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Deep Space Exploration Group Miscellaneous Projects

Sentient Species Comparison Charts

Size Comparison Charts

Miscellaneous 2nd Era Starships


Large Deep Space Explorers are the most capable and rare of the starship types serving in the Deep Space Exploration Group.  They typically perform long-range, long-term exploration missions lasting from three to five years.  As such, they have living accommodations for families and visiting scientists in addition to regular Deep Space Exploration Group personnel.  Large Deep Space Explorers are not capable of landing on planetary surfaces and thus carry a sizable number of shuttlecraft.  Second and Third generation Deep Space Explorers also carry two or three small Deep Space Scouts to assist in their exploration duties.

Small Deep Space Explorers are more numerous than Large Deep Space Explorers.  They typically perform mid-range, mid-term exploration missions lasting from one to three years.  Like Large Deep Space Explorers, Small Deep Space Explorers have considerable space devoted to recreational facilities including a garden bay.  They are not capable of landing on planetary surfaces so they carry a modest shuttlecraft complement.   Sometimes, one or two small Deep Space Scouts will accompany Small Deep Space Explorers on their missions.

Deep Space Scouts are the most common starship type serving in the Deep Space Exploration Group.  They perform general survey and short-term exploration missions lasting from a few weeks up to a year.  While all Deep Space Scouts are capable of landing on planetary surfaces, many carry a couple shuttlecraft of their own.  Some Deep Space Scouts have been outfitted with increased armament to serve on short-term, short-range patrol missions and to defend Deep Space Stations.  Deep Space Scouts operate both alone and in small groups based on Deep Space Tugs or Deep Space Drydocks.

Deep Space Tugs are one of the most capable starship class serving in the Deep Space Exploration Group.  This is due to the large of variety module types they can tow.  They are powerful enough to tow most other starship types.  While Deep Space Tugs can land on planetary surfaces in an emergency, they are not designed to do so on a regular basis.  Any shuttlecraft used by Deep Space Tugs are housed in a specialized module they tow. While there are many sizes of modules, the two most common are 75 meters by 25 meters by 25 meters and 150 meters by 50 meters by 50 meters.  Sample cargo module types include Dry Bulk Module, Liquid Module, Refrigerated Module, Assorted Products Module and Large Products Module.  Sample industrial module types include Mining Module, Materials Processing Module, and Factory Module.  Sample exploration module types include Exploration Module, Shuttlecraft Hangar Module, Deep Space Scout Tender Module, and Scientific Outpost Module. Sample miscellaneous module types include Starliner Module, Hospital Module, Space Station Module, Defense Module, Garden Bay Module, Recreation Module, and Power Generation & Propulsion Module.

Deep Space Freighters are the second most common starship type serving in the Deep Space Exploration Group.  Like the larger Deep Space Tugs, Deep Space Freighters carry a large variety of modules.  However, most Deep Space Freighter can only accommodate the common module size of 75 meters by 25 meters by 25 meters or smaller.  The great majority of Deep Space Freighters are capable of landing on planetary surfaces.  If they carry shuttlecraft, these are either hard-docked externally or housed in a specialized module.

Deep Space Drydocks are almost as rare as large Deep Space Explorers.  They serve as mobile repair bases and can accommodate the great majority of Human starships in their cavernous docking frameworks, including large Deep Space Explorers.  They can tow massive amounts of tonnage when needed.  When not serving on repair and maintenance missions, some Deep Space Drydocks serve as mobile bases for entire squadrons of Deep Space Scouts.  A Deep Space Drydock outfitted with the appropriate module types can even serve as a large Deep Space Explorer.

Deep Space Bases serve as large stationary outposts of the Deep Space Exploration Group.  Besides serving as maintenance, repair, and resupply depots for Deep Space Exploration Group starships, they also usually boast extensive scientific research, medical, and recreation facilities.  Deep Space Bases are normally built in orbit of a suitable planet or moon, but a few are located in interstellar space.

Alien Starships

Ventasian Type 4 Star Guardian

The Ventasians have been star-farers for tens of millennia and have attained tech level 9 star-faring technology, the highest tech level yet encountered by Humans.  Their giant vessels are capable of traveling to other galaxies.  The Type 4 Star Guardian is a typical large Ventasian starship with its faceted, multi-hull design.  It is as much a traveling colony as it is an explorer. It is one of the most powerful starships in Human explored space and has been in use for thousands of years.  The three hulls attached to the central core hull can operate separately and are supplemented by numerous smaller ships and craft of various sizes.  The Ventasian starship design is an original design by Jeff Robb.

Cybernethi Star Wanderer 9Y5

The Cybernethi have attained tech level 8 star-faring technology.  Their starships vary widely in size and configuration with no two Cyberenthi vessels being exactly alike.

Nyoshahl Dragonlord 7 Mothership

The Dragonlord 7 class Mothership is the largest Nyoshahl starship yet encountered by Humans. As with all Nyoshahl designs, it is spherical and much larger than its closest Human counterpart.  This noticeable size differential between Nyoshahl and Human starships is believed to be due to the much greater size of the dragon-like Nyoshahl who themselves range up to 15 meters long. The observed performance of the Dragonlord 7 suggests that it is a second generation Tech Level 7 design.  It carries a fleet of smallcraft, most of which are drones of various types.  The smallest Nyoshahl starship come across by Humans to date is about 150 meters in diameter. While Human explorers have been frustrated by the Nyoshahl’s general indifference to Humans, military and governmental leaders have been relieved that the few encounters with this technologically equal star-faring sentient species have been mostly free of conflict.  The Nyoshahl starship is an original design by fellow speculative speaceship design Jeff Robb.

T’lar J’ny’ar Class and Hy’atsu Class Star Explorers

The J’ny’ar Class Star Explorer is the major first generation tech level 7 exploration vessel used by the T’lar during the same era as the Human Deep Space Explorer Aquarius. The Hy’atsu Class Star Explorer is the major second generation tech level 7 exploration vessel used by the T’lar during the same era as the Human Deep Space Explorer Inspiration. Tropical fish and the large Minbari cruiser from the science fiction TV series Babylon 5 are the inspiration both of the T’lar vessels.

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