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The Dragonfly Class Transport

Length: 170 feet
Width: 105 feet
Height: 35 feet (40 feet on landing gear)
Tonnage: 1500
Pulse Speed: 2000kps
Hard Burn Speed: 3000kps
Cargo Space: 495 tons (135 ton Ventral Bay, 360 ton Aft Bay)
Staterooms: 10
Fuel Capacity: 45 tons (600 hours endurance)

Description: The Dragonfly transport was based on sketches and calculations made by Jennifer Yamadera, the designer of the famous Firefly series of ships. After the success of the Firefly model, Yamadera wanted to redesign a similar transport that was more efficient in its use of volume and tonnage. The Firefly proved so successful that she spent her time designing variants of the beloved vessel, and she sold the sketches and plans to engineer Ryan Wolfe.

Wolfe took the notes and designed the Dragonfly from them. While it only carries 100 tons less cargo than the Firefly, it is 900 tons smaller, thus making it more economical for independent captains to operate. However, while the Firefly was an extremely simple vessel mechanically, the Dragonfly is somewhat more complicated. Engineering spaces are smaller, making it not as easy to maintain as the Firefly. Wolfe was fond of redundancy, and most systems have a full back up, as opposed to the Firefly class. The vessel was not as commercially successful as the Firefly, and less than 500 are thought to still be flying. This may also be due to the fact many were pressed into service with the Independence during the war, with variants of the vessel being used for blockade running, medical evacuation, fuel tankers, and light gunboat duty.

Fresh off the assembly line a Dragonfly cost around 72000 credits (or about 1.3 million dollars), and cost about 300 credits a month to maintain. This makes her considerably more expensive than a Firefly (around 50000 credits), but it enjoyed cheaper overall operating costs and higher profit potential. Typically the vessel carries two small ten-ton “Aphid” class shuttles.

Slick’s Folly: The vessel known as Slick’s Folly was built in 2502 under contract by Naasirka Shipyards on Muir. It was owned by a private merchant named Patrick Grant under the name “Fool’s Errand”. During the Unification War, Captain Grant was given a commission by the Independence, and the ship became a medical frigate, with her ventral cargo bay transformed into a surgical trauma center, and her aft bay into rooms for patients. After the war, the ship was purchased at auction by Derek Grant, a relative of her former owner (who had perished in the war). Derek had the infirmaries gutted and returned to cargo-carrying configurations, then started a private transport business. Unfortunately, Derek’s financial sense not up to the task of keeping the business in the black. After three years, the ship was impounded and auctioned to Universal Reclamation.

There it was found by Doctor Sebastian Davenport, who purchased it for 18000 credits (half down, and half financed through Naasirka at 10% interest over 120 months). Sebastian is now responsible for a 110 credit/month ship payment or risks having the vessel repossessed.

Modifications: The pulse drives of Slick’s Folly have apparently been modified by the previous owner. The primary displacement couplers are oversized for the vessel’s tonnage and operate unshielded. This means the drives require slightly more maintenance, it also means that she can push 4000 kilometers per second velocity at hard burn. While not economical in terms of fuel, the ship can be quite the sprinter.

Also, Sebastian discovered that part of the engineering space under the Operations deck has been cleared, and the space turned into a small, concealed cargo bay…perfect for smuggling. This space will hold up to eight cubic meters, with individual containers no larger than one meter on a side. The machinery removed has made the airlock less efficient, and it takes twice as long for the airlock to cycle than normal.

Floor Plan

1: Flight Deck: The flight deck of Slicks Folly is a simple one, with just enough room for a pilot and copilot sitting side by side. Directly under the flight deck are the sensor systems, accessible by a small trap door in the floor.

2: Operations Deck: This deck is also known as the Fore Engineering Deck. It has seats for two personnel during flight operations, managing engineering systems. Almost all processes of the ship outside of the helm can be controlled there. Machinery for the life support, heating, cooling water, and other auxiliary systems of the vessel are located there. In the center of the room is a small two-man airlock leading to both ventral and dorsal hatches. Underneath the deck is a secret smuggling space that will hold about 275 cubic feet of cargo. The doors to the Main Deck can be locked.

3: Main Deck: The middle section of the Dragonfly contains staterooms, two forward storage lockers, one aft storage locker, and two bathrooms. The doors to the Operations Deck and Aft Cargo Bay are airtight bulkheads, and the deck can also be sealed from the Ventral Cargo Bay and the Lounge Deck. The machinery for the rotation of the primary drive nascelles is also located on this deck. Stairs and a five-foot-square cargo elevator lead to the Ventral Cargo Bay and up to the Lounge Deck.

4: Bathrooms: Each contains a toilet, shower, sink, and various supplies. Two bathrooms for so many staterooms is certainly not considered luxurious accommodations, but usually adequate.

5: Captain’s Quarters: This stateroom has a queen-sized bed, desk, and wardrobe. The room is paneled in (imitation) wood with brass accents and deep blue carpet, giving it a rather “nautical” feeling. The desk is outfitted with telemetry to all the vessel’s major systems so they can be monitored from the cabin.

6: Infirmary: Though small, the infirmary is equipped with a Modular Operating Theatre, as well as a portable MedComp and MedAcad doctor’s bag. The room is modified to have its own separate recycled air supply to help maintain sterility.

7: Staterooms: There are eight staterooms on Slick’s Folly. The rooms along the fore all are usually used for crew. The two rooms in the center are typically single occupancy and the two outer are double occupancy. If not used for crew, they can be used to Second Class passengers. The other four rooms are for First Class or lucky Second Class passengers.

8: Ventral Cargo Bay: The Ventral Cargo Bay can hold 135 tons of cargo. The bay has a ten foot ceiling and fifteen foot wide cargo doors at both starboard and port. Under the stairs that lead up to the Main Deck is the personnel entry ramp. The cargo elevator will also extend down to allow entry or cargo loading from there. Note that none of these are airlocks and can only be used in friendly atmospheres. However, the elevator egress has a standard collar compatible with most docking mechanisms.

9: Lounge Deck: Over the Main Deck is the Lounge, which is the social center of the ship. This area includes the kitchen, a large (bolted down) table and chairs, a laundry, a dry pantry and a walk in refridgerator/freezer. There are two Cortex Terminals for entertainment, and a moderate sized data library. The room has windows on the fore, starboard, and port walls.

10: Aft Cargo Bay: This bay holds 360 tons of cargo, with a 25 foot high ceiling (except the fore 20 feet covered by the balcony to the Main Deck. Access to the floor of the bay can be reached by a small cargo elevator or a ladder. Fifteen foot wide doors are on the aft wall, and the elevator can drop down to allow cargo loading from there as well. The doors to the Main Deck are airtight bulkheads, and can be locked.

11: Engineering Deck: This small room contains a collection of machine tools and monitoring equipment for the drives and power core. Accessible here are two basic tool kits, one electronic master toolkit and one mechanical master toolbox. The power core is directly aft of the Engineering Deck, and can be accessed by a crawlspace. Most preventative maintenance can be done from the room, but a few tasks require the ship’s engineer to crawl into the machinery.

Game Statistics

Agility: D8
Strength: D6
Vitality: D8
Alertness: D4
Intelligence: D2
Willpower: D6
Life Points: 12
Initiative: D4+D8
Speed Class: 4/8
Fast Throttle (Major)
Seen Better Days (Minor)
Complexity: 36 (Average)

Operating Costs:
Ship Payment: 110/mo ($2750)
Monthly Maintenance: 450/mo ($11250)
Fuel Cost: 225/tank ($5625)
Provisions: 5/person/week
Port fees: 18/week
Monthly total: (Approximate) 850 – 1000 credits
Medical Supplies: 156 cr/mo typical

Schematics

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