Research Gunship

Gunship converted to use as a mobile research classroom


Wallace-Type Research Orca
(Converted Orca Assault Gunship)

Manufacture: Alliance
Size: Medium, Heavy
Power: 28
Acc: 120 Top: 720 Handling: +0
FTL: Gate Beacon, Alliance H-Space Drive
Crew: 1 Hull: 35 (15) (Armor 15)

Ship Systems:
  • (3) Life Sciences Stations
  • (3) Physical Sciences Stations
  • Specimen Storage (Cargo) (2 Spaces)
  • Passenger Bays (6 Students; 2 Spaces, 2 Power)
  • Medical Bay (1 Space)
  • Starship
  • Atmospheric
  • Guardian Class AI (Smarts d6; 4 Spaces, 8 Power; Piloting, Shooting, Notice, Stealth, Knowledge: Astrogation, Medical; Autopilot, Target Acquisition and Control, Fire Control, and Pattern Recognition)
  • Gateway Beacon (1 Power)
  • Alliance H-Space Drive (1 Space; 4 Power)
  • Advanced Alliance Sensors
  • Twilight Gunworks Medium Pulse Cannon Array [2 Cannons, 2 Spaces, 3 Power]: 125/250/500, 3d10 AP8, RoF2
  • Probe (Torpedo) Launcher
  • (6) Additional Research Probes (1 Space)

Doctor Malachi Wallace of the Alliance Academy of Arts and Sciences wanted a ship for short range field expeditions with some of his students. Pulling a few favors, his connections landed him an Orca Assault Gunship about to be decommissioned. Making an interdisciplinary project out of it, he enlisted the students and faculty from the Academy’s Engineering Department to assist him by drawing up complete Design Documents to his planned specifications. Since this is not a military vessel, all of the weapons systems except for the pulse cannon array had to be removed. Though it skirted the limits of what is acceptable on a civilian ship, the twin-cannon array technically was legal and still provides a measure of defense. The missile systems were stripped entirely, along with all of the ammunition repositories and guidance controls. He wanted one of the torpedo delivery systems to remain intact, but the torpedoes were replaced by robotic probes to assist with various research efforts. Marine barracks and drop systems were eliminated, and an AI system was integrated into the ship to assist the students and help keep them focused on their research. Additionally, science stations were added to the ship along with comfortable crew quarters for extended stretches of field research.

Research Gunship

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