Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat

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Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat
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Type: XB Interplanetary Express Boat
Category ACS
Size 100 Tons
Hull Configuration Cone Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–X
Computer Model/TBD
Jump J-4
Maneuver 0 G
Hardpoints TBD
Staterooms 0
Crew TBD
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo TBD Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Third Imperium
Year Operational Unknown
End of Service Unknown
Architect fee Timothy B. Brown
Blueprint No
Illustration No
Also see Communications Vessel - Xavier class Express Boat
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat is a communications starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

No information yet available.

Image Repository[edit]

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General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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 TBD tons.
2. Crew xTBD crew.
3. Performance / Engineering Propulsion:
4. Main Section / Electronics Model/TBD fib ship computer.
5. Hardpoints xTBD hardpoints.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • No information yet available.
7. Defenses Defensive Equipment:
8. Craft / Subcraft TBD
9. Fuel Treatment TBD
10. Cost MCrTBD.
11. Construction Time TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.
12. Remarks No information yet available.
  • Standard cargo capacity amounts to TBD.0 tons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

THE EXPRESS BOAT: The express boat is almost useless for any purpose other than that for which it was originally designed — carrying messages from one location to another at the fastest possible speed. Its cramped hull doesn't even have room for maneuver drives; the ship is helpless until picked up by a tender. [3]

Starships can generally expect to encounter express boats in the Imperium's major star systems, specifically those which have scout service communications stations and which are situated on major jump routes. When express boats are encountered off the main routes, the event would be a strong indication of some special Imperial activity or of a mishap with the xboat itself. High population and high technology star systems can be expected to have up to twelve xboats present at one time, probably distributed evenly between arriving and departing ships. [4]

Lower population systems will have fewer xboats. The presence of a scout base will increase the probability of xboats being present. Imperial Way Stations, maintained by the scouts to service and overhaul all scout vessels, will have many xboats present, although most will be in some state of disrepair. [5]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Peculiarities: Express boats are not named, at least not officially. Each carries an identifying number. Since pilots are rotated between ships frequently, there is little chance to build any lasting ties to the xboats. However, on the fringes of the Imperium, express service is understandably slower, and some branches of the network tend to keep pilots and xboats together. Names for such boats have been seen in service, and tend to be types of flowers. [6]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Variants: No known variants of the xboat are actually in regular service. Two variant models have been built for experimental purposes:

  1. One model incorporated maneuver drives sufficient to produce 1-G; the loss of jump potential (…reduced to Jump-3) was deemed unacceptable, however, and it was not produced.
  2. The second variant included a four-ton light sail (…replacing the second stateroom). This model was intended to provide emergency acceleration away from a star in the event of breakout at too close a distance. The apparent benefits from this modification were also deemed too small for mass production. However, there are reports that some examples were produced and may be in service in the Spinward Marches. [7]

Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boats:

Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boat Tenders:

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