Starfarer

Large all-in-one refueling ship manufactured by MISC
Quick facts:
Starfarer
Starfarer - Flying over Lorville with traffic.jpg
Flight ready
Size
Large
Series
Capacity
Crew
1 – 7
Cost
Standalone
$ 300.00€ 303.00 <br />£ 255.00 <br /> ($ 175.00€ 176.75 <br />£ 148.75 <br />)
Availability
Time-limited sales

The MISC Starfarer is a refueling platform that can also act as fuel transporter and mobile refinery. It is able to collect raw hydrogen from stars and extrasolar sources, refine it into fuel, and then refuel other ships in flight. The Starfarer is able to dock with, and refuel, many different types of starships thanks to its adaptable docking mechanisms.[1]

Specifications

Model

Ship profile

Isometric Above Port-side Front Rear Below
Starfarer in space - Isometric.jpg
Starfarer in space - Above.jpg
Starfarer in space - Port.jpg
Starfarer in space - Front.jpg
Starfarer in space - Rear.jpg
Starfarer in space - Below.jpg

Series variants

Image Name Description
Starfarer Gemini in space - Isometric.jpg
Starfarer Gemini Especially made for the UEE military, designed for their front line operations.

Paints

"Black" "Foundation Festival" "Light Grey" "Storm Surge"
Starfarer Black in space - Isometric.jpg
Starfarer FF in space - Isometric.jpg
Starfarer Light Grey in space - Isometric.jpg
Starfarer Storm Surge in space - Isometric.jpg

Acquisition

Lore

The Starfarer came about as a result of an 18-month survey of space travel which resulted in a 15,000-page study on ship roles and the current shortcomings faced by space pilots. The study concluded with the decision to produce a spacecraft capable of fuel collection, refining, storage and distribution to other ships in flight.[2]

Development of the Starfarer began in 2870 as a result of MISC's study. Preceding this craft, the role was filled by a number of massive supertankers, notorious for being dangerous and ineffective.[3] This had lead to a pirate rule of thumb that "a ship caught refueling could be captured intact, as no captain would ever risk a firefight breaking out". The safety and ease of use of these crafts have seen them become the standard for space refueling, with many being upgraded with refining mechanisms that can refine collected fuel, ready for use. A final upgrade allows the fuel tanks to be swapped out altogether, to be replaced by a cargo chassis for goods transport. However, this has proven unpopular compared to the versatile Freelancer or the specialised Hull series.[2]

One way MISC envisioned making refueling safer with the Starfarer was to do the exact opposite of what it did with the Hull-Series, making a large hull capable of holding internal fuel tanks under armored protection. The ship still needed a way to process fuel, however. Addressing this need meant developing technology that could safely collect spaceborne hydrogen, something that pre-mass production was as expensive as the ship itself.[3]

While the initial reception to the Starfarer was poor, it wasn't anything that MISC hadn't predicted. Within six months of limited release sales, MISC had raised enough funds to establish new lines for the next seven years.[3] By 2878 MISC began offering modifications such as converting the fuel tanks to become liquid foodstuff storage units.[2] In 2895 amidst a need for a faster, more maneuverable, and better armored version of the Starfarer became apparent as the UEE fell prey to attacks by the Vanduul, leading to the advent of the Starfarer Gemini.[3]

Gallery

Development

See also

References

  1. Starfarer Ship Page. Pledge Store
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MISC Galactic Guide. Transmission - Comm-Link
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Whitely's Guide: MISC Starfarer". Jump Point. Vol. 10 no. 4. pp.29–32. Retrieved 2023-05-18.
  4. WIP: Starfarer Development. Engineering - Comm-Link
  5. Massive Hauling : the MISC Starfarer. Transmission - Comm-Link
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