Hey All -
Denevine has produced an excellent second draft of his Firestorm entry. Now, its time for all of you to help out! Posted below is both the document, and attached is the document in .txt format (for all you nuts with OpenOffice, etc ).
Some comments I have on it:
1.) Better integration with the Alien Alloy Test, although this is not Denevine's fault as a rough draft has not even been posted yet.
2.) Better integration with Elerium-115 and Alien Propulsion entries, see above though.
3.) I feel a more high-tech navigation system is needed, similar to Cpt. Boxershort's system in the HWP entries. Avionics could easily play a part with this, perhaps even connected with alien navigation.
4.) Other than that, a really great start!
So if people would contribute, I'd really like to see a final, or at least semi-final, document asap, especially since the graphics model is also in its final stage!
Lets hear your thoughts people
ps - A huge bravo to Denevine for his work...
As the war with the alien menace continues, it has become apparent that our standard interceptors are unable to cope with the increasing size and frequency of alien vessels. This has led to the research and implementation of a new form of interceptor craft.
After the research of Alien Alloys was completed, it was obvious that Xenocide, like its alien adversaries, could use this amazing amalgamation of materials in its craft’s design. Due to the ‘zero friction’ properties of the Alien Alloy, a new interceptor craft could be designed that would maximize the use of thrust, and create a craft capable of achieving speeds in excess of any current earth-based craft. Other alien technologies, such as Elerium 115 and UFO propulsion systems, were also determined to be of use in this project.
The Firestorm has been created using the alien ‘saucer’ design as a basis for construction. The Firestorm is powered by a central Elerium 115 based reaction chamber. During the reaction process, power is sent throughout the chassis of the interceptor, while waste particles and exhaust are vented into the engines. These reactive particles are mixed with highly pressurized jet fuel to create an extremely combustible and powerful propellant. The triangular chassis of the Firestorm is created by using lightweight aluminum-titanium alloys as a base with precious Alien Alloys affixed to the skin of the craft in rough ‘plates’. These plates cover approximately 95% of the interceptor, thus reducing friction with the air, allowing the Firestorm to reach the high speeds necessary in a new interceptor craft.
The shape of the Firestorm is reminiscent of failed ‘flying wing’ designs, used as a basis for air force concepts in the late 1950s. Use of the Alien Alloys, as well as the thrust of the Elerium-jet fuel reaction allows the Firestorm to succeed where initial delta wing designs failed. Use of the Alien alloys in chassis and armor construction also prove the Firestorm to be a much more robust craft than current interceptors, taking a considerable amount more damage before destruction. Much of this can be attributed to the damage dispersion properties of the Alien Alloy plates. Similar to the chainmail of ancient warfare, the armor of the Firestorm disperses impact, heat, and electrical energy along the length of the craft.
The Firestorm Interceptor is equipped with two forward weapon mounts situated to the left and right of the cockpit and unlike the XC-1 Interceptor, the Firestorm was built with the increased power needs of new weapons in mind. A pilot will find the weapon power meter situated on lower right of his HUD, giving an accurate and constant representation of the flow of energy to his forward mounted weapons systems. These hard points are suitable for any craft based weapon, although Plasma weapons prove to be well suited for use with the Firestorm. The extreme heat put off by Plasma weapons cooling systems (see X-Net entry ‘Plasma Cannon’) is easily dissipated throughout the hull of the craft. Plasma weapons can be fired with a slower recharge time, and less worry for overheating due to the heat dissipation properties of the Alien Alloys used in the construction of the Firestorm. Other weapon systems also grow in effectiveness when coupled with the fast and maneuverable Firestorm. (For further information please see the ‘Craft Armament’ section of the X-Net Database.)
Due to our relative inexperience when working with Elerium based fuel systems, and our very basic understanding of its power giving reactions, the Firestorm is unable to stay aloft for long periods of time. While the Elerium-jet fuel propulsion system allows for unheard of speeds in an earthborn craft, fuel consumption is extremely high. As such, it should be used as a quick and decisive strike against an enemy UFO, and not as a long-range reconnaissance craft.
In laboratory field tests, the Firestorm has performed well, but a few problems were found during initial flight procedures. Besides the fuel consumption rate of the engine, the maneuverability of the craft was far less than was needed for a new interceptor design. It seems that at the speeds reached by the Firestorm, it was unable to compensate for the quick turns and ‘jerks’ so common when chasing a UFO. This flaw was rectified by installing a intricate thruster system across the hull of the craft. The main engine applies forward thrust, while smaller ‘micro thrusters’ adjust the orientation of the craft. This MTS or Maneuvering Thrust System allows the Firestorm to slide smoothly in any direction, adjusting its orientation as necessary, without losing the forward thrust given off by the main engine.
A second problem was found after the installation of the MTS. The extreme Gs pulled when executing quick turns in the Firestorm lead to internal trauma in the pilot. A Motion-Dampening Field was designed and installed in the cockpit. This field is based around the relatively new concept of ‘dense air’. Small deposits of Elerium 115 surround the cockpit of the Firestorm, each connected to the central power system of the craft. The flow of energy through the deposits creates a reaction throughout the air of the cockpit, causing the air molecules to slow their movement. This, in conjunction with certain unknown properties of the Elerium field, creates a protective bubble in the cockpit of the craft. G forces are greatly reduced, and chance of pilot injury all but eliminated. Further research into this area could prove fruitful.
With the installation of the MTS and Motion-Dampening Field, the Firestorm’s usefulness as an interceptor craft became undeniable. It is the recommendation of the science department that Firestorms be put into production as soon as possible.
Edited by RustedSoul, 27 February 2004 - 07:49 AM.