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102 Vehicles: Mass Transport

Snobolen Schoolbus (TL6)

Summary: 4.00 displacement ton box; 9.85 tonnes; kCr 39.7 Chassis: 56.0 kL box (5.9 m long x 3.1 m wide x 3.1 m high); Structure: 1.70 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 500 kW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 149 L of hydrocarbons (149 kg), 3 hours supply Propulsion System: 500 kW wheels; Maximum Speed: 45 km/h loaded, 45 km/h unloaded; Range: 137 km loaded, 137 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.1G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 52 cramped passenger seats Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 57.4 L of cargo space (28.7 kg)

Bureaucracies are notorious for mismanaged decisions, and this schoolbus is a perfect example. Although it meets all specifications, that only illustrates how incomplete the specifications were. Cramped, slow, and unheated, Snobolens are a perfect example of the triumph of short-term nearsightedness over long-range public good.

Concorde Supersonic Airliner(TL7)

Summary: 75.00 displacement ton needle airframe; 262 tonnes; MCr 112 Chassis: 1050 kL needle airframe (37 m long x 5.3 m wide x 5.3 m high, wingspan 33 m); Structure: 6.49 tonnes of light alloy, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, sealed to 1 atm, 1 armour rating Performance: 2x 20.1 MW TL7 turbine, gas; Fuel: 90.3 kL of high-grade hcarb (90.3 tonnes), 15 hours supply Propulsion System: 40.0 MW high performance aircraft Maximum Speed: 1057 km/h loaded, 1306 km/h unloaded; Take-Off Speed: 324 km/h loaded, 262 km/h unloaded; Runway Length: 1355 m loaded, 666 m unloaded; Take-Off Time: 30 s loaded, 18 s unloaded; Range: 15800 km loaded, 19519 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.3G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot, navigator, 2 engineers, 8 stewards; 12 crew stations; 200 roomy passenger seats Communications: Orbital Radio (10.00 kW, TL7, SmVcl); Range: 30000 km Sensors: Active Continental Radar (100 kW); Range: 3000 km; Resolution: 50 cm per km of range Other: Options: entertainment centre, wet bar, kitchen for 20 simultaneous meals Safety Features: 32 emergency wall patches, fire suppression system 100 kL of cargo space (50.0 tonnes)

A high-speed passenger jet with a minimum of cargo space.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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