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Eyeball Beta- Class Probe

design by Nick Bradbeer

The eyeball series of probes offered a means of observing over a wide area without danger to the parent ship. Ranging in size from 1dt to 3 dt, plus the larger 5dt Cyclops, they provided survey and scout ships with many additional functions. The Gamma Variant complemented the Beta type in the long range Search And Rescue role; Betas provided the search equipment, while the Gamma introduced a basic rescue capability. A single seat and extended life support was crammed in at the expense of long range sensors and fuel. Maximum thrust was reduced to 6G, since TL14 Grav Compensation could not overcome the standard 8G, and a short range radio was fitted to enable communication with simple survival gear communicators. No airlock was fitted; the whole drone had to be depressurised to allow entry from or exit to vacuum. EMM was fitted as standard, since this was primarily a military design, and the probes were even fitted out with Contra-Grav drives to assist operations in planetary gravity wells. This combination was also used for a variety of less well-publicised roles by the military, since the ability to carry a single operative in an almost invisible, remote controlled capsule which could land on planets was obviously useful for covert operations.

See also the Beta Series Search Probe and the Gamma Series Rescue Probe.

Eyeball Gamma-Class Probe

General Data

Displacement: 1 tons Hull Armor: 12
Length: 2.99 meters Volume: 14 m3
Price: 4.07 MCr Target Size: Mc
Configuration:Streamlined Sphere Tech Level: 14
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 17.1 / 16.7

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 10 MW Fusion Power Plant, 0.1 year's duration (36 days) at 0.12m3 of Lhyd Fuel
Jump Performance: None
G-Rating: 6G HEPlaR (0.44 MW/G)
G-Turns: 84,
Maint: 2


Computer: , TL-14 Flight computer (0.05 MW)
Commo: Maser (Unlimited; 0.6 MW), Radio (0.1 hex; 0.1 MW)
Avionics: Imaging EMS, IGS positioning, 180 km/h NOE
Sensors: AEMS (1 hex; 6 MW), PEMS Folding array (1 hex; 0.02 MW),
ECM/ECCM: EM Masking (0.014 MW)
Controls: No bridge, 0 normal workstations


Offensive: None
Defensive: None
Master Fire Directors: None


Life Support: m3 LS volume (0 MW), Gravitic Compensators (0.07 MW)
Grav Compensation: 5 G.
Crew: 2 (1xManeuver, 1xElectronics)
Crew Accommodations: Cockpit
Cargo: None
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: None
Air Locks: 0


Crew requirements are calculated by using 'Original FFS' crew model.
0.4 MW power surplus

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