The Class CS Corvette is a standard ship design originally produced in the Malibrome Federation and now adopted by many independents in the sector. It is a small, low-cost ship with a bit of firepower to defend itself from pirates, and is used for courier runs, small-scale trading activities and as a charter ship for small numbers of passengers, provided they don't mind roughing it. Many such ships are involved in smuggling.
It uses a 150-ton hull, has jump-2, manoeuvre-2 and power plant-2 for Jump 2 and 2G acceleration. It uses a streamlined (flattened sphere) design and is capable of landing on planetary surfaces. It is armed with a triple missile turret and a triple sandcaster. It can skim fuel from gas giants and oceans and refine the fuel onboard. The minimum crew is one (pilot), but the usual complement is three: pilot, engineer and gunner. A fourth stateroom can be used for a navigator or a passenger. If the crew take double-occupancy and one of them has steward skill, up to two passengers are possible. The ship also carries a tracked ATV for ground exploration, and can transport 41 tons of cargo.
Any shipyard of tech level 11 or more can produce a class CS corvette in about 11 months. The price for a new ship is MCr 66.44, and standard finance terms are a downpayment of MCr 13.29 plus monthly payments of Cr 276,833 for 40 years. With only 41 tons of cargo, the corvette is not financially viable as a pure cargo ship, and needs to take commissions, passengers and specialist packages to break even.
These ships can also be purchased second hand, at a discount of about 2.5% per year of use, so a 20-year-old Class CS Corvette might be had for as little as MCr 35.
|150-ton hull (flattened sphere)||-||MCr 12|
|Jump drive-2||4.5||MCr 18|
|Manoeuvre drive-2||7.5||MCr 5.25|
|Power plant-2||9||MCr 27|
|Fuel scoops||-||MCr 1.5|
|Triple missile turret||1||MCr 2.25|
|Triple sandcaster||1||MCr 0.75|
|Computer model/1bis||1||MCr 4|
|4 staterooms||16||MCr 2|