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Scout Base: Port facility for the support, maintenance, and repair of scout vessels. The Imperial Interstellar Scout Service maintains a variety of scout bases scattered throughout the Imperium, with installations tending to be on less well-developed worlds with starports type D or C. Scout bases tend to be surface installations equipped with basic facilities for fueling and for minor maintenance activities oriented toward ships of 1000 tons or less.
Scout bases are positioned in systems more out of the way than are naval bases for a reason. The scout bases serve as a source of ships carrying dispatches from the well-travelled Xboat lanes to more remote worlds.
Scout bases also have other responsibilities, and most
have an administrative responsibility in addition to the maintenance and
refueling of scout ships. Within a subsector,
one base will hold responsibility for cartography in the subsector, another
will be responsible for technical developments, and still another for contact
or liaison activities. The scout base is more extensive than an Xboat
station, but less comprehensive than a way
station. -ld IE