(2300AD) Check my "ship" design

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(2300AD) Check my "ship" design

Postby blaster219 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:39 pm

So, running through the Aerospace Engineers Book, I'm trying out the rules to build something "simple". An automated messenger drone that a ship can use to send a message back to civilisation with important data, requests for assistance or as a black box" accident record.

Step 1 - Hull
10 tons Synthetic Ballistic (Efficent, -2 to Reflected Signature)
Cost - 200'000

Step 2 - Reaction Drives
OMS Rocket - 0.2 tons
4 Burns - 1.4 tons
Cost - 48'000

Step 3 - Stutterwarp (TL11)
2.52 ly/day / 1.624 AU/day, Tac Speed 2, power 2, size 0.707 tons
WE= 2.4, modified by efficient hull
Size = 0.707
Cost - 1'414213

Step 4 - Power Plant
Advanced Fuel Cell - 1 ton, 14 Pow
Cost - 3'000'000

Step 5 - Radiators
Conventional - 1.4 tons
Cost - 750'000

Step 6 - Fuel Tanks
Powerplant 1.5 weeks, 3.15 tons

Step 7 - Bridge
Autopilot - 0.01 tons
Cost - 100'000

Step 8 - Install Computer
Computer/20 - 2'500'000
Stutterwarp Control - 2'000'000
Robotic Control (Improved) 75'000
Cost - 4'575'000

Step 9 - Sensors and Electronics
Basic Navigational Array, pow 5, Cost 100'000
Encrypted Comms, 50'000
Long Laser Comms, 2 tons, pow 10, 5'000'000
cost - 5'150'000

Steps 10-21 N/A

Finalising
Max Power Output 14, Max Requirement 17, can't operate Laser comms alongside any other system
Base Signature 2 (Radiation 2, Reflected 0)

Cost - 15'237'213
Maintenance Cost - 1'269 per month

This is designed to be carried aboard the PC's ship. When they are outside a settled system exploring a site and they need to urgently report their findings back to their superiors without breaking off their investigation, they can program the drone to travel to the nearest colony or outpost. If I'm understanding the rules correctly, 1.5 weeks of fuel cell power should give the drone a range of around 20 light years at stutterwarp. So as long as it can get to an appropriate system within 2-3 jumps it should work. If I make it a but bigger, it could be provided with bigger fuel tanks, or some cargo space to carry discovered artefacts.

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