Taiidan "Siim Salla" Resource Controller

Homeworld Statistics

Class: Non-Combat
Build Cost
: 680 RUs
Build Time: 65 s
Maneuverability: Low
: 75 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 300 m/s
Hit Points: 13,600
Repair Rate: 100/5 s
Firepower: -
Coverage: -
Mass: 79,000 tons

Salvage No.: 3
Dock Points: 9
Nav Lights: 0
Max Fighters: 6
Max Corvettes: 2
Special Abilities
Refuel Strike Craft
Receive Resources

Required Tech:
Capital Ship Drive

Weapons: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
None - - -

Over a decade ago, while Taiidani scientists were researching alternate methods of Faster-Than-Light travel, a curious micro-wormhole effect was achieved by charging two quantum plates and then separating them. While particles would pass instantaneously from a hole in the center of one plate to the other regardless of distance, the research led to a dead end. The first problem was one of power; even with large ground-based fusion reactors linked to the system, the wormhole effect could only be expanded to something the size of a fist. While this might have made for an interesting weapon delivery system, the other drawback was that whatever entered the wormhole emerged as a stream of undifferentiated molecules.

Logged in the data-banks as nothing more than a curiosity, the wormhole pipe lay unexploited until Fleet logistics began trying to find a way around the weakness of extended supply lines. Logistics asked for a resource controller ship that could handle and process shipments from multiple Resource Collectors. Unfortunately, while setting a Resource controller at the edge of the resource rich area would reduce the trip time for the collectors, it did little to speed up the transit of the raw materials to a mining base foundry. Luckily, a fleet engineer stumbled across records of the wormhole effect and suggested this as the perfect mode of transporting resources from the collector to the base, since collectors already had reduced the resources to a stream of elemental atoms. Using a capital ship hull to support the massive power plant needed to maintain the quantum tunnel, engineers created what was, basically, a slow-moving mobile base that would speed up re-supply by an order of magnitude.

A welcome side effect of the large reactor system was that the Siim Salla controller could also serve as a refueling base for 6 fighters and 2 corvettes at a time.