Serpent class Scout/Courier

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Serpent class Scout/Courier
Serpent-class-THUMB-CT-Peridoical 8-July-2019a.jpg
The Serpent-class is a prominent STOL starship.
Type: SX Scout/Courier
Agility X
Also see Scout/Courier
Architect Donald P. Rapp, Paranoia Press 1981
Blueprint Yes
Canon Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cargo 3 Tons
Cost MCr34.280
Crew 1
Enlisted 0
Officers 1
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Unknown
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Manufacturer Delta Research Yards
Marines 0
Model Model/2 bis
Origin Delta Research
Passengers 3 High/Med 0 Low
Reference "Serpent class Scout Ships." Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society 02 8-9.
Size 100 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP SX-11222S1-010000-00001-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Serpent class Scout/Courier is an exploratory starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Serpent class Scout/Courier is a small starship produced by Delta Research, a Corporation based in Beyond Sector. The ship has an aerodynamic hull and may perform high speed glides in thin, standard and dense atmospheres.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Serpent class Scout/Courier landed on the surface of a planet.
    Serpent-Class-Image 10-July-2019c.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

  1. A Deck Plan schematic for a Serpent class Scout/Courier.
    Serpent-Class-Schematic 10-July-2019b.jpg

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

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. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull The Serpent class is constructed using a 100 Ton hull built in a generally Conical configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has a vee-tail and variable-sweep wings, giving excellent atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
  • The vessel is fitted with an airlock. The cargo hold is accessed by a large door.
  • The vessel has a sturdy retractable undercarriage, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew x1 Crew.


  • There are 4 Staterooms.
    • Typically, x1 Stateroom is given over to the crew and x3 Staterooms are available to middle passengers.
    • Many vessels carry x1 Pilot/Commander, x1 Navigator, x1 Gunner/Engineer, and x1 Xenologist as standard. Each crewmember receives their own cabin.
    • Up to 8 individuals may be carried if personnel elect to travel double occupancy.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Individual sections of the hull can be sealed off.
  • There are multiple emergency lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a Mannschenn Type R2-53 Jump-2 drive, twin Delta Research TS 1410/V Maneuver-2 drives, and a Quadri-Dynamics J-4700/Mk III Fusion Power Plant-2, giving performance of Jump-2 and 2-G acceleration. The ship has an Agility rating of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and one consecutive Jump-1 and gives the power plant 20 weeks duration.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a LHeP(Or) Series 12/136 Model/2bis computer: no backup computer is installed.
  • There are multiple workstations and control points throughout the vessel.
  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment, an advanced sensor array, and has an Avionics suite.
  • It has a transponder unit that can be deactivated on command.
5. Hardpoints x1 dorsal hardpoint.
  • The listed weapons systems are typical for the class. Alternative weaponry may be designated for specific missions.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Serpent class is:
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.
  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
8. Craft Vehicles

The vehicle hangar is fitted with an external hatch. It can be sealed and has a volume of 4.0 Tons. The hanger may be used as an airlock.

9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 40.0 Tons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr34.280
  • Architects Fee: MCr0.343
11. Construction Time 40 weeks (9 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments Standard cargo capacity amounts to 3.0 Tons.
  • The cargo hold can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.

Collapsible Fuel Tank
Some examples of the class are fitted with a collapsible 2-Ton fuel tank that is contained within the cargo hold. This fuel may not be used directly, but must be first pumped into the ship’s normal fuel tanks.

  • The Collapsible Tank costs MCr0.0028. The stowed empty tank occupies a volume of 0.1 Tons.
  • The additional onboard fuel allows performance of two consecutive jump-2s and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The first vessel in the class was laid down in 1090. Over seven hundred Delta Research Scout/Couriers are currently in active service with both the Comsentient Alliance Scout/Exploration Service and the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service, particularly in those Sectors lying "Behind the Claw."

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Most vessels in this class are named after reptiles or reptillianoid lifeforms. The namesake was the Serpent.

Variant Models[edit]

Delta Research produce a civilian version of the Serpent. The sensor array is downgraded (to "standard", or paramilitary grade equipment) and the vessel is supplied unarmed, but the staterooms, fittings and finish are of superior quality. It is also slightly cheaper, costing MCr33.280.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Scout/Courier:

  1. Type S class Scout/Courier
    1. Asia class Scout
    2. Eiriksson class Scout
    3. Explorer class Scoutship
    4. Gishiash class Stealth Scout
    5. Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout
    6. Serpent class Scout AKA Serpent class Scout/Courier
    7. Stayaow class Combat Scout
    8. Sulieman class Scout/Courier
    9. Viper class Scout Raider
  2. Type SX class Scout/Courier
    1. Wind class Scout/Courier

Paramilitary Vessel - Bounty Hunter:

  1. Type HT class Bounty Hunter
    1. Huntress class Bounty Hunter

Paramilitary Vessel - Medical Vessel:

  1. Type S class Medical Vessel
    1. Type SM class Medical/SAR Craft

Paramilitary Vessel - Prospector:

  1. Type J class Seeker
    1. Jackie class Seeker

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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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. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.