Starships take a vast set of resources to create, from raw materials to
design knowledge and testing, to skilled assembly workers and
specialized construction equipment. Their
original design and manufacture generally preclude all but governments
and major corporations. Even used, they tend to be quite expensive due
to the value of their constituent raw materials alone.
As well, the vast resources consumed in the design and construction
of starships guides manufacturers to two types of design ethos.
Ships are generally designed to be specialized and exceptionally
proficient at one particular task or else they are designed to be exceptionally
versatile so as to appeal to the widest variety of consumers with a wide
variety of needs. Generally, design and purpose caters to the needs and
pocketbooks of the end user. Frivolous designs are rare.
||In-system, short haul, and long jobbing,
the cargo hauler is what takes the goods and passengers from one
place in the universe to anther.
||A variety of ships
designed to fill specific and general combat roles.
||This category covers scientific
research, exploration, medical, and ships of that sort.
||A variety of ships listed
by their relative size.
||Specific ships listed by
The Big List