Type Aj class Free Trader

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Type Aj class Free Trader
JG Type A free trader.png
Type Aj class Free Trader
Type: A Free Trader
Category ACS
Size 200 Tons
Hull Configuration Wedge Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–10
Engineering
Computer Model/1
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Armaments
Hardpoints 2
Accommodations
Staterooms 10
Personnel
Crew 4
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 2
High/Mid Passengers 0
Payload
Cargo 82 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Construction
Origin M,C&S Engineering
Year Operational 177
End of Service Still in active service.
Price
Cost MCr37.08
Architect fee Dave Sering, Marc Miller
Statistics
Quick Ship Profile A-BS11
Images
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Source
Also see Free Trader
Canon Published, canon design
Era 1105
Reference Starships 19.
Classic Traveller core ship design.

The Type Aj class Free Trader is a mercantile starship, more commonly found in the Gateway Domain of the Third Imperium.

Basic Ship Synopsis[edit]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It has jump drive-A, maneuver drive-A, and power plant-A, giving performance of jump-1 and 1-G acceleration. There is fuel tankage for 30 tons, sufficient for the power plant and one jump-1. Adjacent to the bridge is a computer Model/1. There are ten staterooms and twenty low berths. [1]

No turrets or weaponry are installed, but there are two hardpoints and two tons are set aside for fire control. There are no ship's vehicles. Cargo capacity is 82.0 tons. The hull is streamlined. The free trader requires a crew of four: pilot, engineer, medic, and steward. Gunners may be carried if the ship is armed. The ship costs MCr37.08 and typically takes eleven months to build. [2]

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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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. [3]

Basic Ship Characteristics [4]
#. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage 200 tons. The hull is streamlined and uses a basic air frame.
2. Crew x4 crew. The free trader requires a crew of four: pilot, engineer, medic, and steward. Gunners may be carried if the ship is armed.
3. Performance Propulsion:
4. Electronics Computer Model/1
5. Hardpoints x2 hardpoints
6. Armament No turrets or weaponry are normally installed, but there are two hardpoints and two tons are set aside for fire control. Capacity for two turrets.
7. Defenses Not generally equipped. Sandcasters common on multi-turrets
8. Craft There are no ship's vehicles.
9. Fuel Treatment Yes. Scoops and purification. There is fuel tankage for 30 tons, sufficient for the power plant and one Jump-1.
10. Cost The ship costs MCr37.08.
11. Construction Time It typically takes eleven months to build.
12. Comments The, Type Aj from M,C & S Engineering utilizes a streamlined semi-tubular body with canard wing control surfaces forward and the main lifting surfaces aft with vertical stabilizers mounted on the wing tips. A mounting point is provided for a collapsible cargo crane stowed just inside of the upper cargo hatch. Optional weapons hardpoints are located on the dorsal and ventral surfaces.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

During the ill-fated Julian War the need for aerodynamic cargo vessels that could quickly land on the surface of a atmosphere bearing planet was paramount to the strategy at the time. The Imperium quickly contracted several architects to draw up the plans to such a ship, one of the winners was version "j" from M,C&S Engineering. However, Due to a clerical error, the Type-Aj plan was accidently disseminated through out the Lay sector, instead of the Antares and Empty Quarter sectors. Thus none of this class where involved in the Julian War. Eventually, over time this design did become available through out the Imperium as a sturdy alternative to the standard Type A. This class is predominantly found in the Ley Sector but occasional sightings can be made in any other sectors of the Third Imperium.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

The Type Aj itself doesn't have a specific naming practice.

This class of free trader is well liked by its owners and they especially appreciate the crane it carries which can be mounted on the hull with a little effort allowing the ship to load and off load in more primitive starports. This is also complimented by the additional cargo bay door on the roof of the ship.

This design relies heavily on it wings to assist with lifting it up out of an atmosphere and also allowing it to land smoothly in an atmosphere. Additionally, this class of Type A has been found to be a bit harder to hijack due to the separation of the crew and cargo from the passengers.

See also[edit]

84 Representative Free Trader (A) Classes[edit]

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Type A Free Trader

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