F. Austin Class Colony Ship/Freighter
Originally designed in response to Texas' need for a colony vessel, it
was deemed too large and far too expensive. Rather than throwing away the funds paid to
design this vessel, AusCo redesigned many aspects of the Stephen F. Austin and made it a
showcase for its advanced synthetic hull materials.
The ship is designed to carry 6 Liberty Class landers and several
hundred special cargo containers. The first containers designed were hibernation modules
that massed 25 tons and carried 14 colonists in hibernation. Several other types of
modules have since been designed by AusCo.
The original ship statistics are listed below, with the changes made to
the later two ships in the class.
These ships are mainly found plying the space lanes of the Chinese Arm
as well as occasionally in the Core Systems.
Crew: Bridge 18
Ships Vehicles 6
Warp Efficiency: 1.89 (1.70 loaded)
Powerplant: 100 MW Fission
Mass: 41,754 tons (includes ships vehicles)
Cargo Capacity: 372387.5 m3
Total Life Support: 120 for 6 months
Price: Unknown, AusCo has kept price information restricted.
OTHER SHIPS IN CLASS:
Martin De Leon
These two sister ships are almost a class unto
themselves. Built later, they included a second Fission Reactor and larger Stutterwarp
drive, but lack landers or a hanger bay.