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J-3 Merchant

design by Michael Bailey

A common design within and near the Solomani Confederation, the Standard Shipyards J-3 Merchant was built in large numbers before the Collapse. A cheaper Jump-2 variant, with increased cargo space was also produced in large numbers. The other major variant on this design was the William Dampier-Class of exploration/survey vessels. The Dampiers were fitted with jump-5 drives and a vastly upgraded sensor suite, at the expense of most of the cargo space. Designed for exploration and survey work in the Rimreach, Phlange and Tracerie Sectors, the William Dampier-Class were usually armed.

A few examples of the J-3 Merchant survive into the New Era. The Near Bootes Commonwealth retains a couple of examples as VIP transports, the rest have passed into private hands.

J-3 Merchant

General Data

Displacement: 500 tons Hull Armor: 14
Length: 66 meters Volume: 7000m3
Price: 144.094 Target Size: S
Configuration: Slab SL Tech Level: 14
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 4450.55 / 1922.20

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 400 MW Fusion Power Plant (100 MW/hit), 1 year dur. (40 m3 /yr)
Jump Performance: Jump-3 (350 m3 fuel)
G-Rating: 1-G (250 MW/G)(Heplar), Contra-grav lifters (50 MW)
G-Turns: 50 (61 using jump fuel), 31.25 m3 fuel each
Maint: 161


Computer: 3x TL 14 Mod St Computers (1.5 MW each)
Commo: 1 x 300,000km radio (10 hexes, 10 MW), 1 x 1000 AU maser (inf, 0.6 MW)
Avionics: TL-10+ Avionics
Sensors: Active EMS 120,000 km (4 hexes, 9 MW) Passive EMS 120,000 km (4 hexes, 0.10 MW) folding array
Controls: Bridge with 4 workstation. Plus 9 other workstations. Low Automation controls


Master Fire Directors


Life Support: Extended.(1.4 MW)
Grav Compensation: 5G (35 MW)
Crew: 9 : 3x Eng, 1x Elec, 2x Maneuv, 1x Command, 2x Steward
Crew Accommodations:
Passenger Accommodations:
Cargo: 2128 m3. 4 Large cargo hatches.
Small Craft and Launch Facilities:
Air Locks: 4


Fuel purification machinery (2.5 MW), 18.23 hrs to refine 1952.5m3
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