Zeus Class III Robot Freighter

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from FASA’s Star Trek© The Role Playing Game Supplement – Trader Captains and Merchant Princes (2nd Edition)

The Zeus class, unlike the Nilron, was designed solely as a robot transport. She had no crew quarters, and only the first three decks (the so-called conning tower) were designed for Human use. Deck 1 was an auxiliary bridge, to be used only when it was either impossible or undesirable for the computer to maneuver the ship, as in complex docking maneuvers. Deck 2 was a small lounge with tables and a food synthesizer, designed for the comfort of the cargo-handlers; the synthesizer was not designed for long journeys.

Historians have noted the amazing similarity between the Zeus and the old-style DY-100/500 series of the early 21st century. The original designer of the Zeus liked the lines of the old DY series ships so much that he incorporated them in the new design. The major difference is that the Zeus had one warp engine instead of a primitive, space normal chemical or fusion engine.

Before production ended, 1,273 Zeus class transports were built. Star Fleet had purchased 435 and 416 were still running even into the 2300s. Of the rest, about 750 civilian versions were still in operations. Of those destroyed, most notable was the Woden (NCC-B39068). The M-5 controlled Enterprise destroyed the vessel during the war games held to test the famous computer. The last officially registered civilian Zeus was retired in late 2322.

Construction Data:
Model Number — Mk I
Ship Class — III
Date Entering Service — 2236
Number Constructed — 1,273
Cost — 17.2 MCr
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points — 8
Damage Chart — C
Length — 180 m
Width — 45 m
Height — 49 m
Weight — 16,290 mt
Cargo Units — 585 SCU
Cargo Capacity — 29,250 mt
Landing Capacity — None
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type — L-12A
Standard 6-person — 1
Cargo — 1
Other Data:
Crew —
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available — 13
Movement Point Ratio:
unloaded — 2/1
loaded — 3/1
Warp Engine Type — FWH-1
Number — 1
Power Units Available: 10
Stress Chart – P/Q
Max Safe Cruising Speed –
unloaded – Warp 5
loaded- Warp 4
Emergency Speed –
unloaded – Warp 6
loaded – Warp 5
Impulse Engine Type – FIA-3
Power Units Available – 3
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type – FSA
Shield Point Ratio – 1/1
Maximum Shield Power – 10
Combat Efficiency:
D –
unloaded – 34.4
loaded – 31.9
WDF – 0.0