A small cargo spaceship, built for the Tarren Trade Authority on Abergynolwyn IV.
About this creation
The design of the engines & rear of the "Divergence" was inspired by the late 20th century starship architect, Peter Elson. The front section, containing the cargo & pilot, was rumoured to have been thrown together from parts left over after building other ships.
The front of the "Divergence" was a large, tough heat shield. This enabled it to withstand frequent exposures to the ultra-high temperatures which are normal for a planet-hopping trader. Flight data & video were projected onto the inside of the heat shield, enabling the pilot to fly the ship.
The windows and cargo doors of the "Divergence" were over 30 years old when they were taken out of storage and used to build the ship. It is assumed that failure of one of these ancient components lead to an explosive decompression and the loss of the ship, 63 years ago.
The unusual shape of the "Divergence" meant that it had to have a long nose landing strut. The cargo bay was also inconveniently high off the ground. Here the ship is seen landing on the desolate moon of Bala II.
The "Divergence" was mainly used for carrying cargo between under-developed planets on the western spiral arm of the galaxy. It is seen here being unloaded by a "Classic Space" vehicle, which had been obsolete for over 30 years in most systems.
One obvious design flaw of the "Divergence" was that the cockpit was also inconveniently high off the ground. A low-tech solution was normally employed, as seen in this photo. Also visible in this view are the control sticks and two flight data projectors.