Cerberus Logistics System

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In 2385 Starfleet’s budget oversight committee formed a working group to look at cost cutting measures that could be implemented across the board. This is what has come to be known as the Total Ownership Cost Reduction Imperative, and has been ordered to be implemented in all aspects of Starfleet operations. As such, Starfleet Logistics Command has actively pursued the development of the next generation of transport craft. A two year research and development program was initiated and carried out at both the Utopia Planitia and Beta Antares Ship Yards, in cooperation with Cerberus Logistics. The end result of this program was what has been named the Cerberus Logistics System. For Starfleet this was to include two specialized craft of differing size that both utilized the same Module system, and also integrated into a starship and ground vehicle transport system as well.

Under Admiral McLaughlin, Cerberus Logistics implemented system in 2389, introducing two specialized transports and a number of ground vehicles into Starfleet's inventory. Additionally, modifications were began on select starbases and starships to integrate the system, creating specialized bays to allow Cerberus operations. At the same time, several private companies and local government agencies were buying into the system as well. And while Starfleet was only interested in a limited implementation to start with, the private sector was much more lucrative for Cerberus Logistics and her partner firms. To date, private sector sales have outpaced Starfleet sales by a factor of forty to one.

Main Components (Starfleet)

Starfleet approved and purchased the production rights to two new craft, the Polaris class and Titan class Transports. Additionally, a modification for the Firefly class Transport to allow for the use of the Cerberus Modules was approved to allow for a more rapid implementation. At the same time, Ankar Transport Systems introduced several new ground vehicles and trailers to work within the Cerberus system. New cargo management tools for the Brunel class and Sphinx class workpods were rolled out form Utopia Planitia.

The Transports

As stated above, the system is comprised of 2 separate craft. Only the larger starships would be assigned both craft. The beauty of this system is that, with the exception of the oversize Modules, any craft from any ship could pick up a Module left by another. The logistical implications of this system are simply incredible, as it simplifies the entire process of cargo and supply management.

Characteristics of both transports:

• Interchangeable

• Interoperability

• Self-Interlocking Life Support, ODN & LCARS Conduits

• Able to act as Personnel Escape Pods

• Independent Emergency Life Support Systems

• Independent RCS Thrusters

• Emergency Rations and Survival Supplies

Both transports feature a similar Module area that is open on all four sides, with a 1 meter thick framing system. Modules are loaded from overhead. The tops of the frames have 1.5 meter flaps that open on all four sides. The bottom features 2 meter flaps, and the rear has 1 meter panels all around, with the exception of the bottom which only has a small 0.3 meter lip. This is so that the Modules may be opened for loading/unloading without their removal. Each Module features a retractable ramp. The Modules themselves are attached to the ships via an adaptable/expandable rail system that allows the transport to hover and offload Modules using a small tractor beam system at destination if required. Modules may be accessed from the transport, as well as Module to Module access through sealable ports.

Module Sizes:

All Modules are 5 meters in Height, with the exception of the Piggyback Modules (2.5 meters).

Mini Module: Half Space

• Length: 3 Meters

• Width: 2.5 Meters

Standard Module:

• Length: 6 Meters

• Width: 2.5 Meters

Extended Module:

• Length: 6 Meters

• Width : 5 Meters

Vehicle Module:

• Length: 9/14 Meters (Hercules vehicle or trailer requires an extra-long container or extension)

• Width: 4 Meters

Piggyback Module: Various Lengths (Designed for use with civilian trailer chassis and rail units)

• Length: 16.0/14.5/13.75/12.2/6.0 Meters

• Width: 2.5 Meters

• Height: 2.5 Meters

• Trailer Chassis Lengths: 16.0/14.5/13.75/12.2 Meter Fixed Chassis, 6.0 Meter Slider Chassis (Rear wheel module slides out to allow additional trailers to be linked.), 12.2-16.0 Extendable Chassis

Oversize Modules vary in dimensions, some even filling the entire bay. A comprehensive list of available Modules will be listed later in this report.

The Modules

The heart of the Cerberus Logistics System is the many Modules that make up the transport’s manifest. The simple beauty of this system is that even given a situation where a Module had to be custom built for an application; any ship in the system could recover or transport it. The following is a list of the more common Modules.

Mini Modules:

• Cargo Module

• Sensor Module

• Stateroom Module (1-2 personnel)

• Bunkroom Module (4 person bunk racks)

• Armory Module

• Transporter Module (2 pad)

• Generator Module

Standard Modules:

• ARGO Module (Can carry 2 ARGOs or MARGOs)

• Communications Module

• Command and Control Module

• Cargo Module

• Medivac

• Armory

• Bunkroom Module (8 person bunk racks)

• Troop Transport Module (12 Marines/Security Personnel)

• Standard Replication Module

• Recon Module -Short Range Sensor System

• Science Module -Short Range Sensor System

Extended Modules:

• ARGO Module (Can carry 4 ARGOs or MARGOs)

• Cargo Module

• Medivac Module

• Troop Transport Module (24 Marines/Security Personnel)

• Industrial Replication Module

• Marine HQ Module

• Ground Vehicle System Module

• Recon Module -Long Range Sensor System

• Repair/Salvage Module w/multiple internal and external hardpoints

• Science Module -Long Range Sensor System

Oversize Modules:

• Medivac Module (Occupies 2 Standard plus 1 Extended Module space)

• Cargo Module (Various Sizes)

• Troop Transport Module (60 Marines/Security Personnel; Occupies 2 Standard plus 1 Extended Module space)

Vehicle Modules:

• Each Module Carries 1 Vehicle plus extra supplies/ammunition

• Each Vehicle Module contains jump seats for vehicle personnel to utilize during deployment

• Vehicle Module may be configured as a portable repair station

Ground Vehicle Trailers:

• 2+2 Wheel 6 Meter Flat Module Trailer

• 2+4 Wheel 9 Meter Flat Module Trailer

• 0+6 Wheel Lowboy Heavy Equipment Trailer

• 4+6 Wheel 15 Meter Flat Module Trailer

• 2+2 Wheel Tanker Trailer

• 2+2 Wheel Dump Trailer

• 2 Wheel 3 Meter Flat Module Trailer

• 2 Wheel Generator Trailer

• 2+2 Wheel Portable Tower Module Trailer w/Generator-80m Tall Extended

Support Equipment and Accessories:

• Small Anti-Grav Work Platform-3m x 3m

• Large Anti-Grav Work Platform-6m x 8m

• Anti-Grav Pallet Jack

• Standard Wheeled/Anti-Grav Forklift

• Cerberus Module Heavy Duty Wheeled/Anti-Grav Extendable Forklift

• Penjawles Anti-Grav Drive Bike

• 'Snow Cat' Tracked Vehicle

• Zodiac' Style Inflatable Rescue Boat w/Motor

• TSS Calypso 4 person Submersible Craft

• Shell Servo-Actuated 'Dozer' Blade

• Shell Servo-Actuated Loader Bucket

• Shell Servo-Actuated Snow Plow Blade

• Shell Servo-Actuated Excavation Boom and Bucket

• Shell Servo-Actuated Trenching Unit

• Shell Crane Module-76 Meter Height

• Shell Crane Module-105 Meter height