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102 Vehicles: Private Transport

Zarathustran Luxury Aircar (TL12)

Summary: 1.10 displacement ton box streamlined; 2.22 tonnes; kCr 25.5 Chassis: 15.4 kL box streamlined (3.9 m long x 2.0 m wide x 2.0 m high); Structure: 119 kg of structurecomp, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, sealed to 1 atm, 1 armour rating Performance: 342 kW TL12 fusion plus generator with vacuum radiators; Fuel: 10.7 L of enriched water (10.7 kg), 100 hours supply Propulsion System: 300 kW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 244 km/h loaded, 317 km/h unloaded; Range: 24304 km loaded, 31622 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (1.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 6 roomy passenger seats Standard life support; Grav Compensation (1G), Whole vehicle compensated Communications: Orbital Radio (10.00 kW, TL12, SmVcl); Range: 30000 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 0.200 mm per km of range Other: Options: entertainment centre, wet bar Safety Features: anti-theft system, Roadgrid, 1 emergency wall patch 1.03 kL of cargo space (514 kg)

“Affordable luxury” is the Zarathustran’s motto, and for once there is truth in advertising. Spacious seating around a state-of-the-art entertainment console, smooth grav compensation, and Roadgrid™ guidance makes even the longest journey enjoyable.

Zhasdri Aircar (TL13)

Summary: 0.80 displacement ton disk streamlined; 2.24 tonnes; kCr 19.4 Chassis: 11.2 kL disk streamlined (4.2 m long x 4.2 m wide x 83 cm high); Structure: 322 kg of crystaliron, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.002 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 417 kW TL13 fusion plus generator; Fuel: 10.4 L of enriched water (10.4 kg), 100 hours supply Propulsion System: 400 kW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 323 km/h loaded, 402 km/h unloaded; Range: 32199 km loaded, 40102 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (1.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 4 roomy passenger seats Hatches: 3 manual; Grav Compensation (1G), Only seating compensated Communications: Subcontinental Radio (100 W, TL13, SmVcl); Range: 300 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Options: automatic sunroof Safety Features: Roadgrid 881 L of cargo space (440 kg)

The Zhasdri is common in Solomani space. Simple and relatively cheap, its designers eschewed innovation for the sake of innovation, preferring tried-and-true methods and materials. Fast, solid, and extremely low maintenance, some Zhasdris have been in the same family for two or more generations—a point emphasized in recent advertising campaigns.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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