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Starfarer Tanker[1]
Starfarer earlyrender2
ManufacturerMusashi Industrial & Starflight Concern
Primary FocusTanker
Secondary FocusRefueler
Maximum Crew2[2]
Mass (empty)143,520 Kg[3]
Cargo Capacity900 freight units[3]
Length90.3 m[4]
Height20 m
Beam25 m
Upgrade Capacity [?]8
Max Power Plant Size [?]6
Factory Power PlantGNP HyperEtoile-00 (4)[3]
Main Thrusters [?]TR5
TR6
Factory Engine2 x X-Forge E/S5-455 (TR5),
1 x X-Forge E/S6-655 (TR6)[3]
Maneuvering Thrusters [?]TR2[3]
Factory Maneuvering Thrusters8 x MISC XiTech (TR2)[3]
HardpointsWeapons Systems
Class 1None
Class 2Size 5[3]
Class 3Coming Soon[3]
Class 5Coming Soon[3]

Official Description Edit

The MISC Starfarer is the galaxy’s standard fuel transporter. Starfarers are ubiquitous on both sides of the fueling process: their massive tanks allow for both the collection of space borne fuel from gas giants and extrasolar sources as well as the transport of active fuel from refinery stations to the primary market.[2] Though the stock model lacks refinery equipment, the Starfarer does have docking mechanisms allowing it to conduct in-flight refueling operations with most spacecraft classes.[5]

The most common Starfarer modification ships liquid foodstuffs in the same tanking system. A visually distinct long-haul bulk goods version mated to an alternate cargo chassis also exists, although it has proven far less popular than the more rugged Freelancer lineup.

The developers have hinted that it might be able to carry small ships in its hold.[6]

Where the Freelancer was designed to appeal to a wide variety of small scale roles, the Starfarer is a niche spacecraft through and through. As such, it has become the galaxy’s standard fuel transport. Seeking to expand their private spacecraft lineup, a MISC analysis board conducted 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 end result: a decision to focus development efforts on a dual-role fueling craft, capable of both collecting spaceborne fuel and refueling other spacecraft in-flight. Before the first Starfarer launch, both of these roles were performed by wildly different spacecraft, none of which were intent-designed. Refueling was conducted by bulk transports equipped with massive aftermarket tanks and the process itself had become notoriously dangerous. No ship is more vulnerable than when it is engaging in a refueling operation. (A rule of thumb for pirates states that a ship caught refueling could be captured intact, as no captain would ever risk a firefight breaking out.)

Starfarers carry massive internal fuel tanks that are welded directly to the ship’s core superstructure, making them significantly safer than a modified transport. A system of external probes and dual-pressure access nozzles allows these tanks to be accessed at any time, meaning that a Starfarer can scoop hydrogen from a gas giant as easily as it can offload fuel to a nearby ship. Starfarers can even be upgraded to carry basic refining mechanisms, allowing them to process sufficiently pure fuel themselves without need for a refinery visit. Another common Starfarer upgrade involves modifying the hydrogen tanking system to carry liquid foodstuff. Yet another MISC-designed upgrade package allows for the replacement of the tanking machinery entirely with an alternate cargo chassis that supports bulk goods transport. This has proven fairly unpopular, with bulk shippers preferring a standard hull or a Freelancer.[7]

Developer UpdatesEdit

... the cargo capacity of the Starfarer doesn't take into account the fuel tanks it hauls ...

–Developer Harbor_Master on June 20, 2014[8]

Starfarer modelsEdit

Star-GEdit

An armored tactical variant, the Starfarer Gemini (“Star-G”) is produced under contract by Aegis for use by the UEE military.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. RSIIcon First Look: Starfarer Tanker on RSI Website
  2. 2.0 2.1 RSIIcon Ship Stats on RSI Website
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 RSIIcon Ship Stats on RSI Website (with updates as of May 21, 2014)
  4. RSIIcon Forum Topic: "Squadron 42 - Art", page 2, comment #2185509 on RSI Website
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kickstarter update: Starfarer Unlocked and Sunday Afternoon Updates
  6. RSIIcon Forum topic: Ask our Senior Designer: Nate Blaisdell, page 8, comment #570972 on RSI Website
  7. RSIIcon Galactic Guide: MISC on RSI Website
  8. RSIIcon Forum Topic: "Persistent Universe - Design", page 5, comment #2859503 on RSI Website

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