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Aether-class Science Vessel
Production information

Reyes-McLees Shipyards





Technical specifications

979 metres


168 metres


112 metres

Engine unit(s)

Plasma Fusion Drive

Slipspace Drive

Shaw Fujikawa model 52

Slipspace velocity

912 light years per day


Grade 3 shield

  • Laminated shell
  • Layers of titanium
  • Layers of AEGIS
  • Thermal energy absorbing layers
  • Kinetic absorbing layers
  • Aero gel layer
Sensor systems
  • AN/SPY-9 PAVE HOUND Active Electronically Scanned Array RADAR
  • AN/SPY-7 PAVE SAW Radio Telescope
  • AN/SSS-19 SAFEGUARD Electromagnetic Array
  • AN/SSS-19 REARGUARD Electromagnetic Array
  • AN/SVS-68 Optical Telescope
  • AN/SAS-67 Infra-red Telescope
  • AN/SSQ-23 Sensor Network
  • Other variable sensor packages
Targeting systems

Multispectrum Optical AI assisted camera network

Navigation system

AI assisted Slipspace 'MAZE' directional router

  • AI/Manual driven computer supported pilot systems

AI Assisted ADIS

  • MASER communications dish
  • Slipspace LASER communication system
  • War Net Integrated computer


Minimum crew

6/1 AI


3 years of Water with recycling, 18 months of food supplies

Year introduced



Research, exploration


Necros War


United Nations Space Command, UNSC Navy


The Aether-class Science Vessel is a modular science, research and exploration vessel used by the UNSC and associated agencies for a variety of purposes.

The Aether is, from top to bottom, fully modular, with a vast interior made of several modular lab areas and several modular cargo spaces. This allows the ship interior to be suited to any mission. Externally, it can fit a number of non-standard sensor packages and probe/satellite launching capacities.

The modular lab facilities can be modified to suit any mission requirement. They can be fitted as research labs, specimen containment labs, bio/chemical warfare research facilities, mechanical testing grounds, weapon testing facilities, astronomy research facilities, slipstream space research facilities and even holding pens. The sensor packages can include sensors design to review background radiation, red shift effect, gravitational effect, electromagnetic effects, slipstream space and radio emissions. The probe and satellite launching facility allow it to launch probes for exploring planets, celestial objects and anomalies and it can launch satellites for telecommunications, research and surveillance.

To this end, the Aether can be used for any purpose imaginable. It can be used for exploration, for both real and slipstream space, planetary survey, navigation, experimental testing, equipment development, weapons observation, deep space exploration and even more insidious uses, such as preforming chemical and biological warfare testing that is banned on planets, specimen testing and even live testing.

The Aether is fitted with the ability to preform in-atmosphere operations and terrestrial landings, with a loading ramp for departing exploratory vehicles, with airlock systems to protect the ship. The ship also has several shuttle bays, capable of storing a single Pelican, or two Dart shuttles, for preforming various exploration missions.

The ship is designed to survive a number of high-threat environments, and is such designed to be protected against high doses of radiation, thermal energy, high pressures, high gravity and a variety of cosmic anomalies and events. The ship is surprisingly well armoured and has a 'block' design that can be used to seal potential contagions and dangerous materials leak.


Ships of the line

Warships of the UNSCDF Navy

Stealth Vessels
Minerva-class Prowler | Cerberus-class Strike Prowler | Obsidian-class Heavy Prowler | Reckoning-class Attack Prowler | Scáthach-class Command Prowler | Nyx-class Sloop | Auriga-class Light Prowler | Crux-class Sub-Prowler

Light Craft

Raven-class Assault Shuttle | Wyvren-class Light Corvette | Durham-class Corvette | Romulus-class Heavy Corvette | Saint Elisa-class Cutter | Nemesis-class Sloop


Vanguard-class Light Frigate | Rivia-class Frigate | Griffin-class Frigate | Heimdall-class Frigate | Jaeger-class Frigate | Helios-class Heavy Frigate | Ronin-class Stealth Frigate


Oberon-class Light Destroyer | Indra-class Destroyer | Platinum-class Destroyer | Centurion-class Hunter-Killer Destroyer | Revanchist-class Picket Destroyer | Ferrus-class Heavy Destroyer | Raijin-class Escort Destroyer | Tyne-class Command Destroyer


Artemis-class Scout Cruiser | Tempest-class Light Cruiser | Valkyrie-class Light Cruiser | Thermopylae-class Cruiser | Delphinus-class Cruiser | Cannae-class Cruiser | Victoria-class Heavy Cruiser | Reach-class Heavy Cruiser | Athena-class Command Cruiser | Talion-class Battlecruiser | Keyes-class Battlecruiser Andraste-class Strike Cruiser | Bishamonten-class Assault Cruiser


Endeavour-class Assault Ship | Iskander-class Light Carrier | Argo-class Attack Carrier | Astraeus-class Support Carrier | Bastion-class Carrier | Odin-class Carrier | Damocles-class Heavy Carrier | Pendragon-class Super Carrier | Sol-class Command Carrier


Sentinel-class Light Battleship | Kataphrakt-class Battleship | Archangel-class Arsenal Ship | Titan-class Dreadnought | Ragnarök-class Dreadnaught

Special Vessels

Hyperion-class Drone Ship | Hellfire-class Drone Ship

Support Ships

Aether-class Science Vessel | Dawn-class Exploration Vessel | Luna-class Research Vessel | Diomedes-class Combat Supply Ship | Exile-class Armed Transport | Werewolf-class Q-Ship | Hecate-class Tender | Briareos-class Troop Carrier | Vulcan-class Repair Ship | Demeter-class Agriculture Ship | Ysionris Jeromi-class Hospital Ship | Atlas-class Cargo Ship | Ebon-class Fast transport Ship | Gigantes-class Tug | Odysseus-class Colony Ship

Mobile Battle Station

UNSC Lord Hood

Orbital Stations

Oranos-class Orbital Defense Platform | Kronos-class Command Platform | Hestia-class Medical Platform | Ptah-class Repair Platform | Hephaestus-class Supply Platform | Gaia-class Colony Platform