Porter-class Shuttle

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Class Overview
Name: Porter-class Shuttle
Manufacturer: The Initiative
Variants: Titan-class Heavy-Lift Shuttle
Roughneck-class Assault Shuttle
Ghost-class Stealth Shuttle
Technical Specifications
Function: Transport/Landing Craft
Countermeasures: Ghost Signature Generator
Footprint Magnification System
Emissions Control System
Armaments: 2x 12.7MM chin-mounted coilgun
Hard-points for ASMs
Shield Generators: Initiative Shield Generator

The Porter-class Shuttle is designed as the primary orbital to surface transport for The Initiative. It is carried by every class of warship. While the Porter-class is designed primarily around personnel-transport, it can also serve as a cargo hauler, though the Titan-class is designed more around transporting heavy amounts of cargo.

Whilst nominally unarmed, military shuttles carry a pair of 12.7MM coilguns, which provides it very limited defensive capabilities, or offensive when used to transport troops into hostile terrain. Additionally, it mounts hard-points for air-to-surface missiles/bombs, allowing it to function, should the need arise, as a bomber.

A disarmed version of the Porter-class of shuttle is widely used by civilian vessels, stations, and on-planet flights.

Basic Specifications

Size

  • Length: 16 Meters
  • Width: 7 Meters
  • Height: 4.8 Meters

Crew Complement

  • Minimum: One
  • Standard: Three (Pilot, Co-Pilot, Loadmaster)
  • Maximum: Variable (Dependent on variant & loadout)

Engines

  • Sublight: Electrodeless Plasma Thrusters

Power Plant

  • Primary: Antimatter Cell
  • Secondary: Photo-voltaic Cells

Hull Composition

  • Hull: Titanium Alloy with a 2.54CM synthetic diamond sheath
  • Armor: Synthetic Diamond Plating, Heat & Energy Resistant Ceramic Plating (Military only)

Sensor System

  • Target: Unknown

Defensive Systems

Note: These defenses appear only on military Porter-class shuttles.
  • Composite Armor
  • Close in Weapons System
  • Ghost Signature Generator
  • Footprint Magnification System
  • Radar Absorbent Coating

Armament

Note: These armaments appear only on military Porter-class shuttles.
  • (8) ASM/Bomb Hardpoints
  • (2) Chin-mounted 12.7MM nose-mounted coilguns
  • (1) Grappling Hook Launchers

Other Systems

  • Emissions Control
  • Belly Mounted Magnetic Docking Clamps
  • Belly Mounted Soft-Seal Hatchway (intended for rescue & boarding operations, it can form a seal against any almost any surface)