Columbus class

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Columbus class (SFC)

The Columbus class sublight explorer—an 8,600-ton craft powered by a high-acceleration, sub-light Bussard ramjet, and housing a crew of 40—entered service in 2048 as Earth's largest space-going vessels. The class boasted advanced fusion engines that could produce speeds of up to 0.75c and was the first Human spacecraft class to carry on-board shuttlecraft for extra-vehicular excursions, but new ships incorporating Zefram Cochrane's warp drive engines soon superseded the class for interstellar flight, and the last ship of the class was retired in 2100.[1]

Columbus class vessels

Specifications

Length 120m
Diameter 37.2m
Mass 8.6 million kg
Engines Geodyne Fusion Engine pack
Fuel antimatter-spiked deuterium (50:1 deuterium to antimatter)
Complement
  • 4 Officers
  • 36 Crew
Navigation Elementary Interstellar Celestial Guidance
Communication Laser/Particle Beam Subcarrier Radiotelemetry
Computer Intermediate Independent Thought Memory Scan
Weapons
  • 4 forward lasers
  • 25 fusion torpedoes
Life Support
  • Gravity: .4-.75g
  • Atmosphere: 22% O&sub2;; 14% humidity
Sustenance Duration 1-13 years at standard ship's complement

Performance

Range (Standard) 5.75 billion km (Earth-Pluto)
Range (Maximum) 8.5 light years
Velocity (Cruising) 0.75c
Velocity (Maximum) 0.85c
Typical Voyage Duration
Thrust 1 billion kg

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Columbus class (SFC)

The Columbus class sublight explorer—an 8,600-ton craft powered by a high-acceleration, sub-light Bussard ramjet, and housing a crew of 40—entered service in 2040 as Earth's largest space-going vessels. The class boasted advanced fusion engines that could produce speeds of up to 0.75c and was the first Human spacecraft class to carry on-board shuttlecraft for extra-vehicular excursions, but new ships incorporating Zefram Cochrane's warp drive engines soon superseded the class for interstellar flight, and the last ship of the class was retired in 2075.[1]

Columbus class vessels

Specifications

Length 120m
Diameter 37.2m
Mass 8.6 million kg
Engines Geodyne Fusion Engine pack
Fuel antimatter-spiked deuterium (50:1 deuterium to antimatter)
Complement
  • 4 Officers
  • 36 Crew
Navigation Elementary Interstellar Celestial Guidance
Communication Laser/Particle Beam Subcarrier Radiotelemetry
Computer Intermediate Independent Thought Memory Scan
Weapons
  • 4 forward lasers
  • 25 fusion torpedoes
Life Support
  • Gravity: .4-.75g
  • Atmosphere: 22% O&sub2;; 14% humidity
Sustenance Duration 1-13 years at standard ship's complement

Performance

Range (Standard) 5.75 billion km (Earth-Pluto)
Range (Maximum) 8.5 light years
Velocity (Cruising) 0.75c
Velocity (Maximum) 0.85c
Typical Voyage Duration
Thrust 1 billion kg

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