one of the tactical auxillary spacecraft the melbourne carries are 6 small sidewinder class fighter shuttles. the sidewinder class fighters are the personal property of rear admiral apolo he purchased them 6 years ago from a ferengi trader called krak . the melbourne carrys them because Apolo thinks there small size and deadly fighting capability are perfect for starship operations. they are only 5 meters in length thus the melbourne is able to"stack" 6 of them in her shuttle bay and make use of there adapted ablative armor and miniatureized pulse phaser cannons which make the sidewinder class a very formidable weapon. ::side note:: the melbourne is the only ship in all of starfleet carrying sidewinder class fighters none don't because "well ya can't locate them and of there lack of cabin pressure and power restrictions." sidewinder class attack shuttle ::specifications Length:5 meters
armor :adapted ablative armor enhanced with minnor shielding
weapons: three miniaturized pulse phaser canon two forward facing one aft and three lowyeild photon missle launchers
power plant: one upgraded 1,250 millicochrane warp engine provides speed only and four DeFI3234 microfusion rcs thrusters . each phaser canon has there own nuclear fussion power cell good for six hours sustained fighting
cabin enviroment:no sustained cabin air or pressure to help conserve power
manuvering ability:highly manuverable can complete most zeroG turns faster than most comparable enemy vessels
DANUBE CLASS RUNABOUT Runabout Mk III (Danube Class) The runabout Mk III is the latest version of the Runabout multi Purpose craft. The runabout is used in both military an non milatary forms. eg. Medivac, Repair Craft, Tug, Search and rescue, Transports, etc. L: 22.61m
Cruising speed: Warp 5 (1.5 Months)
Max Speed: Warp 6 (4 days)
Emerg: Warp 7 (30min)
Tractor Beam: Mk IV Standard aux. Craft tractor
Tactical Information Shields: Standard Mk V deflectors and Mk1 Slick shield Phasers: 2pfs, 1pas (270deg firing arcs) Photons: 1f (10 casings) or (20 Minitorps) (90deg Firing arc) Other: the lounge modual can be replaced with a new module for different Purposes. eg. Passenger, Cargo, etc. ***If the tractor is continuously in use decease range by 25%***
TYPE-10 PERSONEL SHUTTLES
the six type -10 shuttles carried aboard melbourne are named the lewis and the clark,the columbus and vespuci the cabot and de leon and the kirk.
TYPE-9 PERSONEL SHUTTLE
THE MELBOURNE IS ALSO EQUIPIT WITH Five TYPE-9 PERSONEL SHUTTLE FOR STANDARD DAY TO DAY SHUTTLE FLIGHTS WHEN THE SIDEWINDERS OR THE USS BLACKHAWK ARE NOT APROPRIATE.NOT USED FOR DIPLOMATS THE USS BLACKHAWK OR THE SCOUT SHIP USS BLUE HORIZON IS USED.SEE THE BLUE HORIZON INFO AND PICS BELOW.