Awesome deck plan, and I love the logo.
This is not a 2300AD ship.
Why? Because the plans obviously assume artificial gravity, which does not exist in 2300ad.
1st post. I've been doing some work for Mongoose, I have been creating maps for Traveller and 2300AD.
This is one I did for my self. Done in Sketchup and Illustrator. Its very much in the classic GDW Traveller, so no frills, which means it is easier to read.
Also created the flight patch too, but thats the old one.
Not having direct access to all my old 2300 AD stuff at the moment...were any classes of stutterwarp-capables able to safely make planetfall?
While the mass ratio appears way off for real life (needs to be 90+% fuel), I am too unfamiliar with ‘Shutterwarp’ and 2300AD tech in general to pass an informed judgement on how much fuel 2300 magic drives require.
That said, the ship appears to have a ducted fan system to provide VTOL lift and control (note the ducted exhaust), a rear mounted MHD reaction thrust system to provide aircraft-like thrust in atmosphere and rocket-like thrust exo-atmospheric (just like the Shuttles main engines), and a ‘Shutterwarp’ drive for (deep space travel?).
Forgive my unfamiliarity with ‘shutterwarp’, but could a shutterwarp drive propel the ship straight up (perpendicular to the floor) at 0.5 G while travelling between worlds or stars in deep space?
Upon approach to a planet, the ship enters orbit leaving the crew operating in zero G (like the ISS or an orbiting shuttle). The MHD drive accelerates (or more likely slows) the ship to a stable orbital velocity and initiates a reentry burn at the desired ‘reentry window’.
The ship enters like the shuttle – aerobraking and thermal protection coating on the belly – until final approach where a flare could initiate a stall and the vectored ducts transition to hellicopter-like flight and a gentle belly landing.
For a launch, the ducts lift the ship off the ground while the reaction thrusters accelerate forward until the wings and body can provide lift. The thrusters continue to accelerate and climb in the atmosphere and eventually transition to rocket mode and accelerate to escape velocity.
As the ship places enough distance between itself and the world, it rotates ‘belly down’ and the shutterwarp ‘magicly’ propels it through deep space at a constant 0.2-0.5 G acceleration creating the necessary ‘artificial gravity’.
For the record, I acknowledge that three different drives make it a bit of a ‘Rube Goldberg’ system … I simply question whether it is necessarily ‘broken’ under the 2300AD rules.
Last edited by atpollard; 07-24-2012 at 10:21 AM.
Stutterwarp does not provide real acceleration (it is a series of tiny "jumps", each very short, giving the ship pseudo-acceleration - it looks like the ship is moving through space like a regular rocket, but it isn't - it is "tunneling" through space very rapidly - if you know what I mean?). Besides Stutterwarp, 2300AD is supposed to be "hard" science, so if a ship's design is way off, it shouldn't have a place in the 2300AD universe. And just to reiterate, I think this ship is way cool - it just doesn't work in 2300AD.