Nanxing Exploration Cruiser



  • Era: Interstellar Space Era
  • Manufacturer: Luna Shipyards, Mars Shipyards
  • Government(s)/Organization(s): UEG, Colonies, Corporations
  • Type: ‘Cruiser’ though more likely a Freighter in modern terms
  • Crew: 40 min, 240 max
  • Size: Large
  • Speed: C
    • Cruise: 1G
    • Max: 5G (4G with extensive modifications)
  • FTL: UEG Linear Type 1 (1 ly/m)
  • Agility: C
  • Armor:
    • Original: D-
    • Modified (Extensive): D
  • Endurance: D
  • Weapons:
    • Original: None
    • Modified (Typical): 10-16 Laser Turrets
    • Modified (Extensive): 8 Laser Turrets, 4 Missile Launchers (1-16 shots, 48 Max)
  • Defenses: None
  • Sensors: C
  • Small Craft Capacity:
    • Original: 2 Covered Flight Bays (6 XL docks)
    • Modified: 2 Covered Flight Bays (10 Large Docks)


The Nanxing, or Southern Star, was the first interstellar vessel making use of a stardrive. The Nanxing class was designed after many tests of the first experimental FTL drive system in the Paionia Experimental Vessel. It and it’s sister ships would go on to explore dozens of systems before being tasked with freight transport and colonization duties. While not the best suited ships for freight hauling, all were eventually sold to private interests and most were used to haul freight for early colony worlds. Some would even later be converted into a q-ships during the first interstellar rebellion, though it was not well suited to combat.

The Nanxing has a large drive section, with a well developed engineering department, that was the key to it’s interstellar capability. It has a set of solar collectors to provide power while in orbit or in low velocity movement that collapse against the hull while in high acceleration or deceleration, this reduces the load on it’s Thorium Nuclear Reactor to provide power. It has fore and aft spin gravity compartments used for areas, like recreation, that cannot be done in zero-G.

When the Colony Rebellion began several of these were refitted to carry shuttles or ‘fighters’ in their flight bays instead of the oversized shuttles for exploration. They were also armed with between ten and sixteen laser turrets. They put a very heavy drain on power and required changing some cargo space into capacitor banks and secondary power generation plants, but were arguably the best choice and suitable for point defense as well as offense. Some conversions used other weapons like railguns instead, though these tended to face ammunition issues. This was also a major issue with missile banks, though the design required extremely heavy modifications to make use of missiles. The most extensive refits enhanced the armor, slightly lowered the speed, added eight laser turrets, and four missile banks each of which could fire up to four missiles per volley. However those required extensive modifications and so were rare.

Nanxing Exploration Cruiser

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