named by its first captain, Nightshade -- Nevil Clavain -- was a carbon-black, Conjoiner-built lighthugger constructed in the Epsilon Eridani system as a prototype for several advanced technologies. Small compared to standard lighthuggers, or those built later using its now-proven technologies, it was none-the-less capable of making interstellar journeys.
Nightshade was equipped with a Stealth Conjoiner Drive which reduced tau-neutrino emissions by two orders of magnitude and was deemed acceptable, if not exactly perfectly quiet. It was also the test-bed for grub-inspired inertia-suppression machinery.
Ironically, it was Clavain who later destroyed the ship he had named, after chasing it and its new captain,
Skade, into interstellar space. Pin-head munitions filled with microscopic amounts of magnetically contained antimatter caused secondary explosions which obliterated the vessel before it reached its target of Delta Pavonis.
Lighthugger - The principal interstellar spacecraft type used by humanity, the Nightshade being one of many.
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 (spherical shuttle) Melancholia of Departure Remontoire's 'Trident' fighter (outrigger fightercraft)
Coalition shuttle | Flotilla delta-winged shuttle Cutter | "Claw" shuttle | Lighthugger orbital shuttle
: Individual atmo-shuttles | Scavenger's Daughter
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
INTERSTELLAR SPACECRAFT (STARSHIPS)
- Generation ships Flotilla ships: , Santiago , Islamabad , Brazilia , Palestine
- Ramscoop starships
- Lighthuggers List ( , Sandra Voi , Nostalgia for Infinity , Zodiacal Light , Nightshade , Hirondelle , etc.)
- Alien starships Void warren (" ")
Antimatter engines | Ramscoop | Conjoiner Drive | Stealth Conjoiner Drive Dark Drive | Inertia-suppression Machinery | Cryo-arithmetic engine
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