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X-class Communications Vessels serve communication functions throughout Charted Space.

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Description (Specifications)

Communications Vessels is a ship hierarchy category that covers a variety of vessels that have a primary mission of conducting communications and connecting mainworlds and/or fleets. Not every polity has a well developed X-boat system, but every polity uses starships to conduct communications missions, varying electronic messages, couriers, diplomats, envoys, and a variety of sophont messengers as well as message mediums. [1]

Image Repository

Type XB Express Boat:

  1. An image of a Xavier class Express Boat.
    X-boat Ian-Stead 50865284 27-June-2019a.jpg

Type XC Commercial Courier:

  1. The familiar wedge-shaped Messenger class Commercial Courier.
    J2 100dT Courier.jpg

Type XT Express Boat Tender:

  1. A typical Purcell class Express Boat Tender, one of the prototypical Express Boat Tenders.
    Xboat-Tender-Keith-Supp7 Pg11-15 13-Jan-2019a.jpg

Type XUA Armed Packet Ship:

  1. A top down image of the most common Imperial Armed Packet in a common livery.
    Armed-Packet-T5-Core-Rules-FFE 29-May-2019a.png

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)

Communications Vessels are rarely armed or armored. They are combat multipliers meant to affect battles by getting the right information and intelligence to the right forces at the right time. Every combatant fleet protects its auxiliaries and its communications lines, commo vessels included. When engaged, the commo vessel has only two choices, run as fast as possible, or hopefully hide out in jumpspace if the jump drives are charged and ready. [2]

Supraclass Roles

Communication Vessels typically serve the following roles:
Largecraft & Bigcraft:

  1. Armored Packet (XUA)
  2. Commercial Courier (XCL)
  3. Communications Vessel (X) (Namesake)
  4. Courier Vessel (XC)
  5. Diplomatic Courier (XUD)
  6. Dispatcher (XC)
  7. Far Courier (XCL))
  8. Express Courier (XCF)
  9. Fast Courier (XCF)
  10. Fleet Courier (XCF)
  11. Fleet Dispatch Courier (XUD)
  12. Frontier Courier (XCL)
  13. Long Range Fleet Courier (XCF)
  14. Messenger Ship (XU)
  15. Packet Boat (XU)
  16. Relay Boat (XC)
  17. Relay Ship (XC)
  18. X-Boat (XB)
  19. X-Boat Tender (XT or VXT)

Size-Class Roles for Communications Vessels

  1. Communications Craft (UQX) (1 to 99 tons)
  2. Light Communications Vessel (XL) (100 to 999 tons)
  3. Medium Communications Vessel (XM) (1,000 to 1,499 tons)
  4. Heavy Communications Vessel (XH) (1,500 to 2,499 tons)
  5. Super Heavy Communications Vessel (XS) (2,500 or more tons)

Civilian Subcraft

Civilian subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

  1. Barge (WB)
  2. Utility Craft (U)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

Selected Communications Vessel Archetypes
Archetype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
Communications Vessel X (Namesake) Type X class Express Boat Charted Space possesses no FTL communications devices or ansibles. Thus, communications is generally limited to a pony express type of communications network, as in a network of couriers, packets, and the like. The Third Imperium maximized the efficiency of its courier system by developing X-boats, ships dedicated solely to communications functions, but there are other solutions used by other polities: relay systems, fleet couriers, postal unions, military express messengers, X-mail, etc.
  • X = eXchange
X-Boat XB Xavier class Express Boat The Express Boat (…also called an xboat) is a small, fast ship filled with a pilot compartment, message data banks, and jump drives. The fit is so tight that there is no room even for maneuver drives. Each is capable of Jump-4 (…four parsecs per week); it jumps, relays its messages to the station on arrival, and then waits to be picked up by a tender, to be refuelled and sent on its way with a new load of messages. The local station, meanwhile, accepts messages, encodes them, and transmits them to a tender at the edges of the stellar system. Messages brought by the arriving xboat and intended for further down the line are consolidated with the new data and all are sent on to another xboat already fuelled and standing ready to leave. The entire network operates like the pony express — messages are always moving at top speed. Transfer time for messages from one xboat to another can be as short as ten minutes, and is rarely more than an hour. [3]
  • B = Boat
Courier Vessel XC Yetsabl class Courier Courier Vessels are communications ships, ships intended to carry communications in a universe where communications are limited to the speed of travel. This includes vessels that would be XB class but do not fit one or more of the criteria (such as having a Jump rating less than 4, a total crew count other than 1, or any form of maneuver drive) and thus do not fit into Imperial x-boat service.
  • C = Courier
Heavy Communications Vessel XH Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser None
  • H = Heavy
Light Communications Vessel XL Dhaztuen class Far Merchant None
  • L = Light
Medium Communications Vessel XM Iris class Armored Packet None
  • M = Medium
Super Heavy Communications Vessel XS Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht None
  • S = Superheavy
X-Boat Tender XT or VXT Purcell class Express Boat Tender The express boat system would not work without the express boat tender. These tenders, stationed in each system that express boats stop at, serve two purposes. First, they tend express boats, recovering them when they arrive, refueling them and repairing minor problems, and then sending them on their way. Second, they serve as a relay station between the planetary surface based message center and the express boat itself. Messages are forwarded to the tender for transmittal to the xboat just before it leaves for the next star system. [4]
  • T = Tender
Packet Boat XU Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship Packet Ships conduct similar missions to liners and courier vessels. They are generally understood to perform unscheduled missions where postal routes do not exist. Most are equipped with mail vaults and secure staterooms. [5]
  • Vessels such as Armed Packet (UF-CA33) perform unscheduled passenger service for those in a hurry. The crew can be trusted, but these little ships can still find themselves jumping into harm's way. [6]
  • Generally, packet trade is any regularly scheduled cargo, passenger, and X-mail trade conducted by space or starship. The ships are sometimes called "packet boats"—in the same manner as IISS communications craft are called "x-boats"—since their original function was to carry x-mail. However, in modern times they only supplement the official system. While "packet" can mean any small parcel, its usage here most likely comes from its meaning during the pre-spaceflight Terran Age of Sail, where it meant a parcel of important correspondence—usually governmental—or valuable items for urgent delivery. [7]
  • U = commUnication
Communications Craft UQX Yaeai class Recon Pinnace None
  • Q = Quartermaster, Combat Support, Logistics, etc.
NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

History & Background (Dossier)

Charted Space possesses no FTL communications devices or ansibles. Thus, communications is generally limited to a pony express type of communications network, as in a network of couriers, packets, and the like. The Third Imperium maximized the efficiency of its courier system by developing X-boats, ships dedicated solely to communications functions, but there are other solutions used by other polities: relay systems, fleet couriers, postal unions, military express messengers, X-mail, etc.. [8]

Selected Variant Types & Classes

Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boats:

Paramilitary Vessel - Courier Vessels:

Paramilitary Vessel - Fleet Couriers:

Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boat Tenders:

Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

  1. Type XU class Packet Ship
    1. Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier
    2. Rapid class Fleet Courier
  2. Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship
    1. Iris class Armored Packet
    2. Iyeliy class Messenger
    3. Midlothian A5 class Dispatch
    4. Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship
  3. Type XUB class Packet Boat
    1. None
  4. Type XUD class Dispatch Ship
    1. Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier
    2. Flyer class Diplomatic Courier
    3. Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout
    4. Royal class Dispatch Vessel
    5. Starsream Model 226 class Courier
  5. Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship
    1. Excalibur class Express Packet Boat
  6. Type XUR class Packet Liner
    1. None
  7. Type XUV class Packet Boat AKA Type VM class Packet Boat
    1. Dhaztuen class Packet Ship AKA Dhaztuen class Far Merchant
    2. Type VM class Packet Boat

Ship Summary List

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role include:

61 Representative Communications Vessel (X) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Adlerstein class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium X X {{{illustration}}}
Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Chantoql class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 500 ACS 14 Strend Cluster 5 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 2,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Express Rock class Mail Drone XC 100 ACS 11 [[GeDeCo]] 2 0 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 100 ACS 13 Darrian Confederation 3 5 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gepard class Express Courier XCF 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 4 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Giciifichu class Dispatcher XC 100 ACS 15 Hive Federation 5 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD 100 ACS X Third Imperium 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hummingbird class Courier XC 400 ACS 15 Uncharted Space 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Iris class Armored Packet XUA 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Iyeliy class Messenger XUA 200 ACS 12 Aslan Hierate 5 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jump-Boat XB 55 Smallcraft 15 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 6,000 ACS 14 Two Thousand Worlds 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kankur class Frontier Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kr'ghrr class Courier XC 1,000 ACS 13 Two Thousand Worlds 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ktiyhui class Courier XC 200 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 3 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 100 ACS 11 The Last Line 2 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Lirshala class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Messenger class Commercial Courier XC 100 ACS 11 Distant Fringe X 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 200 ACS 12 Principality of Caledon 3 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Orowani Deep Space class Courier XC 100 ACS 11 Bright Conclave 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Purcell class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Ranger class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 500 ACS 15 Darrian Confederation 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 100 ACS 10 Grand Duchy of Marlheim 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 200 ACS 13 Principality of Caledon 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Swift Missive class Courier XC 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Tathoe class Scout/Courier XC 200 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Thorez class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VX class Courier XC 200 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type X class Express Boat XB 100 ACS 10 Third Imperium 4 0 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat XB 100 ACS X Third Imperium 4 0 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XSS class Express Solar Sailor XB 100 ACS TBD Third Imperium 4 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XT class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type XU class Packet Ship XU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes
Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZC class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 2,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vehrsabl class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Venture class Frontier Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Victrix class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Xavier class Express Boat XB 100 ACS 10 Third Imperium 4 0 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes Yes
Yetsabl class Courier XC TBD ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Zofagic class Utility Vessel XC 200 ACS 15 Hive Federation 3 4.12 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.


5 Representative Express Boat (XB) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Jump-Boat XB 55 Smallcraft 15 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Type X class Express Boat XB 100 ACS 10 Third Imperium 4 0 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat XB 100 ACS X Third Imperium 4 0 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XSS class Express Solar Sailor XB 100 ACS TBD Third Imperium 4 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Xavier class Express Boat XB 100 ACS 10 Third Imperium 4 0 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.


29 Representative Courier Vessel (XC) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Adlerstein class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium X X {{{illustration}}}
Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Chantoql class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Express Rock class Mail Drone XC 100 ACS 11 [[GeDeCo]] 2 0 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
Gepard class Express Courier XCF 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 4 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Giciifichu class Dispatcher XC 100 ACS 15 Hive Federation 5 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Hummingbird class Courier XC 400 ACS 15 Uncharted Space 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Kankur class Frontier Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kr'ghrr class Courier XC 1,000 ACS 13 Two Thousand Worlds 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ktiyhui class Courier XC 200 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 3 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 100 ACS 11 The Last Line 2 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Messenger class Commercial Courier XC 100 ACS 11 Distant Fringe X 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Orowani Deep Space class Courier XC 100 ACS 11 Bright Conclave 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ranger class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Swift Missive class Courier XC 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Tathoe class Scout/Courier XC 200 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Thorez class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VX class Courier XC 200 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZC class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vehrsabl class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Venture class Frontier Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Victrix class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Yetsabl class Courier XC TBD ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Zofagic class Utility Vessel XC 200 ACS 15 Hive Federation 3 4.12 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.


9 Representative Fleet Courier (XCF) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Adlerstein class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium X X {{{illustration}}}
Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gepard class Express Courier XCF 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 4 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 100 ACS 11 The Last Line 2 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


0 Representative Heavy Communications Vessel (XH) Classes
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0 Representative Light Communications Vessel (XL) Classes
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0 Representative Medium Communications Vessel (XM) Classes
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0 Representative Superheavy Communications Vessel (XS) Classes
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3 Representative Express Boat Tender (XT) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Lirshala class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Purcell class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type XT class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.


24 Representative Packet Ship (XU) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 500 ACS 14 Strend Cluster 5 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 2,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 100 ACS 13 Darrian Confederation 3 5 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD 100 ACS X Third Imperium 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Iris class Armored Packet XUA 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Iyeliy class Messenger XUA 200 ACS 12 Aslan Hierate 5 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 6,000 ACS 14 Two Thousand Worlds 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 200 ACS 12 Principality of Caledon 3 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 500 ACS 15 Darrian Confederation 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 100 ACS 10 Grand Duchy of Marlheim 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 200 ACS 13 Principality of Caledon 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XU class Packet Ship XU X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes
Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 2,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes Yes


51 Representative Multipurpose Communications Craft (UM) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Aanz class System Shuttle UMS 95 Smallcraft X Zhodani Consulate X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Andrew class Commercial Shuttle UMS 95 Smallcraft X Third Imperium 0 X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Apollo class Runabout UMC 50 Smallcraft 7 Distant Fringe 0 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Caroline class Heavy Pinnace UMP 30 Smallcraft 9 Distant Fringe 0 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Carrus class Shuttle UMS 90 Smallcraft 7 Distant Fringe 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cigiysna class Ship's Boat UMB 30 Smallcraft 15 Hive Federation 0 1.62 No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Ciigusna class Pinnace UMP 40 Smallcraft 15 Hive Federation 0 3.81 No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Ciigusna class Shuttle UMS 100 Bigcraft 15 Hive Federation 0 4.11 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Constance class Launch UML 50 Smallcraft 9 Distant Fringe 0 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Crawm class Shuttle UMS 40 Smallcraft 10 Third Imperium 0 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Damgarrii class Passenger Launch UML 20 Smallcraft 9 Vilani Imperium 0 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Darlene class Gig UMG 20 Smallcraft 14 Third Imperium 0 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Deployment Shuttle UMS X Smallcraft X Third Imperium 0 X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Diamond class Modular Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 12 Third Imperium 0 4 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Excellence class Fast Shuttle UMS 90 Smallcraft 8 Distant Fringe 0 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Garrag class Modular Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 12 Third Imperium 0 4 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Gemcutter class Ship's Boat UMB X Smallcraft X Third Imperium 0 X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Generic Gig UMG 20 Smallcraft 13 Third Imperium 0 5 Yes Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
Gillow class Launch UML 20 Smallcraft X Third Imperium 0 2 No Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
Goblin class Gig UMG 40 Smallcraft 9 Distant Fringe 0 2 Yes Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
GX class III Modular Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 12 Third Imperium 0 4 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Inthe class Modular Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 8 Third Imperium 0 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Intruder class Shuttle UMS 30 Smallcraft 14 Zhodani Consulate 0 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Last Armada class Launch UML 20 Smallcraft 11 Terran Confederation 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Generic Launch / Lifeboat UML 20 Smallcraft 8 Third Imperium 0 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Leo class Ship's Boat UMB 30 Smallcraft 9 Third Imperium 0 6 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lushina class Fast Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 12 Third Imperium 0 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Mineral class Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 11 Third Imperium 0 4 No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Generic Modular Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 12 Third Imperium 0 4 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Mule class Modular Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 12 Third Imperium 0 4 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Narva class Pinnace UMP 20 Smallcraft 9 Distant Fringe 0 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Olympian class Shuttle UMS 95 Smallcraft X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Generic Pinnace UMP 40 Smallcraft 9 Third Imperium 0 5 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Pratt class Gig UMG 20 Smallcraft 14 Third Imperium 0 6 No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Rodgers class Skiff UML 20 Smallcraft 7 Third Imperium 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Rosendal class Shuttle UMS 95 Smallcraft X Third Imperium 0 X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Runabout class Small Transport UM 10 Smallcraft 9 Vland 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design.
Seragh class Cutter UMC 50 Smallcraft 10 Vargr Extents 0 4 No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Generic Ship’s Boat UMB 30 Smallcraft 9 Third Imperium 0 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration..
Generic Shuttle UMS 95 Smallcraft 8 Third Imperium 0 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
Generic Slow Boat UMW 30 Smallcraft 9 Third Imperium 0 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
Generic Slow Pinnace UMO 40 Smallcraft 11 Third Imperium 0 2 No Yes. Published, canon design with Keith illustration.
Songbird class Ship's Boat UMB 40 Smallcraft 9 Distant Fringe 0 4 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Stead class Modular Launch UML 20 Smallcraft X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Traissthurdusa class Rocket UMS X ACS 7 Ancients X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type 423 class Cargo Shuttle UMS X Smallcraft 14 Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Type ZSB class Ship's Boat UMB X Smallcraft X Zhodani Consulate 0 X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Type ZSP class Pinnace UMP 40 Smallcraft X Zhodani Consulate 0 X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Vanguard class Shuttle UMS 90 Smallcraft 7 Distant Fringe 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Venters class Launch UML 20 Smallcraft 9 Third Imperium 0 1 No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Ziiguysna class Pinnance UMP 40 Smallcraft X Hive Federation 0 X No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.


2 Representative Dedicated Communications Craft (UQ) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Foxbat class Pathfinder UQ 16 Smallcraft 12 Third Imperium 0 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Yaeai class Recon Pinnace UQS 60 Smallcraft 14 Aslan Hierate 0 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design with a Keith illustration.


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  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  3. Marc Miller. Traders and Gunboats (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 8.
  4. Marc Miller. Traders and Gunboats (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 11.
  5. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  6. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), 738.
  7. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  8. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak