Average Imperial TL is 12, which would suggest that the average freighter plying Imperial space would also be TL-12 (or lower for tramp freighters).AnotherDilbert wrote: ↑Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:34 amYes, but at TL-15 that is DM-0. Using drop tanks is most attractive with high jump range which implies high tech drives anyway.
But, agreed, I would not really want to use drop tanks at TL-10 or so...
No, partially streamlined, like many ships tend to be anyway. They can still land and scoop.
There shouldn't be any issue with this for freighters, as larger ones would never waste the time to go to a gas giant to scoop fuel, so I don't see that as being much of an issue. The only people who would scoop would be those who have no other recourse. It's much cheaper in time costs to purchase unrefined fuel and refine it while you are on the ground unloading your cargo, finding new cargo and loading it up. The time you'd save would more than offset the costs.