The Astral Horizon

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by Scott Mulder

A New Starliner Design For Goblinoid Games’ Starships & Spacemen 2nd Edition.

Designed for First Class adventure by renowned starship engineer Dylan Winslett, the S.S. Astral Horizon is a well-known executive luxury liner based out of Europa Akonis in the Sol System. Commissioned in 2286 by Europa Akonis Travel (EA Travel), this elegant luxury micro-liner has five decks of comfortable work and living space which can accommodate up to forty passengers and crew. This vessel features three V.I.P. state rooms, twelve passenger cabins, a full service medical facility with two examination beds, and a five star rated automated cafeteria style galley. The Astral Horizon is protected by a powerful defensive screen system and one bow mounted laser beam array which provides safety and security from many of the common hazards found in deep space travel. The ship is powered by twin Lunadyne Class-A Internal Pod Hyper-Drive Cores, which produce an impressive 50 EU’s of drive energy per day, giving the Astral Horizon plenty of “power under the hood” for both short trips and distant journeys. With a cruising speed of Warp 4 (4 LY / Day) the Astral Horizon can easily reach many near-by star systems in a matter of days with plenty of time to spare. Travel for business or pleasure on this fine vessel is available either through private charter or on one of EA Travel’s monthly interstellar cruises to some of the Frontier’s finest resort destinations.

PASSENGER FARE COST

TRAVEL CLASS

COST PER DAY

Economy Class

1 Unit (5,000 Cr.)

Business Class

1.5 Units (7,500 Cr.)

First Class

2 Units (10,000 Cr.)

Presidential / V.I.P.

3 Units (15,000 Cr.)

TRAVEL CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

TRAVEL  CLASS

LOCATION

Presidential / V.I.P.

Deck 2

Captain’s Quarters

Deck 2

Economy Class

Deck 3

Business Class

Deck 3

First Class

Deck 4

Crew Quarters

Deck 4

ASTRAL HORIZON DIRECTORY

Maps for the decks are found at the end of the article.

DECK #1: BRIDGE

(deck plan)

#1: Bridge (01-C-B01)

  • Command & Control Center
  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Helm Operator’s Console
  • Navigation Operator’s console
  • Captain’s Control Console
  • Engineer’s Control Console
  • Communication’s Control Console
  • Damage Control Station
  • Ship Wide System Interface
  • Beam Bank Gunnery Control
  • Defense Screen Control Console
  • Reinforced Radiation Shelter
  • Emergency Blast Door

#2: Central Corridor (01-C-C01)

  • Emergency Access Panel
  • General Access Restroom / “Head” (1)
  • Maintenance Storage (2)
  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Self-Sealing Bulkheads

#3: Lift (01-C-L01)

  • Elevator Lift
  • Reinforced Radiation Shelter

#4: Engineering Access (01-C-E01)

  • Engine Access Ladder Tubes (6)
  • Computer Interface Terminals

DECK #2: SHIP’S SERVICES

(deck plan)

#1: Ship’s Galley (02-C-G01)

  • Occupancy 10-12 Adults
  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Automated Food Service Unit
  • Food Preparation Stations
  • Dining Tables (3)

#2: Central Corridor (02-C-C01)

  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Ladder Access Tube
  • Emergency Access Panel
  • Self-Sealing Bulkheads

#3: V.I.P. State Room (02-P-PC01)

  • V.I.P. Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 1-2 Adults
  • State Room Bed Sleep Unit
  • Computer Core Interface Terminal
  • Attached Private Restroom

#4: V.I.P. State Room (02-P-PC02)

  • V.I.P. Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 1-2 Adults
  • State Room Bed Sleep Unit
  • Computer Core Interface Terminal
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Attached Private Restroom

#5: Medical Bay (02-P-M01)

  • Medical Examination Bays (2)
  • Medical Cryo Tube (1)
  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Reinforced Radiation Shelter
  • Attached Private Restroom

#6: V.I.P. State Room (02-SB-PC01)

  • V.I.P. Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 1-2 Adults
  • State Room Bed Sleep Unit
  • Computer Core Interface Terminal
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Attached Private Restroom

#7: Captain’s Quarters (02-SB-CC01)

  • V.I.P. Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 1-2 Adults
  • State Room Bed Sleep Unit
  • Computer Core Interface Terminal
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Captain’s Locker / Safe
  • Attached Private Restroom

#8: Security Station (02-SB-S01)

  • Computer Core Interface Terminal
  • Reinforced Radiation Shelter
  • Ship’s Locker / Safe
  • Security Armory
  • Conference Table
  • Private Restroom

#9: Lift (02-C-L01)

  • Elevator Lift
  • Reinforced Radiation Shelter

DECK #3: QUARTERS

(deck plan)

#1: Passenger Cabin (03-P-PC01)

  • Business Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#2: Passenger Cabin (03-P-PC02)

  • Business Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#3: Central Corridor (03-C-C01)

  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Ladder Access Tube
  • Emergency Access Panel
  • General Access Restrooms / “Head” (3)
  • Self-Sealing Bulkheads

#4: Passenger Cabin (03-SB-PC01)

  • Business Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#5: Passenger Cabin (03-SB-PC02)

  • Business Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#6: Port Side Airlock (03-P-AC01)

  • Docking Collar
  • Personnel Hatch
  • EVA Pressure Suit Lockers
  • 10 EVA Radiation Suits
  • Decontamination Station
  • First Aid Station

#7: Starboard Side Airlock (03-SB-AC01)

  • Docking Collar
  • Personnel Hatch
  • EVA Pressure Suit Lockers
  • 10 EVA Radiation Suits
  • Decontamination Station
  • First Aid Station

#8: Passenger Cabin (03-P-PC03)

  • Economy Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#9: Passenger Cabin (03-P-PC04)

  • Economy Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#10: Passenger Cabin (03-SB-PC03)

  • Economy Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#11: Passenger Cabin (03-SB-PC04)

  • Economy Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#12: Lift (03-C-C01)

  • Elevator Lift
  • Reinforced Radiation Shelter

DECK #4: QUARTERS

(deck plan)

#1: Passenger Cabin (04-P-PC01)

  • First Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#2: Passenger Cabin (04-P-PC-02)

  • First Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#3: Central Corridor (04-C-C01)

  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Ladder Access Tube
  • Emergency Access Panel
  • General Access Restrooms / “Head” (3)
  • Self-Sealing Bulkheads

#4: Passenger Cabin (04-SB-PC01)

  • First Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#5: Passenger Cabin (04-SB-PC02)

  • First Class Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#6: Port Side Airlock (04-P-AC01)

  • Docking Collar
  • Personnel Hatch
  • EVA Pressure Suit Lockers
  • 10 EVA Radiation Suits
  • Decontamination Station
  • First Aid Station

#7: Starboard Side Airlock (04-SB-AC01)

  • Docking Collar
  • Personnel Hatch
  • EVA Pressure Suit Lockers
  • 10 EVA Radiation Suits
  • Decontamination Station
  • First Aid Station

#8: Crew Cabin (04-P-CC01)

  • Crew Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#9: Crew Cabin (04-P-CC02)

  • Crew Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#10: Crew Cabin (04-SB-CC01)

  • Crew Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#11: Crew Cabin (04-SB-CC02)

  • Crew Accommodation
  • Occupancy: 2 Adults
  • Bunk Bed Sleep Units
  • Personal Item Storage
  • Shared Restroom

#12: Lift (04-C-L01)

  • Elevator Lift
  • Reinforced Radiation Shelter

DECK #5: ENGINEERING

(deck plan)

#1: Engineering (05-C-E01)

  • Operator Control Consoles (2)
  • Main Engineering Control
  • Hyperdrive Engine Control
  • Life Support Control
  • Damage Control Station
  • Ship’s Computer Core
  • Auxiliary Bridge

#2: Central Corridor (05-C-C01)

  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Ladder Access Tube
  • Emergency Access Panel
  • Self-Sealing Bulkheads

#3: Robotics Bay (05-P-E02)

  • Robot Service Bays (5)
  • Computer Core Interface Terminals
  • Maintenance Support Robots (4)
  • Security Support Robot (1)
  • Operator Control Console
  • Attached Private Restroom

#4: Teleporter Bay (05-P-E03)

  • Teleporter Unit
  • Operator Control Console
  • Computer Core Interface Terminals

#5: Cargo Bay #1 (05-SB-CB01)

  • Perishable / Cold Storage

#6: Cargo Bay #2 (05-SB-CB02)

  • Standard Cargo Storage
  • Attached Private Restroom

#7: Lift (05-C-L01)

  • Elevator Lift
  • Reinforced Radiation Shelter
  • Emergency Access Panels (2)
  • Emergency Life Boat Access

Ship Specifications

Ship’s Name:

Astral Horizon

Ship Class:

E5000

Ship Type:

Star Liner

Designation:

SL

Naming Convention

None

Prefix:

S.S.

Hull Class:

Class I

Hull Configuration:

Horizontal

Decks:

5

Government / Agency:

Civilian

Commissioned In Class:

2

Construction Cost:

600 Units

Manufacturer:

Lunadyne

Min. Command Rank:

Ensign

Command Crew:

3-5

Crew Compliment:

10

Passenger Capacity:

30 Adults

Power Point Base:

50 EU

Atmospheric Flight

Limited

FTL Capable:

H-Drive

Hyper-Drive Pods:

Half Pod

Hyper-Drive Core:

Class A (x2)

Cruise Speed

Warp 4

Emergency Speed

Warp 6

Teleporter Capacity:

1

Shuttlecraft:

1 (Life Boat)

Sick Bay Capacity:

2

Cryo Tubes:

1

Ship’s Locker Capacity:

T/6

M/3

Beam Banks / Arrays:

1

Ion Torpedoes:

0

Defense Systems:

Screens

Command Crew

The Astral Horizon has five Senior Command Crew Officers that govern the various functions and operation of the ship. All crew members report directly to their respective Command Crew Officer who in turn reports directly to the Captain. Provided below is a list of the Astral Horizon’s Command Crew in descending order of authority and command succession. In the event of a catastrophic emergency, where one or more of the ship’s Command Crew becomes incapacitated, the next Officer in succession would assume command of the ship. The ship’s Captain, Executive Officer, and Medical Officer are the only Officers with the authority to relieve another Command Crew Officer from active duty.

  • Captain
  • Executive Officer
  • Medical Officer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Marshal (Security)

Ship’s Locker (Equipment)

Located on Deck #2 in the Astral Horizon’s security office, the Ship’s Locker contains the crew’s emergency equipment storage. Access to the Ship’s locker requires authorization from the Captain or one of the ship’s Command Crew Officers.

  • 1 Universal Translator
  • 1 Data Recorder
  • 2 Electro Stunners
  • 2 Communicators
  • 1 Medkit
  • 2 Beam Pistols

Ports of Call

The Astral Horizon is based out of the Europa Akonis space station located in orbit around Jupiter’s sixth closest moon in the Sol System. From this base of operation, the Astral Horizon makes monthly cruises to its twelve Port Of Call destinations. EA Travel maintains travel agreements with each of these spaceports to provide continuous use of their facilities for the Astral Horizon throughout the entire year.

SECTOR / PLANET

SPACE PORT

Sol / Earth

San Francisco

Sol / Moon

Tyco Colony

Sol / Mars

Cydonia Colony

Sol / Europa (Moon)

Europa Akonis

Sol / P-Centauri II

Centaurus Colony

Sol / Tauron

Solace

Sol / Siren A III

Port Siren

Sol / Rigel III

Talgorak City

Sol / Vega Prime

Vega Colony

Sol / (N/A)

Starbase Alpha

Sol / Voltanis

Nakara

Sol / Altair

Port Liberty

 

Traveler’s desiring to book a trip to a location that is not included in one of our monthly cruises are encouraged to contact EA Travel directly for more information on private charter bookings or use of one of our affiliate vendors.

Charter Group Rates

Private charter group rates for travel on the Astral Horizon are based on the level of service requested for all passengers in the group for each day of the charter. The Interstellar Travel Administration requires that charter groups may not exceed 30 adult passengers for this starship.  

SERVICE LEVEL

COST PER DAY

Economy Class

30 Units (150,000 Cr.)

Business Class

45 Units (225,000 Cr.)

First Class

60 Units (300,000 Cr.)

KH Stats

If you’d like to use the Astral Horizon in your Star Frontiers game, here are the complete Knight Hawks stats for the ship. 

Note that not all of the features (e.g. passenger accommodations) translate directly from Starships & Spacemen into Star Frontiers.  And obviously the decks are in the wrong orientation but it’s designed for a different game system.

Hull size: 7

Engines: 2 Atomic Class B engines

HP:  35

ADF:  3

MR:  3

DCR:  41

Life Support:

Primary:  60

Backup:  60

Passenger Accommodations:

First Class: 4 (1 for captain)

Journey Class:  32 (8 for crew)

Computer:

Level: 4 (123 FP)

Programs: Drive 5 (64), Life Support 1 (3), Alarm 2 (2), Computer Lockout 4 (8), Damage Control 2 (4), Skin Sensors 1 (1), Laser Battery 1 (4), Analysis 3 (9), Communication 2 (6), Information Storage 2 (4), Robot Management 4 (16), Maintenance 1 (2)

Communication Equipment: videocom radio – 2 extra screens, subspace radio, intercom – 3 master panels, 35 standard panels,

Weapons:  Laser Battery

Defenses:  Reflective Hull

Other Equipment:  Radar, Energy Sensors, Camera system, skin sensors, Laboratory (medical bay)

Cost: 1,700,200 Cr. (no fuel)

         1,820,200 Cr. (fully fueled)

Conversion Notes

The total space occupied by the inhabitable portion of the deck plans is roughly the size of a hull size 6 ship.  With the extra wings and such I upgraded it to hull size 7.

I couldn’t really include a screen system using the KH rules without sacrificing performance.  Plus the only one that fit in a ship this small is a masking screen which doesn’t match the description.  And technically the laser battery plus reflective hull is more than a civilian HS 7 ship should have but only by half a hull size point so I’m letting it slide.

The VIP and ship’s Captain’s quarters were treated as first class accommodations.  The rest were treated as Journey class with no storage class berths included.  It should be noted that all of the accommodations on this ship are quite spacious, being nearly double the required minimum.