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102 Vehicles: Private Transport

Sandpiper Dune Buggy (TL6)

Summary: 0.20 displacement ton open-topped open frame; 1.29 tonnes; Cr 9142 Chassis: 2.80 kL open-topped open frame (6.1 m long x 87 cm wide x 87 cm high); Structure: 384 kg of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 100 kW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 100 L of hydrocarbons (100 kg), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 100 kW wheels with off-road suspension; Maximum Speed: 69 km/h loaded, 72 km/h unloaded; Range: 695 km loaded, 724 km unloaded; Agility: +1DM (0.1G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 1 cramped passenger seat Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 101 L of cargo space (50.7 kg)

Small and cheap, the Sandpiper dune buggy is little more than a tubular frame with a pair of seats and a motor. Its low maximum speed isn't an impediment, because it is intended for off- road use in desert terrain.

Loon Bush Plane (TL6)

Summary: 2.00 displacement ton cylinder airframe; 4.07 tonnes; kCr 338 Chassis: 28.0 kL cylinder airframe (7.5 m long x 2.2 m wide x 2.2 m high, wingspan 13 m); Structure: 245 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 300 kW TL5 imp. internal combustion engine; Fuel: 562 L of high-grade hcarb (562 kg), 15 hours supply Propulsion System: 300 kW aircraft with STOL capability and floats Maximum Speed: 97 km/h loaded, 129 km/h unloaded; Take-Off Speed: 44 km/h loaded, 33 km/h unloaded; Runway Length: 38 m loaded, 14 m unloaded; Take-Off Time: 6 s loaded, 3 s unloaded Range: 1460 km loaded, 1937 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.2G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 3 cramped passenger seats Communications: Subcontinental Radio (100 W, TL6, SmVcl); Range: 300 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 2.00 kL of cargo space (1.00 tonnes)

Before the invention of contragrav most transport is by ground vehicle over a prepared road network. In frontier areas where this network is not available small aircraft are used instead.

The Loon is typical of these planes. It is cheap, durable, and requires only 38 metres to take-off and land. Floats give it the capacity to land on water, making any lake or calm river an instant airstrip. The Loon can transport three passengers and two cubic metres of cargo almost 1500 km.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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