Independence War Ship Guide
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The NSO-401 is the command center, or bridge of a Dreadnaught Class Corvette. The Command Module is a detachable part of the ship, which holds the four-member bridge crew and the Corvettes main CPU package. The use of the Command Module as an independent vessel is possible, but is restricted to emergency situations as it has quite limited thruster power, has no LDS or Capsule drive, and is unarmed. Despite its apparent lack of usefulness, the NSO-401 can be used as a bridge for the Dreadnaught Class Corvette or the NSO-989 Patrol Combatant.
NSO-401:Length: 25.70 Meters
Width: 29.5 Meters
Fuel Tanks and Engineering Crawl Spaces-
The fuel tanks are located at the forward section of the Corvette under the large lettering on the hull- or in the case of the Spartacus- the painted nameplate. The Dreadnaught Class Corvette uses liquid fuel compressed form. The fuel section also contains engineering crawlspaces that are not accessible during normal flight due to heat and radiation extreems on the human body.
Accelerated fuel particles, called Liquefied Fusion Premix (LFP), are injected into the ring where the stream is accelerated faster and faster by the 36 magnetic particle accelerators that form the ring. After the acceleration, the particles move into the reaction chamber where they impact the reaction surface, a spongiform Neutronium. The actual fusion reaction takes place in the small pits of the reaction surface, also known as the target.
This process yields two very usable and powerful energy sources: high-energy plasma and electricity. The plasma is channeled into the plasma grid while the electrical energy gives off a DC flow of 1 million amps at 1000 volts! The electricity is used to provide for the magnetic generators of the ring, along with life support, plasma containment, and other ship systems.
If the ring should fail, there is a reserve anti-matter system that can maintain independent power output regardless of the condition of the ring. However, the anti-matter reserve is small and is directed against the Neutronium target in place of the accelerated LFP. This limits the time this method can be used due to the extreme damage it does to the Neutronium.
There is another energy reserve on the Dreadnaught/Spartacus: the accumulator system. This system provides temporary electrical power for a short period of time, and is primarily used for systems startup. While the accumulator can not provide power for plasma or anti-matter containment for long periods of time, it can sustain life-support and communications for extended amounts of time.
Port and Starboard Accomodation Modules-
Two other modules, designated the NSO-420 classes, attach to the main hull of the Dreadnaught to from the crew quarters and accommodations. The NSO-420 is semi-circular in shape, and each carries a maximum of 43 crewmembers. However, a Corvette carries 45 crewmembers plus four-bridge crew total, thus the accommodation modules are usually at half capacity. The Accommodation Modules are much like the NSO-401 CMD Module in the sense that they are detachable, have under-powered thrusters, are unarmed, and have no LDS or capsule drive.
The Accommodation Module forms the upper saucer of the Dreadnaught Class Corvette, and, in some achem- New Frontier cases, as a scientific lander research module.
Length: 32.87 Meters
Max. Width: 71.5 Meters
Universal Docking Collar-
Along the central axis of a corvette houses a cylinder that runs the entire height of a Dreadnaught Class Corvette. At each end of the Corvette is the Universal Docking Collar (UDC). The UDC uses magnetic clamps to form an strong, airtight seal with any vessel no matter what type or condition the ship or its docking equipment is in. If a ship is damaged, a UDC-equipped vessel can attach itself to the damaged ships' hull and simply cut a hole to form a new access way.
Charged particles are tapped from the collider ring and directed towards the PBC, where it is held in a small accumulator, where it goes around, and around, around until the gunner fires the cannon. Upon firing, the particle charge is neutralized in the cannon emitter and the shot moves away from the Corvette at a very high velocity. The discharge delivers a powerful "bolt" of high energy that is capable of cutting through a vessel or can even do more damage.
Each cannon on a Dreadnaught Class Corvette (one facing the rear, one facing forward if the ship is in standard configuration) is mounted on gimbals which enable a 20° firing angle.
The Dreadnaught Class Corvette is equipped with a launching system for ancillary such as military missiles, scientific probes, service drones, remote missile warheads, and ECM flares. The magazines are closed in order to protect their contents. In the case of the original Dreadnaught Class, the upper portion of the magazines house the storage and loading mechanisms, and the lower portions contain the launch-tubes.
Due to the relative newness of the Spartacus, the newest Independent Corvette utilizes the newer Modular Pack System for missile launch and storage, instead of the Dreadnaught's old Rotary Launch System. Each missile magazine can take a number of standardized packs containing a variety of munitions, allowing rapid reloads, multiple missile firing, and more versatile weapon loadouts.
The Spartacus also has the advantage of the new shared target feed between the two missile magazines, allowing rear munitions to lock onto forward targets. The magazines also house ECM missile spoofing flares, and LDSI missiles which can force a fleeing target ship out of LDS.
Linear Displacement Arrays (Shields)-Using the well-understood concepts of Linear Displacement, a defensive (and sometimes offensive) application of this technology has been recently devised. The Dreadnaught Class Corvette is fitted with two, swivel-mounted, Linear Displacement Arrays (LDA) that cover both the upper and lower hemispheres of the ship. The LDAs project a movable region of disrupted space in whatever direction they are pointing. Any matter or radiation passing through the LDAs projection area is displaced randomly at distances of up to 100 meters.
The distance from disruption area to LDA can vary between 100-200 meters, and the actual disruption radius can be between 2 and 10 meters. The LDAs of the Dreadnaught are the most recent types, being able to easily block one or several particle blasts or missiles.
The drawback to shields is that they do not have that infamous "complete" coverage, meaning that they protect the ship from all angles. Thus, the LDA projection must be kept between the corvette and any hostile. To make this drawback more easily countered, the LDAs are controlled by the ships computer, which will track hostiles and keep the ship protected by changing the direction of LDA projection.
The displacement fields can be ramped-up to cover the ship in a magnetic field that will block any incoming object or radiation for about a second. This is useful in the instance of collisions. This ability has been modified, in some cases, as an offensive weapon which enables a corvette equipped with "Agressor Shields" to ram and cause significant damage to an opposing ship.
The Spartacus' aggressor shields were damaged in a previous incident. They have been repaired by Indie technicians, but there is a shortage of the required parts, so non-standard parts have been substituted. This has resulted in damage to the forward systems being sustained during ramming maneuvers.
Thrusters-The main thrusters of a Dreadnaught Class Corvette emit a reaction mass causing the ship to move in the opposite direction of this mass. The main thrusters on the NSO-929 are equipped with "thrasher" vents as to make the plasma discharge more powerful.
The plasma itself comes from the plasma grid, of which the plasma from the collider ring is kept. The grids not only contain the plasma using magnetic fields, but they also keep it at a high pressure and temperature. The grid feeds every thruster as the bloodstream does a cell. The thrusters are used to control forward and attitude control and are very powerful, thus making the Dreadnaught Class Corvette a very maneuverable ship for its mass.
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