Keelback

This is Lakon Spaceways' new combat trader-class vessel, designed for hostile-environment deliveries and light support duties. It is based on the Type-6 frame but with extra weapon hardpoints. It has a reduced cargo capacity to support a higher class of powerplant, and can even accommodate a fighter bay. Its durability is improved by better defence capabilities for armour and shields. Its similar silhouette to the Type-6 makes it a suitable vessel for commerce raiding or convoy protection.

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Specifications

Manufacturer:
Lakon Spaceways
Speed:
200 m/s
Boost speed:
300 m/s
Agility:
135
Crew:
2
Cost:
3,126,150 Cr
Base shield:
135 MJ
Base armour:
270
Hull mass:
180 t
Mass-lock factor:
8
Landing pad:
Medium

Hardpoint
2
Medium Hardpoint
2
Medium Hardpoint
1
Small Hardpoint
1
Small Hardpoint

Utility mount
0
Utility Mount
0
Utility Mount
0
Utility Mount

Optional internal
5
4E Cargo Rack
Internal compartment
5
4E Cargo Rack
Internal compartment
4
3E Cargo Rack
Internal compartment
3
3C Shield Generator
Internal compartment
2
1E Cargo Rack
Internal compartment
2
1E Basic Discovery Scanner
Internal compartment
1
1E Supercruise Assist
Internal compartment

Core internal
4
4C Power Plant
Reactor Bay
4
4C Thrusters
Thruster Mounting
4
4C Frame Shift Drive
FSD Housing
1
1C Life Support
Environment Control
3
3C Power Distributor
Power Coupling
2
2C Sensors
Sensor Suite
4
4C Fuel Tank
Fuel Store

Armour
1
1I Lightweight Alloy
Bulkheads

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31 May 3305
Ship Thief Mystery Remains Unsolved

The investigation into technician Gan Romero, who stole a docked vessel from a hangar bay at Fort Dixon in the Vega system, has been officially suspended.

Security Chief Misaki Sanders made this statement:

“Apart from the remains of Romero’s dream journal, we have no leads and have exhausted all avenues of inquiry. Attempts to track down the stolen ship have returned empty-handed. Until more evidence surfaces, we must reluctantly abandon our efforts.”

Commander Bjorn Lennox, the owner of the stolen ship, commented:

“Obviously I’m not happy about losing my Diamondback Explorer, and I’ve had to fight for the station’s insurance to cover my losses. Still, part of me wonders if my ship was stolen for a reason… It was fitted for exploration with a high jump range, and it sounds like this guy was heading somewhere really far away.”

“They said Romero was delusional, right? Well, maybe he was just invited to a place that most people can’t understand. I guess we’ll never know.”

03 May 3305
Docked Ship Thief Identified

The individual responsible for stealing a docked Diamondback Explorer in the Vega system has been identified.

Fort Dixon Security Chief, Misaki Sanders, told the media:

“We have determined that Commander Bjorn Lennox’s vessel was stolen by a starship technician, who evidently acted alone without backup.”

“The technician, Gan Romero, has worked at Fort Dixon as a member of the hanger service teams for the past eleven years. He has a stable home life on the station with a wife and three children, with no criminal record.”

“Although Romero’s job gave him access to landing pads, it does not explain his ability to bypass ship security protocols or launch without authorisation. We have yet to determine his motive or destination.”

“The scope of our investigation is widening and we hope to know more soon.”

28 Apr 3305
Week in Review

Here are this week’s main stories.

Prime Minister Edmund Mahon has clashed with President Kincaid in the Alliance Assembly. Following repeated demands to increase military funding, Kincaid was reminded by Mahon that executive presidential power had been turned down following a vote. The funding proposals were rejected.

A Diamondback Explorer has been stolen from Fort Dixon in the Vega system despite a number of active security measures. Details indicate the thief was able to override the starport’s security network and gain access to the ship from within the landing pad hangar.

And those are the main stories this week.