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

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Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
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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—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 Archtypes[edit]

Selected Packet Ship Types
Archtype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
Packet Ship XU
U
''Excalibur'' class Express Packet Boat The generic Packet Boat is represented by a variety of types with a variety of capabilities.
Armed Packet Ship XUA
XUG
UXG
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.
Packet Boat XUB
UB
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
UN
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.
Fast Packet Boat XUF
UXF
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.
Packet Liner XUR
UXP
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.
Vargr Packet Boat XUV
UXB-V
''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.

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]

Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

  1. Type XU class Packet Ship
    1. Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier
    2. Rapid class Fleet Courier
  2. 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
  3. Type XUB class Packet Boat
    1. None
  4. 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
  5. Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship
    1. Excalibur class Express Packet Boat
  6. Type XUR class Packet Liner
    1. None
  7. 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:

24 Representative Packet Ship (XU) Classes

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Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 500 ACS 14 Strend Cluster 5 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.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Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD 100 ACS X Third Imperium 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.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


5 Representative Armed Packet Ship (XUA) Classes

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


1 Representative Packet Boat (XUB) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


7 Representative Dispatch Ship (XUD) Classes

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


2 Representative Fast Packet Boat (XUF) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


3 Representative Packet Liner (XUR) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 2,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 2,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


3 Representative Vargr Packet Boat (XUV) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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