Asp Scout

Lakon Spaceways unveiled the Asp Scout in late 3301 as a cheaper alternative to the well-regarded Asp Explorer, and in terms of market it sits between the Diamondback range and the Asp Explorer. It utilises much of the same airframe as the Explorer, but the reduced hardpoint capacity (compared to its parent model) means it packs less of a punch. Test pilots reported that the mass reduction resulted in a vessel that handles better than the Asp Explorer while maintaining its impressive jump capability.

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Specifications

Manufacturer:
Lakon Spaceways
Speed:
220 m/s
Boost speed:
300 m/s
Agility:
160
Crew:
2
Cost:
3,961,150 Cr
Base shield:
120 MJ
Base armour:
180
Hull mass:
150 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

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

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

Armour
1
1I Lightweight Alloy
Bulkheads

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25 Aug 3304
Week in Review

Here are this week’s major stories.

The wedding of Princess Aisling Duval and Ambassador Jordan Rochester has been cancelled. The announcement follows anti-slavery campaigner Jarl Toredo’s confession that he and Aisling Duval were romantically involved for several months.

Meanwhile, Lakon Spaceways has announced that a new ship, the Alliance Crusader, will go on general sale on Tuesday the 28th of August. The ship, which is based on the Alliance Chieftain, boasts three internal military compartments and a fighter bay.

Rival technology companies Supratech and Herculean Machines have released press statements promoting new personal-computer designs. Both companies have also confirmed they will be at the Rackham Ultratech Expo on Wednesday the 3rd of October, where they will reveal fully functional prototypes of their new devices.

In other news, the Federal Intelligence Agency has revealed that members of the Far God cult are disappearing in large numbers. While the FIA has speculated that adherents are abandoning the cult and attempting to return to normal life, there have been no reports of former Far God worshippers returning to their friends and families.

An exposé published by The Mars Tribune has revealed that Federal Congressman Morgan Unwin has close ties to a criminal organisation. Information uncovered by the Tribune proves that Unwin used his influence to traffic drugs for the Red Family cartel in order to keep his own addiction secret.

Recent reports from the Betel system indicate that an ongoing feud between the Silver Creative Network and Betel Free has escalated into violence. With system security forces stretched thin, both organisations are seizing the opportunity to settle old grudges, and have issued calls for support.

Finally, the Colonia Council has announced that its campaign to build a new hydroponics facility has been warmly received by the galactic community. Large quantities of material were delivered to Templar Barracks over the past week, allowing the initiative to move to the construction phase.

And those are the main stories this week.

24 Aug 3304
Lakon Releases Alliance Crusader

Lakon Spaceways has announced that a new ship, the Alliance Crusader, will soon be available for purchase.

Meera Callanach, head of military projects at Lakon, gave some details to the media:

“The Alliance Crusader is mechanically similar to the Alliance Chieftain, with one key distinction. Our engineers have removed some internal hardware to accommodate a fighter bay. Inevitably, this means the Crusader is marginally slower and less manoeuvrable than its siblings, but this is compensated by its ability to ferry fighters into a conflict zone.”

“The Crusader’s offensive capabilities are enhanced with three internal military compartments. We are confident that the ship will be able to hold its own in any combat situation, especially against the Thargoids.”

The Alliance Crusader will go on general sale on Tuesday the 28th of August.

01 Mar 3304
Lakon Releases Alliance Chieftain

The Alliance has announced a new combat ship, the Alliance Chieftain, which has been specifically designed to counter the aggression of the Thargoids.

A press release from Lakon Spaceways, which has developed the ship, stated:

“The Chieftain is a highly manoeuvrable vessel for its size and weight, offering an advantage against the renowned agility of Thargoid craft. It boasts six weapon hardpoints and also has three internal military compartments. This makes it very capable in a combat situation, and able to withstand considerable punishment.”

“We believe demand will be high.”

The Alliance Chieftain is now available for purchase.