"The Factory"

Landhold for the Iron Dingoes


“Snowden” Mining Station – Mark II

Tonnage : 51,000 tons
Type : Space Station
Dimensions :
Length : 650 meters
Width : 300 meters
Bridge : (510 tons)
Crew : 1404 : 20 Officers (4p+4e+12se), 60 enlisted/non-rated, 14 gunners, 90 marines, 170 bay personnel, 250 second-class passengers, 750 steerage-class passengers.
Skeleton Crew : Bridge 1p+2se; Engine 1e+1e/se+2se

Cargo Complement :
Bay 1 : IndustrialMechs (30) – 4 Doors : (5000 tons)
Bay 2 : Small Craft (22) – 4 Doors : (5100 tons)
Bay 3 : Pressurized Repair Facilities (5000 tons Capacity)- 1 Door : (2500 tons)
Bay 4 : Unpressurized Repair Facilities (15,000 tons Capacity) – 1 Door : (3000 tons)
Bay 5 : Cargo (15,412 tons) – 0 Doors : (15,412 tons)
Bay 6 : Industrial Processing Facilities (6000 tons) – 0 Doors : (6000 tons)
K-F Boom : (1000 tons)

Grav Decks : 2 (#1 : 250m diameter, and #2 : 150m diameter)

Life Boats : 150 : (750 tons)
Escape Pods : – : -

Armament : 2 PPCs, 4 LLs, 20 MLs, 12 SLs
Ammunition : None

Drive System : Majoris Frostwave (Station-Keeping) : (1930 tons)
Heat Sinks : 79 + 0 : -
Thrust : -
Overthrust : -
Structural Integrity : 1 : (24 tons)
Fuel : 510 tons : 5000 Thrust-Points (0.977 tons per Burn-Day) : (510 tons)

First Introduced : 2390
Hull Laid Down : 2540
Frequency of Sighting : Unique

Armor Factor : 2656 (166 tons) : (166 tons)
Nose – 664 (22 Aero) : 2 LL, 2 SL
FL/FR – 664 (22 Aero) : 1 PPC, 2 ML, 2 SL
AL/AR – 664 (22 Aero) : 8 ML, 2 SL
Rear – 664 (22 Aero) : 2 LL, 2 SL

Cost : 1,213,375,250 C-Bills

Industrial Processing Facility

Mass : 6000 tons
Length : 250 m
Width : 110 m
Fuel Reserve : 250 tons
Heat Sinks : 52 + 0
Structural Integrity : 1

Cargo : 700 tons
Bay 1 : Small Craft (5) – 1 Door
Bay 2 : Cargo : (700 tons) – 2 Doors
Bay 3 : Factory Unit Facility (Open) : (2500 tons) – 1 Door
– Crew 56, Passengers 15.
Bay 4 : Hydroponics Facility : (2500 tons) – 1 Door
– Crew 15, Passengers 5.
Bay 5 : BioDiesel Refinery Facility : (1000 tons) – No Door
– Crew 15, Passengers 5.

Escape Pods : 5
Life Boats : -

Crew : 25, 15 Passengers

Cost : -

Small Pressurized Yard

Mass : 2500 tons
Length : 300 m
Width : 150 m
Fuel Reserve : 150 tons
Heat Sinks : 52 + 0
Structural Integrity : 1

Cargo : 230 tons
Bay 1 : Small Craft (5) : 2 Doors
Bay 2 : Cargo (230 tons) : 2 Doors
Bay 3 : Pressurized Dry Dock (5000 tons capacity) : 1 Door

Escape Pods : 5
Life Boats : -

Crew : 30

Cost : 507,660,500 C-Bills

Small Unpressurized Yard

Mass : 3000 tons
Length : 375 m
Width : 165 m
Fuel Reserve : 100 tons
Heat Sinks : 53 + 0
Structural Integrity : 1

Cargo : 1012 tons
Bay 1 : Small Craft (5) : 5 Door
Bay 2 : Cargo (1012 tons) : 2 Door
Bay 3 : Unpressurized Dry Dock (15,000 tons cap) : 1 Door

Escape Pods : 5
Life Boats : -

Crew : 32

Cost : 507,867,000 C-Bills

Security on the station is run by a permanent garrison of * “The Cerberus Command” star marines equipped with second-line equipment; namely L2 “Maser” Laser Assault Rifles and C80 Combat Environment Suits from the Iron Dingoes armory. These units are built to increase in size over time, as the station’s income allows them to employ more. Each is also assigned a short-range shuttle to give them the ability to board other vessels as part of customs operations. They are led by Captain Frank Castle.

Cerberus Command

- Marine Security Group - “StarGuards”

1st Security Marines Platoon XXX
One (1) ST-46 Class Shuttle
2 Squads Laser Infantry Marines (Reg, Grn)

2nd Security Marines Platoon XXX
One (1) ST-46 Class Shuttle
2 Squads Laser Infantry Marines (Reg, Grn)

3rd Security Marines Platoon XXX
One (1) ST-46 Class Shuttle
2 Squads Laser Infantry Marines (Reg, Grn)

Note : The station presently has the following small craft/vessels docked for general use in its hangar bays. The Callisto is a privately-owned vessel, and pays docking fees. All the long-range shuttles are used to long-term flight missions, and maintain a constant series of flights to and from the station, and around the system when commissioned. While the one DropShuttle is used in connecting flights to and from Terramatrix, the second is an auxiliary used as a courier for the station’s needs, though they also sometimes take a few weeks and run prospecting missions in the sparse trojan points in the nearby system.

One (1) Callisto Luxury Yacht (Regular)
Three (3) Type-S “Seeker” Mining Shuttles : “Rockhound”, “Spindrift”, and “Comet Chaser” (Vet, 2 Reg).
Two (2) K-1 Class Dropshuttles – “Master of Enterprise” (Regular) and Glass Throne" (Veteran).

The station landhold keeps four (4) AeroFighters as reserve units for point-defense, escort and recon missions. These units tend to rotate through the Line forces for regular combat experience. In addition, the assault DropShip, “Azrael’s Dagger” and its attached forces have been based from this station, granting it a strong defensive force.

- Reserve Command Lance - “The Rippers”

EGL-R6 Eagle “Hellcat”Lieutenant Commander Rihanna “Wing-Ripper” Blackjay (Vet)
EGL-R6 Eagle “Light Blossom”Lieutenant JG Daisha Defarannos “Elemental” (Reg)

- Reserve Strike Lance - “Star Strikers”

SL-17 Shilone “Wind Leaf”XXX (Reg)
SL-17 Shilone “Moonstone”XXX (Reg)


Overview : The Snowden-Class Mining Station is a self-mobile, self-contained space-based mining and refining station typical of many found across the Inner Sphere, but particularly common among the numerous asteroid belts and clusters found in Taurian Concordat space. The first Snowden was placed deep within the numerous asteroid belts found along the coreward edge of the Hyades Cluster, on 10 August 2390. Though intended for civilian use, and to operate far from support for extended periods of time, its debut came when Taurian concern over the “Davion Menace” was particularly high. As a result, its design incorporated thicker armor plating and more firepower than commonly seen on a civilian platform.

The Snowden’s design is visually distinctive, with its twin grav decks located one over the other along the station’s long axis, giving it the look of a giant, armored bicycle and rise to the common nickname of “Biker Station”. In the connecting segment beween these two grav wheels – often referred to as the station’s “waist”, the Snowden originally featured fighter and small craft decks for local defense, but later designers modified one of these massive launch bays to accommodate a small army of IndustrialMechs instead, to support the station’s primary mining, refining, and cargo handling needs. Today, in fact, many Snowden’s maintain an army of vacuum-capable IndustrialMechs, such as the Outworlds Alliance “Space Hound” ProspectorMech.

Capabilities : The Snowden mining station was designed to provide remote mining sites with refining and support facilities, plus construction and repair of DropShips and Small Craft. Such stations are typically brought to a distant site via JumpShip, particularly those without any useful facilities to assist in exploiting rich mineral resources, and serve as the central location for government and administration of new, developing mining regions.

On the “High” and “Low” sides of the Snowden’s waist, are the important small craft bays, known as the “Flight Decks” (or “Green Sector”). Located opposite each other, and between the larger, flat repair yards, these two bays provide an important aspect of the station’s reason for being. The “Small Hangar” is a massive, functional docking, maintenance, repair and engineering bay, air-locked with four maintenance hatches along the hull facing the outer hangar doors. Within this space, are thirty (30) Mech cubicles, intended to be used by IndustrialMechs. Located in each bay is a series of restraining rigs, power hook-ups and storage space for parts, tools and other important equipment. The “Large Hangar” is similar to the first, though rigged to contain twenty-two small craft. Traditionally the station reserves two of the bays for itself, and the remainder are typically used by independent miners using 100-ton Type-S “Seeker” Mining Shuttles. AeroFighters kept for defensive purposes are also stored in these bays.

The Snowden contains a pair of major repair facilities located on either side of its central connecting “waist” column, known as the “Repair Decks” (or “Red Sector”). One is equipped with a DropShip docking collar and is capable of allowing a ship of up to 15,000 tons (typically a Mule-Class DropShip) to be secured for repairs and maintenance, as a small unpressurized yard. Next to this docking collar lies a large repair center. Often, the docking station is used for loading and off-loading cargo and personnel, particularly refined ore. To facilitate this process, a large cargo airlock is placed within the repair center leading directly to a large lift capable of carrying 100 tons of cargo from the main cargo bays. These bays are located in the station’s main hull in a ring surrounding the central power drives.

Opposite the unpressurized yard, is a dome-shaped pressurized facility with minor repair equipment capable of preforming maintenance and minor repairs to a vessel massing up to 5000 tons (such as a Union-Class or Buccaneer-Class DropShip). Because of the presence of these stations in isolated locations in the fringes of a system, the facilities are often used to repair small craft and shuttles of the local mining force, and is usually in high demand. The presence of a pressurized yard also allows station engineers to conduct delicate work without resorting to cumbersome exo-suits. The expense of employing this facility, however, restricts its use to major over-hauls, or select construction tasks for small craft, often to convert older shuttles into Seeker-Class mining shuttles.

Forming a ring around the main engine lie the main cargo decks and refinery bays. Spread over three decks within the inner hull of the Snowden’s central waist, these mixed bays are known as “The Work Decks”. Consisting of the Cargo Deck, the Refining Deck and the Engineering Deck, they are the site of most of the station’s activity during working hours.

Between the outer docking bays and hangar bays, lies the “Cargo Deck” (or “Brown Sector”). The bays of this large warehouse and repair center constitutes a large portion of the station’s waist interior. Broken into over a hundred separate storage bays with lockers, tie-downs and individually sealed bay doors, these chambers are a maze of nooks and crannies, making them a considerable hazard during boarding operations. It is common to have independent operators maintain individual bays for themselves to store spare parts, fuel and surplus ore, sometimes even maintain small quarters for themselves, when they are short of funds. The remainder of the Cargo Deck are three large rings, each capable of holding 5000 tons of cargo.

Snug against the main fusion core, is the “Refining Deck” (or “Grey Sector”). Herein, traditionally all mining material is stored, processed and refined for export from the facility, and cargo is moved from the docking areas via cargo drones along dedicated shafts. When the machinery is in operation, the sounds in the surrounding decks literally thrums with movement and sound. To keep the noise to a minimum, fuel tankage is placed as baffles, and heavy insulation can be found in places.

This section has been gutted, and its refinery equipment scrapped to provide a large series of bays to house a collection of various industrial enterprises. The inclusion of a 1000 ton BioDiesel Refinery behind the main controls, hangar bay and cargo storage bays is nearly complete, along with its Lightning Mixer, Heat Exchangers, Reaction Filter and 8 (20,000L) Polymer Storage Tanks. A small portion of this facility is also equipped to produce a small “micro-brewery” of Vodka, complete with stainless steel tanks and specialized water filtration equipment. The one side of the main bay remains an open 2500 ton slot for a future inclusion of a small factory line, while the other 2500 ton section is being rebuilt to house an advanced Hydroponics Facility, intended to supplement the station (and unit) consummables, and provide waste products for the BioDiesel Refinery.

The main core of the station, and its literal heart, is the “Engineering Deck” (or “Yellow Sector”) and its dependable Majoris Frostwave, a massive fusion engine core, that provides power to both the machinery of the station, and the large grav decks. The small fusion drive that allows the Snowden the ability to move (albeit slowly) from its jump-point into position in a belt for mining purposes, also takes its power from this unit. These drives are located on the “aft” hull, but large power cables connect from Engineering Deck and its core directly into these drives.

Perhaps the most important portion of the Snowden are its two gravity decks; the “Operations Deck” occupies the smaller fore deck, and the “Crew Deck” occupies the larger aft grav deck. The “Operations Deck” (or “Black Sector”) is placed within a 150m diameter grav deck located forward of the station. This deck contains the administrative centers, main mission control, life support, computers and quarters for the officers, its science and medical staff as well as its marine complement. The deck contains a number of research labs, a gymnasium with a pair of rec rooms, the canteen and kitchens. This level houses the medical bays, a compact facility capable of caring for a dozen emergency patients in need.

The “Crew Deck” (or “Blue Sector”) is a massive grav deck over 250m wide, and provides housing for the bulk of the population of the station. In addition to these large banks of private staterooms, is a small number of private storage rooms filling-in oddly-shaped corners, and a central “Bazaar”, or market area where a small number of shops can be rented by commercial ventures or supplying office space to smaller independents and larger companies seeking recruitment space for their corporate efforts. Central to the area is a small “Zen Garden”, popular as a meeting place. A small security office and medical facility are located here, the latter providing space for two emergency cases, though they are typically moved to the main medical facility in the Operations Deck as soon as possible.

Station housing primarily consists of separate, self-contained, en-suite staterooms. These rooms are extremely functional and compact, measuring 3m by 4m and 2m in height. Common to every stateroom, is a bed with a corner desk, while the bottom of the bed acts as a fold-down storage for small personal effects. There is usually a chair (or two), an open media access terminal, voice and video communications equipment, video wall screen and a number of small storage lockers on the remaining walls. The room’s polymer panels can be replaced to change a room’s colors and textures. Larger rooms are possible by altering the internal walls, though this tends to be expensive. Common facilities for showers and toilets, as well as small gathering areas for meetings are shared among local housing elements.

On either end of the central waist, are two important facilities. Beneath the larger grav deck, lies the “Facility Operations Deck” (also known as the “Lower Black Sector”), which coordinates ship repairs, construction and maintenance of the Flight Decks. This large, multi-room area contains operations computers, a communications center, an operation chief’s office, a facility master control room, a structural analysis center, an engineering briefing room, and a pair of external airlocks, with provision for storage of large amounts of equipment and a couple dozen C80 Combat Environment Suits.

The second area is adjacent to the smaller gravity deck, and contains the all-important docking-boom controls. Known as the “Docking Deck” (Also known as the “Upper Black Sector”), it contains the machinery needed to move and control the K/F Boom, as well as space for tools and parts storage, and the machinery required to retract the boom and move it into position for docking. The entire docking boom will retract into a storage space against the hull, protecting it when DropShips are docked, and during transit to or from its JumpShip transport. A pair of personnel airlocks are also located here, allowing direct access to the delicate docking machinery from a small preparation chamber meant to hold several exo-suits and tools.

The Snowden traditionally has a considerable array of laser weaponry for a civilian station, intended to protect itself from raids. These include four Large Lasers assembled in pairs, and mounted in the forward and rear arcs. The station also has single PPC found in each of its forward side sections, overlooking the small craft bays. Large arrays of Medium Lasers have been employed to protect the forward and aft sides of the Snowden. Small Lasers mounted in pairs round out the station’s point-defense capability along all its flanks. The Snowden is further protected by 166 tons of standard armor. However due to its civilian nature its internal structure is extremely vunerable should anything get through the station’s ample armor.

Deployment : Remote locations and the stations semi-modular design has allowed many Snowden-Class stations to escape the centuries of warfare relatively unscathed, though the decline in technology and difficult access to spare parts has led many to close down and be abandoned. Currently, only Taurus Majoris Metals (or TMM) – the largest mining concern in the Taurian Concordat – maintains the most operating Snowden mining stations (including the historic original Snowden). While currently unable to construct new Snowden stations, the Concordat nevertheless manufactures sufficient spare parts though it’s to keep their own operational (with a handful of extras for export).

The most noted feature of the Snowden, is it being equipped with a K-F Boom. The K-F Boom allows the station to attach to JumpShips, and was created by the Taurian Concordat in 2390 to help exploit the raw resources of the growing realm. The station is thus designed to be semi-mobile, allowing it to be moved to where it is needed, rather than being dismantled and reassembled on-site. Perhaps this factor, more than any other, has allowed the valuable stations to survive to the present day.

Another unique feature of the Snowden is its relative mobility. The station’s power plant is extremely efficient, with its station-keeping drive being capable of achieving up to 0.2 Gs of thrust. This allows the vessel to move from its jump-point to its destination in a belt or in orbit of a planet or moon, granting direct exploitation of the resources in the designated area.

Variants : The original version of the Snowden, known as the “Mark I”, is designed to employ mining shuttles (known as the Type-S “Seeker” Mining Shuttle among mining communities) instead of using modern IndustrialMechs. The Snowden’s Bay #1 was thus used to launch 15 additional Small Craft in support of a station’s activites. Bay #2 has a small Craft complement of originally 20 small craft instead of modern version’s 22 craft capacity. Also, Bay #2 had smaller weight capacity of 4,400 tons.

Named Stations : “Snowden” – The original namesake of the Class, was launched on August 10th, 2390 where it was deployed to the Hyades Cluster and has remained in the area ever since. The Snowden is one of the eighteen Snowden mining stations that have survived and remain active to the present day. A handful of others have been shut-down and abandoned, for lack of spare parts, or an inability to repair certain critical aspects of the valuable stations.

“The Factory”, or “Mining Platform AM90125” as it was officially noted in system records, is a Snowden-Class Mining Platform originally located in the Majestic Cluster of the System – Cassandra. Attached to a standard local asteroid hulk known as AM90125, or The Rock, the facility was apparently used by Excalibur Corporation, but was listed in the documents held by Colonel Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin”, as abandoned, likely surplus to their needs at one point some twenty years ago. It proved to be more than that.

The Factory proved to be a relic, abandoned for more than twenty years, but it was a relic that could be salvaged and made operable. Given to Maas Companies Inc. as war reparations, the station was sold to the Iron Dingoes for less than 10% of its true value. Taking possession, the Dingoes then conducted a survey and made it their own mobile landhold.

Presently, The Factory was declared officially operational on October 16th, 3020. Over-seeing the management of the facility, is a private company, headed by Station Master Haro Lothrain, and assisted by Master Tech Jenna Marcuro as head of Finances, and Master Tech Desna Greer as head of Operations. Captain Frank Castle has been assigned as Head of Security, by the Iron DIngoes own Starguard Marines. They have hired crew to fill-out the roster of needed techs, engineers and general labourers required to get the station fully operational, and have brought with them various shuttles and pilots from their prospecting company days t serve the station’s interface needs.

To facilitate the completion of repairs in a timely manner, the unit had chosen to avoid repairs to the Ore Processing Bay, and dumped the entire ore processing line as scrap. Saving nearly a month of refit time, the money spent on this endeavor was been invested in several small facilities (a BioDiesel Refinery, and an advanced Hydroponics Facility ), and these facilities were declared complete after spending several months “at-station” in System – Dumassas. On January 1st, 3021, the facility officially opened as a recreational spot for troops, traders and mercenaries, with its The Factory – The Z√≥calo as the center-point of the community.

Over the following years (3021+), the facility proved extremely popular, and as wars began to rage across the planet, the Factory was instrumental in providing contacts with off-world mercenaries and handfuls of wealthy refugees a place of relative safety.

In early 3023, The Factory was jumped into high planetary orbit of Terramatrix proper, positioned to maintain orbital interdiction over the planet, as well as providing an important commercial link to the planet below…

"The Factory"

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