Design 1 - Qv-only Light Transport

EL/SL1 Light Transport

FT1 (AC) - 12 HS / 9 TS

[2] Qv×8 (ica Ica) Qa [4/4]

Cost: 96.0 / 7.2

6 HTK

Note: No Hb to quickly unload prevents its assignment to the CFN and relegates it to limited duty behind the front lines.

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Design 2a/2b - Xb Survey ships

If selecting the Racial Advantage of Advanced Science -2 (X), you can have either of the following at start:

General Survey Ship

EX (AC) - 5 HS / 4 TS

[2] Xb (Ica) Qa [4/4]

Cost: 72.4 / 10.9

3 HTK

Requires X SL 3

If you create designated Planetary Survey ships, you can avoid the (AC) cost:

WP Survey Ship

EX - 5 HS / 4 TS

[2] Xb (Ica) Qa [4/4]

Cost: 71.5 / 10.8

3 HTK

Requires X SL 3

No (AC); can not do habitable body surveys

Since these two ship designs mount Xb, you can get four StMP's of survey points per turn with this design. This speeds up your surveys (or reduces the total number of ships needed to survey in a specific amount of time). This helps with the limit on survey ships at the start of a campaign. You could, for example, begin the usual Open WP surveys in the three standard adjacent systems while at the same time beginning your first Closed WP survey on your home system, if you wish, on the first turn.

Note that this ship may not be created via an FT0 design due to military system percentage limits.

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Design 3 - Planetary survey ship

Two ships of this design will perform a planetary body survey in 20 days (a shuttle takes 10 days to generate two sp). This gives the ship one StMP to move between star systems in the same turn:

EL/SL1 Survey Carrier

ESf (AC) - 12 HS / 7 TS

[2] (1) Xa (Bsa)×6 (ica Ica) Qa [4/4]

Cost: 179.8 / 27.0 (plus 6 st, for total purchase cost of 269.8 MCr)

11 HTK

Note that the empty hull space before the Xa in this version is intended to be used during refit to a higher generation of X, but planetary survey times are not reduced by mounting Xb. Therefore, the ship alternatively can be designed in several ways:

a) Saving cost by only ever mounting Xa and not having the empty hull space,*

b) With a leading armor for a little added protection (for example, should the ship ever be used in landing troops), or

c) With Ya (to be able to detect alien ships at longer distances, or to have added functionality as a fleet picket ship when not performing its primary function).

* Note that such a ship which is never intended to mount anything but Xa could also be created with one fewer half engine, and move only three StMP to save more on cost. Doing this does not impact the ship's planetary survey speed.

Note that this design must use a fast hull in order to mount all of the boat bays.