Designing UESPA-20 (SS Polaris)
- Early diplomatic escort
- Two ships in the class; UESPA-20 (SS Polaris) and UESPA-21 (SS Protégé)
- Successful unique design
- Length of 117 metres, width TBD, height of 21.25 metres
- Mass between 30,000 to 35,000 metric tonnes
A bit about the design
The Polaris-class (UESPA-20 and UESPA-21) are two diplomatic escort ships designed to aid Earth's early diplomatic efforts by providing the fastest and safest diplomatic courier functions Earth could develop in the 2080s. They possess strong for the period energy weapons, but no projectile weapons. They are smaller and faster than most contemporary ships, but these features are at the expense of crew comfort since most of the ship's internal space dedicated to diplomatic suits. Launched in 2085, they end up having a long life and remain in service until 2150. They are fitted with YPS's pulse fusion reactors.
Software used for designing: TechSoft 2D Design V2 and Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.
Stage one - design some candidates
The first stage of the design process was to produce some low-detail forms. I produced two and they were radically different. Inspirations included the DY-500-class for the first design and Masao Okazaki's Bison-class for the second design's primary hull.
Stage two - computerise design
I jumped straight into 2D Design to computerise the designs since I was torn between the candidates and I wanted to save some time. The first design is represented as having larger dimensions, but the complex hull shapes would likely cut down the amount of usable hull space inside. Therefore the second design is represented as a more conservative and sensible form, which would actually allow for a similar amount of hull space inside despite being smaller and having less decks than the first design.
Stage three - detail design
I opted to mate the DY-like bridge section of the first design (which is actually a reuse of UESPA-9's bridge without any scale change) to the second design. I moved the nacelle to the vertical center of the secondary hull. I also quickly colourised the design and added some hull details (again mostly recycled from the UESPA-9 design). Another big addition made later on in this stage was the large deflector dish superstructure.