Vanguard class Shuttle
|Vanguard class Shuttle|
|Type: UMS Shuttle|
|Hull Configuration||Cone Hull|
|Fuel tank||0 Tons|
|Year Operational||No information yet available.|
|Architect fee||MCrAde Stewart|
|Quick Ship Profile||U-9A20|
|Also see||Utility Craft|
|Canon||Published, fan design|
|Reference||Fan: Ade Alagoric Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
The Shuttle is a low-tech vessel designed to ferry cargo and passengers between locations. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- The vessel is a TL-7 design.
Basic Ship Characteristics
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) when necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Ship's Boat is constructed using a 90 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving improved atmospheric performance.|
|2.||Crew||Total Crew Complement: 1
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts an extremely efficient rocket thrust-based Maneuver-2 drive and a Fission Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2-G acceleration and producing 1.8 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel supply provides reaction mass for the Maneuver drive and is considered sufficient to support approximately 3 weeks of operations. Activity in significant gravity wells and atmospheres exponentially reduces the vessel's maneuver endurance.|
|4.||Electronics||The cockpit area contains x1 acceleration couch and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/1 Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament||The Shuttle is generally unarmed.|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is unarmored.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has an internal fuel tank containing 1.8 dTons of reaction mass for the Drives.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel is MCr35.925.
|11.||Construction Time||36 weeks (9 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Cargo capacity amounts to 70 dTons.|
A basic low-tech design used throughout the Distant Fringe. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type UMS class Shuttle
- Aanz class System Shuttle
- Andrew class Commercial Shuttle
- Carrus class Shuttle
- Ciigusna class Shuttle
- Crawm class Shuttle
- Deployment Shuttle
- Excellence class Fast Shuttle
- Generic Shuttle
- Intruder class Shuttle
- Olympian class Shuttle
- Rosendal class Shuttle
- Traissthurdusa class Rocket
- Type 423 class Cargo Shuttle
- Vanguard class Shuttle
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