102 Vehicles: Private Transport
Aeron Family Car (TL9)
Summary: 1.50 displacement ton box; 2.58 tonnes; kCr 19.0 Chassis: 21.0 kL box (4.3 m long x 2.2 m wide x 2.2 m high); Structure: 220 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.20 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 150 kW TL7 fuel cell; Fuel: 12.7 kL of liquid hydrogen (908 kg), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 150 kW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 104 km/h loaded, 110 km/h unloaded; Range: 1045 km loaded, 1101 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (1.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 3 roomy passenger seats Communications: Regional Radio (10 W, TL9, SmVcl); Range: 30 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 2.0 cm per km of range Other: Safety Features: Roadgrid 262 L of cargo space (131 kg)
An early version of the personal contragrav car, the Aeron is a reasonably cheap means of transportation. Short-range radar interfaces with the prototype Roadgrid system to provide a reasonable degree of safety; however, in crowded urban areas frequent delays result when too many vehicles overload the collision-avoidance software.
To keep costs down, fuels cells are used instead of a fusion power plant (Fusion Plus not being invented yet), which results in over half its internal volume being devoted to hydrogen tanks.
Biilan Sprite Swamp Buggy(TL9)
Summary: 0.80 displacement ton open-topped slab; 4.09 tonnes; kCr 20.9 Chassis: 11.2 kL open-topped slab (7.6 m long x 2.2 m wide x 69 cm high); Structure: 181 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.15 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 500 kW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 500 L of hydrocarbons (500 kg), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 500 kW hoverskirt; Maximum Speed: 110 km/h loaded, 119 km/h unloaded; Range: 1098 km loaded, 1187 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.2G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 3 roomy passenger seats Communications: Subregional Radio (1 W, TL9, SmVcl); Range: 10 km
Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Options: wet bar 610 L of cargo space (305 kg)
Popular on resort worlds, the Biilan scaring the local wildlife and risking
Sprite provides the instant decapitation
of speeding through wetlands
passenger seats swivel to permit 'trolling', few seriously believe that the passengers are trying to catch fish.
© Robert Prior, 1998.