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102 Vehicles: Specialized Vehicles

Petain AutoVintner (TL9)

Summary: 0.50 displacement ton open frame; 2.04 tonnes; kCr 25.8 Chassis: 7.00 kL open frame (8.3 m long x 1.2 m wide x 1.2 m high); Structure: 353 kg of light alloy, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 55.0 kW TL7 fuel cell; Fuel: 4.66 kL of liquid hydrogen (332 kg), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 50.0 kW legs; Maximum Speed: 8 km/h loaded, 16 km/h unloaded; Range: 88 km loaded, 160 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (0.0G) Crew: Crew roster: 0 crew members; 0 crew station Communications: Subregional Radio (1 W, TL9, SmVcl); Range: 10 km Sensors: Passive Subregional Optical (1 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 5.0 mm per km of range Other: Manipulators: 3 Very Light Arms, Light Arm; 1.83 kL of cargo space (915 kg)

Picking fruit is backbreaking work, and few citizens of high-tech worlds willingly seek it out. Some worlds import labourers, others mechanize farms and orchards. The Petain is an example of the latter approach.The special-purpose R3 dedicated system controls high-resolution optical sensors, four legs, and four manipulator arms, giving the Petain more than a passing resemblance to a large, shortsighted, and rather dim-witted metal spider.

Stanley Explorer (TL10)

Summary: 3.00 displacement ton box; 16.5 tonnes; kCr 371 Chassis: 42.0 kL box (5.4 m long x 2.8 m wide x 2.8 m high); Structure: 779 kg of crystaliron, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, sealed to 1 atm, 2 armour rating Performance: 2.03 MW TL10 fusion plus generator; Fuel: 1.01 kL of enriched water (1.01 tonnes), 1000 hours supply Propulsion System: 2.00 MW legs with reinforced suspension; Maximum Speed: 78 km/h loaded, 102 km/h unld; Range: 78611 km loaded, 101833 km unld; Agility: +3DM (0.1G) Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 4 roomy passenger seats Standard life support, sanitary and shower facilities; Airlocks: 1 cramped; Hatches: 2 manual Communications: Continental Radio (1.00 kW, TL10, SmVcl); Range: 3000 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 5.0 mm per km of range Active Subregional Gravitic (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 2.0 m per km of range Other: Options: recreation space, kitchen for 5 simultaneous meals Safety Features: 1 emergency wall patch, fire suppression system Manipulators: 2 Light Arms, 2 Heavy Arms; 4.0 m3 of lab space; 7.52 kL of cargo space (3.76 tonnes)

One of the more unusual vehicles encountered on the Imperial Fringes, the Stanley Explorer is a high-tech all terrain vehicle, fully equipped with all the bells and whistles: fire suppression system, compact lab, general purpose computer, gravitic sensor suite, life support, external

manipulators, and a generous cargo bay. While grav vehicles are more common (and cheaper)

, environmental conditions sometimes

dictate a ground vehicle. The Stanley’s walker suspension gives better cross-country capability than wheels or tracks.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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