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design by Pete Grey
The Damselfly ornithopter is a local product of Nesturgi (Foreven 2128), a result of a shortage of grav vehicles on that world. The design is a mix of TL 10 materials and TL 12 electronics and power plant, a reflection of the technological divergence between the world's main cities and its extensive "outback". The Damselfly was originally reserved for the use of Nesturgi's Coast Guard (its "wet" navy), police, rescue and Geological Survey services, but retired examples have shown up in the possession of local corps, charter services and wealthy locals/sportsmen.
Powered by a compact fuel cell, the 'thopter does not have scintillating performance; indeed most civilian ground vehicles can outrun it. But over Nesturgi's oceans, its glide-loiter ability, combined with its normal 10 hour endurance, allows it to come into its true element as a surveillance, patrol and rescue platform. The "heart" of the 'thopter is its 30 km PEMS, which enables it to sweep the ocean for trouble. Normally only a two man crew is carried, but it carries provisions for two additional crewmen and four passengers, or six passengers depending on its ownership or mission profile. All Damselflies in civil service are seconded to the military in national or military emergencies.
Diff vs Fire: +4