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102 Vehicles: Mass Transport

Delswa Schoolbus (TL11)

Summary: 4.20 displacement ton box; 7.16 tonnes; kCr 22.2 Chassis: 58.8 kL box (6.0 m long x 3.1 m wide x 3.1 m high); Structure: 292 kg of structurecomp, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 300 kW TL11 Fusion Plus power plant; Fuel: 11.9 L of enriched water (11.9 kg), 100 hours supply Propulsion System: 300 kW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 109 km/h; Range: 10933 km; Agility: 0DM (2.9G) Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 56 cramped passenger seats Communications: Subcontinental Radio (100 W, TL11, SmVcl) Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W) Resolution: 1.0 mm per km of range Other: Safety Features: Roadgrid, fire suppression system; 797 L of cargo space

Even with advanced communications systems, children learn best when they are physically present with their peers and instructors, especially when they are young. The Delswa grav vehicle is designed as a schoolbus. It can seat 56 children in comfort (or 56 adults in discomfort) and safety. Speed is not an issue on most routes; the Delswa's 109 km/h maximum is quite adequate. Grav compensation can be added, but it increases the price to over kCr 37; most school systems prefer to install a governor limiting the acceleration to 1G. Roadgrid and an standard fire suppression system make the Delswa a safe method of transporting children.

Palimqua Gravbus (TL12)

Summary: 5.00 displacement ton box streamlined; 9.57 tonnes; kCr 62.5 Chassis: 70.0 kL box streamlined (6.4 m long x 3.3 m wide x 3.3 m high); Structure: 1.10 tonnes of crystaliron, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, sealed to 1 atm Armour: 3 front (0.04 cm), 2 sides (0.02 cm), 2 rear (0.02 cm), 2 top (0.02 cm), 2 bottom (0.02 cm) Performance: 803 kW TL12 fusion plus generator; Fuel: 25.1 L of enriched water (25.1 kg), 100 hours supply Propulsion System: 800 kW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 151 km/h loaded, 222 km/h unloaded; Range: 15049 km loaded, 22168 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (1.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 30 roomy passenger seats; Basic life support; Hatches: 2 power Communications: Continental Radio (1.00 kW, TL12, SmVcl); Range: 3000 km Sensors: Active Regional Radar (1.00 kW); Range: 30 km; Resolution: 0.200 mm per km of range Other: Safety Features: Roadgrid, 4 emergency wall patches, fire suppression system 6.15 kL of cargo space (3.07 tonnes)

A basic people-mover, the Palimqua Gravbus is a simple, cheap way to provide mass transit on a high-tech world. Although relatively slow, it can carry 30 passengers in comfort at speeds adequate for most purposes. The Palimqua qualifies for an orbital license on all Imperial worlds.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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