:HEADER Scout/Courier Serpent S-AA22, TL 12, 100 tons, MCr 60.5
 
 :COMMENTS
Using a 100t airframe hull, the Serpent meets all normal specifications for the Scout/Courier. It is equipped with the Magash Systems A12-2w jump drive, the Yard 7 mA/2 maneuver drive, and the Zahinyo 2.2A/i power plant, giving performance of Jump-2 and 2G acceleration. Fuel tanks support 4 weeks' operation and one jump-2. Cargo capacity amounts to 5 tons.

On the bridge is a computer Model/3, and a generous sensor suite. There are four staterooms. One hybrid LMS turret with its fire control is installed on the ship's hardpoint. One air/raft is carried in a specially fitted hull niche within the ship. The hull features variable-sweep airfoils for atmospheric maneuvering and landings.

The scout/courier requires a crew of one, assuming the duties of pilot, astrogator, and engineer.

Typically placed with scouts of exemplary service, Serpent-class ships are capable of being highly modified. The vee tail and variable sweep wing, coupled with hovering and VTOL capabilities, make the Serpent class ships highly sought after.

:HISTORY

:DATA Vol No Label MCr Notes ----- -- ------------------------------ ----- ------------------------------ 100 Airframe Hull, lifters 10 A, lifters 20 Jump Fuel (2 parsecs) 0 J2, 10t/pc 8 Plant Fuel (4 months) 0 4 months 1 Landing legs with pads 1 1 Flotation hull 1 0 Folding wings 0 4 PowerPlant-2 (A) 4 P 2 10 Jump Drive-2 (A) 10 J 2 2 Maneuver Drive-2 (A) 4 2 G 1 Fuel Purifiers 4t/hr 1 4t/hr 1 Fuel Scoops 100t/hr 0.1 100t/hr 1 Fuel Intakes 40t/hr 0.1 40t/hr 1 Fuel Bins 20t/hr 0.1 20t/hr 0 AV=12. 1 Kinetic Plate 0 3 Computer Model/3 std 10.5 0 AR Surf Communicator 1.5 0 AR Surf Jammer 1.5 0 AR Surf EMS 1.5 0 AR Surf Scope 1.5 0 AR Surf Neutrino Detector 1.5 0 Vd Surf Mass Sensor 0.6 0 Vd Surf Deep Radar 0.6 0 Vd Surf Densitometer 0.6 0 Vd Surf Life Detector 0.6 0 Vd Surf Proximeter 0.6 0 Vd Surf Activity Sensor 0.6 0 Vd Surf Field Sensor 0.6 1 Vd T3 Hybrid L-S-M 2 1 Life Support Standard 1 10 person-months 8 4 Crew Stateroom 0.4 1 crew 5 Cargo Hold Basic 0 4 Air/Raft Enclosed 0.1 1 Air/Raft Niche 1 2 Clinic 1 1 2 Crew Shared Fresher 1 4 crew 16 4 Crew Lounge 0 8 Spacious Controls 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 100 TOTALS 60