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TL-9 Rotordrone

design by Idiot/Savant

A remotely-operated drone used for reconnaissance and forward-observer duties by the Oriflammerian military. The rotordrone is powered by an LHyd-fuelled internal combustion engine driving a pair of contra-rotating rotors, which can be replaced to allow operations in thin, standard, or dense atmospheres. The airframe is corrosion-resistant and the engine can be fitted with intake filters to allow operation in tainted atmospheres. In addition the fuel tankage has been modified to allow the carrying of dual LHyd/LOx fuel for use in exotic atmospheres. The craft is equipped with a 3km laser designator and a variety of sensors, and has a 10.5 kg payload bay for extra equipment (decoys, sensors, and even small weapons).

The control unit for the rotordrone includes a video screen and recorder, the actual controls, and a 30km radio (4.5 kg, Cr 2900, 0.00175 MW), and can be either mounted in a vehicle or attached to a battery unit and used from a backpack. A five-hour battery pack weighs 44 kg and costs Cr 175 (TL-9), or 12 kg and Cr 60 (TL-12).

Extra sets of rotor-blades cost Cr 210 and mass 5.25 kg. Intake filters for the engine cost Cr 2.

The rotordrone was designed with Fire Fusion & Steel.

TL-9 Rotordrone

General Data

Price: 30,458 Cr
Tech Level: 9
Size: Sub-micro (9m3, 4.5 m3 with rotors folded).
Mass: 139.5 kg fuelled, 150 kg max takeoff.
Power: 0.04735 MW improved internal combustion engine driving CMR rotor assembly for 0.15 tonnes lift and 0.015 tonnes thrust (no surplus power).
Maint: 1

Controls: TL-9 computer linked controls, TL-5 flight avionics and TL-7 inertial positioning system.
Comunications: 30 km radio (0.001 MW)
Sensor: Video camera, II Scope (0.0005 MW) and 0.3 km HRT (0.0001 MW) <
Fire Control: 3 km Laser designator (0.005 MW).
Electronic Countermeasures: None
Life Support: None
Cargo: 10.5 kg.

Crew: None (1 remote operator).
Maxiumum Speed: 319 kph, 298 kph with full payload.
Cruising Speed: 239 kph, 223 kph with full payload.
NOE Speed: 40 kph.
Combat Move: 44, 6 at NOE.
Agility: 4
Fuel Consumption: 11.84 L LHyd per hour.
Internal Fuel Capacity: 94.72 liters LHyd.
Endurance: 8 hours (4 hours in Exotic atmosphere).
Range: Limited by communicator to 120 km from operator.
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