Launch channel

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William "Buck" Rogers's perspective of Draconia's launch channel (BR25Film, "Awakening").

A launch channel is a launch accelerator channel for smaller craft installed on a larger base or within a capital ship, allowing the ship to launch at rapid speeds over a shorter distance without using its own engines.

Draconia's launch channels are irregular pentagon shaped tubes, with the angular point on the underside of the ship.

A drugged William "Buck" Rogers is wowed by the light show as Ranger 3 launches from Draconia.


  • Ideally, a launch channel allows these smaller craft to launch safely from spaceships, without risk of engine backwash running amok through the craft bays from whence they came.
  • The launch channel doubtless shares inspiration with the launch tubes from the Battlestar Galactica television series.