The Courier-class Is a medium sized freighter capable of carrying a fair amount of goods for its relatively small size. The courier 2b is a custom version ordered by the Star Army of Yamatai, and put into service in YE 32.
A modified version of the Courier 2A, ordered by the SAoY.
Carrying medium amounts of cargo just about any distance. Inter- and Intra-stellar travel.
The courier is a slightly curved brick-shaped fuselage, with wings near the back that have large engine pods on the ends.
With the Moderate success of the Courier 1A and 1B, Aerin decided to revamp the Courier, giving it a more streamlined cargo bay, more living space, and greater range. Removing the side pods, they were replaced with escape pod banks and fuel containers, and the living spaces were moved to the freshly expanded back end of the Courier, which featured a newly designed CDD and shielding array.
The Courier 2B completed its five-year review slightly early, in November YE 37 and was reauthorized for continued manufacture and use in the Star Army until at least YE 42. By YE 42, the Kuvexian War was in full swing and the Star Army needed every ship it could get. It conducted a quick of the Courier 2B and determined it was adequate for continued use until at least YE 47 without making any specific improvements.
Embarrassingly, 150 brand-new Courier 2B starships completed in YE 37 were left sitting unused in the Nataria Fleet Depot for 5 years without being assigned to a fleet. They were still there as of the first day of YE 42. This is likely due to many logistics units preferring the Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter, which is considered nicer and has more cargo capacity. 99 of these were destroyed in the Third Battle Of Nataria.
4 operators are recommended, but only one is required. There are accommodations for 18 people. About 300 people can fit aboard in an emergency, but the ship would be extremely cramped, and there would be no room for other cargo.
See Damage Rating (Version 3) for an explanation of the damage system.
The top deck contains the bridge, passenger airlock, engineering, and escape pods. Decks two and three contain crew cabins, and deck four is the ship's store of supplies for the crew. Most of the front section, however, is taken up by a large cargo area that takes up three decks worth in height.
The Courier 2's cargo space is 140m x 36m x 20 meters. This means it can carry, at the absolute most:
Most of the lower forward area is an enormous cargo area, taking up three decks worth of height, which can be rearranged any way the user pleases. The lower halves of the pods on the sides contain supplies such as food and medical supplies, equal amounts of each on either side. These sections can be accessed from the main cargo bay.
Lounge the forward-most inhabitable compartment on the ship, the lounge is a common area for crew members to relax and hang out.
The rear compartment of Deck one contains the engineering section, which holds tools to repair the ship, as well as EVA Suits. It has access to the FTL system and all the access tunnels.
The Courier 2 uses a Destiny AI 'Knight' suite
Unidirectional Gravitational Plating: plating on the roof emits a pseudo-gravitational field that is attracted to the plates on the floor pushing everything on the ship 'down'. This creates the false sense of gravity that permeates the ship.
The Courier 2 utilizes IAPD's which are capable of providing thrust in even heavy Aether cancellation, because they do not rely solely on the Aether system, but also have a backup fuel tank which allows for half an hour of full power operations