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A liner (short for "passenger liner") was a larger civilian interplanetary manned spacecraft, used for long-distance transporting of large numbers of passengers.

There were several types or models of these in-system passenger liners, differing in terms of overall size, passenger capacity and other ammenities.

Notable liners Edit

  • High Catherine - a medium-capacity liner, with a capacity of 6,000 passengers
  • Bellatrix - a larger-capacity liner, with a capacity of 10,000 passengers

Description Edit

"As for those still awaiting transport, our current estimate predicts complete evacuation within four hours, twenty minutes, assuming we can get the liners in and out without incident." "There's a liner docked now?" Dreyfus asked.
"Not a high-capacity vehicle. The biggest ship we have on-station is the medium-capacity liner High Catherine. She can carry six thousand at a time, but she takes a long time to load. The larger ship we've been using, the Bellatrix, can take ten thousand, but we're also using her to offload people from the Persistent Vegetative State."

- excerpt from a conversation between Baudry and Dreyfus, chapter 25 of Aurora Rising [1]

Appearances Edit

Notes Edit

  • Given the differences between the High Catherine and the Bellatrix, it's clear that passenger liners in the Epsilon Eridani system came in a variety of overall sizes and passenger capacities (at least during the 25th century, when the Dreyfus spinoff novels are set).
  • Liners are distinct from ramliners, passenger/sleeper-specialised lighthuggers, which are used for interstellar transport of passengers, generally in reefersleep, inside "reefer caskets", a.k.a. "sleeper caskets".

References Edit

  1. Aurora Rising (2007), chapter 25

See also Edit

  • Ramliner - An interstellar, lighthugger-based equivalent of the interplanetary liner, used for interstellar transport of passengers in reefersleep.
  • Hospital ship - A specialised liner or purpose-built specialised ship, for recovering patients, war veterans, etc.
  • Freighter - A cargo equivalent of the liner, an interplanetary freight ship of varying sizes and designs.
Spacecraft
SHUTTLES AND SMALL CRAFT*
Civilian shuttles/small craft: Trike | Tug | Cutter | Spherical shuttle | Flotilla excursion shuttle
Police shuttles/small craft: Panoply cutter
Individual shuttles/small craft: Melancholia of Departure (spherical shuttle)
Remontoire's 'Trident' fighter (outrigger fightercraft)
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ATMOSPHERIC SHUTTLES**
Coalition shuttle | Flotilla delta-winged shuttle
Cutter | "Claw" shuttle | Lighthugger orbital shuttle
Individual atmo-shuttles: Scavenger's Daughter | Dominatrix
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INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT (LARGE SPACESHIPS)
Civilian ships: Freighter | Liner | Hospital ship | Lighthugger in-system craft
Police and military ships: Deep-system cruiser
Demarchist military vessel | Conjoiner ''Moray''-class corvette
Individual ships: Bellatrix | Democratic Circus | High Catherine
Nightingale | Storm Bird | Universal Suffrage
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INTERSTELLAR SPACECRAFT (STARSHIPS)
Generation ships - Flotilla ships: Santiago, Islamabad, Brazilia, Palestine, Baghdad
Ramscoop starships - Atalanta
Lighthuggers - List (Sandra Voi, Nostalgia for Infinity, Zodiacal Light, Nightshade, Hirondelle, Petronel, etc.)
Alien starships - Void warren ("Caleuche")
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SPACECRAFT PROPULSION
Antimatter engines | Ramscoop | Conjoiner Drive | Stealth Conjoiner Drive
Dark Drive | Inertia-suppression Machinery | Cryo-arithmetic engine
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SPACECRAFT WEAPONRY AND DEFENCES
Magnetic railgun | Boser | Ack-am | Foam-phase Munition | Pin-head munitions
Camouflaging screens | Hypometric weapon | Bladder-mine

* - capable only of flight in the vacuum of space
** - double as both spacecraft and aircraft, depending on the need
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