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Megaroad-01 Class Super-Long Range Colonization Ship|
Ship Type: super-long range colonization vessel
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: OTEC Company
Ship Class: 13 Megaroad Class
Ship Name: Megaroad-01, Megaroad-02, Megaroad-03.
Commission Date: Megaroad-01 (No: SDF 02, builders: OTEC Co, laid down: 2003 Nov, launched: 2012 Sep, lost: 2016); Megaroad-02 (laid down: 2012 Sep, launched: 2014); Megaroad-03 (laid down: 2012 Sep, launched: 2014); Megaroad-13 (laid down: 2019 Jun); Megaroad-24 (destroyed during construction); Megaroad-25 (destroyed during construction)
Number of Class Commissioned: 3+ (at least 13 commissioned)
Compliment: crew unknown; 80,000 colonists (25,000 [source: Macross Chronicle #14])
Dimensions: length 1,770 meters.
Mass: 30,300,000 metric tons.
Structure: exterior glass area creates a free-space feature, equipped closed-cycle long-term habitation system; the craft has a low load limit structure and lacks maneuverability and acceleration performance; large glass area in central bow replaces main cannon system in addition to abandoning the transformation mechanism.
Power Plant: OverTechnology advanced heat pile system clusters
Primary Systems: OverTechnology main nozzle clusters; Overtechnology vernier thrusters; Overtechnology advanced gravity control system; Overtechnology fold system.
Armament: various minimal armaments.
Space planes: unknown
Variable Mecha: many x VF-4 Lightning III variable fighters.
The Megaroad-01 Class vessel was originally under construction as the SDF-2 Macross Class warship. Construction of the SDF-2 on the Apollo Lunar Base halted late in Space War I and once the war had ended, the New U.N. Government required colonization ships more than warships. When construction resumed in June 2010, the SDF-2 was renamed Megaroad-01 after the Humanity Seeding Project was implemented. Utilizing only the engine block and command control block of the warship, most of the Megaroad does not retain the original look and was newly designed with only minimum armaments and a hull that was not of a strength suitable for battle. At over 1,700 meters in length, the massive Megaroad Class ships were the first mass-produced vessels designed for super-long-distance colonization as part of the Humanity Seeding Project. The Megaroad was designed as the mothership of a large-scale space emigration with emphasis on long-term navigation and living environment capability (effectively utilizing knowledge acquired from operation of the SDF-1 Macross Class). The ship's primary mission is to protect the seeds of humanity through colonization and although the 25,000 complement of the Megaroad is much smaller than the SDF-1 population, prepared supplies for long-term habitation and the residential facilities were both dramatically improved. The first ship Megaroad-01 was launched on September 2012 and two more super-long-distance colonization ships designated Megaroad-02 and Megaroad-03 (based on the Megaroad-01 design) began construction that same month. Thereafter, the UNG would construct one or two super-long-distance colonization ships every year and these colonization fleets would be routinely launched to build settlements on habitable planets throughout the galaxy.
With the Megaroad-01 as flagship, the Super Long Range Emigration Fleet Number One launched on September 2012 with some 25,000 (80,000) colonists aboard the flagship and an escort of Zentradi battlecruisers and U.N. Spacy battleships. The ship was commanded by Major Misa Ichijo and her husband Hikaru Ichijo commanded the VF-4 Lightining III variable fighter squadrons assigned to the Megaroad-01. Along with war hero and idol singer Lynn Minmay, the Megaroad-01 departed the Sol System. Sadly, contact with the Megaroad-01 ended four years later in 2016. Although the Super Long Range Emigration Fleet Number One was officially declared lost, the New United Nations Government was nervous about any ill-will directed towards the Seeding Project as a result of the loss. Thus, the New U.N. Government avoided making the Megaroad-01 incident public and instead stated the Megaroad-01 was still continuing on its way. The fate of Misa, Hikaru, Minmay and the crew and colonists of the Megaroad-01 remains a mystery to this day.
Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flashback 2012
Crew: Misa Ichijo, Hikaru Ichijo, Lynn Minmay
Other appearances: Macross 7, Episode 1; Macross Frontier, Episode 1
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori
Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books.
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