COST (In BP): 25
Cloaking technology is not widely available in Near Space, but
scientists have developed several systems that enable starships
to avoid detection by other starships. Activating a cloaking device
takes one action by an engineer while the starship is neither in
motion nor engaged in combat. The ship vanishes from view,
and based on the cloaking device’s level, another ship must have
sensors of a minimum level to detect it.
Cloaking technology is named for the maximum quality of sensors that can’t detect the cloaked ship. Cut-rate cloaking technology fools only cut-rate sensors; budget cloaking technology fools only cut-rate and budget sensors, and so on. Sensors capable of detecting a cloaked starship can do so only when the cloaked starship has entered the sensor’s first range increment. Engaging a Drift engine or thrusters or beginning starship combat (Core Rulebook 316) immediately negates the cloaking ability, whereupon the ship reappears and can be detected normally.