Solaris Research Vessel

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Stats

  • Era: Late Early Space Era
  • Manufacturer: Singapore Station
  • Government(s)/Organization(s): Various
  • Type: Transport/Science Ships
  • Crew: 2 min-16 max
  • Size: XL
  • Speed: B
    • Cruise: 1-2G
    • Max: 6G
  • Agility: D
  • Armor: D-
  • Endurance: C
  • Weapons: None
  • Defenses: None
  • Sensors: B
  • Small Craft Capacity:
    • 1 Specialized Docking Port (1 Solaris Lander Module)

History

The Solaris was the first spacecraft designed to research in the outer edges of the solar system. Vessels like the Penemuan simply don’t have the endurance to make the outer system and ever hope to get back. It has a very small crew and was meant only to perform research and then return. They went out of fashion once better long range capability started to become commonplace and have proved useless as transports or freighters so almost all of them have long been decommissioned.

One interesting feature was that at least a couple of these vessels had command bridges with full landing craft capability. These Command Modules could then land on small rocky bodies, worst case it could also be used as a landing module to return up to four of the crew at a time. They also use large extending solar panels to provide extra power whenever possible.

It uses three VASIMR drives each the size of one of the Penemuan Transports for propulsion. This raw power made them relatively quick for their size, but they lack maneuvering thrusters or small drive engines to give them any agility. This means they move like wallowing pigs, luckily space is big so they are unlikely to hit anything.

Solaris Research Vessel

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