April 29th 2015
“I know it’s a cliche, but when I started my company I had nothing but the spacesuit on my back. We had this great idea to overclock laser weapons and sell them to enthusiasts… but the biggest loan the bank would give us wouldn’t even cover a ‘MAX. I saved up enough extra creds to afford a Hull B [instead of an A] knowing it’d be years before I was able to fill it up. Long story short, we had leased a second and then a third before the year was out. I still have that first ‘worker B,’ outfitted as a mobile office for the corp!”
- Captain Mellana Oarman, Catcom Laser Limited
“WAY TO B!” – Unpopular MISC Advertising Slogan
The Hull B is the transport for the serious entrepreneur. Featuring more armor and a significantly more complex cargo spindle than its smaller sibling, the Hull B the ideal choice for captains who know exactly what they want to ‘B.’ With over three times the cargo capacity of a Freelancer MAX and the thrust-metered engine section to push such a load, the Hull B won’t win any races… but it will get more cargo where it needs to go more efficiently than any other ship in its class. Self-cleaning scanner ports and an entirely modular cargo interface mean that planetside turnaround is simple: just land, refuel and you’re ready to take off again!
- MISC Cavalcade of Transports! brochure, 2945
Cubic meters? Freight Units? Standard Cargo Units?! We’ve gone through several iterations for measuring cargo, to the point that our own design team has confused the two on occasion. Today, we’re setting the record straight with a ‘master’ list. Dan Tracy has measured every ship currently ‘in-engine’ and made estimates for others (such as the Merchantman) which are not. As of today, this is the definitive list of cargo capacity and these numbers will be applied to the stats page. Please pay special intent to the comparative sizes rather than simply the number; these are the best indicator of where these ships are intended to fall on the spectrum, regardless of the units of measurement we use.
|Ship Name||Cubic Meters||SCU Actual|
|Aegis Reclaimer (Raw)||12240||6266.88|
|Aegis Reclaimer (Cargo)||562.5||288|
|Aegis Redeemer (Marines)||23.4375||12|
|Aegis Redeemer (No Marines)||46.875||24|
|Anvil Hornet F7C||24.4921875||12.54|
|Origin 890 Jump||703.125||360|
|RSI Aurora CL||45||23.04|
|RSI Aurora (Others)||25||12.8|
|RSI Constellation Andromeda||262.5||134.4|
|RSI Constellation Taurus||462.5||236.8|
|RSI Orion (Ore)||27000||13824|
|RSI Orion (Cargo)||421.875||216|
|MISC Freelancer MAX||241.09375||123.44|
|MISC Hull A||93.75||48|
|MISC Hull B||750||384|
|MISC Hull C||9000||4608|
|MISC Hull D||40500||20736|
|MISC Hull E||192000||98304|
Very carefully! We are in the process of updating the landing gear design for the Hull B so that it can land with the lower cargo slot filled.
There are beds, and the larger ships have room for more medical facilities (for the A and B, think more about an emergency kit under the seat.) Both the A and the B are capable of long haul shipping, and in some ways are even superior; they have more speed and maneuverability for traversing the more dangerous regions of space.
Remember, TR rating indicates thrust and not size! For the entire hull series, especially efficient thrusters are required, as they may be required to push up to 16 times the mass of the ship.
We envision at least a ‘two set’ cab, similar to a modern tractor trailer truck cab, on the Hull A and B. There is not room for multiple people to bunk down at once, but you can certainly carry a passenger.
The current plan is for the Hull series to have efficient shields for their class as they will lack the maneuverability of other ‘jack of all trades’ ships. This may change during game balance, but the intended role is for the Hull series to be well protected transports… but also slow, easy to chase targets.
The cargo/trading software will scale depending on the ship, although it will be derived from the same based application. Rest assured that the cargo system for organizing the Hull E will be quite a bit more complex than the Hull A!
Yes! It will be able to unfold in segments to load cargo while on the ground.
The design for jump point limitations is still being developed, so there is no definitive answer yet.
The spindle arms can be unfolded individually depending on the task at hand.
The Hull B is a more rugged option most often compared to MISC’s own Freelancer. But where the Freelancer is equipped for long range exploration and other roles, the Hull B is a pure cargo transport. Hull B are often used as corporate support ships, and it is not uncommon to spot several in different liveries during a single flight.
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