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Passchendale-Class Transport

design by Michael Bailey

The Passchendaele-Class Transport has it's origins in the mists of antiquity. The original design was produced by the Terran Confederation from AD 2110 (-2411 Imperial). The Passchendaele-Class was the first of a series of transport starships designed and built by the Starbus-Lockheed Consortium for the Terran Confederation Navy and commercial interests. A relic Passchendaele-Class (the Meekatharra) was discovered in an underground storage facility in 1179 by Medoci archeologists. The facility is believed to part of the orignal naval base established by the Terran Confederation during the Interstellar Wars. The Meekatharra, although lacking jump drives, served as the pattern craft for the Passchendaele-Class.

The class has been built in considerable numbers in the Commonwealth. It's drop tanks allow two jumps totalling three parsecs between refuelling stops, giving the transport enough 'legs' to venture outside the Commonwealth, making it a viable Free Trader in this part of the Solomani Rim.

Designer's Notes: I named the ship after a French town, Passchendaele (it was the site of a major battle in 1917 in which the Australian Infantry Force played a significant role - I designed the ship around ANZAC Day last year).

Passchendael-Class Transport

General Data

Displacement: 600 tons Hull Armor: 28
Length: 50 meters Volume: 8400m3
Price: 307.42 MCr Target Size: S
Configuration: Cylinder AF Tech Level: 11
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 8432.26/3297.26 (without drop tanks) 8695.78/3560.78 (with drop tanks)

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 600 MW Fusion Power Plant (50 MW/hit), 1 year duration (63.34 MW excess power)
Jump Performance: Jump-2 without drop tanks (630 m^3 fuel)
Jump-1 with drop tanks (341 m^3 fuel)
G-Rating: 1-G (300 MW/G)(Heplar), Contra-grav lifters (120 MW)
G-Turns: 20 (39 with jump fuel), 75 m3 each (without tanks)
36 (54 with jump fuel), 81.25 m3 each (with drop tanks)


Computer: 3x TL 11 Mod FibComputers (0.7 MW each)
Commo: 300,000km radio (10 hexes, 10 MW), 1000 AU maser (infinite, 0.6 MW)
Avionics: TL-10+ Avionics
Sensors: Passive EMS fixed array 90,000km (3 hexes, 0.15 MW), Active EMS 60,000km (2 hexes, 30 MW)
Controls: Bridge with 6 workstation. Low Automation controls


Master Fire Directors


Life Support: Extended.
Grav Compensation: 2Gs
Crew: 14: 1x Captain, 8x Engineers, 1x Electronics, 2x Maneuver and 2x Maintenance.
Crew Accommodations:
Passenger Accommodations:
Cargo: 5135 m3. 12 Large cargo hatches.
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: None
Air Locks: 6


The large cargo space can accomodate a large variety of payloads. Power couplings are available, and the area receives full life support. The cargo hatches at the rear of the ship fold open to allow roll on-roll off (RO-RO) operations, making vehicle disembarkation a simple procedure (The entire bottom rear of the ship opens up).
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