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A Streamlined Hull is a kind of ship structure, fuselage, chassis, or hull.

  • Such hulls are typically designed to minimize atmospheric drag and maximize lift.
  • It is a kind of Ship Equipment and a kind of Hull.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

A Streamlined Hull is a relatively compact hull crafted to support maneuver in atmospheres. It is a very common hull type designed for efficient atmospheric operation in addition to space travel.

Streamlined Hulls are very useful for atmospheric flight and wilderness refueling, but... They are widely considered wasteful of internal space usage. Some naval architects have estimated that nearly 20% of a streamlined hull's space is typically wasted. A dedicated spaceflight hull is most often far more space efficient.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A common hull type.
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  2. The Needle Hull, Cylinder Hull, and Cone Hulls are among the most common streamlined hulls.
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CBPUSAL Function Designation Streamlining Spectrum[edit]

The Imperial Ship Builders Association (ISBA) qualifies modern naval hulls across this spectrum:

  1. C. Cluster. An accumulation of compartments.
  2. B. Braced Cluster. Structured for higher acceleration.
  3. P. Planetoid. A hollowed nickel-iron asteroid.
  4. U. Unstreamlined. Protrusions increase drag.
  5. S. Streamlined. Cowlings and fairings decrease drag.
  6. A. Airframe. Winged for performance in atmosphere.
  7. L. Lifting Body. Radically streamlined lifting-surfaces.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Before the advent of gravitic control technology, all aircraft were designed around aerodynamic, streamlined airframes. Spaceplanes, designed for performance in an atmosphere and the vacuum, kept to the same conventions. Spacecraft had little to no need for streamlining, in fact, since it represented extra cost, many dedicated spacecraft use no streamlining.

However, wilderness refueling involves diving into a gas giant so many ships use partial or full streamlining despite mission profiles that never involve atmospheric entry.

Despite the many advantages of dedicated spaceflight hulls, the ISBA estimates that most craft built within Imperial Space use streamlined or partially streamlined hulls. The increased efficacy of wilderness refueling and atmospheric flight with a streamlined hull are simply too tempting.

Selected Craft Using Streamlined Hulls[edit]

27 Representative Cone Hull configuration ships

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Aoa'iw class Light Trader AF 300 12 Aslan Hierate 1 2 Yes Yes
Besouro Valente class Personnel Transport M 12,000 11 Terran Confederation 1 2 Yes
Bremen class Caravel AF 600 10 Plavian League 1 1 No
Consul class Provincial Trader AF 400 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 Yes
Esqua class Escort Corvette ECE 800 10 Firstworlds 5 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Gaia class Luxury Liner M 10,000 11 Distant Fringe 3 2 Yes
Gaia class Luxury Liner M 10,000 11 Distant Fringe 3 2 Yes
Gamma Haden class Liner AK 1,000 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes
Ghent class Subsidized Merchant AK 400 9 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes
Goliath class Provincial Freighter AK 3,500 9 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes
Horizon class Passenger Liner M 6,000 11 Distant Fringe 3 2 Yes
Jasper class Provincial Merchant AK 900 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 yes
Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader AF 400 9 Distant Fringe 1 1 Yes
Magnadon class Provincial Merchant R 1,000 15 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes No
Nye class Caravel AF 11 Free and Holy Federation of Amil 2 2 No
Olympian class Cruise Liner M 10,000 11 Distant Fringe 4 2 Yes
Pinyin class Treasure Galleon B 40,000 10 Celestial League 5 1 No
Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader AF 200 12 Third Imperium 1 1 No
Shuvalivashtu class Luxury Liner M 5,000 15 Third Imperium 1 4 No
Sirocco class Merchant Freighter AK 5,000 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes
Star class Armored Merchant AF 300 15 Third Imperium 2 3 Yes No
Star class Merchant Liner M 1,000 15 Third Imperium 1 2 Yes No
Treader class Free Trader AF 200 11 Distant Fringe 1 2 Yes
Triad class Merchant R 1,000 15 Third Imperium 1 2 Yes No
Type TI class Merchant R 2,000 15 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes
Type TJ class Merchant R 2,000 15 Third Imperium 6 6 Yes Yes
Wulf class Free Trader AF 200 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes


10 Representative Cylinder Hull configuration ships

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Brilliant Gem class Cruise Liner MV 36,117 14 Krax Confederation 1 5 Yes No
Clii Argu class Common Transport RV 20,000 15 Third Imperium 1 6 Yes Yes
Doji Hoturi class Bulk Freighter AK 3,000 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes
Ghost Galleon class Carrier Liner RV 600 11 Terran Confederation 3 2 No
Jelmirt Marquis class High Liner AK 80,000 12 Percavid Marches 3 3 No
Kolomyia class Fast Liner AK 1,000 12 Solomani Confederation 2 3 No
Orowani Deep Space class Light Liner M 6,000 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes
Sapphire Moon class Moduleship M 13,363 14 Krax Confederation 1 1 Yes No
Type M class Subsidized Liner MK 600 13 Third Imperium 1 3 Yes Yes
Virtue class Light Freighter AK 1,500 11 Distant Fringe 1 2 Yes


9 Representative Needle Hull configuration ships

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Avian class Far Trader AF 200 11 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes No
Fanzhhienz class Far Trader AF 200 9 Zhodani Consulate 2 2 Yes No
Nexus Gearing class Destroyer DVL 2,000 12 Distant Fringe 5 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Gold of Zurrian class Long Liner M 1,000 15 Third Imperium 1 4 Yes
Iguna class Trader RN 300 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 No
Lightning class Frontier Merchant AK 400 11 Terran Confederation 3 2 Yes Yes
Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader AF 200 13 Vargr Extents 1 2 yes Yes
Witch of Endor class Corsair PP 400 11 Cydia 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Aurora class Light Patrol Fighter FL 19.00 10 Bain Defense Squadron 6 0 はい no


0 Representative Ring Hull configuration ships

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon


5 Representative Sphere Hull configuration ships

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Burning Sky class Merchant Schooner AF 300 10 Kingdom of Peladon 1 1 No
Carrack class Tramp Liner R 800 10 Caliphate of Estalia 1 1 No
Jose Cadiz Royal Galleon class Cargo Carrier AK 900 14 Third Imperium 2 4 No
Stage class Far Trader AF 100 11 Third Imperium 2 2 No
Tequila class Free Trader AF 200 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes


0 Representative Streamlined Hull configuration ships

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin G Jump Illustration Canon


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