a District, Rift Zone, or the Imperial Fringe.
    • X = eXchange
    • U = commUnication
    • A = Armed, Gunned, Gunship, etc.
    Packet Boat XUB No class-named example in database yet. Packet Boat are officially system packet craft without jump drives. However, in practice, the term is used as a substitute for packet ships. So, many such Boats have jump drives despite the contradiction of terms. Such vessels can be smallcraft or bigcraft. They are system communicators in which a jump courier isn't warranted such as for extended mining or science operations in the Remote System, Far System, Oort Clouds, Kuiper Belt, Hill Sphere, or the like. Such operations save considerable amounts by not needing to invest in jump drives for scheduled, routine communications service.
    Dispatch Ship XUD Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier Dispatch Ships focus on even smaller loads and fewer passengers than the typical packet ship. Dispatch ships often focus on VIP transport and sensitive high value cargos.
    • X = eXchange
    • U = commUnication
    • D = Dispatch
    Fast Packet Boat XUF Excalibur class Express Packet Boat Express Packet Boats use more capable jump drives, often in the J:5-6 range. But, not always. Some express boats are named as such, but use regular frames and drives. These boats, especially the higher G models are known to be used as light, nimble blockade runners.
    • X = eXchange
    • U = commUnication
    • F = Fast, Frontier, etc.
    Packet Liner XUR No class-named example in database yet. Packet Liner are much larger ships able to handle more VIP passengers. Packet liners are known to be used as heavy blockade runners.
    • X = eXchange
    • U = commUnication
    • R = Liner, Blockade Runner, etc.
    Vargr Packet Boat XUV ''Dhaztuen'' class Packet Ship The Vargr Extents is far more chaotic and dangerous than Imperial Space. Larger, better armed and armored hulls tend to be the norm in use by Vargrs.
    • X = eXchange
    • U = commUnication

    History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

    A number of types of communication vessels exist, and the packet ship has come to occupy a ship mission niche not occupied by x-boats, courier vessels, relay vessels, or other kinds of ships that perform communication duties. Packet ships were once far more numerous before the establishment of the X-boat System in the year 624. [11]

    They remain in use as of 1105, but are much less prevalent today. Some packet ships such as the Vargr ''Dhaztuen'' class Packet Ship or ''Dhaztuen'' class Far Merchant are also double-missioned in the same manner as Scout/Couriers. [12]

    Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

    Civilian ship - Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

    1. Type XU class Packet Ship
      1. Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier
      2. Rapid class Fleet Courier

    Civilian ship - Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

    1. Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship
      1. Iris class Armored Packet
      2. Iyeliy class Messenger
      3. Midlothian A5 class Dispatch
      4. Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship

    Civilian ship - Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

    1. Type XUB class Packet Boat
      1. No exemplar yet available.

    Civilian ship - Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

    1. Type XUD class Dispatch Ship
      1. Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier
      2. Flyer class Diplomatic Courier
      3. Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout
      4. Royal class Dispatch Vessel
      5. Starsream Model 226 class Courier

    Civilian ship - Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

    1. Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship
      1. Excalibur class Express Packet Boat
      2. Yinoti class Blockade Runner

    Civilian ship - Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

    1. Type XUR class Packet Liner
      1. No exemplar yet available.

    Civilian ship - Communication Vessel - Vargr Packet Ship:

    1. Type XUV class Packet Boat AKA Type VM class Packet Boat
      1. Dhaztuen class Packet Ship AKA Dhaztuen class Far Merchant
      2. Type VM class Packet Boat

    Ship Summary List[edit]

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

    25 Representative Packet Ship (XU) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 14 500 5 4 Strend Cluster No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 12 600 3 1 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 13 100 3 5 Darrian Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD X 100 4 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Iris class Armored Packet XUA 15 1,000 2 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Iyeliy class Messenger XUA 12 200 5 1 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 14 6,000 3 1 Two Thousand Worlds No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 12 200 3 5 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 15 500 6 1 Darrian Confederation No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
    Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 10 100 1 6 Grand Duchy of Marlheim No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 13 200 2 2 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XU class Packet Ship XU X X X X Third Imperium Yes
    Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes
    Yinoti class Blockade Runner XUF 15 200 2 9 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XUF-BS92


    5 Representative Armed Packet Ship (XUA) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Iris class Armored Packet XUA 15 1,000 2 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Iyeliy class Messenger XUA 12 200 5 1 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 12 200 3 5 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes


    1 Representative Packet Boat (XUB) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.


    7 Representative Dispatch Ship (XUD) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 14 500 5 4 Strend Cluster No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 13 100 3 5 Darrian Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD X 100 4 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 14 6,000 3 1 Two Thousand Worlds No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 10 100 1 6 Grand Duchy of Marlheim No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 13 200 2 2 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.


    3 Representative Fast Packet Boat (XUF) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Yinoti class Blockade Runner XUF 15 200 2 9 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XUF-BS92


    3 Representative Packet Liner (XUR) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.


    3 Representative Vargr Packet Boat (XUV) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 12 600 3 1 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.


    References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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