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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:24 am    Post subject: More SVs - Hummingbird DroneScout & Falco Lt GP VTOLs Reply with quote

Outskirts of Avalon City
New Avalon, Federated Suns
15 April 3067

Infantry Captain Ross “Rosy” Richards crouched low against the wall, watching the video feed from the drone intently on his noteputer. The Hummingbird was so close he could faintly hear it, despite the bursts of gunfire. As he watched he saw the flash of a missile launch come from a roof top, the contrail of the missile heading straight up to met the drone. Even though the image was rock steady he guessed the drone’s pilot, no doubt many kilometers to the rear, was frantically trying to maneuver the VTOL out of harms way. But it was too late. The video feed froze about a second before Captain Richards heard the rather loud explosion, coming from off to his right, which brought the drone down.

Captain Richards pondered the situation for a moment, then scrolled quickly back through the video to a good aerial shot of his assigned combat zone, a small section of urban sprawl to the just a few kilometers from Avalon City.

Once he found the best view in the video he sketched a few lines on the screen of his noteputer with a stylus and hit the send button, knowing the image would go straight to his platoon and squad leaders. He then keyed the voice transmit button of his radio and issued a few quick orders to those same soldiers.

It was going to be a busy evening.


Cal-Boeing’s Hummingbird Drone Scout VTOL

Drones of various types have been in use for over a thousand years so it was no surprise to Cal-Boeing executives when, in 3018, they received a request for a new VTOL drone from the AFFS Department of the Quartermaster. The resulting Hummingbird Drone Scout remains today a good selling success story for Cal-Boeing, despite its average capabilities, or perhaps because of them. After all, the Hummingbird is only average because the drone technology it uses is mature and the competition is just as capable.

When Cal-Boeing engineers received the design request they knew exactly what to start with – the Falco 7 VTOL. The Falcos are known widely as robust and inexpensive VTOL. After a quick study the engineers settled on a ultra light 7 airframe, the Falco’s 750 kg weight class model. Though slower than the 12 and 22 the lower speed of the 7 was not seen as a detriment to the drone mission as it drastically improved the VTOL’s endurance on station – an important characteristic of all drones.

Cal-Boeing teamed with Federated-Boeing subsidiary Boeing Instrumentation Ltd. for the communications and sensor systems. Those sensors include standard military-grade thermal imaging and visual spectrum video cameras, mounted in a gyro stabilized gimbal in the nose of the VTOL, as well as a standard model synthetic aperture radar built specifically for VTOLs. The sensor suite provide a wide scan field for operators and sensors comparable that carried on most combat VTOLs. The communications suite is designed specifically for drones to allow drone-pilots, also known as controllers, to fly the vehicle from thousands of kilometers away via satellite, or other forms of communications relays using ultra-high radio frequencies, although Hummingbird drone controllers are rarely more than 50 kilometers away, which does not require signal relay.

The Hummingbird’s power plant is a standard, widely available fuel cell, which powers both the VTOL’s electrical systems and the rotors’ electrical motors. The rotors’ electrical motors eliminate the need for complex transmissions and help to conserve energy, and thus fuel, which maximizes the VTOL’s phenomenal endurance, pushing it to 22 hours.

All-in-all the Department of the Quartermaster and end users of the Hummingbird, in and out of the AFFS, are very pleased with its performance. Interestingly, it has been so successful in its role as an observation platform that many police, news and traffic reporting agencies have replaced their manned aircraft with Hummingbirds or similar drones.


Code:

Type: Cal-Boeing Hummingbird Drone Scout VTOL
Chassis Type: VTOL (Small)
Mass: 750 kg
Equipment Rating: D/X-D-C/D

Equipment                                      Mass
Chassis/Controls:                              75 kg
Engine/Trans:           Fuel Cell (Electric)   80 kg
     Cruise MP:           7 /  75.6 KPH
     Flank MP:           11 / 118.8 KPH
Heat Sinks: 0                                   0 kg
Fuel: 0.012 kg/km 1,666 km, Endurance: 22 Hrs  20 kg
Turret: None
Armor Factor (BAR: 2):      0                   0 kg
                         Internal             Armor
                         Structure            Value
     Front                  1                   0
     R/L Side               1                  0/0
     Rear                   1                   0

Weapons & Ammo           Location             Mass
None                        -                   -

Crew:  None
Cargo: None


Notes: Features Ultra-Light Chassis and Controls Modifications,
   Drone Control Equipment* (75 kg), Drone Sensor Equipment* (500 kg)

Cost:    6,757 C-Bills

Hummingbird Drone Control Station*, Standard Model
Mass:    2.5 tons
Crew:     1
Cost:   25,000 C-Bills

*Drone Construction & Game Rules can be found in MaximumTech and hopefully TechManual.


For those that are interested my Hummingbird is a ripoff of the A160 Hummingbird and looks just like it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I picture this VTOL I see something like MD's Notar Explorer helicopter. The Explorer would be, size wise most like the Falco 22.

Falco Light VTOL

Falco 3 Observer: “Dispatch, Falco 3 in pursuit of robbery suspect, blue Freedom 900 hover jeep, west bound on Freeway 9, 25 kilometers east of exit 12.”

Dispatch: “Roger, in pursuit, target vehicle west bound on Freeway 9, 25 kilometers east of Exit 12. Be advised Balboa City Police have established their road block 1 kilometer west of Exit 12.”

Falco 3 Observer: “Roger Dispatch. Road block set 1 kilometer east of Exit 12. We’re set for medivac, if necessary, continuing pursuit.”


The Falco 12 and 22 are mainstays in the civilian light general-purpose VTOL market for Cal-Boeing of Dorwinion, and have been for over 50 years, with only minor refinements over that time. The Falco has proven to be robust, reliable, versatile and economical, both in terms of initial purchase price and operating costs: making it one of Cal-Boeing’s most successful designs, civilian or military.

In terms of construction the Falco is like most other civilian VTOLs, it does not have any advanced technology; the majority of the frame is made of composites, the glass cockpit is equipped with standard display units, or NVG-Capable displays if specified by the customer and both primary models of the Falco, the 12 and 22 use the same basic modular turbine power plants and transmissions.

Both the 12 and the 22 can be outfitted for a number of rolls depending on the customers needs. The standard, general-purpose versions of both models are outfitted for transport and liaison duties with full-sized crashworthy seats. They can also be outfitted with folding jump seats to maximize the number of people that can be transported. These jump seats can easily be removed to improve the cargo carrying capacity.

The standard general-purpose models are used in a number of rolls, the most common being Police, news service and traffic observation, only the most affluent Police, news and traffic services can afford VTOLs such as the Sky Eye and Peacekeeper SWAT Carrier.

One interesting option for both the Falco 12 and 22 are the detachable jump seat frame sets. The frames attach on either side of the VTOL and provide jump seats for an additional six to eight passengers, depending on the model. The jump seat frames are most often used by the rapid reaction teams, such as police SWAT and other paramilitary units. Although it is not popular with the personnel that use them they are seen as a quick, easy and cost effective way to insert personnel, especially in tight built-up areas where ground vehicles have a hard time getting to the scene due to traffic and larger VTOLs have a hard time maneuvering due to their size. Police general-purpose models also often carry folding stretchers so they can act as light air ambulances. Police officers with paramedic training are normally assigned to them as observers. Although these VTOLs do not carry a critical care unit they can provide timely aid.

The 12T is the training model VTOL of the Falco line for Cal-Boeing. The trainer is equipped with dual cockpit controls* for instructor and student. These controls come equipped with override settings so that the instructor can override any action taken by the student, regardless of which side of the cockpit either person is in. This feature is credited with having saved many lives. The 12T is the most common basic VTOL trainer in Federated Suns space, and is used at numerous VTOL flight schools, both civilian and military.

One of the largest selling models of the Falco line is the 22 Air Ambulance. It has a critical care unit set that can sustain just about any patient until the VTOL arrives at a proper medical facility. The Air Ambulance also has a couple of jump seats for lesser emergency cases or relatives of the patient being transported; it also provides a proper crashworthy seat for the flight nurse.

Although not a great seller for Cal-Boeing luxury models of both the 12 and 22 are available for VIP transport.

Falcos of all types can be found all over the Inner Sphere, although the majority are concentrated within Federated Suns or former Federated Suns territory.

*To simulate dual cockpit controls on a vehicle that normally only has one crew member I have used a 1.1 multiplier for the Chassis and Controls equipment, in addition to any other multipliers.


Code:
Type: Falco 12 Light General-Purpose VTOL
Chassis Type: VTOL (Small)
Mass: 1,250 kg
Equipment Rating: D/C-D-C/C

Equipment                                      Mass
Chassis/Controls:                             250 kg
Engine/Trans:         ICE (Petrolchemical)    649 kg
     Cruise MP:          13 / 140.4 KPH
     Flank MP:           20 / 216.0 KPH
Heat Sinks: 0                                   0 kg
Fuel:  0.065 kg/km, 769 km, Endurance: 5.5 hrs 50 kg
Turret: 0                                       0 kg
Armor Factor (BAR: 3):      5                  95 kg
                         Internal             Armor
                         Structure            Value
     Front                  1                   1
     R/L Side               1                  1/1
     Rear                   1                   1
     Rotors                 1                   1

Weapons & Ammo           Location             Mass
None                        -                   -

Crew: 1            2 Doors (L/R)
Cargo: 1 kg, 51 kg with Jump Seats Removed, 1 Door (Rear)


Notes: 2 Crew Passengers (150 kg), 2 Additional Passengers (Pillion Seats, 50 kg), 1 Hand Operated Searchlight (5 kg)

Cost:  5,303 C-Bills


Code:
Type: Falco 12T Trainer VTOL
Chassis Type: VTOL (Small)
Mass: 1,250 kg
Equipment Rating: D/C-D-C/C

Equipment                                      Mass
Chassis/Controls:                             275 kg
Engine/Trans:         ICE (Petrolchemical)    649 kg
     Cruise MP:          13 / 140.4 KPH
     Flank MP:           20 / 216.0 KPH
Heat Sinks: 0                                   0 kg
Fuel:  0.065 kg/km, 769 km, Endurance: 5.5 hrs 50 kg
Turret: 0                                       0 kg
Armor Factor (BAR: 3):      5                  95 kg
                         Internal             Armor
                         Structure            Value
     Front                  1                   1
     R/L Side               1                  1/1
     Rear                   1                   1
     Rotors                 1                   1

Weapons & Ammo           Location             Mass
None                        -                   -

Crew: 1            2 Doors (L/R)
Cargo: 31 kg, 1 Door (Rear)


Notes: 2 Crew/Passengers (150 kg), 1 Hand Operated Searchlight (5 kg)

Cost:  5,368 C-Bills


Code:
Type: Falco 22 Light General-Purpose VTOL
Chassis Type: VTOL (Small)
Mass: 2,250 kg
Equipment Rating: D/C-D-C/C

Equipment                                      Mass
Chassis/Controls:                             420 kg
Engine/Trans:         ICE (Petrolchemical)  1,090 kg
     Cruise MP:          13 / 140.4 KPH
     Flank MP:           20 / 216.0 KPH
Heat Sinks: 0                                   0 kg
Fuel:  0.109 kg/km, 688 km, Endurance: 4.9 hrs 75 kg
Turret: 0                                       0 kg
Armor Factor (BAR: 3):      5                  95 kg
                         Internal             Armor
                         Structure            Value
     Front                  1                   1
     R/L Side               1                  1/1
     Rear                   1                   1
     Rotors                 1                   1

Weapons & Ammo           Location             Mass
None                        -                   -

Crew: 1            2 Doors (Forward L/R)
Cargo: 7 kg, 82 kg with Jump Seats Removed, 3 Doors (Aft L/R & 1 Rear)


Notes: 5 Crew/Passengers (375 kg), 3 Additional Passengers (Pillion Seats, 75 kg), 1 Hand Operated Searchlight (5 kg)

Cost:  9,025 C-Bills


Code:
Type: Falco 22 Air Ambulance VTOL
Chassis Type: VTOL (Small)
Mass: 2,250 kg
Equipment Rating: D/C-D-C/C

Equipment                                      Mass
Chassis/Controls:                             420 kg
Engine/Trans:         ICE (Petrolchemical)  1,090 kg
     Cruise MP:          13 / 140.4 KPH
     Flank MP:           20 / 216.0 KPH
Heat Sinks: 0                                   0 kg
Fuel:  0.109 kg/km, 688 km, Endurance: 4.9 hrs 75 kg
Turret: 0                                       0 kg
Armor Factor (BAR: 3):      5                  95 kg
                         Internal             Armor
                         Structure            Value
     Front                  1                   1
     R/L Side               1                  1/1
     Rear                   1                   1
     Rotors                 1                   1

Weapons & Ammo           Location             Mass
None                        -                   -

Crew: 1            2 Doors (Forward L/R)
Cargo: 7 kg, 57 kg with Jump Seats Removed, 2 Doors (Aft L & Rear)


Notes: 2 Crew/Passengers (150 kg), 2 Additional Passengers (Pillion Seats, 50 kg), 1 Hand Operated Searchlight (5 kg), Paramedic Equipment (250 kg)

Cost:  16,861 C-Bills

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