Roadstead class Orbital Station
|Roadstead class Orbital Station|
Distant Fringe object.
|Type: WO Orbital Station|
|Hull Configuration||Close Structure Hull|
|Streamlining||Partially Streamlined Hull|
|Fuel tank||0 Tons|
|Year Operational||Expansion Era|
|End of Service||Still in active service.|
|Cost||MCr13,200.000 (base) |
|Architect fee||Common design: |
no fee is payable.
|Quick Ship Profile||Not applicable.|
|Also see||Space Station|
|Canon||Published, fan design|
|Era||1105 / 5600AD|
|Reference||Fan: Ade Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
- It is a Civilian Structure and an Orbital Station.
- The station is a TL-10 design.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
The Orbital Station is a large commercial orbital facility found within systems in the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as an Orbital Complex. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- A Roadstead class Orbital Station with a Wulf class Free Trader (silhouetted) alongside.
- Approaching a Roadstead class Orbital Station
General Description & Deck Plans
- A basic plan of the station indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.
The station is constructed as a close structure. It has four major elements - a cylindrical upper habitat, a central column, a large cylindrical primary habitat, and a cylindrical lower habitat. Eight commercial berthing arms project from the central column.
The central column has an overall height of 237 meters and a mean diameter diameter of 22 meters, and contains 75 decks of varying heights. The primary habitat has a diameter of 105 meters, a height of 35 meters and has 11 decks. Both the upper habitat and the lower habitat have diameters of 60 meters, heights of 25 meters, and each contains 8 decks. Each of the eight docking arms has a length of around 60 meters: one 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 472,500 cubic meters.
The main fuel tanks and the heavy machinery are located within the lower habitat. The main control center is located on the upper decks of the upper habitat and a secondary secondary control room is located close to the base of the central column, above engineering. The main cargo decks are located directly below the primary habitat and include the cryogenic (low berth) sections. General crew quarters are located within the upper part of the central column, though Stewards have rooms close to passenger accommodations and senior crew have accommodations close to the control centers. Second class accommodations are found within the less desirable central column while first class cabins occupy the outer part of the primary habitat, with windows offering spectacular views. The main commercial and leisure facilities lie at the core of the primary habitat and are focused on a multi-deck open plaza.
Basic Ship Characteristics
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||The Orbital Station is constructed using a 35,000 dTon hull built in a close structure configuration. The hull is unstreamlined and cannot survive entry into a planetary atmosphere.|
|2.||Crew||Total Crew Complement: 379
There are x200 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 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 not be locally available or may require the arrival of a specialist. It is rare that the station's low berths are fully occupied.
|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 450 Energy Points. The station does not have an agility rating. The dedicated internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 Computer: the station has x2 backup Model/4 Computers.|
|6.||Armament||x5 100-Ton bays, mounting Heavy Missile Launchers.|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is plated, braced and structurally reinforced, with an armor rating of 4.
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.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The station has internal fuel tankage of 3,000 dTons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the station is MCr13,200.000
|11.||Construction Time||176 weeks (44 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 10,200 dTons.|
Roadstead 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.
The station relies on a variety of support craft.
- Colossus class Heavy Lander (typically operating from the commercial arm).
- Deliverance class Lifeboat (often secured to the exterior of the hull and accessed by airlocks).
- Excellence class Fast Shuttle (typically operating from internal hangars).
Distant Fringe Vessels
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.
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.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
A number of companies manufacture facilities equivalent to the Roadstead 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 orbital 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
- Type W class System Craft
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