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Cyclops Deep Survey Drone

design by Nick Bradbeer

There's an interesting setup in the Korinall Cluster campaign, where a bunch of these suckers get Virused and build their own civilisation in the ruins of the human settlement of the system. They manage to achieve a totally independant culture and live withou harming anybody, yet the players, even after finding all of this out, instinctively wanted to nuke the place anyway.

The Cyclops was developed from the Eyeball series of recon drones. Intended for long-duration system survey work, it was entirely autonomous and capable of performing an extensive survey of a star system all by itself, without requiring service or refuelling. The drone carries fuel for forty four years of continuous operation, providing reaction mass may be topped up by gas giant scooping or ocean refuelling.

The Cyclops is designed to work alone. The normal method of operation for a scout service would be based around a carrier ship, say a converted Jayhawk Far Trader. This ship could carry ten Cyclops units in cargo space, and drop one drone in each of ten systems. By the time it had dropped off the tenth, the first has had ten weeks to complete a system survey, and may be picked up. The mothership has performed ten ten-week surveys in twenty weeks.

Alternatively, the drone may be dropped into a system and left for a period of years to perform detailed geological and biological surveys of all bodies present. While still within the drone's abilities, this is more risky since a single major malfunction stands to result in the loss of so much data.

In order to operate alone away from maintenance for so long, the Cyclops is able to self repair. Each of the two main computers contains the necessary information to maintain a drone, and in fact to manufacture spare parts if the correct materials are available. This provides, in effect, a bank of skills including Ship's Engineering, Gravitics, Electronics, Mechanics and so on. Memory limitations mean that only one such skill may be loaded into the brain at once, but the whole range is available. Duplication of all vital systems mean that any one malfunction, short of the reactor or the brain itself, can be repaired using alternate systems. It is this ability which allows the incredibly long lifetime away from human operation.

This robot was designed with the vehicle rules so it uses those for hit purposes and for movement rules.

Cyclops Deep Survey Drone

General Data

Tech Level: 15
Price: 24.31 MCr
Size: 70 m3
Length: 7.3 Meters
Armor: 10
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 25.5 tonnes / 23.0 tonnes

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 4.7 MW Fusion Power Plant, 44 year duration (20.7 m3 fuel)
G-Rating: 1G HEPlaR (1.28 MW/G), High-Efficiency CG Lifter (0.5 MW)
G-Turns: 100, 0.2 m3 fuel each
Maint: 3


Brain: Model 13b
Logic: High Autonomous
Command: Full
Intelligence: 6
    Sensors - 16
    Survey - 16
    Astrogation - 16
    Observation - 16
    Robotics - 16
    (Memory Module) - 16
The drone's data socket may be connected to its secondary computer, allowing a range of secondary skills to be placed in the sixth slot. This facility is often used for self repair.
Computer: 2xTL-15 Standard computer (0.55 MW)
Avionics: Imaging EMS, inertial/gravitational positioning
Commo: Laser (1000 AU; 0.3 MW), Maser (1000 AU; 0.6 MW), Radio (3000 km; 0.1 MW)
Sensors: PEMS Folding array (5 hex; 0.15 MW), PEMS (1 hex; 0.02 MW), Densitometer (0.4 MW), Neutrino Sensor (0.01 MW), 2xVisible Spectrum Eye, 1xWSV Eye, 2xTelescopic Eye, 1xColor Enhance Eye, 1xTactile Sensor.
ECM/ECCM: EM Masking (0.07 MW)
Cargo: None
Peripherals: 1xSmoke/gas detector, 1xIR motion detector, 1xMagnetic sensor, 1xRadiation sensor, 1xData Socket, 1xVideo display, 1xVoder/speaker, Laser Torch mounted on arm mount, 2 x 5-litre Arms.

ArmVolumeAGLSTRLiftHitUMDWeapon AMD
Arm 5 liters9125kg151Torch4


Offensive Laser Welder on arm mount
Defensive: None
Stablization: None

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