Well, I think it's okay to upload this. If I've jumped the gun or written out this CTD for nothing, feel free to terminate this thread. This is the result of an idea that just jumped to mind.
Any comments are appreciated. Bah, what the heck--guess it wouldn't hurt to copy and paste it here for those who don't like rtfs...
The development of the advanced HAH MK-IV Praetorian PBA (Powered Battle Armor) brought X-Corps to a turning point in the once seemingly hopeless war, granting field agents much increased combat ability whilst at the same time enhancing defensive capabilities, effectively giving our soldiers a fighting chance against the technologically-advanced enemy. Establishing a ground-breaking trend, the Praetorian managed to single-handedly increase a unit's chances of survival in the battlefield by offering superior protection and advanced computer logistics to aid troops in combat. The results alone were staggering, proving once and for all that there's nothing that a little ingenuity cannot solve. The alien plasma weapons finally met their match, and our soldiers could at last balance the scales for a while--hopefully giving the human effort the time it needs to come up with a better solution.
After extensive efforts, that solution is finally at hand in the form of Icarus, the latest offering of our internal Research and Development Department. A further development of the powerful Praetorian battlefield solution, Icarus offers superb armor coverage and protection, along with completely new tactical advantage we've long only dreamed of: flight. Using miniature anti-gravity, Xenium-powered particle generators similar in design to alien UFO propulsion systems, the next-generation HAH MK-V Icarus can take our fighting units to the skies in an effort to counter the alien menace.
Time and effort, breakthrough after breakthrough, our research division has at long last reached an answer to the alien threat, in the form of one of the most significant scientific achievements known to mankind. While the general idea retains a certain degree of simplicity--giving a human being deft airborne capabilities--the means in getting there were a little less subtle. Initial testing proved that the flexibility of the mysterious alien alloys ensured the material was up to the task. The important question was, were the soldiers?
Apparently, the reactive properties of the alien alloys have a veritable mixed bag of advantages and disadvantages. The chief advantage scientists were looking at was the material's ability to remain strong yet inexplicably flexible, even at incredible temperatures. The problem was, in recent prototype experiments, the material exhibited a strange tendency to expand or contract, almost at random. Concerned that a soldier may suddenly be constricted to death, the science team painstakingly endeavored to discover what was causing this curious behavior. Experimenting with laser beam refraction technology in an effort to trigger the phenomenon the alloys were made famous for, it soon became clear that the reaction was caused by their attempts to fuse hybrid AAG (Advanced Anti-Gravity) units into the design of the original Praetorian. Strangely enough, this odd occurrence didn’t seem to have been triggered by the anti-matter properties as a whole, but rather by the act of attempting to get the suit airborne. It seemed that the aliens had somehow "programmed" the alloy to react in various ways according to its usage. Astounded, researchers endeavored to determine just why this occurred, for what purpose the aliens intended to utilize this odd behavior.
The secret laid within, deep inside the molecular structure of the material, where a breathtakingly advanced sub-atomic particle-assembly system went into effect. Amazingly, the aliens had somehow managed to "engineer" the very chemical makeup of this remarkably multi-purpose alloy, integrating a revolutionary physical adaptation device into its very material core. Not only does this explain the mysterious “smart” properties of the alloy, this discovery gives light to another: the material can actually be “molded” and modeled by the environment, effectively allowing it to adapt in new ways depending on desired usage.
Delving into the mysteries behind this unbelievable fact, X-Corps researchers tried everything possible to at least spark some kind of chemical reaction in an effort to emulate the aliens’ ability to “command” the substance. Some time afterwards, the concentrated effort all came to a head. Attempting to form a link between other forms of alien technology and the alien alloys they so dominantly relied upon, scientists first attempted at using everything X-Corps had learned so far. Xenium power fluctuations, UFO magnetic disruption arrays, even what has been learned about psionics…though no significant findings were reported. That was, until one of the scientists actually volunteered to take a prototype up into the air for a contained test flight. Unbelievably, the armored suit melded itself to fit his shape, changing its own weight distribution to stay upright in the air. At first taken by surprise, the tester attempted to apply a forward directional thrust using the anti-grav accelerators. Not causing the slightest bit of trouble, the modified Praetorian slowly edged forward through the air, maintaining a constant speed and heading based on his back-mounted thrusters. The breakthrough was both a surprising and important one, paving the way for a subsequent string of incredible discoveries.
The findings were incredible. It appeared that the alloy was indeed capable of adapting to the environment, for keeping a single soldier airborne for extended periods of time. With appropriate aerodynamic modifications, the addition of a user-specific, leg-mounted directional thrust system, the prototype steadily developed into what we now know as Icarus--the next and greatest step forward in reactive defense technology X-Corps has achieved yet.
Using next-generation anti-gravity harmonic stabilizers, complete with a 360-degree magnetic thrust system, Icarus is capable of levitating a soldier roughly twenty to thirty feet into the air for a virtually indefinite amount of time. Maintaining balance is an easy task, due to the fact each suit comes equipped with a powerful gravitational regulatory system that always keeps a soldier upright in the air, no matter what the rate of movement is. It should be noted that the MK-V Icarus was developed with tactical enhancements in mind, and was accordingly not designed for speed. In keeping with the idea of maintaining personal safety in midair, Icarus can only achieve max acceleration values of roughly 25-50 miles an hour. The powerful, Xenium-fuelled servo mechanics have been drastically improved upon to be less constricting, and the onboard tactical computer revamped to reflect the addition of airborne navigation. Armor plating has been improved via particle-distribution technology, increasing the overall defensive rating of the unit without sacrificing mobility. As with the Praetorian, an internal, sealed oxygen circulation system combined with a special environmental containment unit provides protection from harsh outside conditions, effectively rendering the wearer immune to smoke, fire [I’m guessing, here], and some corrosive acids.
In durability tests, Icarus survived more than 5 direct hits from alien plasma systems with minimal damage. It is estimated that the unit can withstand extensive damage before armor integrity is breached, therefore making Icarus an ideal choice for frontline troops. A threat-detection relay system mounted in the helmet camera alerts squad mates when a hostile enters the wearer’s line of sight, giving team members direct calculations as to where the enemy is located relative to them. Light amplification systems [floating this, no pun intended] grant the user slightly improved visibility in the dark, without being too intrusive, while a HUD display broadcasts the user’s physical status at all times. Attempting to save lives, an internal polymer material can act as a makeshift tourniquet to apply pressure to possible wounds instantly on the field, until medical attention arrives. Unfortunately, the suit does have a rather glaring flaw--the rear plating was made less durable in order to successfully incorporate the anti-gravity system, which makes for a potentially serious vulnerability. While still quite strong, the rear armor isn't guaranteed to take as much of a beating as the rest of the suit can. There appears to be no good workaround as of yet, other than falling back to the Praetorian, of course. Once a soldier adapts to that relatively minor flaw, there should be no further issues to worry about.
Icarus is a massive step forward for X-Corps, and a relatively economical one, at that. Though requiring a respectable quantity of Xenium power supplies to operate, and a good deal of raw alien alloys to construct, it is expected that Icarus can soon become standard issue for our troops once mass manufacturing efforts are put into action. On a positive side note, the internal Xenium cells do not require recharging, due in large part to the advanced anti-grav system’s low energy yield. The system can be used for months without maintenance, and even then the only real repairs required are computer-related, unless physical damage is sustained in combat. One of the only real downsides to this design happens to be the relatively difficult manufacturing process, which must be handled with great skill and care to perform successfully.
Researching efforts are now officially completed, and the head of the R&D department hereby okays the production of the final models once the schematics are released.
Dr. Walter Harold
Advanced Research and Development
Okay--that’s that. I noticed that the flying armor CTD was still active, so I figured I’d take a crack at it. Please give whatever feedback you guys want, as I’m always looking for suggestions or feedback, positive or negative (hey, we’ve all got to learn somewhere, right?). Feel free to add in any technical details, as I’ll admit, I went pretty lax on those. Also, if there’s anything you guys feel that’s missing, don’t hesitate to tell me. Well, thanks for any replies.