Aquilian Starling

Privateer (pf:100 system ship, owned by Robert Kitridger)

HS:4  HP:24  Powerplant: 3 SC Chemical A
ADF:4  MR:4  DCR:25  Crew: 3-8
Armament: LB(x2)
Defenses: RH
Comm/Detection: SubSpace Radio, Radar, Intercom, WNB
Misc Equipment: Streamlined, Light Armor, Back-up LS unit, Mk-X5 fuel tankage

COMPUTER   ( LVL:6  fp:237  Mass/SP:1000kg/600 )

Alarm (3) 8
Analysis (3) 8
Astrogation (2) 8
Bureaucracy (3) 12
Commerce (1) 4
Communication (1) 4
Computer Lockout (5) 32
Computer Security (4) 24
Damage Control (3) 12
Drive - Chem A (1) 4
Industry (1) 4
Information Storage (1) 3
Installation Security (5) 64
Laser Battery x2 (1) 2 x 5
Life Support cap:8, x2 (1) 2 x 2
Maintenance (3) 12
Robot Management (4) 24

Cargo Capacity: 2 (Main:1.25, Forward: 0.25, Aft: 0.5)
Crew Accomodations: 3 bunk cabin, double suite
Passenger Accomodations: 0
Ship's Vehicles: AWD Ground Car, Ground Cycle
Fuel: 180u S-Ox ( +3 x 12u ExTanks)
Max Safe Velocity: 30 (+6)

The MAIN DECK features a two person helm, 6 person bunk barrack, two person suite, all adjacent to the crew lounge/computer which doubles as the forward hold. A ladderwell runs up to the dorsal gun and down to the main hold & ventral gun. A fresher fills the gap behind the bridge accesway and a shower unit flanks the ladderwell. Fore of the crew lounge are the forward "mandibles" featuring most of the avionics, communication, sensors, and electronics. Aft of the crew lounge is the engine room, with RCS thruster banks, generator & power relay station, life support equipment (including water tank and purification plant) and work stations. Starboard of the lounge is the cargo loading dock and boarding ramp, along with a defensive anti-personnel gun. The aft hold is adjacent to the loading dock.

The LOWER DECK is comprised of the main hold w/loading ramp and access to the landing gear. To port is a computer maintenance shaft that connects the main computer to the helm. Below the Main Hold is the ventral gun position.
A cross sectionof the ladderwell details the deck arrangement. Note the gunnery positions boast lower cielings, minimizing aerodynamic drag and producing only mild comfort issues when not seated at the command chair.

Post Sathar War 1 version, wrecked/salvaged/revived by John Knightrazor, currently owned by Richard Sterling:


HS: 3*   HP: 18  Powerplant: 3 Pan-Galactic "Eureka" Atomic A
ADF: 5  MR: 3  DCR:  32   Crew: 2, can accomodate up to 9
Armament: LB (x2)
Defenses: RH
Communication/Detection: SubSpace Radio, Radar, Energy Sensor, Intercom
Misc Equipment: Light Hull Armor, Skin Sensors, Delux Astro, Camera System, Cybernetic Uplink Slave Circuits

(LVL: 4  fp: 198  sp:100)

Alarm (3), Analysis (6), Astrogation (4), Bureaucracy (5), Commerce (1), Communication (4), Computer Lockout (6), Computer Security (6), Cyber-link (3), Damage Control (3), Drive (4), Information Storage (3), Installation Security (6), Language (6), Laser Battery (1) x2, Life Support - cap:9 (1) x2, Maintenance (3), Robot Management (6)

Cargo Capacity: 2.5 (0.9 lower hold, 1.6 aft hold)
Fuel Tankage: 9 uranium pellets, 3/drive 
Crew Accomodations: 1 double cabin, 1 six-bunk cabin, 1 bunk in rec area
Passenger Accomodations: n/a
Ship's Vehicles: 0

* Actual displacement is HS:3, vessel was reduced by damage/reconstruction from original HS:4

Crew: Richard Sterling (mH) Pilot:3, Engineer:3, "Glasya" Carolina Sterling (cybernetic fH) Pilot:2, Astrogator:2, Engineer:1, Energy Gunner:4 --- Glasya may multi-task via the cyberlink connections, thus operating both battery weapons simultaneously as well as performing co-pilot & astrogator operations and coordinating engineer functions.

The Starling has a rich history, dating back before the founding of the UPF. A young Captain John Knightrazor (formerly Robert Kitridger) acquired it via a government contract co-signed by Streele, Inc. Later the ship required major renovations after a near fatal encounter during the first Sathar War. The ill-fated vessel unknowingly dropped out of the void into a UPF system that the Sathar Battle Fleet had already entered, and the ship took a beating. It would have no doubt been destroyed if not for the timely intervention of Admiral Morgaine's fleet, who arrived and made the unfriendlies feel most unwelcome. The Starling was taken in tow and it's crew began redesigning what they had left to work with. 

When the war was officially over the Starling's crew were finally able to secure dock space for the reconstruction. The entire engine compartment had been destroyed, as well as a portion of the forward starboard side. Supplies were short and in demand so rebuilding the missing sections became a timely and costly operation, the crew instead opted for sealing up those sections and relocating the salvageable equipment. The drives were relocated from their original inboard location to an outboard set up, with one drive on both the dorsal and ventral sections of the aft section and the third replacement drive was attached via struts off to the portside, thereby filling in that missing section. All the replacement equipment that was destroyed in the fore section ended up on the port side of the forward hull, making it a nearly impassible area to work in. Jonathan gifted the salvaged vessel to his son Stephen who
 sold it after nearly ten years of freight hauling in favor of subcontracting a new RT model. It was later re-gifted to Stephen's son Jonathan who sold it to the current owner, adventurer Richard Sterling. Captain Sterling still owns and operates it today, with cyber-slave circuits installed so that Sterling's cyborg/wife could control and operate multiple systems from one location, thus allowing for a reduced crew


As a result of the salvage/reconstruction, the actual hull displacement ended up dropping from HS:4 to HS:3, but through clever restructuring of the interior the cargo capacity remained the same, what with the drives being converted to outboard this opened up some extra unused deck space. One additional benefit comes with the smaller size, with Class A drives designed to power a size 4 hull now powering smaller displacement size 3 hull, the ship now performs a little better. In fact current owner Silver has logged some very respectable times in the Zebulon Run with "the Clunker" (as he affectionately calls her). Unfortunately that fame comes with a price for Silver, who prefers to avoid any interstellar attention...


Deck Plans

Main Deck

Lower Hold