A Supply Ship is a large, long-range starship designed to support Exploratory and Discovery Missions throughout the galaxy. Supply Ships are built on the basic keel and platform used by Explorer and Defender Ships.
Supply ships are typically 1,000 meters long. Most of their interior space is made up of cargo bays stocked with food, medicine, spare parts, and other supplies needed to support long-term missions lasting several years. They also contain automated production facilities capable of fabricating a wide range of mission support items. They have facilities for the refinement of Tritium and other chemicals. They have water purification facilities as well.
They use standard AI Braincores to process collected data and operate the ships' autonomous systems.
Supply Ships are propelled by a pair of Heavy Graviton Drive engines housed in the ship’s aft sections. They typically carry between ten and twenty heavy cargo shuttles, usually of the Aquilae series. These are housed in a single large hangar bay or two smaller bays; accessed through a large hatch aft of the lower hull.
Defenses on the ship are limited to force shields and a small number of point-defense ion cannons. They depend on escort ships for defense.
The ships are highly automated and can rely on the other ships in their groups for technical support. As a result, they carry relatively small crews of 100-200.
Quarters and Amernities: Edit
Crew quarters provide single occupancy compartments for officers and visitors, suites for family units, and shared accommodations for crewmen, who can be bunked in arrangements of two or singly. Compartments typically contain a sleeping unit, storage space, shared hygiene pod, and work space. The ship has one large and three small dining halls. Lounges permit access to entertainment. Recreational facilities are maintained for morale and physical fitness. Virtual environments are also accessible for purposes of recreation and training. Empty cargo bays are often refitted for use as roundball and handball courts.
Examples of the TypeEdit
- Oil and Gold – Sapphire
- Torino – Free Alliance S.Ex Consortium
- Beguiled – Free Alliance S.Ex Consortium
- Rider – Free Alliance S.Ex Consortium
- Valerie Tan – Built and commissioned by Independence colony, operated by the NCSC
- Dustin Nyugen – Built and commissioned by Independence colony, operated by the NCSC
- Provident – Built and commissioned by the Bountiful System, operated by the NCSC
- All Is Safely Gathered In – Built and commissioned by the Bountiful System, operated by the NCSC