K-1

This article is about the K-1 "DropShuttle" class of small craft. For the DropShuttle type of spacecraft, see DropShuttle.


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K-1 DropShuttle
Production information
Manufacturer BBP Industries
Brigadier Corporation
Sacrado Industries
Shipil Company
Production Year 2536[1]
Use DropShuttle
Type (Shape) Civilian Spheroid
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Cost 9,261,250 Cbills
Introduced
Technical specifications
Mass 200
Structural Integrity 6
Length 28
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney 400
Safe Thrust 4 g
Maximum Thrust 6 g
Fuel 30 tons
Burn Rate 1.84 days[2]
Armament 1 x LRM-5
4 x Medium Lasers
1 x Small Laser
Armor 12 tons standard
Heat Sinks 10
Crew 2
Passengers
BV (1.0) 912[3]
BV (2.0) 1,146



Description[edit]

The spheroid counterpart to the KR-61 Long Range Shuttle, the K-1-class DropShuttle is technically a small craft and notably also the smallest space vehicle equipped with a Docking Collar for attaching to a JumpShip in the fashion of a DropShip (an unusual feature for a small craft).
It should be noted that "DropShuttle" is a misnomer, as the K-1 is not a DropShuttle in the technical sense.

Originally designed in the Star League era when JumpShips were plentiful and passage aboard them frequent and inexpensive, the K-1 was used for "hops" to neighboring star systems. With the increasing rarity of JumpShips and travel aboard them at a premium since the early Succession Wars, the greater passenger and cargo capacity of regular DropShips has seen the K-1 DropShuttle relegated to the role other long range shuttles have.

A tiny booth is mentioned aboard the K-1 DropShuttle Columbus that serves as both the vessel's breakfast table and a mid-day workstation. It is unknown if this is a standard feature on K-1 type craft. Similarly, it is mentioned that the cramped cockpit features three seats.[4]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Due to the long range of the craft, the K-1 is outfitted with a minimum of defensive weaponry consisting of single LRM-5 and Medium Laser mounted in the nose, another medium laser on each side, and a small and medium laser pointing directly aft.

The ship's hull is protected by 21 tons of standard armor, with a large portion of the armor focused in the bow with a lesser amount of the armor in the sides.[5]

Cargo[edit]

The K-1 features sixteen point five tons of cargo capacity and berths for six passengers in steerage compartment.[6]

Variants[edit]

  • K-1C 
    Introduced in 2914, the Clan version of the venerable K-1, while still classified as a "civilian" vessel, carries better armor as well as a weapons array consisting five Medium Pulse Lasers. It is almost identical in all other respects. BV (1.0) = 1,413[7], BV (2.0) = 1,681

Drop Shuttle Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

As of this writing, there is no updated BattleValue listed on Master Unit List.[8]

References[edit]

  1. MUL Online date for the K-1
  2. Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 173 K-1 DropShuttle - Updated information with updated thrust info and burn/fuel rate.
  3. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 197
  4. Forgotten Worlds, Book One
  5. Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 173 - Weapons and armor protection information from updated TRO for the K1.
  6. Technical Readout: 3057 Revised", p. 173 - K-1 DropShuttle "Current Cargo Capacity for the K-1 (Inner Sphere) DropShuttle."
  7. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 198
  8. K-1 DropShuttle - No BV2 listed.

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