Ships

Mustang Alpha
All Purpose Fighter

The Mustang Alpha is one of the newest space fighters to be developed by the UNE, and it is quickly becoming the de facto standard throughout the solar system. Better armed and armored than the Falcon or the Shrike, it also boasts a more powerful reactor and a completely new sensor array of the kind previously seen only on much larger ship classes. These improvements make the Mustang Alpha a fierce foe to any who would challenge it in combat.


Shrike
Interceptor

The Shrike is the most highly specialized fighter in the fleet. It excels at interception but is ill suited to other tasks: although it is fast and inexpensive, it has less armor than most fighters and can only carry a small selection of weaponry. With the development of newer, more general-purpose fighters such as the Mustang Alpha, many Terran factions are phasing the Shrike out. They are quite popular with pirates, however, and are often used in swarm situations to distract escorts while a capture craft makes off with valuable cargo.


Falcon
General Purpose

The Falcon has been a common fleet fighter for many years now. Named for its shape, the Falcon is highly maneuverable and can perform effectively in multiple roles, although not as well as some of its newer counterparts. In non-military capacities, the Falcon can be seen defending stations from space debris or breaking up large asteroids for miners to analyze.


Atlas
Bomber

The Atlas is the unquestioned king of heavy bombers. With an enormous payload capacity and a reactor output to rival a small transport, this bomber is capable of taking down an Atropos-class frigate unaided. Its layered titanium-vanadium composite hull allows it to withstand a significant amount of punishment on the battlefield, and its high top speed makes it ideal for hit-and-run attacks. Due to the craft’s bulk and payload, however, the Atlas exhibits extremely poor maneuverability and a lethargic acceleration rate. For this reason, Atlases are never deployed without substantial fighter protection.


Odysseus
Transport

The first Terran space transport ever constructed, the Odysseus performs its role admirably. Its heavily armored hull protects its occupants while its powerful engines provide a speedy ride from one ship to another. Although the Odysseus is strong, it is unarmed, so it is wise to deploy an escort wing if the transport will be moving through a heavy combat zone.


Pericles
Diplomatic Transport

The Pericles is the standard diplomatic vessel throughout the solar system. More than just a transport, this ship is equipped to serve any number of diplomatic functions. Its luxurious interior provides stellar accommodations for its occupants, and its shielded engine provides a quiet and comfortable ride. Needless to say, these ships should be accompanied by an escort at all times.


Chronos
Freighter

The Chronos is the standard freighter for military and civilian operations. Although originally of civilian design, it wasn't long before the various factions recognized its military potential and put it to work moving cargo for their fleets. It is fast and durable, able to withstand a fair degree of punishment while transporting its load from place to place. Its one turret affords it a modicum of protection, but it is wise to always send this ship out with an escort - especially if it is carrying valuable cargo.


Bromios
Mining Vehicle

The Bromios is a gas miner designed specifically to collect and process gasses found in the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Gas miners gather elemental hydrogen and helium as well as compounds such as methane and ammonia which are broken down into their constituent elements. These gasses are then refined to isolate the heavy isotopes needed to power the reactors of vessels in the Terran fleets. Gas miners are large, slow, bulky and poorly armed, making them prize targets for pirates and other enemies.


Faustus
Science Vessel

The state-of-the-art Faustus-class science vessel is the pride of the UNE. As the only ship class of consequence not yet stolen or mimicked by any other faction, the Faustus is jealously guarded by its designers. Employed primarily in the VSL for terraforming research, these ships are capable of scores of scientific tasks, including high-fidelity multi-band sensor scanning and advanced warning and control (AWACS). The vessels are also capable of hosting onboard scientific research and experimentation. Incredibly expensive, these ships are only deployed in high-priority civilian research programs. However, their obvious military value makes them a common target for pirate raids.


Damocles
Support Cruiser

The Damocles-class support and escort cruiser is the oldest Terran ship design still in service. First classified as an assault battleship during its initial deployment in the Lunar Rebellion one hundred years ago, it has aged remarkably well over time. Its versatile construction has allowed it to adapt well through numerous upgrades and constantly shifting combat roles, and the ship class is expected to capably serve Terrans of all factions for many years to come.


Atropos
Frigate

The Atropos-class assault and defense frigate is the centerpiece of any space-based military battle plan. Heavily armed and armored, a wing of these ships can easily smash any space station's defenses in minutes. Attacking an Atropos in a bomber is ticklish business, and pilots are warned not to engage them without fighter cover.


Constellation
Carrier

The Constellation is the most common class of carrier in the solar system. Smaller and less powerful than the Sagittarius, the Constellation nevertheless performs effectively in its designed role. Although slightly faster than the Sagittarius at sub-light speeds, the Constellation takes longer to perform an actual subspace jump. For this reason, the fighters and bombers that a Constellation deposits must often guard their mother ship until it has jumped safely to a non-combat area before beginning their mission. Every pilot knows that he must protect his carrier at all costs, for if it is destroyed, he and his flight group may find themselves at the mercy of their enemy - or worse, stranded in space.


Exos
Space Station

The Exos is the most common class of space station in the solar system. Originally developed by the UNE to service its science colonies orbiting Venus, this reliable design has been adopted by every other Terran faction. The Exos is home to over twelve hundred personnel and can serve in scientific, military, and logistical support roles. Its zero-G environment is ideal for scientific experiments, its size and command infrastructure are well-suited for tactical coordination, and, in coordination with a docked Hephaestus gas tank module, it is highly effective at refueling and maintaining any Terran ship. The Exos is capable of accommodating four fighters in its hangar for defense.


Achilles
Dry Dock

The Achilles docking and repair facility is the largest class of space station ever constructed. With a displacement of over three hundred million cubic meters, it dwarfs its more common relative, the Exos. The Achilles is home to scores of small ships, including repair vessels, fighters, and transports. Its docking ring is large enough to hold even the massive Reliant-class destroyer, and its solar panels can generate enough energy to power any docked ship completely from its umbilical. With firepower comparable to a wing of Atropos-class frigates, an Achilles is always a safe haven for damaged ships returning from battle.


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