BARD PAPER: VERA0023
Ruby Bird Commuter Aircraft
design by Roderick Darroch Elliott
The Ruby Bird is built by the aerospace manufacturer Shenduughash
Ka Shing Aerial Conveyances (SKSAC). Its streamlined 140 m3 displacement slab-shaped fuselage is
slung between 4 counter-rotating Lift Activator Disks mounted fore and aft
on either side of the hull, hung from short airfoil cross-section reverse
gull-winged wings. The bulbous, glass-encased cockpit is slung low and
slightly forward, giving it a rather droopnosed appearance; aft the hull
tapers backward towards a Y-configuration vertical stabilizer.
Twin passenger entry doors, mounted at mid-hull and opening onto
the back of the passenger compartment, allow access to the passenger
compartment. The passenger areas are slightly roomier than is the norm for
comparable aircraft; eight roomy seats are laid out on either side of a
central corridor. Emergency exit hatches are placed in the ceilings of the
cockpit and pasenger compartment. A 16 m^3 cargo compartment, accessed by
a side-opening small cargo hatch, is emplaced aft of the passenger
compartment. 4 3.625 Mw MHD power plants are emplaced in the hull at the
base of the wing roots; fuel storage is along the underside of the hull.
Landing gear consist of 4 short retractable landing legs with sturdy pads.
The plane was designed with Fire Fusion & Steel.
- Airframe: Fast Subsonic
- Price: 6.54 MCr
- Tech Level: 9
- Size: 140 m3
- Mass: 74.85 tons max takeoff.
- Power: TL-9 MHD Turbine 14.5 Mw 2.9 M^3/hr fuel generating 120 tons of thrust.
Controls: TL-9 Computer Linked
Sensor: 300km Radar
Electronic Countermeasures: None
Life Support: Basic
Cargo: 9 tons
Crew 1 Pilot/Gunner
Crew Accomodations: 3 crew cramped crewstations
Passenger Accomodations: 16 open passenger stations
Fire Control None
Maxiumum Speed: 320 kph.
Cruising Speed: 240 kph.
NOE Speed: 40
Combat Move: 111
Glide Ratio: 0 (Drops like a brick)
Fuel Consumption: 2.9 m3/hour
Internal Fuel Capacity: L
Endurance: 13.33 hrs.
Range: 3100 km
Takeoff Roll: m
Landing Roll: m
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