The Tenba-Class is a small workhorse spacecraft, larger than most shuttles and smaller than most starships. It became available in YE 34.
The Tenba-Class or the Pegasus-Class is the largest aerospace craft Geshrinari Shipyards manufactures. Units sold within the Empire are designated as Tenba while those sold outside are Pegasus. It features a mixture of systems designed to keep the cost down but make the craft as durable as possible.
The most important aspect of the Tenba is the mission configurable section. or MCS. The MCS dominates the rear of the craft. The MCS is 6 meters wide, 11 meters long, and 3.5 meters tall. They are loaded by opening the rear of the craft which swings up to let them be loaded.
During the design effort the Tamahagane Corporation realized that this craft would be a good addition to its space stations to ferry personnel and equipment within system or to neighboring ones.
The Tenba-class design was born in the days after Battle of Yamatai. Airlifting supplies and personnel to devastated areas required either more standard shuttles, or more trips. For this reason Tamahagane Corporation decided to design a new utility aerospace craft. The concept was to have a vehicle that could easily configured for different missions. The vehicle was constantly referred to as a workhorse during the design stage. Since it is a flying vehicle, it was named Tenba which means winged horse or Pegasus.
The simple design helped the project proceed and prototypes were soon being field tested in emergency aid response. These prototypes were limited to atmospheric travel, but served well and helped with enhancements in the final design.
Scientific Studies Service (SSS) personnel working in the emergency areas seeing the early prototypes contacted the corporation regarding acquiring some for their field use.
The Tenba body is a flatten cylinder with a tapered front. Mounted on either side of the aft are the nacelles that house the plasma drives and the CDD. The CFS emitter is visible on the top of the ship in the center. On the bottom there are four landing skids that are visible. The appearance of the aft is a shorter more rounded aspect that the front of the vehicle. The top of the Tenba has an extension referred to as the over carriage. This is where items that would not easily fit inside were installed.
Class: Tenba-Class Nomenclature: Ge-E1-1a Type: Utility Craft Designers: Tamahagane Corporation R&D Manufacturer: Geshrinari Shipyards Organizations using: Tamahagane Corporation, Scientific Studies Service (SSS) Price (MSRP): 40,000 KS
The Tenba is nimble vessel.
Service Lifespan: Estimated 20 years of constant use, possibly longer with refits.
Refit Cycle: Frequent minor updates through the Geshrinari Shipyards system and a refit once every four to five years.
See Damage Rating (Version 3) for an explanation of the damage system.
Hull: 20 SP (Armor) Shields: 25 (Threshold 5)
The Tenba interior is by nature functional. Its amenities are spartan when compared to a starship. The forward section has 2.5 meters of of clearance floor to ceiling. It has variable lighting in three zones, forward, middle and rear of the main compartment.
The Sensor array is mounted in the over carriage.
The forward most point of the interior of the Tenba is the flight deck. It features four Geshrinari Standard Console setup as the following stations.
The center console in the front of the section is the the pilot station. From here the operator flies the craft.
The right front console is the navigation station. The operator here plots course and trajectories, they also control the primary sensors.
The left from console is the System monitoring station. From here the operator can monitor all of the crafts systems, and make adjustments as well.
The Tenba has an Geshrinari Airlock with a docking feature. Inside the craft next to the airlock is storage locker with EVA gear.
The Tenba is designed for long duration trips or missions, so it is equipped with a number of amenities for the crew's convenience.
The craft is equipped with four bunks that fold out from the starboard wall. Each comes with 1 pillow, 1 sheet and 1 blanket. They are covered with a fitted sheet covered pad of acceleration foam for comfort. They extend or retract with a touch of a button located near the head of the bunk on the exterior. A safety net can be pulled out of the wall to attach to the edge of the bunk to keep the occupant contained during unexpected movements.
The Tenba has a one person bathroom with a sink, commode and a shower. Located aft of the airlock on the port side.
Against the rear wall is the heart of the Tenba The unit houses the anti-matter generator and combined field system.
In front of the main unit are the two fusion generators which supply backup power.
Most of the other ship systems are built into the floors and walls of the craft.
The Tenba is too small for standard conduits. Access for repairs and maintenance to the vehicle systems is possible by removable floor panels. The panels are secured by quarter-turn fasteners that require positive sustained torque to unfasten. There are removal tools in stowed in a compartment in each section of the craft.
The Tenba has all its amenities in one central location. A Geshrinari Work Table fills the center of the space. There are four padded stools that fit under the table and secure with latch hook panels.
The Tenba has two open Emergency Supply Stations. One is located on the starboard side by the door to the rear section. The other station is located on the port side, just forward of the EVA locker. Each ESS has the following:
There are also four EM-G16-2a First Aid Kit located in each of the four quadrants of the interior.
The Tenba is equipped with defensive weapons. They are retractable and mounted in the over carriage.
The Tenba uses a network of four Ge-T8-E3103 - Computer Arrays to handle all the computing needs. The arrays are networked by fiber optic cables and a located in four different locations for redundancy. Technically the Tenba can operate with only one, but performance would be impaired.
The Tenba is equipped with the Ge-Y1-E3104 - Automatic Fire Suppression System system and also has handheld extinguishers stored at key locations.
The Tenba is equipped with a pair of Ge-T8-V3100 - Environmental Systems to provide all life support requirements.
The Tenba is equipped with a dual power system.
The craft uses a Geshrinari Anti-Matter Generator as its primary power system. It is capable of powering all primary system. It carries enough fuel for the ship to run normally for thirty days without collecting more.
The craft uses a pair of Geshrinari Fusion Generator for backup power. The generators can provide power ten days without collecting more.
The craft can refuel both types of fuel at a space port or it can use its integrated Geshrinari Matter Collection System.
The Tenba is equipped with Geshrinari Continuum Distortion Drive mounted into the nacelles for FTL travel.
The Tenba is equipped with four Geshrinari Turbo Plasma Drive installed in the nacelles for STL travel.
For added safety the Tenba has a Geshrinari Graviton Engine for launching and landing and low level atmospheric propulsion.
The Tenba has twenty Geshrinari Maneuvering Thrusters for attitude and maneuvering control.
The Tenba is equipped with a Geshrinari Combined Field System, the primary emitter is located on the top of the over carriage.
The Tenba is equipped with four retracting Ge-E1-W3400 - Dual Plasma Arrays.
The Tenba is equipped with a dorsally mounted Geshrinari Graviton Beam Projector. It was added so that the craft could airlift objects too large to fit within.
The Tenba is fitted with four landing skids. The skids extend twelve inches prior to touching down automatically. They retract when taking off as well. A laser range finder controls the skids; passing thirty feet either extends them or retracts them. There is a manual override control as well.
These are the standard Mission Configurable Sections currently available for the Tenba. There is a two step drop into the MCS. They have standard atmosphere and environmental conditions. Additional standard modules may be developed and custom ones available on request.
To switch modules, the back end of the Tenba swings up and the module is rolled in or out. Once in the module as it settles connects to the infrastructure of the Tenba.