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Default [BasicT5] ACS Small Craft Design

This is how I design small craft using ACS.

1. Select Mission Code.

2. Select TL. Note that TL is the primary limit to acceleration, using the chart on p. 338, assuming you use Maneuver Drives (which is what I assume here).

3. Select a Pod Hull from the chart on p. 333 (A1 thru A9, 10 thru 90 ton classes of pod).

4. Install a Maneuver Drive and Power Plant using the formulas from p. 337 (I've put them into a table as well). The first five drive types (A-E) are useful to smallcraft.

Code:
           - Drive Rating -
Hull Vol   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10-20 t    ------- A -------
30 t       ---- A ---- B B B
40 t       --- A --- B B B B
50 t       A A A A --- B ---
60 t       A A A B B B C C C
70 t       A A B B B C C C D
80 t       A A B B B C C D D
90 t       A A B B C C D D E
5. Determine fuel volume using the fuel formula (hull volume x PP rating / 100), per month of operations.

6. Install sensors, weapons, or defenses on firmpoints per the design rules (pp 316, 341, 342, 343), (or accept the default sensors on p. 383).

7. Determine controls, cockpit volume (if any) and cost (p. 345).

8. Determine life support (and other operations) volume and cost (p. 344). Note that the default life support option (0 tons and no cost) is sufficient for typical surface-to-orbit operations.

9. Add payload, if any (p. 347). Passengers can be added using the "5 passengers per ton" rule on p. 287, or 20 passengers per 3 ton Passenger Module from p. 300.

Code:
Launch
Volume    Component            MCr    Notes                
(20)    A2 Pod, Streamlined    1.4    
4       Power Plant A          4.0    P2 (TL 9 construction)
0.5     Power Plant Fuel       -    1.25 months
2       Maneuver Drive A       4.0    1G (TL 9 construction)
2       Bridge, Std            0.4    2 Control Consoles
1       Model/1                1.5
0       Short-term LS          -
0.5     Airlock                0.1
10      Free Space             -
        TOTAL COST         MCr 11.4

Ship’s Boat            
Volume    Component            MCr    Notes                
(30)    A3 Pod, Streamlined    2.0    
4       Power Plant A          4.0    P6 (TL 13+ construction)
2       Power Plant Fuel       -    33 days
2       Maneuver Drive A       4.0    6G (TL 13+ construction)
3       Bridge, Std            0.6    3 Control Consoles
1       Model/1 bis            3.0
1       Life Support           1.0
1       Airlocks (2)           0.2
16      Free Space             -
        TOTAL COST         MCr 14.8

Slow Boat            
Volume    Component            MCr    Notes                
(30)    A3 Pod, Streamlined    2.0    
4       Power Plant A          4.0    P3 (TL 10 construction)
1       Power Plant Fuel       -      33 days
2       Maneuver Drive A       4.0    3G (TL 10 construction)
2       Bridge, Std            0.4    2 Control Consoles
1       Model/1                1.5
1       Life Support           1.0
1       Airlocks (2)           0.1
18      Free Space             -
        TOTAL COST         MCr 13

 
Pinnace            
Volume    Component            MCr    Notes                
(40)    A4 Pod, Streamlined    2.6    
4       Power Plant A          4.0    P5 (TL 12+ construction)
2       Power Plant Fuel       -      1 month
2       Maneuver Drive A       4.0    5G (TL 12+ construction)
3       Bridge, Std            0.6    3 Control Consoles
1       Model/1 bis            3.0
1       Life Support           1.0
1       Airlocks (2)           0.2
26      Free Space             -
        TOTAL COST         MCr 15.4

Slow Pinnace            
Volume    Component            MCr    Notes                
(40)    A4 Pod, Streamlined    2.6    
4       Power Plant A          4.0    P2 (TL 9 construction)
1       Power Plant Fuel       -      37 days
2       Maneuver Drive A       4.0    2G (TL 9 construction)
2       Bridge, Std            0.4    2 Control Consoles
1       Model/1                1.5
1       Life Support           1.0
0.5     Airlock                0.1
28.5    Free Space             -
        TOTAL COST         MCr 13.7

Modular Cutter            
Volume    Component            MCr    Notes                
(50)    A5 Pod, Streamlined    3.2
4       Power Plant A          4.0    P4 (TL 11+ construction)
2       Power Plant Fuel       -      1 month
2       Maneuver Drive A       4.0    4G (TL 11+ construction)
3       Bridge, Std            0.6    3 Control Consoles
3       Model/3               10.5
1       Life Support           1.0
1       Airlocks (2)           0.2
34      Free Space             -
        TOTAL COST         MCr 23.5



Shuttle            
Volume    Component            MCr    Notes                
(90)    A9 Pod, Streamlined    5.6    
7       Power Plant B          7.0    P3 (TL 10 construction)
3       Power Plant Fuel       -      33 days
3       Maneuver Drive B       6.0    3G (TL 10 construction)
2       Bridge, Std            0.4    2 Control Consoles
1       Life Support           1.0
1       Airlocks (2)           0.2
2       Cargo Lock             0.4
71      Free Space             -
        TOTAL COST        MCr 20.6

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