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102 Vehicles: Commercial Vehicles

Todd Mobile Kitchen (TL6)

Summary: 2.00 displacement ton box; 9.89 tonnes; kCr 52.3 Chassis: 28.0 kL box (4.7 m long x 2.4 m wide x 2.4 m high); Structure: 1.07 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.03 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 610 kW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 305 L of hydrocarbons (305 kg), 5 hours supply Propulsion System: 600 kW wheels; Maximum Speed: 54 km/h loaded, 109 km/h unloaded; Range: 272 km loaded, 545 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.1G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 2 roomy passenger seats Hatches: 4 manual Communications: Regional Radio (10 W, TL6, SmVcl); Range: 30 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Options: recreation space, kitchen for 20 simultaneous meals Safety Features: anti-theft system, fire suppression system 9.90 kL of cargo space (4.95 tonnes)

Larger cities tend to have many occasional gatherings, at which people naturally want food. When circumstances do not warrant building a permanent facility, mobile kitchens like the Todd find a niche.

Although it is too slow to travel outside a built-up area, the Todd is ideal for urban events. Almost ten cubic metres of pantry space can supply the kitchen for most of a day while the two- cook kitchen can prepare 20 meals at a time.

Aero Utility Vehicle (TL10)

Summary: 4.00 displacement ton open-topped box; 24.4 tonnes; kCr 10.1 Chassis: 56.0 kL open-topped box (5.9 m long x 3.1 m wide x 3.1 m high); Structure: 943 kg of crystaliron, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.010 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 200 kW TL10 fusion plus generator; Fuel: 10.0 L of enriched water (10.0 kg), 100 hours supply Propulsion System: 200 kW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 14 km/h loaded, 171 km/h unloaded; Range: 1477 km loaded, 17086 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (0.5G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 5 roomy passenger seats Communications: Subcontinental Radio (100 W, TL10, SmVcl); Range: 300 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 5.0 mm per km of range Other: Safety Features: anti-theft system 44.5 kL of cargo space (22.3 tonnes)

Small, cheap utility vehicles are very common in the Third Imperium. The Ling Standard Products Aeron fits into standard 4-ton vehicle bays, such as those used by the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service. LSP offers generous licenses to local manufacturers, which makes the Aeron one of the most common models.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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