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starship heavy carrier by emppyrean starship heavy carrier by emppyrean
This is a heavy carrier starship. A hybrid battleship/starfighter carrier, it has a total of 18 launch bays for its complement of 400 fighters. It has another 18 launch bays dedicated for the release and recovery of dropships for planetary operations. At 2.26 kilometers in length, it is one of the largest ships in the Fleet (only superseded by the mighty, but significantly more expensive, supercarriers). Its vast interior holds extensive fighter maintenance facilities, including a construction bay capable of building new fighters or other combat-related materiel. It also has room to store 2 firebases, for deployment in more entrenched planetary operations. With a strong emphasis on combat, this class of ship is capable of extended engagements in hostile space, and is heavily armed and armored. As a result, it is cheaper to use and more capable in missions that require Fleet actions but cannot afford the use of a dedicated task force. These ships do not excel in their parent roles, but strike an effective, efficient, and sufficiently powerful balance of the two. They have a crew complement of 2100, and a Marine complement of 1000.

I also like to imagine these kinds of vessels, despite having a strong military feel, being of smart, ergonomic, and self-sufficient design, as opposed to the "sweating" look of ship interiors in Aliens and whatnot. I like to think of these ships having oxygen "gardens", for instance, where genetically engineered plants are contained in self-contained modules for easy swap-out, which generate all the oxygen (and food) you need. They would be green, cool, wet areas of the ship where the crew would go to relax, to remind themselves of more than just metal and plastic. Why not have a clean and green military starship?
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FOXNEWS4U Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really awesome!
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:iconscorpionlover42:
I really like this design--tough and sleek at the same time. It has an ocean predator feel. And what not a 'clean and green starship?' I agree that such a large ship, with extended tours as part of its role, would have green areas where crews could relax. I went aboard a missile sub once, and the crew had ingenious ways to keep themselves from going nuts. Their tours lasted six months, so I can imagine what a crew on a years-long mission would require.
Genetically-engineered plants for food and oxygen? That's logical. Surely in the future, there will be engineered plants and fungus that taste exactly like beef. Meat without all the messy raising and butchering of livestock.
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:iconcommander-fillmore:
That's a lot of equipment and units
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JarJarThomas Apr 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
nice design. Would be interesting to see it with textures
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:iconmadmann135:
A good design. The description is also good as from what I can see it fits with what I call a versatile starship design.
I actually like the internal assembly system as for a ship of this size it would need something to help maintain it.
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:iconthedeadlyyears:
Looks to be a very sensible design.
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:icondryson1:
Cool design. If you are looking to get into the modding aspect for games HomeWorld:Complex is always in need of modelers.
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:icondryson1:
Also if you are looking for textures for you ship model I have two links to over 5000 Homeworld ship model textures at Homeworld Complex that would make your model really stand out.
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:iconvoyeur007:
Well designed and a great concept to come up with. What kind of propulsion system do you imagine it having- fusion reactor, matter-antimatter like in ST, or nuclear?
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:iconhalogruntkiller:
Very good design! Also how long would it take a shipyard to constuct this beast. I would put it at about 5-7 months to produce one
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