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Alpha Area Denial Mine

design by Nick Bradbeer

Designed to cripple or destroy light craft like fighters or fuel shuttles, the Alpha is a very small platform armed with a Darkstar X-Ray laser.

When launched, the onboard reactor powers a 10-tonne HEPlar chamber with a half-hour of fuel, allowing 1 G-hour of delta vee for final positioning. The reactor then shuts down to a very low setting, capable of sustaining the onboard electronics for 10 years.

The unit is controlled by a model-13a robot brain, fed by a 3,000 km passive EMS array. Ships not broadcasting the correct IFF signal, and matching preprogrammed criteria (size, course etc) are then engaged with the laser.

The laser is chemically fuelled, and carries 200 cartridges in an autoloaded magazine - enough for 2 hours of firing at the standard rate of one shot every forty seconds.

Alpha Area Denial Mine

General Data

Displacement: 0.05 tons Hull Armor: 10
Length: ? meters Volume: 0.75 m3
Price: 625,714 Cr Target Size: SM
Configuration: ?? Tech Level: 14
Mass: (Loaded/Unloaded) 3.01 / 1.47

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 0.75MW Fusion Reactor, 10 litres LH2 (10 years at 0.01 MW)
Jump Performance: 0
Jump Fuel: 0 m3
G-Rating: 3
G-Turns: 1
Maint: 0


Computer: TL 13a Robot Brain
Logic: High Autonomous
Command: Full
Intelligence: 4
Commo: None
Avionics: None
Sensors: 3,000 km Passive EMS Array (2.25m Antenna)
Controls: None


OffensiveDarkstar 10-Mj Chemically Fuelled Laser with Autoloader, ROF=50, -1 DM, 200 laser cartridges
Defensive: None
Master Fire Directors: None

Name Short Medium Long Extreme
Darkstar Laser0.1:1/3-8 0.2:1/3-8 0.4:1/3-8 0.8:1/2-7


Life Support: None
Grav Compensation: None
Crew: None
Crew Accommodations: None
Passenger Accomadation: None
Other Facilities: None
Cargo: 0 m3 Large Cargo Hatches
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: None
Air Locks: None

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