The Bork

The Bork is the engine built by Heinlein Networks Inc. It is based on a modular arrangement of 15 Trinity Nuclear fusion reactors along four higgsmodulators from Geodesic Systems. Along the 300-meter long hull attachment points for other ships have been added, and near the midsection the comparatively tiny life and control module is located. The ship has limited sensors and navigational capability. Since other ships can be attached, they can act as motors for in-system flight

Name: The Bork
Hull size: 53
Manoeuvre rating: +3
Acc: 0.005
Cruising Speed: 0.01
Engines: ion engine
Sensors: Air/Space radar
Computers: Ship AI (G), Quai (O), distributed network
Power plant: fusion (multiple)
Communications: Laser and radio transceivers
Other equipment: workshop, attachment points and airlocks for up to six ships, escape pods.
Price: 12.25 M
Length: 300 meters
Crew: up to 6, normally one navigator/pilot, one higgs-specialist, one engineer and one information manager.

Command / Crew: durability 7
Electronics: durability 1 (computers, sensors)
15 Engineering compartments: durability 3 each (fusion, higgsram, ion engines in the aft compartment)


Trillicom Devastator Drone

The TDD is an exercise in space weaponry. The drone is intended to act as a tiny weapons platform, launching missiles on close range. The three launch racks can hold up to 24 missiles (not included, but Trillicom gives a 10% discount for TDD owners). It is equipped with a basic battle AI. Custom versions have point defence guns, railguns or more advanced AI.

Hull: 10
Manoeuvre rating: -3
Acc: 0.2 Mpp
Cruising speed: 0.6 AU/h
Power plant: small fusion reactor
Engine: Ion engine
Weapons: 3 launch racks
Computer: Computer (O), Battle computer (O)
Communications: laser transceiver
Price: 470 K
Crew: none
Length: 7 meter



McDaggart Transplanetary Shuttle ("Daggy")

The workhorse among Atlantean spacecraft, intended for orbit-ground and orbit-orbit use. It uses fusion-heated scramjets for liftoff, and has some limited VTOL capability. Exists in many customised versions, and is deliberately built so that cargo and passenger space can be converted into each other. An updated version based on GATA technology is under development.

Hull: 16
Manoeuvre rating: 0
Acc: 0.001 Mm/p
Cruising speed: 0.01 AU/h
Power plant: fusion reactor
Engine: planetary thruster
Sensores: Air/space radar
Communications: Radio transceiver
Computer (O)
Other: Cargo space/passenger suite (100m^3 and 80 passengers)

Cargo and passenger space is reconfigurable; the standard layout is four durability points of passenger space (80 passengers) and 4 points of cargo (92 cubic meters) but this can be redistributed.

Price: 750 K
Speed: Mach 1 in atmosphere
Acceleration: 0.001 Mm/p
Cruising speed: 0.01 AU/hour

Command (4 dur)
Engineering (5 dur)
Cargo (4 dur)
Crew (4 dur)


Phoenix Fighter

When PCA commissioned Wei-Hang Aerospace in 2345 to build the next generation of spacefighter, the designers decided to create something general and flexible. Nobody knew how space or orbit-air combat would look like, so the best solution would be to create something that could adapt to nearly anything. Hence the Phoenix.

The Phoenix is a masterpiece of materials science and synergetics. It can change shape in several ways, adapting to being in an atmosphere, low orbit or deep space. It can shift between a heat stealth mode and a EM stealth mode or interpolate between them depending on the situation. Equipped with GATA based on Mother technology it is versatile and can accelerate to tremendous speed. It can operate independently for 48 hours, more if extended with a life support unit. The only drawback is the pricetag.

Most functions can be automated, even if the lack of Penglaiese AI makes autopiloted fighters nearly useless in combat situations. Until military AI can be developed independently of foreign powers, they will run on expert systems.

Weapons: Launch tube with 10 loaded missiles, further missiles stored in weapons compartment. These can be exchanged for guns or other equipment fairly easily (takes a few hours of work at a PCA airbase)
Defenses: brilliant pebbles, jammer, 2 point-defense guns
Crew: 1
Hull: 10
Maneuverability: -1
Acc: 3 Mpp
Cruise: 2 AU/h
Power: Fusion
Engine: GATA (with stabiliser)
Other: autosupport unit.
Communication: Laser transceiver
Sensors: Multiband radar, EM detector, IR detector, Gravity wave detector
Light cerametal armor (d6-1/d6-1/d6-1)
Command 7
Weapons 3
Cost: 16M