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Express Boat

design by Franklin W. Cain

According to CT Supplement 7, the Xboat has a massive array of databanks. I read that as meaning "a *lot* of extra computers." Unfortunately, in any edition of Traveller, starship computers are too expensive to have a large number of them installed in a starship. (By "large," I mean "three or more times the usual number"; i.e., 10+ computers instead of just 3.) To get around this, I made an assumption: I assumed the Model Flight computers had approximately one-hundredth the storage capacity of Model Standard computers. (Mod Flt have 1/10 the volume, mass, and power usage, and 1/1,000 the cost.)

If my assumption was correct, I could have the storage capacity of five additional Mod Std computers for the price of 1/2 an additional Mod Std computer (but at the volume of 500 such computers).

Since the Xboat has *always* been a maneuver-less ship with minimal cargo, I felt justified in spending the ship's volume in this manner.

I made a further assumption: A computer could be a Model Flight computer *with* the Fiber-Optic backup otion (i.e., using *both* the "Mod Flt" modifiers *and* the "Mod FB" modifiers).

Express Boat

General Data

Displacement: 100 tons Hull Armor: 28
Length: 14 meters Volume: 1400 m3
Price: 93.828 MCr Target Size: S
Configuration: Sphere USL Tech Level: 15
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 565.867/457.167

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 72 MW TL-15 Fusion Power Plant, 1 year duration (0.258 MW surplus)
Jump Performance: 4
Jump Fuel: 350 m3
G-Rating: None
G-Turns: None
Maint: 23


Computer: 5x TL-15 Mod Fb Computers (1.1 MW each)
500x TL-15 Mod Flt/Fb Computers (0.11 MW each; used as "databanks")
Commo: 1x TL-15 Radio, 30,000 km (1 hx; 1 MW)
3x TL-15 Laser-Commo, 1,000 AU (inf.; 0.3 MW each)
3x TL-15 Maser-Commo, 1,000 AU (inf.; 0.6 MW each)
Avionics: TL-10+
Sensors: 1x TL-15 Passive EMS array, fixed array, 90,000 km (3 hx; 0.06 MW)
Controls: 2 Workstations


Offensive None
Defensive: None
Master Fire Directors: None


Life Support: Extended (0.28 MW)
Grav Compensation: 6G (7MW)
Crew: 2: 1 Maneuver, 1 Electronics.
Crew Accommodations: 2 small statrooms (0.0005 MW each)
Passenger Accomadation: None
Other Facilities: None
Cargo: 84.2 m3 1 small cargo hatch.
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: None
Air Locks: 1

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