Often it's just
not enough for a fleet to fight well -- it must fight smart
also. Skill and tactics may be crucial for victory, but if
the enemy has superior technology, you will eventually lose.
In order to stay on the cutting edge and adapt to new enemy
threats, Kushan fleets depend on a finely tuned system of
research and development. The cornerstone of the scientific
branch of fleet ops is the Hub class lab ship. Many branches
of research, especially those involving weapons and drive
technologies, are simply too dangerous to be pursued within
the vulnerable interior of the Mothership. The lab ships
were created as a space for experimentation, research,
design, and initial prototyping of new technologies.
Rapid-pulse maser communication arrays keep a lab ship in
real-time contact with the massive databanks aboard the
Mothership, while still allowing for complete damage
containment should an unfortunate accident occur.
Hubs are flown by auto-pilot and are crewed by a compliment
of 20-40 scientist and engineers. Since every space aboard a
Hub is crammed with specialized equipment and large
experiment bays, Hubs carry no weaponry and require no
combat personnel. Research ships are usually protected by a
small wing of defenders, sufficient enough to hold off any
enemy raiders until more substantial help arrives. The Hub
class of lab ship is also designed to work synergistically
with other ships of the same type, and a large research
station can be constructed by docking several Hubs together,
6 of which will form a complete space station with
reinforced structural integrity.