STS-5 “Hopper” Transorbital Shuttle
This little shuttle is ubiquitous throughout Protectorate space and the Free Colonies. It is a simple passenger and light cargo shuttle used for ferrying small amounts of people and goods around in planetary orbit. They are unarmed and short-range, but extremely affordable and utilitarian.
Most Protectorate ships have one or two Hoppers. Space stations, both military and civilian, have whole fleets of them and a good number of upper middle class youth get one for their “coming of age” celebration. They carry everything from diplomatic envoys to laundry.
Model: STS-5 Hopper
Class: Transorbital Shuttle
Crew: One, can carry up to six passengers or one ton of cargo.
M.D.C. by Location
*Engine pods (2) – 80 each
**Main Body – 250
*Destroying an engine pod will reduce speed by half. Destroying both will leave the little vessel adrift.
**Depleting the Main Body will activate the automated distress beacon and leave the vessel a floating wreck. However, the shuttle has redundant life support capable of sustaining life for an additional twenty-four hours. Reducing the Main Body to -75 M.D.C. destroys the vessel. The resulting explosion is too weak to damage most nearby vessels unless they are docked (2D6x10 M.D.).
Maximum Sublight Speed: 100,000 miles per hour.
Maximum Rate of Acceleration/Deceleration: 4 Gs.
FTL Speed: Impossible.
Maximum Atmospheric Maneuvering Speed: Mach 2, can achieve escape velocity on a full engine burn, but cannot maneuver.
Height: 10 feet
Length: 38 feet
Width: 24 feet
Mass: 4 tons
Cargo: One ton (2,000 lbs.)
Power Plant: Micro-fusion drive.
Range: 600,000 miles (the moon and back)
Market Cost: 100,000 credits, new. Anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 used.
Weapon Systems: None
Sensors: Very short-range sensors with 5,000 miles range. Long-range mass detectors have 50,000 miles range. These are more or less meant for traffic navigation and landing.
Bonuses: Come in an array of colors and stylish interiors. Extra-powerful internal gravity control allows for a very smooth, comfortable ride. Collision avoidance systems and “assisted piloting” computer gives a +5% to piloting skills.