Guardians of the Stars
Stazione Colony Ship
- Era: Interstellar Space Era
- Manufacturer: Mars Shipyards, Lunar Shipyards
- Type: Colony Ship/Transport
- Size: Large/XL
- Crew: 40-60 Crew, ~1000 Colonists
- Speed: C-
- Cruise/Max: 1-4G
- FTL: Commercial Linear Type 1 (1 ly/m)
- Agility: C-
- Armor: D-
- Endurance: B
- Weapons: None
- Defenses: None
- Sensors: C
- Small Craft Capacity:
- 4 Full-Sized Docking Ports (4 XL sized mounts)
It was realized early after finding the first habitable worlds outside our own, that the Nanxing Exploration Cruiser made a bad colony vessel. It was simply not designed to carry hundreds of people and the wide range of materials needed to make it an efficient colony transport. The Stazione Colony Ship is the answer to that problem.
Each ship can carry around 1000 colonists per trip, and multiple modules full of cargo which can even be dropped onto a planet so they don’t even require shuttles. It is not armed and not very maneuverable. It also uses a pair of hydroponic habitats on each end of the ship for most of it’s life support and food requirements. Added to the massive solar panel arrays it had tremendous endurance. A unique system, of magentic ‘sails’ provides it’s thrust within a system and it has a first generation linear FTL system to travel between systems.
Around a dozen were built during the Interstellar Era and would continue to run even after that. Since most civilian transport was, and often is, from Sol to the Colony worlds, these ships sometimes even acted as civilian transports ferrying people around. The Colony Rebellion caused the groups running these ships to suspend activities and no one ever tried to make a military transport or warship out of them.