A Sleeper Ship is a small to medium sized ship that handles the issue of keeping the crew alive for the duration of a mission by using suspended animation or hibernation technologies. A person in suspension uses drastically less food, water, and oxygen, reducing the amount of those goods that a ship has to carry.
Snooze Freighters - also known as a Triple Z Hauler, these are freight craft that keep a rotating human crew, but are running either long runs or slow runs. Snooze freighters typically are associated with bulk cargos (the sort worth so little that they aren't going to be hijacked, like raw ore or ice) or with independent operators who can't afford the newer faster ships.
Sleep-port - the sleeper transport, these craft carry large numbers of people too and from destinations, contrary to cruise lines, these are working class crews, and are being ferried to and from home ports to their working stations and offworld colonies. A single Sleepport might have several hundred people aboard it, in hibernation pods, while a small crew trucks them out to their destination. Without the sleep component, the ship would easily be a dozen times larger and much more expensive to operate.
Contrary to the popular tradition of spending long trips connected to the CogNet in digital dreams, suspended animation sleep is hard sleep. In hard sleep, the brain is greatly reduced in activity, and is not connected to the net for anything other than biomonitoring.
Generational Sleeper - a concept ship, the generational sleeper has a two tiered crew, one that is born and raised on the generational ship, and a command crew that rotates through suspension cycles to maintain the integrity of the mission. The ideal is that such a ship could leave the solar system and reach a distant star while retaining it's ethnic and cultural identity, ensuring that the fledgling colony would remain a loyal part of the nation that launched it.Go to Comment