Inter Station Transport "Line Dancer"

Inter station transports are designed to fill the requirement to move crew and cargo easily between space stations in different orbits, between space stations around the Lagrange points and also between space stations and other spacecraft. These craft do not need to cope with atmosphere or with the deep gravity wells of planets and so can be built much more cheaply.

They are also used by exploration teams and the military for landing on small moons and asteroids. They also fulfill the role of lifeboat on space stations. This is the smallest shuttle in common service.


Design: 12ft long x 10ft wide x 8ft high Box (1.92 spaces, Foamed Alloy, Extra Heavy frame); cDr/cPF 1/1F 1/1S 1/1B (Foamed Alloy armor); Hull Radiators: 0.13 ksf

Modules: Old Unmanned bridge, cameras and minimal PESA (operate principally by data feed), 0.25 Nuclear Pulse Drive, 0.1 Light fuel tank, 0.5 seat module (8 seats), 0.5 Cargo module (2.5 tons), 1 small entry module (sometimes omitted in favor of a simple hatch to gain 0.5 spaces of payload).

Statistics: LMass 17.8, CMass 17.2, Dry Mass 16.6, EMass 14.1, Payload mass 2.5, Fuel Mass 1.2, Cost M$ 0.37 cHP 36, Size Modifier [hull] 2, [radiators] 0, Maintenance 2.9 hours per day

Performance: Average sAccel 0.058 G, Loaded sAccel 0.056 G, Dry sAccel 0.060 G, Empty sAccel 0.071 G, Cruising velocity 175 days per AU (0.0057 AU per day), Burn Endurance 10 hours, Burn Points 209, Realistic DeltaV (with turnover) 6.1 mps

Payload: Seated Passengers 8, Cargo 2.5 tons (cargo and seats are often switched)

Trip Data: Typical Trip Distance 240 thousand miles (Earth Orbit-L4/L5/Moon Orbit), Duration 15 hours, Costs: Fuel $ 600


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