Tavaras (Cobra III) Class III Prospecting Vessel

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Owner:  Braben and Bell of the Earth/Lave Interstellar Trading Expeditions – current captain David Johnson-Davies (Human Males)
Port of Registry:  Lave colony, Sector 084
Trading Locations:  Federation systems within the original Federation boundary, especially near Sector 084

A FL-6 laser is fitted in the forward firing position. Cargo hold extensions have been added to port and starboard of the main hull for asteroid ore storage. A single FL-1 laser has been fitted to the port and starboard sides of these holds. Both of these lasers can be re-modulated to mining laser specifications, and along with an attendant tractor beam projector, this facilitates asteroid prospecting and mining.

The Cobra III has been used as an asteroid locator and prospecting vessel, scouring smaller asteroids in system belts or clusters that were passed over by larger mining concerns as being unprofitable. Many of the smaller uninhabited red dwarf systems in Sector 084 and the surrounding sectors have proved to be a viable business operation for the owners.

The additional cargo holds are used exclusively for any ores or crystals mined with the modified lasers. While these can make the vessel handle, to quote the owners, “like a garbage scow in thick treacle” while in planetary atmospheres, the owners and pilots have learned to fly their modified baby with extreme care. But ore cargos are unloaded at orbital facilities if possible. The standard cargo hold is of course still is available for normal use.

(Game note: when FL-6 laser is in mining mode, it fires at range 1 and hits an asteroid automatically. The weapon will break off one 50 mt chunk of asteroid per power point. If an approaching vessel is detected, it takes three full phases to re-modulate the weapon to combat mode.)

Construction Data:
Model Number — Cobra III
Ship Class — III
Date Entering Service — 2257
Number Constructed — 1
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points — 6
Damage Chart — C
Length — 65.5 m
Width — 32 m
Height — 18 m
Weight — 20,340 mt
Internal Cargo:
Cargo Units — 900 SCU
Cargo Capacity — 45,000 mt
External Cargo Units — 360 SCU
Cargo Capacity — 18,000 mt
Landing Capacity — Yes
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type — L-14
Standard 6-person – 1
Cargo – 3
Cargo — 3
Other Data:
Crew — 4
Passengers — 4
Shuttlecraft — 1
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available – 22
Movement Point Ratio –
unloaded – 2/1
loaded – 4/1
Warp Engine Type – FWH-1
Number – 2
Power Units Available – 10 ea.
Stress Chart – Q/R
Max Safe Cruising Speed –
unloaded- Warp 6
loaded – Warp 4
Emergency Speed –
unloaded – Warp 8
loaded – Warp 5
Impulse Engine Type – FIB-1
Power Units Available – 2
Weapons And Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type — FL-6
Number — 1
Firing Arcs — 1 f
Firing Chart — H
Maximum Power — 3
Damage Modifiers:
+3 (-)
+2 (1-4)
+1 (5-7)
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type — FSC
Shield Point Ratio — 1/1
Maximum Shield Power — 11
Combat Efficiency:
D –
unloaded – 40.1
loaded – 32.1
WDF — 2.1
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