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102 Vehicles: Mass Transport

Mooney Schoolbus (TL9)

Summary: 3.30 displacement ton box; 9.28 tonnes; kCr 36.2 Chassis: 46.2 kL box (5.6 m long x 2.9 m wide x 2.9 m high); Structure: 373 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: Primary: 1.00 MW TL12 CI Fusion Plus generator; Fuel: 31.5 L of enriched water (31.5 kg), 100 hrs supply; Auxiliary: 50.0 kW TL12 CI Fusion Plus generator; Fuel: 1.50 L of enriched water (1.50 kg), 100 hrs supply Propulsion System: 1.00 MW hoverskirt; Maximum Speed: 97 km/h loaded, 137 km/h unloaded; Range: 9697 km loaded, 13662 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.2G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 35 cramped passenger seats Sanitary facilities; Hatches: 2 manual, 1 power Communications: Subcontinental Radio (100 W, TL10, SmVcl); Range: 300 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Options: automatic sunroof; Safety Features: Roadgrid, fire suppression system 5.39 kL of cargo space (2.69 tonnes)

Most human societies train young people in segregated classes at least some of the time. These

societies need a safe, reliable, and efficient means of transporting their children.

With a

Roadgrid™ guidance system, emergency floatation capability, and an integral fire suppression system the Mooney can be trusted to bring them back alive every time.

Seating 35 young students, and equipped with sanitary facilities, the Mooney can cruise almost 10,000 km between fuel stops. While not fast, the hoverskirt provides decent off-road capabilities, allowing service to outlying districts. (Rivers are frequently used as hover-highways on colony worlds.)

Ragoon Citibus (TL9)

Summary: 7.00 displacement ton box; 11.9 tonnes; kCr 28.1 Chassis: 98.0 kL box (7.2 m long x 3.7 m wide x 3.7 m high); Structure: 616 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 1.20 MW-hr TL9 storage bank Propulsion System: 400 kW wheels; Maximum Speed: 51 km/h; Range: 153 km; Agility: +3DM (0.1G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 46 roomy passenger seats; Hatches: 1 manual, 1 power Communications: Subregional Radio (1 W, TL9, SmVcl); Range: 10 km Sensors: No sensors installed.

Light, cheap, and non-polluting, the Ragoon is ideal for urban regions with developed roadnets. Its storage bank holds enough energy for three hours continuous operation, longer when the bus is frequently stationary—most transit systems provide charge sockets at major terminals for continual recharging.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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