The following is an overview of the TAASF Valiant, sent by the Terragens Council to investigate the attack on Ça-d@y. The Valiant is a moderately small, lightly-armed survey vessel. It has a normal fully-loaded mass of approximately 1400 tons. It has a cargo capacity of approximately 8,000 cy in volume. It can carry up to 1600 tons of cargo and still make a hyperspace jump. More than 100 tons of cargo will hinder it in combat, however, as its Stealth suite will begin to lose effectiveness.
Currently, all of its 100 tons of "combat cargo capacity" are filled by the water-filled dolphin living section.
The Valiant's cost to the Terragens Council: approximately 250 million credits.
CLASS: Survey Vessel (in fact, it is effectively a small destroyer, but TAASF prefers not to make their ships sound like military vessels, even when they are)
SIZE: 12,000 cubic yards (cy) TL: 9 overall, though it has many higher-TL components
REGISTRATION: Terragens & Allied Space Forces, Terra
OWNER: The Terragens Council
CAPTAIN: Captain Horatio Hale, TAASF
HULL: Made of the highest-cost TL 9 materials, with Heavy Compartmentalization
ARMOR: Made of the highest-cost TL 9 materials DF 5 (Stealth Suite effectively gives the Valiant a DF of 9...when it works) Mass: 3.36 tons Cost: $67.2M
Stasis & Time Compression field: Standard Galactic technology used on most all Terragens starships. This functions as the ship's "force field".
Streamlining: None. The Valiant does have landing gear, however, with a capacity of 3,000 tons. In an emergency, the Valiant could descend through an atmosphere and set down on a planet, using its Time Compression Field, and probably sustain little or no damage assuming there were no other complications.
Stress Rating: 12K tons
Power Plant: TL 10 Fusion, produces 750 MW. This is sufficient to maintain all the ship's systems, including full thrust while firing all weapons in combat.
Emergency Auxiliary Plant, TL 10 Fusion, produces 250 MW. Sufficient to maintain life support, artificial gravity, and minor systems (like computers and sensors), while powering the hyperspace drive. Since it cannot power the ship at full thrust (or even achieve maximum thrust), making the transition to hyperspace on the auxiliary plant might be very difficult, however.
Maneuver Drive: TL 11 Reactionless Drive: 4,000 tons thrust. Capable of accelerating the Valiant at almost 3 Gs, assuming no additional cargo. The Valiant can easily take more acceleration than the thrusters are capable of subjecting it to, but since it has no grav compensators, it would be uncomfortable for the passengers to maintain full thrust for long.
FTL Drive: Type C Hyperdrive, TL 13, 3,000 tons capacity
Crew Spaces: 30 Passenger Spaces: 30 steerage, 10 standard
The Valiant currently carries a crew of 27, including 10 science officers who will supplement the work of the ERS contingent upon arrival. The dolphins take a disproportionate amount of the total crew and passenger space. Additionally, there are the 20 ERS personnel, and the 6 Terragens Marines. Captain Jackson, Tamara Gilmore and the other ERS scientists, and Lieutenant Dendar and Sergeant Kelly, have standard accommodations (2-man rooms), while the rest of the ERS crew and Marines have steerage accommodations (common bays).
Science: Scientific staff: 10 (Most of these are actually civilians, not TAASF officers, who were selected for their expertise in ecological reconstruction and related fields. Thus, they are filling slots that would normally be filled by regular ship's crew, and so must perform various routine duties during the voyage. Specialist Gilmore is among this group.)
Life Support system: 80-person capacity. Currently there are only 53 people on board, including 4 dolphins whose water-filled section actually places a burden on the life support systems nearly equal to the remaining capacity.
Weapons: Heavy Lasers (TL 12), x4, FP 80 each. These are heavy X-ray laser cannons.
Light Missile Launchers (TL9), x2
40 Light Atomic Missiles (TL 9), FP 20 each
2 Light Antimatter Missiles (TL 12), FP 200 each
Sensors: One TL 13 sensor suite
Backup TL 9 sensor suite
Cloaking Device: One TL 13 Stealth Suite, rated at -4 for up to 1500 tons
B-Level Hyperspace Radio (TL 10)
The Valiant also carries a stock of message torpedoes, for emergencies.
The Valiant's main computer is a TL 9 Mainframe, Complexity 5.
In addition, the Medical, Science and Engineering sections each have their own TL 9 Microframes (Complexity 4), which are of course connected to the main computer.
The computers include maintenance programs for all standard shipboard operations, and help programs for the various tasks that must be performed. Without any human (or other) intervention, the Valiant could run itself for a long time, as long as nothing goes wrong and it's not presented with any unusual difficulties. It can even navigate itself in normal space, but is not capable of setting its own course for hyperspace or transfer point travel.
The computer naturally has interpretation programs for all 12 Galactic languages.
Shipboard Branch Library (Class P) with 4 datastations (one on the bridge, one in the medical section, one in the engineering section, one in the scientific section)
Airlocks: 1 Large (12 person, docking airlock), 2 standard (4 person), 4 small (one person)
Artificial Gravity (TL 10), covering the entire ship.
Engineering Section: Has the equivalent of Portable Shops for Engineering, Mechanical and Electronics work
1 Large Shuttle, 400cy, 600 tons. The Shuttle is actually a pinnace with a D-level Hyperspace drive. It is used primarily for planetary landings and cargo transfer. In an emergency, it could hold the entire crew of the Valiant, with enough life support for a little under one week. It is armed with a TL 9 Light Laser.