BARD PAPER: SARA7003
Highlander-Class Explatory Merchant
design by Cynthia C. Higginbotham
The Highlander-class is a Louis & Clark-Class Scout
Surveyor modified for merchant use; in this case, extra armament
was added, and the computer was upgraded. Note the use of 25MW
vehicular Beam Lasers for point defense; in space, the range is
entirely adequate for such use, and it is unnecessary to use the
full power of a 250MW ship's laser to blow up unarmored missiles.
Also note the use of Fusion Y guns for close-range combat; at the
short range of, say, a boarding attempt, the Y guns are capable
of turning the average (armor 40-60) corsair or pirate's hull
into so much Swiss cheese.
Also note Darrian computers; listed as 7(fiber-optic) rather than
7fib because 7fib is a conventional computer with fiber-optic
backup and is priced to reflect the redundancy; Darrian computers
are purely fiber optic, no backup involved. Note the use of
extendible solar panels to increase the level of "emergency"
power, and additional fuel capacity added in the form of external
tanks and a collapsible tank in the hold -- Highlander is
intended for extra-Imperial exploratory trading, a la
The Design was done with the Megatraveller rules.
Highlander-Class Exploratory Merchant
|Displacement: 500 tons (600 tons with vehicles)
||Hull Armor: 40
|Length: 100 meters
||Target Size: S
|Configuration: Open/Irregular USL
||Tech Level: 13
|Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 6236/4816
- Power Plant: 900MW Fusion 132 days operation.
8.1MW Fuel Cells, 9 days of operation. 47.5 MW Solar Cells.
- Jump Performance: Jump-3
- G-Rating: 2 (Thruster Plates)
- G-Turns: Unlimited
- Fuel Tankage:2000m3 of fuel. 250m3 of this is carried externally. 1000m3
Collapsible Fuel Tank is stored in Cargo Hold. 15.5m3 of fuel for Fuel Cells.
- Maint: 125 (Approximate)
- Computer: 3x TL 13 Fib Computers. (See note above)
- Commo: 2x500,000km radio, 2x1000 AU maser, 2x1000AU laser.
- Avionics: TL-10+ Avionics
- Sensors: 2xActive EMS 500,000 km, Passive EMS 2 parsecs, 50m Densitometer, 100km Neutrino Detector.
- Controls: Standard Automation Controls.
5x standard turret socket
- Master Fire Directors
- Life Support: Extended.
- Grav Compensation: 4G
- Crew: 23 : 3x Command, 4x Bridge Crew, 2x Engineering,
4x Gunners, 6x Flight crew, 2x Steward, 2x Medical
- Crew Accommodations:
- Passenger Accommodations:
What ever is not used by the crew
- Cargo: 1000 m3.
- Small Craft and Launch Facilities:
Pinnance and Launchs are stored externally
- Air Locks: 4
Fuel purification machinery (2.5 MW), 18.23 hrs to refine 1952.5m3
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