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Pawel-class TL10 Modular Cutter and Modules

The Pawel-class Modular Cutter and the basic cargo module originally appeared on the pre-magazine Freelance Traveller website in May 2011. The other modules appeared for the first time with the reprint of the original in the March/April 2018 issue.

The Pawel-class 50 ton Modular Cutter was designed by Walisak Yards to be a direct replacement for the Cumin-class Cutter with the ability to carry different 30-ton modules. Its utility as a starport spacecraft has been shown in its current 10-year production run, and while demand for the Pawel is not strong it is consistent. The class is currently operating at all starports on Home and New Home and sporadically throughout the County. The County Navy is currently evaluating the class for possible use. Manoeuvre over 1.5G without a module installed will cause buckling to the cutter’s spine.

What has seen some demand is different types of modules for the cutter to carry. The standard module supplied is the basic cargo module.

Specifications: Pawel-class Modular Cutter

CraftID: Modular Cutter, TL10, MCr 35.702
Hull: 43/113, Disp=50, Config=3SL, Armor=40E, Unloaded=753.14 tons, Loaded=763.34 tons
Power: 5/10, Fusion=414 Mw, Duration=12/36
Loco: 5/10, Maneuver=4, NOE=140kph, Cruise=750kph, Top=1,000kph, Agility=0
Comm: Radio=System, Laser=System
Sensors: Active EMS=FarOrbit, Passive EMS=Interstellar, ActObjScan=Rout, ActObjPin=Rout, PasEngScan=Rout
Off: Hardpoints=1
Def: DefDM=+3
Control: Computer=1bis 3, Panel=Dynamic Linked 158, Special=HeadsUp display, Electronic Circuit Protection, Environ=basic env, basic ls, extend ls, grav plates, inertial compensators
Accom: Crew=2, (Pilot=1, Commander=1), Seats=Roomy 2, Small Stateroom, Airlock
Other: Cargo=6 klitres, Module=405 klitres, Fuel=60 kliters, ObjSize=Average, Fuel Scoops (fills tanks in hour, fills module in 3 hours), No Fuel Purification Plant, EmLevel=Faint, Flotation Bubbles
Comment: Construction Time=24 wks single, 20 wks multiple, 1.42Mw spare power for module, Grav plates and inertial compensators cover all 50 tons, Computer multiplier for module=15, Loaded weight does not include module weight

The following modules are designed for the Pawel-class modular cutter:

Basic Cargo Module

CraftID: Standard Cargo Module, TL10, MCr 2.608758
Hull: 27/68, Disp=30, Conf=3SL, Armour=40E, Unloaded=169.956 tons, Loaded=570.546 tons
Power: 0.828 Mw draw
Loco: -
Comm: -
Sensors: -
Off: Hardpoints=1
Def: -
Control: Control=Dynamic Link 18
Accom: Environ=basic env, basic ls
Other: Cargo=400.59 klitres, ObjSize=Small, EmLevel=Faint
Comment: Construction Time=24 wks single, 20 wks multiple, 6 std “Reefer” Cargo container connection points

The module draws 0.828 Mw from the Cutter to provide for basic environment and life-support. The six connections for reefer cargo containers increase the draw to 1.152 Mw allowing the remaining 0.268 Mw from the Cutter to recharge their batteries as needed. This allows all batteries to be recharged to full capacity in 38.7 hours or less.

Open Frame Recovery Module

CraftID: Open Frame Recovery Module, TL10, MCr 1.10142
Hull: 27/68, Disp=30, Conf=0USL, Armour=40E, Unloaded=83.863 tons, Loaded=83.863 tons
Power: 0/0, External=1.007 Mw
Loco: -
Comm: -
Sensors: -
Off: Hardpoints=1
Def: -
Control: External, Panel=Dynamic Link 7
Accom: -
Other: SubCraft=20 ton Vehicle bay, Grapple, Winch, ObjSize=Small, EmLevel=Faint
Comment: Construction Time=24 wks single, 20 wks multiple

The module draws 1.007 Mw from the cutter and uses the cutter’s computer to run the winch and grapple. The unstreamlined frame limits the cutter to 300kph in atmospheric flight. Vehicles and Spacecraft up to 20 tons can be recovered and securely fastened into the frame. The module’s loaded weight does not include the weight of the vehicle recovered.

While designed for recovery this module also provides stability to the Pawel by having a module installed to allow up to the cutter’s 4G acceleration.

Fuel Purification Module

CraftID: Fuel Purification Module, TL10, MCr 2.521138
Hull: 27/68, Disp=30, Conf=3SL, Armour=40E, Unloaded=378.021 tons, Loaded=378.021 tons
Power: 0/0, External=1.95 Mw
Loco: -
Comm: -
Sensors: -
Off: Hardpoints=1
Def: -
Control: External, Control=Dynamic Link 18
Accom: Environ=basic env
Other: Fuel=297.585 klitres, Fuel Purification Plant (9.3 hours), ObjSize=Small, EmLevel=Faint
Comment: Construction Time=24 wks single, 20 wks multiple

The module draws 1.95 Mw from the cutter to provide for basic environment, and uses the cutter’s computer to run them. The purification plant can purify the cutter’s fuel tanks as well as the fuel tank in the module in 10.2 hours. The fuel scoops on the cutter can fill the fuel module’s tanks as well as the cutters tanks in 2.2 hours.

Advanced Base Module

CraftID: Advanced Base Module, TL10, MCr 6.198858
Hull: 27/68, Disp=30, Conf=3SL, Armour=40E, Unloaded=226.1394 tons, Loaded=247.3076 tons
Power: 1/2, Fusion=22.5 Mw, Duration=90/270
Loco: -
Comm: Radio=Regional (500 km) 2
Sensors: PassEMS=Regional (500 km), Pass Audio, Environ, Magnetic, Radiation, Video Recorder 2; PassObjScan=From
Off: Hardpoints=1
Def: -
Control: Computer=0 2, Panel=Dynamic Link 59
Accom: Seats=Cramped 8,Stateroom 4, SubCraft=4 ton vehicle bay, Environ=basic env, basic ls, extend ls, grav plates
Other: Cargo=21.1682 klitres, Fuel=48.6 klitres, ObjSize=Small, EmLevel=Faint
Comment: Construction Time=24 wks single, 20 wks multiple

The module provides its own sealed environment, and grav plating to ensure a normal environment where ever it’s located to provide shelter. The base can be deployed in deep space or on a planetary surface. The base is provisioned for up to 8 occupants at double capacity, and had a 4 ton vehicle bay with enough space for the vehicle’s complete maintenance. The cargo space is usually used for storing additional life-support consumables for long duration missions. The long duration fusion reactor provides an additional 0.3786 Mw over and above the needs of the base. The computer provides for the needs of the occupants as well as the equipment installed and its back-up can be utilised independently if needed for additional computing power as necessary.