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PS-35J Astro Draken

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By Kodai-Okuda   |   
Published: May 9, 2020
© 2020 Kodai-Okuda

SPECIFICATIONS

GOVERNMENT: Colonial Confederacy Cosmo Navy (Pluto Republic, Uranus Theocratic Republic, Neptune Consortium)
TYPE: Protean Space Fighter
MODELS:  Neptune Heavy Industries PS-35J Astro Draken
DATE INTRODUCED: 2083 AD

DIMENSIONS:

(Fighter Mode):
LENGTH: 47.2 feet (14.4 meters)
WIDTH: 27.9 feet ( 8.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 11.5 feet (3.5 meters)

(Robot Mode):
LENGTH: 11.5 feet (3.5 meters)
WIDTH: 19.9 feet (6.07 meters)
HEIGHT: 37.4 feet (11.4 meters)

MATERIAL: Crystal Composite Alloy
POWER PLANT: Uranus Uranium Ion Plasma Fusion Furnace
OUTPUT: 100 Megawatts each (300 megawatts total)
ARMOR TYPE: Crystal Composite
ARMOR THICKNESS: 2 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 15 tons
CREW: 1 Pilot, 1 Navigator

PROPULSION
             PRIMARY MANEUVER/COMBAT ENGINE (ROBOT MODE):
             40x Renegade Reaction Industries RRI-HYIE-68 High Yield Ion Engines
             SPEED: 26,600 mph per cluster of 8 (Delta-V: 53,200 mph upward, reverse; 26,600 port, starboard, downward)

             PRIMARY FLIGHT/INTERPLANETARY ENGINE (FIGHTER MODE):
             4x Uranus Propulsion UP-EMD-2.7 Mark-I Electromagnetic Drive
             SPEED: 1,337,600 miles per hour each engine (5,350,400 mph total)

             PRIMARY (WALKER):
             1x Charon Industrial CI-WE-60
             SPEED: 50 mph

WEAPONS:
             PRIMARY (DEFENSIVE):
             2x Degtyrayov Dynamics DD-RFL-10 rapid fire laser cannons; Effective Range: 10 miles payload: unlimited with 100-megawatt nuclear battery clutch system; ROF: ten blasts every two seconds.

             PRIMARY (ASSAULT):
             1x Tokarev Technologies GP-303 quad 30-millimeter autocannon gunpod; Effective Range: 1.2 miles; Payload: 2400-round autoloading mechanical tray; ROF: fires bursts of 4, 8, or 12 rounds and has a cyclic rate of up to 2400 rounds per minute.

            OUTSIDE ORDINANCE:

            (WING MOUNTED, EACH WING)
            1x Siminov Systems MML-1064 sixty-four-shot Long Range Missile launcher pod; Effective Range: 422 miles; Payload: 192 mini-missiles; ROF: 1-64 per 2-seconds; TARGETING: RADAR array with 500-mile range
           
            1x Kalashnikov Arms MML-1044 forty-four-shot Long Range Missile Launcher pod; Effect Range: 422 miles; Payload: 352 mini-missiles; ROF: 1-44 per 2-seconds; TARGETING: LADAR array with 100-mile range

            1x Dragnov Heavy Industries DML-508 eight-shot Long Range Missile Launcher pod; Effective Range: 2111 miles; Payload: 120 50lbs medium size missile;ROF: 1-8; TARGETING: LADAR array with 100-mile range; DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS: 8-shot anti-missile mini-missile bomblets (5lbs each); PAYLOAD: 800; ROF: 1-8 every 2-seconds.

ELECTRONICS:
             1x Microwave Communications array with a 2500-mile range.
             1x Laser Radio Communications array with a 20,000-mile range.
             1x Gravitational/Antigravity Control Unit; Effect: Spacecraft type g-compensation unit modified to act as an inertia maneuvering system in place of vector control thrusters
             1x RADAR Sensor array with a 500-mile range.
             1x LADAR Sensor array with a 500-mile range.
             1x NADAR Sensor array with a 500-mile range.
             1x Passive EMS sensor array with a 10,000-mile range.
             1x Multispectral video/optical array with a range of 1000 miles.
             1x Transformation Unit

DEFENSE SYSTEMS:            
              2x Oberon Military Industries OMF-IF-10 Level-II omnidirectional ion field generators; Range: 30 feet from hull; Power Requirement: 10 kilowatts; Output: absorbs up to 20 terajoules of energy weapon damage.
            
Description/Overview:
         Contracted by the Uranus and Neptune governments to replace their ailing force of MBR-01C Colonial Main Battle Robots, the PS-35J Astro Draken was a mass produced, multi-role, Protean Space Fighter intended to fill the mechanized ranks of the Colonial Confederacy. The size of the Protean Fighter was quite small at 15-tons compared to the Neo-Hebrew built machines, thus limiting the volume of the mecha and greatly restricting its internal weapon systems. This shortcoming was compensated for by the addition of external weapon pods that more than made up for the lack of integral missile launchers. The Pluto Republic supplied most of the weapon systems even though they didn't use the PS-35J for their ground forces. Pluto kept the PS-35J as a purely space fighter unit, while their variable-mobile-arthropod-tanks (VMATs) were used for planetary assault and ground defense units. The Uranus and Neptune governments were primarily space-based with large O'Neill Cylinder colonies and other large-scale space stations, unlike Pluto which had planetary bases on Pluto, Charon, and other dwarf planets and Kuiper Belt objects. The sheer numbers of PS-35Js made them a remarkable weapon system. They were far easier to produce than anything in the Neo-Hebrew forces and were produced in considerable numbers by the Neo-Hebrews during the 2nd Interplanetary War of the 2090s as their own Protean fighters took nearly triple the amount of time to produce.  


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Hello:
 It is very good to finally see the information for this fighter design! The overall shape looks simplistic enough to get the vibe of it been mass-produceable, although I can imagine a transformable fighter is a pain to engineers no matter the design :D .


 Also I do like the background story a lot, specially because that tiny-little bit of info on the Outer planets' governments proves enough to begin formind a mental image of the giant O'Neill colonies Headbang Emoticon . Of course I pressume that, due to distance, those colonies are fully-enclosed? That would make sense to also shield the people from the gas giants' radiations as well as doubling the habitation space :thinking: .
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Hi Chiltrek,

It took me 3-weeks to figure out a working transformation for this fighter, and it still has a few kinks in it but it does work.
I went for a Gundam-style look for this fighter as I wanted to make sure it was as far from Shoji Kawamori's Draken III as I could possible make it.

Thank you. I wanted to have a backstory that would explain why this fighter is so simple in its design.

The Outer Colonies use large radiation collectors in place of the mirrors. These reduce the electromagnetic radiation inside the colonies to safe levels, provide energy for the space station batteries, and heat to warm the colony. That tech comes from the Prodono who use specialized "glass/clear-plastic" to absorb cosmic-radiation and power their ship's emergency batteries.

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Hello:
 Ouch, that is a long time indeed :O . I understand the concerns you had, but I don't think anybody can say anything so I think it was worth it :nod: .

 You are most welcome! :thumbsup: or :goodjob: 

 Ohh, so that means the Cylinders are normal ones but with the mirrors altered to collect the radiations then? That is indeed new to me :) .
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Hi Chiletrek,

I got the idea for using radiation-collecting panels (mostly Electromagnetic radiation from Jupiter) from this article in the New Scientist.
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Hello:
 Very nice little article there Headbang Emoticon . The advantage of your futuristic setting is that the basis of that technology could be made in much larger scale for your colonies on Neptune and Uranus. But I suppose Prodono technology helped with that massification? Or maybe with efficiency?
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Hi Chiletrek,

Yes sir.
The Prodono Technology boosted Terran tech by over 100+ years (in Nexus Arcana game terms it moved mankind from a TAL-N civilization to a TAL-O civilization).
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Hello:
 Cool! Oh wow, quite a jump indeed!
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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You're very welcome!!!
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