Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Euclides is Celestial Being’s factory ship. It is designed as a massive space-faring mobile construction station; it has all the amenities of a Celestial Being (CB) factory facility. The ship is fully prepared for mid-space construction, repair, maintenance, and resources support to any CB ship, facilities, and installations. While the ship itself wasn't prolific, its design would influence the future of CB spacecraft creation; due to limited data, not everything about the ship is fully understood.
Externally, the bow of the ship contains a (undefined) bay, rotatable docking ring, a main hatch, and a roof hatch. The command bridge is built above the cargo bay and near the main hatch. Behind the bridge and in between the docking ring is the roof hatch. It is meant for loading and exchanging materials between the modules and the bay during repair and supply runs; it can be equipped with crawlers for surface transport.
Attached to the docking ring are four large robotic modules for repairs, construction, and maintenance. The docking ring was designed to adapt various modules for ease of equipment exchange in reflection of its task(s). It is the same docking system that would later be inherited by Ptolemy to perform a similar function with its Containers to exchange tactical equipment. The modules are expandable and adaptable; it can make the necessary adjustments to its mass for repairing Ptolemy and/or a Gundam. Even though built before the creation of CBS-74 Ptolemaios 2, the Euclides is capable of accommodating it without the need for the ship to dock into a resource satellite for its engineering and supply support.
Lastly, the middle and aft section, are the least defined. The mid-section has two large barrel-like containers; it was never clarified of its purpose, but it is presumed to be a fuel tank for its engines in the aft. Four large vents can be seen around the GN Thrusters, but it's unclear are they used to cool the engines and/or used to vent GN particles for stealth purposes. Additionally, there are two compartments on either side of aft, but also unclear of its purpose(s).
Internally, the layout is least understood. The command bridge is similar in design to Ptolemy's; CB engineers recycled several earlier designs onto its successor ships. However, the bay area remains undefined; it’s only theorized to be either a MS catapult launching bay and/or a cargo bay. Based on visuals from the 00F series, it is shown that the Euclides has a holding area that can support up to two mobile suits and one shuttle. However, complete details of its support capacity and internal workings remains unclear.
As a ship that travels across the solar system, it has all the amenities to accommodate a crew on long term missions. It has living quarters for crew members to rest; while not shown, it is presumed to have a mess hall for nourishment and a medical bay for the injured and/or ill. Because CB is often understaffed for managing their ships, Haros and Karels are used to compensate to help run and maintain both the ship and complete major (re)construction work.
For systems and propulsion, large GN Condensers are utilized to maintain power throughout the ship. Although not built for combat, the ship was installed with a GN Field System to protect itself from potential hostile targets. However, the ship utilizes stealth with its GN particles. It creates a natural cloaking-effect against electronic sensors; it can be detected through wide network sensors that detect sudden area blackouts for its whereabouts. However, during the rise of the ESF and Innovators, the stealth features of GN particles became less effective as they developed new generation e-sensors that can detect GN particles. Unfortunately, CB engineers never installed Optical Camouflage onto Euclides to enhance its stealth capabilities.
The Euclides is designed with a hybrid propulsion system; it has four GN Thrusters and four Ion Plasma Engines to travel across the solar system. Due to CB units reliance on GN particles, CB engineers retro-fitted it ion plasma propulsion technology to minimize its dependency on GN particles; such propulsion systems weren't necessary in their later designs as particle storage technology improved for long term applications.
CB engineering developed enhanced GN Condenser technology for limited sustainability. While their particle-based systems still requires a GN Drive(s) to recharge its particles, the enhanced condensers can retain a larger amount of particles; it requires fewer recharges, extended operation times, and can even utilize the Trans-Am System. Unfortunately, the Euclides was never upgraded with such technology and made due with its antiquated systems.
For combat, the ship can be used as a tactical carrier, however, it heavily relies external support to defend itself as it is weaponless; MSs and support crafts are utilized to defend it. Despite having numerous encounters in combat, CB never had the ship refitted with weaponry nor any form of enhancements to make it more capable in combat. With only a GN Field for shielding, it can repel bullets and limited shielding against particle weapons. However, ESF and Innovators-based particle weaponry can potentially cause critical damage as the Euclides wasn't built for combat; the ship is best utilized from afar as a mobile operations station for combat intelligence and emergency repairs.
The Euclides had proven to be a successful design and its technology was inherited into future CB ships. When designing and building CBS-70 Ptolemaios (and later CBS-74 Ptolemaios 2), the majority of its designs are heavily influenced by Euclides. While not proven, it's hybrid engine system (one of the first of its kind) was later adapted by the ESF, suggesting ESF engineers reverse-engineered Euclide's technology. Overall, the ship's technology proved to be an enduring legacy of CB ship engineering.
- The field is created by GN particles thickly concentrated in a local area of space. GN particles are shaped and focused into a spherical form for full defensive coverage; the field itself is not restricted to spherical forms. The field itself can wrap around any shape or size, so long as the necessary amount of particles can be used to form around the surface it was generated/formed on.
In Gundam 00F chapter 16, Celestial Being traitor Fon Spaak, who made it into outer space, reactivated the factory ship Euclides. Together with Hanayo, Fon used the ship as his main base of operations. In A.D. 2311, Fon resurfaced to unleashed his plan of disrupting the Solar Energy distribution to the territories of Earth Sphere Federation using numerous gathered asteroids. Euclides was used to attach propellers and explosives to these massive objects.
Notes & Trivia
- Euclides name is derived from Euclid, a Greek mathematician from Alexandria.
- The real life designer is Takayuki Yanase.
Articles & References
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00F Compilation Volume 3