Angel-class Super Dimensional Colony Fortress (SDCF)
by Tim Wing, based on Egan Loo’s entry in the Macross Compendium
The Angel-class long range colonization vessels were based on the Macross-class Super Dimensional Fortress. Utilizing only the same engine and command and control sections of the Macross-class, the Angel-class did not look much like its forbearer. The Angel-class was designed with only minimum of armaments and a configuration that was not suitable for combat. For defense, they were completely dependent on their escort fleets. At over 1,700 meters in length, the massive Angel-class ships were the first vessels designed for super-long-distance colonization as part of the “Humanity Seeding Project”. The ship was designed with emphasis on long-term navigation and life support capability. Much of this knowledge came from the SDF-1’s voyage from Pluto to Earth with an entire transplanted city in her cargo bay. Although the 25,000 complement was much smaller than the SDF-1’s population, supplies for long-term habitation and the residential facilities were both dramatically improved. The UES Angel was launched on September 2014, followed by five additional ships of this class.
With the UES Angel as flagship, the 1st Emigration Fleet of the Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force, UN Spacy, was launched on September 2014 with some 25,000 colonists aboard. The escort of fleet was made up of Zentraedi capital ships and newly constructed UN Spacy warships. The fleet was commanded by Admiral Robert Sheppard. Contact with the 1st Emigration Fleet ended four years later in 2018. Although the Fleet was officially declared lost, the United Earth Government was concerned that the incident would ruin public support for the project. Thus, the UEG avoided making the lose known and instead stated the 1st Emigration Fleet was still continuing on its way. The following Emigration Fleets were more successful, colonizing the planets Eden, Glorie, and Liberté, among others. In all, four Angel-class ships were launched before the beginning of the Second Robotech War. During the war, the last two ships of the class, the UES Darda’il and the UES Ridwan, were destroyed on the building ways. After the end of the war, the UEG began construction of new colonization vessels, the Archangel-class. Only one ship was completed by the time the Invid invaded.
- Type: Long Range Colonization Vessel, Massive Colonization Vessel (MCV)
- Government: UN Spacy, UEEF Navy
- Manufacturer: OTEC Corporation
- Class: Angel-class
- Number of Class Commissioned: 7 (5 completed, 2 lost under construction)
- Compliment: 25,000 to 80,000 colonists
- 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 had a low load limit structure and lacked maneuverability and acceleration performance; large glass area in central bow replaced the main cannon system in addition to abandoning the transformation mechanism.
- Power Plant: RRG Protoculture-fired Reflex Furnace Clusters
- Primary Systems: main thruster clusters; Vernier thrusters; advanced gravity control system; fold system.
Names and disposition:
- MCV-01 UES Angel: Laid down November 2012 at the Luna Base Shipyards, launched September 2014, lost 2018.
- MCV-02 UES Mala’ikah: Laid down September 2014 at L-5 Factory orbital shipyards, launched 2016.
- MCV-13 UES Seraph: Laid down June 2017 at the Luna Base Shipyards, launched September 2019.
- MCV-24 UES Cherub Laid down June 2025 at L-5 Factory orbital Shipyards, launched 2028.
- MCV-25 UES Darda’il Laid down June 2027 at L-5 Factory orbital Shipyards, destroyed during construction 2029.
- MCV-26 UES Ridwan Laid down June 2028 at the Luna Base Shipyards, destroyed during construction 2029.
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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin
Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication.
Content by Egan Loo and Chad Wilson (Marchly), edited by Tim Wing
Copyright © Egan Loo and Chad Wilson (Marchly), 2015 Tim Wing