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Profile Dixon Class Transport

Post by jayphailey » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:13 am

Profile Dixon Class Transport

- Ship Name; USS Dixon

- Brief description of ship: The Running shoe shape of an Intrepid class' primary hull, with engines and a towing pad slung below.

- Campaign role for the ship: A way for Characters to get to distant places in comfort.

- Fleet role: Priority transport. Get stuff we need from here to there, quickly.

- Age: 5 years

- Distinguishing Marks (Odd paint job, repair scars etc.): These ships are all painted in the common Starfleet white with pennants and sigange.

- Equipment Quirks and Problems: None. The Dixon class was designed from proven parts, to do a job Starfleet has over a century of experience with.

- Equipment Advantages: The Dixon class is fast. Long legs are her deal.

- Shuttles, number, any odd ones: The Dixon class has a relatibvely small shuttle bay and carries the minimum completent of standard shuttles.

However different pods may carry all sorts of shuttles as part of their job.

- Notable Previous Crew:
None established at this time.

- Primary Power:
A leveraged Starfleet Standard warp core. The leverage is all about efficiency in cruise mode, allowing the ship to proceed for long distances at a time.

- Secondary Power:
A Robust Starfleet standard Impulse drive system.

- Primary Weapons:
The Dixon class is armed, but not heavily. The Dixon mounts a type nine phaser array.

- Secondary Weapons:
None, usually. Upgunned versions may mount torpedo tubes.

- Service History:
The Dixon is the prototype for a new run of Transport tugs. As such she is forced into a mix of engineering studies and urgent response situations.

- Crew:
Approximately 100, more with different Pods.

On a scale of 1 - 1000 where 1000 is The Enterprise-D
All of these can be altered with Pods.

Science capacity - 200
Crew Comfort - 500
Duration - 1000
Medical facilities - 500
Tactical maneuvering - without pods 3,000, lower with Pods
Strategic Speed - 1000 or more
Defense - 500
Offense - 200
Versatility - 150, much more with pods
Internal Security - 700


Large, Standardized cylinders. The basic pod is just a container for carrying cargo. However, pods can be equipped with systems and material, these, when docked to the tug and integrated with the tug systems allow Tugs to be much more capable starships.

Some common types of Pods
- Cargo pods of various types, all very well developed and boring. The Dixon class, being a new ship with expensive high speed engines won't carry these too often. These are the realm of older, more pedestrian ships.

- Relief Pods, Cargo pods equipped with landing crafts, jammed with food, water, medical supplies and other disaster relief equipment. These are pre loaded and stored at starbases. If a Colony gets in trouble these pods are hooked up and towed to the scene lickety split.

- Starliners, Space going cruise ships, for long distance transport of people. These are the most common type of pods used by Dixon class transports. In Jay-Trek, since travel times are very long, long distance travel has to be paid attention to.

Starfleet Starliner Pods are flying educational and training facilities.

These have large shuttle bays and often acquire a diverse collection of shuttles.

- Hospital pods - A variant build on a Starliner Pod, basically a huge flying hospital. Used for relief mission.

- Supply/tender. These are pods loaded with spare parts, tools, supplies and with repair facilities built in. These meet ships in the field and aid with repaire and maintenance. These are carry non replicatable supplies and packages from home. Very popular ships

- Fuel transport: There are two types. Deuterium tanker pods, which are basically large tanker pods. Boring. Anti Matter tanker pods are engineered to tow anti-matter pods safely. they meet starships and swap out fuel pods. After three hundred years of working with Anti-matter, Starfleet is competent at this work.

but the Anti-matter is pure money on the hoof. And a major strategic target. So you almost never see such a pod and tug combo without a serious escort.

- Troop Transport: A variation on a Starliner with comfort systems reduced to almost nothing, and jammed full of people. Can carry thousands of troops. These are rarely used and at this time in Jay-Trek, seeing this hooked up to Dixon class ship would be a surprise.

- Ground Assault: Like a troop transport, but equipped with huge transporter arrays, and shuttle bays with landing crafts. Designed to move into close orbit and land troops into battle zones ready to fight.

- Repair and engineering: Pods equipped to support Starfleet Corps of Engineer projects. Massive tools, quarters and supplies for engineers. Again, not often seen with Dixons at this time, since such projects can demand long stay-times.

- Sensor and long term expedition pods: Like starliners, except specialized to support a science crew doing an in depth investigation into a new planet or previously unknown phenomenon.

Some pods have been built to be mobile subspace telescopes and to allow sensors observations of new worlds and phenomena.

These are not often seen with Dixons because of long stay times.

However a Dixon class may be used to carry Starfleet intelligence variants of these pods, where the goal is to gather information on other stellar nations.

- Armed, self defense pods: Pods with added shields, power generation and weapons.

Light armed pods add some weapons and energy, allowing a tug to be a more difficult target against pirates.

Armed Pods Used when expecting trouble or entering combat zones. These pods exchange much more of their cargo volume for heavier weapons and leverage. a Tug with these pods can rival heavy cruiser in fire power.

Battlepods max out weapons and energy additions. cargo space is allocated to extra fuel, damage control and repair supplies. A tug carrying one of these has a scary broadside, comparable to a major battlecruiser. However this stresses the systems used to integrate pods and tugs. These tend to wallow in normal space.

The most common use for battlepods is bombardment, to reduce an enemy starbase or planet.

A Dixon will commonly carry armed pods. Battlepods are rare and not well respected. the few that exist are stored at starbases until they become handy. It would be a surprise to see a Dixon carry one of these.

- Carrier Pods: Pods wth large shuttle bays designed to carry fighters and landing ships. Again, rare and not often seen.

Some ground assault pods carry fighters and attack ships. there are many variants between a pure troop transport and a carrier pod.

- Another variant is the attack ship tender. This pod docks and supports small attack ships, carries repair supplies and facilities and uses enhanced supspace sensors to guide attack ships to targets.

These are very rare since Attack ships are not favored by starfleet. The only time one might see a Dixon carry one of these is during an agressive anti-piracy campaign.

Transport Tugs Starting with the early Durance class, transport tugs have been a consistent part of Starfleet's line up, although a non glamorous one. The iconic example is the Ptolemy class of the 2260s, which shared components and appareance with the Constitution class.

Updated Ptolemy's are still seen occasionally, but they get used up hard.

A transport tug variant of the Miranda class is most common.

There was large transport tug which used common components from the Excelsior class. This ship could carry up to 4 pods.

The Dixon class is the first new transport tug class built in 40 years, and is intended to use new engine technology to allow critical supplies and people to get where needed quickly.
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