The Reikei-Class Science Vessel is a deep-space science vessel that first became available in YE 32. It proved to be a very reliable class of ship and was updated upon review in YE 44 with plans to have all in-service vessels brought up to the new 2A design by end of YE 45.
The Rikei-Class Science Vessel was designed in YE 32 using the same spaceframe as the Tansaku-class Science Vessel designed for the Scientific Studies Service (SSS). The primary design was conceived by Takumi, an officer in the Second Expeditionary Fleet, which was then submitted to Ketsurui Fleet Yards and Geshrinari Shipyards and then was put into production.
From YE 32 until YE 44, the Rikei-Class served and proved itself to be a reliable design for the Star Army of Yamatai. Upon review in YE 44, it would receive a technology overhaul and the 2A version would be approved for continued production and service. Plans to update existing 1A/1B ships were planned to be carried out prior to the end of YE 45.
The Rikei-Class Science vessel specializes in deep-space exploration.
2A in YE 44:
The Rikei-Class Science vessel specializes in deep-space exploration. It is primarily deployed in the Star Army of Yamatai's Expeditionary Fleets; such as the First Expeditionary Fleet, Second Expeditionary Fleet and Fifth Expeditionary Fleet.
Rikei-Class science vessels are in traditional Star Army of Yamatai blue with the Star Army Hinomaru and registration on top. They have two nacelles that house the Turbo Aether Plasma Drive and the Continuum Distortion Drives. The two Heavy Dual Anti-Starship Gun Turrets on the forward section are always visible. The other turrets are only visible during combat.
The 2A version received upgrades to the Multi-Stage Aether Drive and the Integrated CFS Array. The nacelles however give room for the Umikagami Subsurface Operations Suite which allows the vessel to operate under the water. The Sorakagami Aerospace Operations Suite has also been included for atmospheric operations.
The Statistics and Performance information for the Rikei-Class Science Vessel.
|General Statistics for the Rikei-Class Science Vessel|
|Year Introduced||1A/1B YE 32, 2A YE 44|
|Class/Nomenclature||Ke-Y3-1A, Ke-Y3-1B, Ke-Y3-2A|
|Designers||Takumi, Second Expeditionary Fleet, Ketsurui Fleet Yards|
|Manufacturer||Ketsurui Fleet Yards and Geshrinari Shipyards|
|Fielded By||Star Army of Yamatai|
|Maintenance Cycle||Five year PANTHEON updates, 10 year review by the Star Army of Yamatai with refits as needed.|
|Damage Rating (Version 3)||Tier 10|
|Lifespan||This vessel is designed for fifty years of continual use.|
The Dimensions of the Rikei-Class Science Vessel are as follows.
1A/B and 2A:
2A as of YE 44:
The inside of the long-serving and reliable Rikei-Class Science Vessel.
The ship has Standard Passageways, Zero-Gravity Passageways and Standard Lifts that provide access to most of the ship. Some system bays and engineering areas are only accessible by the network of Maintenance Conduits that run through the entire ship.
|1||Bridge, Armory, Computer Room|
|2||Crew Accommodations and Services|
|3||Crew Accommodations and Services|
|4||Crew Accommodations and Services, Science Labs|
|5||Science Labs, Medical Lab|
|6||Science Labs, Engineering|
|Cargo and Launch Zone|
|A||Cargo and Asset Storage|
|B||Combined Launch Facilities|
The Rikei-Class uses the Small Starship Bridge. The Standard Star Army Armory can be accessed via the port access corridor to the bridge, and the Standard Computer Room is located off the starboard side. The bridge complex is located on Deck One of the ship.
These are the standard accommodations and amenities7).
|2||Command Suites||One Suite for the Star Army Starship Captain and one for the Star Army First Officer|
|2||Officer's Cabins||Accommodations for crew ranked Shoi Kohosei or higher.|
|3 and 4||Crew Cabins||Large crew cabins accommodate the majority of the ship's company.|
The Rikei-Class is rather light on amenities, it generally is a child ship when traveling with a fleet so the crew relies on the amenities offered on the larger ships.
|2||Star Army Onsen||A traditional social bath house.|
|3 and 4||Standard Star Army Crew Shower||The ship has both private shower rooms and communal ones.|
|3 and 4||Standard Star Army Crew Lounge||A comfortable place for the crew to gather off-duty.|
|3 and 4||Standard Star Army Galley||Star Army Cooks are always cooking up some grub here.|
|3 and 4||Standard Star Army Dining Hall||The dining hall is a place for the crew to eat and socialize.|
|2||Standard Star Army Wardroom 8)||A private dining room for officers.|
|3 and 4||Standard Star Army Laundry Room||The laundry rooms are a great place to clean dirty linens.|
The Rikei has seven Star Army Combined Sciences Laboratory facilities.9) These multipurpose science laboratories can be quickly arranged in various configurations depending on the mission type. These laboratories are generally occupied by Star Army Science Officer personnel. Design in YE 43 these facilities were purposely intended for the next class of science vessel so they promise long-term use by the Star Army of Yamatai.
All Combined Sciences Laboratories are stocked with various glassware other required materials that can be ordered through Star Army Logistics.
Interfaces are all fully compatible with the Star Army Science Pad and Kit Type 43.
This Science Vessel contains a Sakura-type Medical Laboratory for the treatment and maintenance of good crew health. Medical is located on Deck Five.
The Rikei-Class deploys the modular and versatile Standard Star Army Engineering Bay. It serves as a HUB for all the ship's subsystems and mechanical guts. Engineering is located on Deck Six.
The Rikei-Class has a rather large Standard Star Army Cargo Area located in the forward half of the Aft Zone of the ship. It is accessible through the second set of airlock doors from the Combined Launch Facilities which are located aft of it.
Theoretical Volume: If the Cargo Area was packed absolutely full it could accommodate ten SSCC-Xtra Large with five stacked side-by-side and two tall.
Sciences Cargo Payload :
The combined launch facilities serve as a Standard Star Army Power Armor Bay and Standard Star Army Shuttle Bay combined. The facility also accommodates the loading of cargo into the Cargo Area located forward of it in the Aft Zone of the ship, using adjustable tracks and robotic arms to transit Standard Starship Cargo Containers from one section to the other.
The sub-systems and inner workings of the Rikei-Class Science Vessel.
The hull is composed of Yamataium, Zesuaium, Xiulurium-coated Zesuaium and Yamataium. The windows are made of transparent Zesuaium. All interior passageways and rooms are surrounded by Yarvex sheeting.
The integrated hull systems are as follows:
The ship is powered by decentralized Aether generators spread throughout the ship, the highest number of which are located in and around the engineering compartments. Due to the development of the ship during a time when there was a perceived threat from enemy development of systems that interfered with Aether, the ship has several secondary Quantum Foam Generators.
The ship is also loaded with all Star Army Standard Starship Emergency Systems including Star Army Escape Pod, Type 35 "Seizonsha" and Star Army Escape Pod, Type 41 "Kodate" (If NH-33M (Miniature) are standardly part of the crew).
The Rikei 2A is equipped with an Multi-Stage Aether Drive for sublight applications, and it uses the Integrated CFS Array for Continuum Distortion Drive propulsion. The Yugumo Corporation contributed the Yumeoibito Hyperspace Fold Drive. It has Maneuvering Thrusters (ion thrusters) that are used primarily for altitude adjustment, docking, and station keeping.
The nacelles which housed the CDD Coils for the 1A/1B, now hold the components of the Umikagami Subsurface Operations Suite which allows the vessel to operate under the water. The Sorakagami Aerospace Operations Suite has also been included for atmospheric operations.
The Rikei has the following modest combat systems.
2A in YE 44:
It also utilizes a Scalable Graviton Beam Projector Array mounted on the ventral-aft section of the ship.
The 2A Series of the Rikei-Class Science Vessel has the standard vehicle loadout as follows.
The 1A/1B series had the following standard loadout.
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