Until otherwise noted, most of our military combat craft have been designed, are being re-designed, or have been slated for development - their place and standing is understood. What is not so well defined is the world of civilian and military support and transit vehicles. Thus, in this thread we shall design and discuss the other vehicles which eventually will be of use, if not for us, for others, within the universe of Stellar Assault.
And here we begin. This design was concieved today, and is still a bit green. The "Lady of the Stars" is a heavy starliner which would not only engage in very long solar cruises, but being fitted with a military grade jump drive would also be suitable for large scale interstellar passenger and freight transit. The image above demonstrates a cruiseliner variant of the ship, with multiple sky domes on the upper surface of the hull. This is NOT the same vessel as the proposed "solar sail" liner, which still needs to be developed in further detail.
The dimensions and proportions of the ship might still be sorted out in greater detail. The original proposed form would have been around 1200 meters long and some 800 meters high; the current version would still be around the initial length but the height is reduced to 600 meters. In fact, it might be better in the long run to reduce the height further still. However, I think the concept of the design all there, and it ought to make for a lovely ship.
As far as story information goes, this would be the largest of all the civilian passenger ships in our continuity, at least as far as the initial campaign goes. The ship is equipped with a hangar/yacht bay, which as of writing this, I'm not sure is on only one side of the ship or both. The design does not incorporate solar sail technology, but rather relies on raw engine power alone. Being equipped with military grade engines and drives, inefficiency is not a concern here. The engine configuration is as follows: a single light engine is mounted aft of the bridge superstructure; a trio of engines, one small and two large engines are mounted to the rear of the main hull; two pairs of two engines each are mounted along the lower sides of the hull. The placement of the engines is intended to align the force of the ships engines evenly with the ship's center of mass - further analysis, should it be needed, could improve the placement of the engines still.
Until the next time...