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design by Micheal Bailey
The Type S6 crams a Jump-6 drive and fuel tankage for two consecutive jumps into a standard Scout/Courier hull, allowing a twelve parsec journey to be completed in 15 days (a full day is allowed between jumps in non-emergency situations for diagnostics and routine maintenance on the jump drive). Fuel scoops and purification machinery allow a third jump to take place in as little as 12 hours (the remainder of the fuel can be processed while the ship is in j-space).
Naturally, the drive to extend the Type S6's range has led to some sacrifices. The ship carries no weaponry - even the hardpoint socket has been removed to fit in more fuel. The ship also has limited endurance in normal space, with only 22 G-turns (without jump fuel), the Type S6 is not expected to do much more than head directly to it's destination upon emerging into normal space. Only three crew are present - one maneuver officer also doubles as the ship's electronics officer, although there is a dedicated engineer on-board. Crew accommodations allow four a single passenger to be carried if required.
In times of conflict, the Type S6 is expected to jump into the outer system, far beyond reach of planetary defenses, and jump out after burst-tranmission of it's data cargo to Naval assets in-system.
The Type S6 (aka Uiderfowl, after a migratory bird found on Lysen) was designed by Fremantle Shipyards in 1197 in response to RFT-1195-110 (a Request For Tender issued by the Regency Navy in 1195). The first Uiderfowl was launched on 014-1199, and was commissioned into the Navy in 1200. After extended trials, the type entered regular service in 1201, and an extended production run is anticipated.
To date, 70 examples have been ordered: 22 of these are to be produced at Fremantle's Number Three yard on Jewell, the remainder will be manufactured under license throughout the Regency. The Uiderfowl is not exepected to be offered on the civillian starship market. A number of these will be conversions from existing Type S hulls, Fremantle Shipyards is preparing a conversion kit to assist manufacturers.
After entering regular service in 1201, eight examples of the Uiderfowl are currently in service. Two have been attached to the RQS, and are in service in Quarantine District 5A as part of RQS peacekeeping duties in The Islands.
Uiderfowl Class Long Range Courier
|Displacement: 100 tons||Hull Armor: 28|
|Length: 35 meters||Volume: 1400 m3|
|Price: 95.899 MCr||Target Size: S|
|Configuration: Wedge SL||Tech Level: 15|
|Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 670.76 / 595.54|
Surface 1: Ant 2-3, 6-7: Ant 10: 1: AL 18-19: 1-10: Ant Internal 1: 1-18: Elec, 19-20: Hold 2-3: 1-2: Elec, 3-17: Qtrs, 18-20: Hold 4-15: Hold 16-19: 1-10: Eng, 11-20: Hold 20: Eng Systems Computer 3 x (2h) AEMS (2h) SSR 2 x (2h) LS 2H ELS 1H AG 1H JD 1H PP 1H MD (2h) CG (4h) FPP 1H All Others (1h)