|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Sail Diameter||740 meters|
|Fuel||75 tons (750)|
|Top Thrust||0.1 g|
|KF Drive Integrity||2|
|Armor||27 tons Standard|
|Crew||1 officer, 8 enlisted, 5 first class and 5 second class passengers|
|Grav Decks||1 x 80 meters diameter|
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||3 escape pods|
Introduced at the height of the Star League as a touring craft to ferry VIPs and the wealthy elite, the Explorer class is the smallest JumpShip design still functional (though not in common use) in the modern Inner Sphere.
The decline in interest even during the JumpShip-starved Succession Wars era is due to the Explorer's inability to carry DropShips. Harking back to the earliest eras of interstellar travel, the Explorer class lacks a Docking hardpoint and relies entirely upon its own internally-carried quartet of small craft for interplanetary transit. The space that would have gone towards a hardpoint was instead devoted to cargo space and passenger accommodations, including a 80-foot Grav Deck, an almost unheard of luxury on such a small vessel.
While a sought-after luxury item and status symbol during the golden age of the Star League, the number of Explorers has steadily declined due to combat losses, break-downs due to lack of spare parts. The largest surviving concentration of Explorers resides with the original manufacturer Irian Technologies of Clipperton. As of ca. 3025, IrTech's Technology Transfer division (ITT) retains about a dozen Explorer-class vessels used by their field teams for exploration and marketing.
The Explorer-class is completely unarmed. Unable to rely on a carried DropShip's armament, it is protected only by its 27 tons of standard armor. This was intentional in the belief that the harmless design would escape notice and hostile intent. While this worked during the Star League era, it led to the design suffering heavy losses during the unrestricted warfare of the Succession Wars.
The single known variant of the Explorer mounted a portable Hyperpulse Generator. This absurdly expensive modification was only used by the ultra-rich, the largest corporations, and Star League government diplomats.
- Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 124, "Explorer JumpShip Profile"
- Technical Readout: 3075 , p. 270, "Explorer JumpShip Profile"
- Combat Operations, p. 107
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 127