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102 Vehicles: Commercial Vehicles

Khoi Delivery Airvan (TL10)

Summary: 1.50 displacement ton box; 10.4 tonnes; kCr 14.10 Chassis: 21.0 kL box (4.3 m long x 2.2 m wide x 2.2 m high); Structure: 490 kg of crystaliron, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.010 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 500 kW TL10 fusion plus generator; Fuel: 25.0 L of enriched water (25.0 kg), 100 hours supply Propulsion System: 500 kW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 86 km/h loaded, 460 km/h unloaded; Range: 8623 km loaded, 45838 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (1.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 1 roomy passenger seat 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, Roadgrid 16.9 kL of cargo space (8.47 tonnes)

A simple contragrav lifter, the Khoi and similar vehicles are so ubiquitous that they are virtually invisible in most urban settings.

Noraq Delivery Van (TL11)

Summary: 2.00 displacement ton box; 13.8 tonnes; kCr 12.4 Chassis: 28.0 kL box (4.7 m long x 2.4 m wide x 2.4 m high); Structure: 178 kg of structurecomp, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 400 kW TL11 fusion plus generator; Fuel: 15.8 L of enriched water (15.8 kg), 100 hours supply Propulsion System: 400 kW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 52 km/h loaded, 560 km/h unloaded; Range: 5213 km loaded, 55785 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (1.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 1 cramped passenger seat Communications: Regional Radio (10 W, TL11, SmVcl); Range: 30 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Safety Features: anti-theft system, Roadgrid 25.0 kL of cargo space (12.5 tonnes)

Cheap and reliable, Noraq vans (or their equivalents) are a common sight on many worlds. Little more than a simple structurecomp box with contragrav lifters and a Fusion Plus power plant, they are the cheapest means of shuttling goods within a city. Lack of sensors limit the basic model to use within urban Roadgrid control areas; a radar (permitting off-grid use) adds 3kCr to the price.

Even when outdated, Noraqs are frequently used until they wear out. Many examples can be found on Sylea and other high-tech worlds within the fledgling Third Imperium.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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