BARD PAPER: VERA0021
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.
- Price: 30,458 Cr
- Tech Level: 9
- Size: Sub-micro (9m3, 4.5 m3 with rotors
- Mass: 139.5 kg fuelled, 150 kg max takeoff.
- Power: 0.04735 MW improved internal combustion engine driving
rotor assembly for 0.15 tonnes lift and 0.015 tonnes thrust (no
- 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
<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.
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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