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Virtue Wild Trader

design by Franklin W. Cain


My ship is intentionally designed to be upgraded by its owner(s) as time goes by. Also, I detailed the damage charts to the N-th degree, as you can see.

The basic version ("1/A") is only MCr 58.41 and gives jump-1 and 1 G performance. The ultimate version ("3/B") is MCr 85.21 and gives jump-3 and 2 G performance. Owners who want "longer legs" (a higher jump number) and improved fuel performance can install the next larger jump drive, and those wanting faster acceleration can install a larger fusion plant, in either case, without changing the ship's architecture (because of the reserved space in the engineering section), negating the need for a naval architect.

I detailed the damage charts to this extreme so as to quicken the determination of damage locations.

I visualize this ship as being very similar (externally) to the classic jump-1 Beowulf-class free trader.

Including the collapsible fuel bladders increases the ship's versatility. Also, if the ship wants to carry more passengers, the electronics crew could "hot bunk", freeing up one more stateroom.



General Data

Displacement: 200 tons Hull Armor: 21
Length: 42.5meters Volume: 2800 m3
Price: See Below Target Size: S
Configuration: Wedge SL Tech Level: See Below
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): See Below


Options

Tech Level: (Option A): 12/10 or 12/11; (Option B): 12/9

Price Mass (Loaded/Empty)
(Version 1/A): MCr 58.41 (Version 1/A): 2,314.646/1,135.786
(Version 1/B): MCr 68.41 (Version 1/B): 2,514.646/1,335.786
(Version 2/A): MCr 66.81 (Version 2/A): 2,398.646/1,219.786
(Version 2/B): MCr 76.81 (Version 2/B): 2,598.646/1,419.786
(Version 3/A): MCr 75.21 (Version 3/A): 2,482.646/1,303.786
(Version 3/B): MCr 85.21 (Version 3/B): 2,682.646/1,503.786

Engineering Data

Power Plant:
  • (Option A): TL-10/11 150 MW Fusion plant, 1.333 years duration (fuel use: 22.5 m3/year; power shortfall of 0.27 MW)
  • (Option B): TL-9 250 MW Fusion plant, 0.8 years duration (fuel use: 37.5 m3/year; power shortfall of 0.27 MW)
    Jump Performance:
  • (Option 1): One parsec (fuel use: 280 m3);
  • (Option 2): Two parsecs (fuel use: 420 m3 total; 210 m3/parsec);
  • (Option 3): Three parsecs (fuel use: 560 m3 total; 186.667 m3/parsec)
    Jump Fuel: 700 m3 plus 30 m3 reserved for power plant; 7x 100 m3 collapsible fuel bladders capable of holding an additional 700 m3 (an additional 56 G-turns)
    G-Rating: 2 G's/HEPlaR (100 MW/G; "Option A" restricted to only 1 G); Contra-Grav Lifters (20 MW)
    G-Turns:
  • (Option 1): 33.6, 12.5 m3 each (56 if using jump fuel)
  • (Option 2): 22.4, 12.5 m3 each (39.2 with reserve for jump-1; 56 if using all jump fuel)
  • (Option 3): 11.2, 12.5 m3 each (26.133 with reserve for jump-2; 41.067 with reserve for jump-1; 56 if using all jump fuel)
    Maint:
  • (Version 1/A): 101
  • (Version 1/B): 111
  • (Version 2/A): 105
  • (Version 2/B): 115
  • (Version 3/A): 109
  • (Version 3/B): 119
  • Electronics

    Computer: 3x TL-12 Mod Std Computers (0.4 MW each)
    Commo: 1x TL-12 30,000 km Radio (1 hx; 1 MW)
    1x TL-12 1,000 AU Laser-Comm (inf.; 0.3 MW)
    1x TL-12 1,000 AU Maser-Comm (inf.; 0.6 MW)
    Avionics: TL-10+
    Sensors: 1x TL-12 30,000 km Active EMS (1 hx; 11 MW)
    1x TL-12 90,000 km Passive EMS, fixed array (3 hx; 0.1 MW)
    ECM/ECCM: None
    Controls: Flight deck with 3x Normal workstations, plus 2x Normal workstations

    Armament

    Offensive 2x Turret Socket Hardpoints (Loc: 16/17, 18/19; Arcs: All)
    Defensive: None
    Master Fire Directors: None

    Accommodations

    Life Support: Extended (0.56 MW)
    Grav Compensation: 3 (14 MW)
    Crew: 4 or 5 (2x Maneuver; 1x Electronics; 1x or 2x Engineering)
    Crew Accommodations: 4x Small Staterooms (0.0005 MW each)
    Passenger Accomadation: 4x Small Staterooms (0.0005 MW each), 4x Low Berths (0.001 MW Each)
    Other Facilities:
    Cargo: 1,129.86 m3 4 Large cargo Hatches
    Small Craft and Launch Facilities: None
    Air Locks: 2

    Notes

  • Fuel scoops capable of ingesting 1,120 cubic meters (80 dt) per hour.
  • Fuel purification machinery capable of refining 200 cubic meters every six hours (1.2 MW; 6.3 hrs. for 210 m^3; 8.4 hrs. for 280 m^3; 9.333 hrs. for 186.667 m^3; 12.6 hrs. for 420 m^3; 16.8 hrs. for 560 m^3; 21 hrs. for 700 m^3).
  • Sufficient space has been reserved in engineering section for Jump-3 drive and TL-9 250 MW fusion plant.
  • Maneuver drive ignition chamber/heat exchanger is designed for 2 G's of acceleration. The actual performance available depends on the power budget.
  • Many of the proposed ship names are variations of Thrift/Frugality, Pragmatism/Practicality, and Industriousness.

    Damage Tables

    
    AREA      SURFACE HITS             INTERNAL HITS 
    01        01-13: Antenna           01-04: Electronics
              14-20: ---               05-07: Bridge Crew 
                                       08-20: Fuel 
    02-03     ---                      01-02: Stateroom #1 
                                       03-04: Stateroom #2 
                                       05-06: Stateroom #3 
                                       07-08: Stateroom #4 
                                       09-10: Stateroom #5 
                                       11-12: Stateroom #6 
                                       13-14: Stateroom #7 
                                       15-16: Stateroom #8 
                                       17:    Low Berth #1 
                                       18:    Low Berth #2 
                                       19:    Low Berth #3 
                                       20:    Low Berth #4 
    04-05     ---                      01-02: Life Support 
                                       03:    Emergency Life Support 
                                       04-20: Cargo 
    06-07     01-03: Cargo Hatch #1    01-15: Cargo / Fuel (Bladders) 
              04-20: ---               16-20: Cargo 
    08-09     01-03: Cargo Hatch #2    01-10: Cargo / Fuel (Bladders) 
              04-20: ---               11:    Collapsible Fuel Bladder 
                                       12-18: Fuel 
                                       19-20: Contra-Grav Lifters 
    10        ---                      Cargo 
    11        ---                      01-10: Cargo / Fuel (Bladders) 
                                       11:    Collapsible Fuel Bladder 
                                       12-15: Fuel 
                                       16-19: Artif. Grav./G-Comp. 
                                       20:    Contra-Grav Lifters 
    12-13     01-03: Cargo Hatch #3    01-10: Cargo / Fuel (Bladders) 
              04-20: ---               11-20: Fuel 
    14-15     01-03: Cargo Hatch #4    01-10: Cargo / Fuel (Bladders) 
              04-20: ---               11:    Collapsible Fuel Bladder 
                                       12-18: Fuel 
                                       19-20: Contra-Grav Lifters 
    16-17     ---                      01-03: Turret Socket 
                                       04-20: Fuel 
    18-19     ---                      01-03: Turret Socket 
                                       04:    Fuel 
                                       05-10: Fuel Purification Plant 
                                       11:    Engineering Crew or 
                                         Damage Control Party (50%/50%) 
                                       12-15: Reserved (A) / 
                                         Power Plant (B) 
                                       16-20: Power Plant 
    20        ---                      01-08: Jump Drive 
                                       09-12: Reserved (1) / 
                                         Jump Drive (2/3) 
                                       13-16: Reserved (1/2) / 
                                         Jump Drive (3) 
                                       17:    Fuel 
                                       18-20: Maneuver Drive 
    
    SYSTEMS: 
    Power Plant - 3H / 5H 
    Jump Drive - 2H / 3H / 4H 
    Maneuver Drive - (4h) 
    Contra-Grav - 1H 
    Fuel Purification - 2H 
    Life Support - 3H 
    Emergency Life Support - 1H 
    Artificial Gravity/G-Compensation - 1H 
    Small Stateroom - (2h) 
    Low Berth - (1h) 
    Collapsible Fuel Bladder - (1h) 
    All Others - (1h) 
    


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