Spaceship vs. Starship

Discuss the Traveller RPG and its many settings
Moppy

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby Moppy » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:34 pm

AnotherDilbert wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:56 pm
Moppy wrote: Because that would require the modules were built as ship hulls and it would cost a fortune.
An empty module cost MCr 2, the same as an entire Scout hull.

In MgT2 it would cost about MCr 1.8, the same as any other 30 Dt streamlined hull.
Swapping modules to load cargo would be expensive for that 1.8 MCr module overhead. I'd expect cargo to be loaded and unloaded normally into the same module.

The module should be be to reconfigure the craft quickly, rather than to facilitiate loading.
Condottiere
Warlord Mongoose
Posts: 8106
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:23 pm

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby Condottiere » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:12 pm

Image

I suspect they're using a docking clamp.
Linwood
Lesser Spotted Mongoose
Posts: 620
Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:41 am

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby Linwood » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:18 pm

You could build the modules as Fragile. Maybe discount the cost if they don’t need life support (or power).
AnotherDilbert
Cosmic Mongoose
Posts: 4196
Joined: Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:49 pm
Location: Sweden

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby AnotherDilbert » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:56 pm

Condottiere wrote: I suspect they're using a docking clamp.
Doesn't work if you want to land:
HG, p43 wrote:A ship holding another ship in a docking clamp will become unstreamlined.
Moppy

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby Moppy » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:59 pm

That's an Eagle from Space 1999. The square bit in the middle is a module. IIRC they operated on the moon only, and would not worry about streamlining.

I could be wrong because this show is old.

This does raise the question of how they got to the moon in the first place.
crazy_cat
Mongoose
Posts: 168
Joined: Mon May 30, 2005 8:06 am
Location: Cambridge, UK

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby crazy_cat » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:06 pm

The Space 1999 Eagle. The classic Modular Cutter.
"You should never be in the company of anyone with whom you would not want to die"
phavoc
Cosmic Mongoose
Posts: 4910
Joined: Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:13 pm

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby phavoc » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:19 pm

Moppy wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:59 pm
That's an Eagle from Space 1999. The square bit in the middle is a module. IIRC they operated on the moon only, and would not worry about streamlining.

I could be wrong because this show is old.

This does raise the question of how they got to the moon in the first place.
The trusty Eagle crash-landed on many a planet during the series! And it left behind their module and flew w/o issue as well with the center spine only.
Condottiere
Warlord Mongoose
Posts: 8106
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:23 pm

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby Condottiere » Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:04 am

From the Deep Space Exploration Handbook, it could be a twenty tonne base module, fitted as a detachable shipboard component, and anchored in place with piles driven into rock, when detached dirtside.
Moppy

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby Moppy » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:50 am

phavoc wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:19 pm
The trusty Eagle crash-landed on many a planet during the series!
Was it ever able to land normally? It doesn't look particularly aerodynamic.
AndrewW
Cosmic Mongoose
Posts: 4337
Joined: Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:57 pm

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby AndrewW » Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:55 am

Moppy wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:50 am
phavoc wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:19 pm
The trusty Eagle crash-landed on many a planet during the series!
Was it ever able to land normally? It doesn't look particularly aerodynamic.
Yes it has been known to happen.
Condottiere
Warlord Mongoose
Posts: 8106
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:23 pm

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby Condottiere » Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:47 am

I don't know about speed past orbit, but Eagles tend to look dead slow.
phavoc
Cosmic Mongoose
Posts: 4910
Joined: Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:13 pm

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby phavoc » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:27 pm

Moppy wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:50 am
phavoc wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:19 pm
The trusty Eagle crash-landed on many a planet during the series!
Was it ever able to land normally? It doesn't look particularly aerodynamic.
Umm, I guess about half the plot points had them landing safely. 😝
Condottiere
Warlord Mongoose
Posts: 8106
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:23 pm

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Postby Condottiere » Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:07 am

You'd think they'd run out of Eagles, and/or spare parts.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 29 guests