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SA-23E Mitchell-Hyundyne Starfury
Status: Active
Affiliation: Earthforce
Class: Interdiction and recon fighter
Length: 9.92m
Mass: 48mt
Crew: 1
Engines: 4 Beigle-Bryant 9000A Particle Thrust Engines
Jump Capable: No
Gravity: No
Weapons: 4 Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons
2 Copeland JC44 Pulse Discharge cannons
8 External Hardpoints for a variety of weapons.
Defenses: 1 grappling claw

The Mk2 SA-23E Mitchell-Hyundyne Starfury is the Earthforce standard non-atmospheric deep space interdiction and recon fighter.

It first entered service in the 2240s.[N 1] By 2260 Earthforce began to supplement this model with the atmospheric capable Mk3 Thunderbolt, though the Mk2s would remain in active service for at least the next four decades.[3][4]

Technical SpecificationsEdit

A Starfury carries a standard armament of four forward-firing Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons and two Copeland JC44 Pulse Discharge cannons with an additional eight external hard-points on the engine pylons to allow additional payloads such as missiles or slug tanks.[5]

A retractable grappling claw is housed in the ventral hull for towing. with a corresponding hitch-point located on the ventral aft tail.[6][7][8]

Mk2 Starfuries are highly manuverable with the ability to spin 180 degrees in under a second. This combined with the heavy weapon load make them one of the most impressive younger race fighter craft able to outmatch most comparable alien fighters; the Minbari Nial class fighter being a notable exception. Because of its manoeuvrability, the cockpit is located in the centre of the craft thereby minimising any stress and disorientation for the pilot from high-G turns. Ingress for the pilot is though a dorsal pressure hatch, usually accessible via a gantry while the Fury is locked into its launch cradle. Once inside the pilot is strapped in an upright, bent legged position and as a rule wear a full pressure suit to safeguard against cockpit breaches.[8][9]

The entire cockpit also acts as an escape pod that can be ejected during combat, potentially saving a stricken pilot from the craft's destruction and enabling them to be retrieved later by a rescue and recovery craft.[10][11]

See alsoEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

The Starfury was co-designed by Ron Thornton and Steve Burg as a means to showcase how Newtonian physics could be portrayed in space combat. The configuration was intended as a nod towards Ron Cobb's design for the "Gunstar" from the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter.[12]

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. One source gives the year as 2244,[1] and states the Mk2 - a.k.a. Aroura - was developed to replace the SA-23A 'Nova' Starfury.[1][2]

SourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Babylon Project Roleplaying game Earthforcebook Sourcebook Page 11
  2. Babylon Project Roleplaying game Earthforcebook Sourcebook Pages 127-128
  3. Sleeping in Light
  4. Babylon 5: The Lost Tales
  5. Thirdspace (movie)
  6. Babylon 5 Security Manual
  7. Soul Hunter (episode)
  8. 8.0 8.1 No Compromises
  9. The Official Babylon 5 Magazine Volume 2, Issue #3 (September 1998) Page 26 - (The Great Machine - Fiona Avery)
  10. All Alone in the Night
  11. Severed Dreams
  12. Ron Thornton interview on B5 Scrolls
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