The UGA Starstrider began her mission in 10311 SGT (SGT: standard galactic time). Her mission was to explore Galaxy Two,
beyond the known frontiers of this galaxy, and examine unusual astrophysical and biological phenomena and to contact new
civilisations. When Galaxy Gate Beta was destroyed in the year 10 316 all communications were lost with the Starstrider and she
was doomed to wonder unchartered space with no hope of returning home. However, three galactic years ago, the Erfavlins
reconstructed Galaxy Gate Beta and began to receive communications from the Starstrider once again. She had been isolated for
48 years, but had continued her mission of exploration. She is still captained by her original captain, Jzarez Zan, who is now 112
years old (and looking about 40 by Earthling standards, since with our advanced biomedical technology we have delayed the
aging process and increased our lifespans three-fold). The Starstrider has penetrated too far into the depths of space to return
home in the foreseeable future, but continues her mission and has updated our data-banks with her backlog of scientific data.

Technical specs - UGA Starstrider:

Hull points 76, ADF 1, MR 2, DCR 110
Length: 388m

Science research and exploration equipment:
Two main laboratories, atmoprobes x 20, landing drones x 10, remote probes x 8,
shuttles x 4
Weapons (for ship defense):
Proton battery, electron battery, laser battery x 2
Reflective hull, decoy x 3, ion screen
nuclear fusion hyperdrive, ion engines x 4, solar panels provide power for subspace operations
Emergency equipment:
Lifeboats x 2, lifepods (escape pods) x 14
Other vehicles:
Large launch, small launches x 4, workpods x 2, terrain explorers x 2

Crew: 99 (+ 200 maintenance robots, 20 combat robots for ship security, 2 heavy warbots, 22 science robots, 10 supervisor

The Starstrider is designed to be durable and self-sufficient for long deep-space voyages. The main subspace propulsion systems
are ion engines, which require little fuel and are relatively easy to maintain (but produce only moderate thrust). A nuclear fusion
reactor provides power for jumping into hyperspace, but to minimise reactor maintenance solar panels are used to provide power
whilst conducting star system explorations in normal space. The crew is relatively small, with most maintenance being carried out
by robots, enabling more interior space to be allocated to crew comforts. Workshops can manufacture most spare parts.

To assist in these long missions, the starstrider was constructed from a relatively large hull (of the larger standard light cruiser
size) and the hull was especially reinforced to withstand natural hazards. The two laser batteries are also designed to produce a
laser-screen to protect the ship from meteorites and the like, and also provides good protection against missile attacks. The
proton and electron batteries provide long-range defense against hostile ships. Note, the Starstrider is a science vessel, not a
warship, and although most of her space is taken over by scientific equipment, it was felt that she needed significant defensive
ability as outer space can be hostile! She is not capable of standing up to large warships, but can put up a short-term defense
whilst escape and evasion are attempted. The decoys can be deployed to divert hostile fire and buy time for the Starstrider to exit.
The ion engines can also throw-up an ion screen, which may hide the Starstrider from ship sensors.
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