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RRG RRL-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell Energizer

The RRL-2P was a miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer designed by the Robotech Research Group (Tokyo) for use in human built mecha then in use, and projected to come into use, by the United Earth Defense Force. It succeeded the RRL-1 Protoculture-cell energizer then in use in the VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter. While its overall output was somewhat less than the RRL-1, at 520 MW versus 650 MW, it had the advantage of being less than half the size and weight of the earlier unit. This allowed it to be installed in the much smaller UEDF and UEEF mecha then coming into service.  

  • Designed: 2014
  • Manufacture: (Earth) General Electric Fusion Power Division, Monument City, Minnesota, United States; (Extrasolar) RRG Production Affiliates LLC, Space Station Equality (Robotech Factory Satellite) and the Esbeliben 4432369th Fully-automated Weapons Factory (Tirol orbit).
  • Weight: 575 kg.
  • Output: 520 MW
  • Cell count: 16 Standard Tiresian Protoculture Cells
  • Platforms: Alpha, Beta, Condor, Cougar, Logan, Sylphide


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2021 Tim Wing

Protoculture energy production and operating principles

Protoculture is the process by which energy is derived from the seeds of the Invid Flower of Life, when prevented by pressure from germinating. The energy is produced by a process of cold fusion of trace elements contained in a lithium- and deuterium-rich solution which permeates the seeds and their environs. In nature the strength of this reaction is limited by the natural abundances of the necessary isotopes, but in man-made situations, the solutions can be made far richer, depending upon the required rate of energy generation. A long and specialized protein chain (known as the fusor sequence) within specialized organelles in the seed’s cells binds to the necessary reactants, and twists into a tight bundle which squeezes the lithium-6 and deuterium atoms into very close proximity. Being bosons (particles whose spins are an integer multiple of Planck’s constant), the resultant atoms – compressed together – are not affected by the effective repulsion from the Pauli principle. Only the electrostatic barriers to fusion – the repulsion of the two positively-charged nuclei – need be overcome.

This solution, which also includes several seed-beneficent nutrients, is known as the Protoculture Matrix, but is often simply misnamed “Protoculture” – leading to the common and erroneous belief that Protoculture, in reality a process, is actually a substance that fuels mecha and generators. The Protoculture Matrix can be tailored to fit the intended application of the energy released in the “organic fusion” process. Maintained in bio-stasis, the seeds gradually surrender their stores of energy; the richer the lithium-deuterium solution, the quicker the depletion. For sustained energy, a moderately dilute solution and moderate pressure are needed. This is the basis for most civil and ship-board Protoculture generators. Ideally, because of the seed’s enormous capacity for self-repair, this output could be maintained indefinitely so long as the needed reactants and nutrients in the solution are replenished. However, as the solution begins to accrue carbon and other waste elements from the fusion process, these waste materials bond together to form simple organic molecules, which build up in the seed itself and cannot be filtered out, allowing the seeds to receive nutrition sufficient to crack the slowly-weakened seed-husk and germinate. Thus, the sprouting sporofers of the Flower end up consuming the Matrix.

On the other hand, some applications require a large amount of energy to be delivered in a short period of time. For this, an extremely rich solution of Matrix is required, and the seed must be held under extreme pressure. This approach is the basis of the Protoculture cell. This process is very effective for applications where the smallest possible generator is needed, though the cells only last a very short amount of time. Unlike the conditions in the more moderate generators, the furious pace of energy production by seeds in the rich Matrix and extreme pressure of a cell results in an inability for those self-same seeds to germinate. By the time most of the Matrix has been depleted, the seeds contained in the cell are dead.

In both cases, the energy of fusion is released in the form of energetic particles which are absorbed by the seed itself, causing the generation of heat. Useful energy is derived from these seeds by strong and efficient conduction of the heat from the seed to thermocouples, which convert the heat into electrical potentials and energy. Waste heat is shunted out of the generator and is virtually the only undesirable by-product of the Protoculture process. This is minimized because Tirolian materials technology was able to develop a thermocouple that operated at very close to the thermodynamical limit of efficiency – and this technology was adopted in full by every race that has ever used the seeds for energy, including the Invid themselves.

The basic use of the Protoculture process in the two main modes of extracting usable energy are mentioned above. Both were developed by the Tirolians in the middle of our fourteenth century for commercial and military use, to provide as-yet undreamed-of levels of power for absolutely minimal mass, volume, and cost. Though technologies have improved upon both cell and generator since, the basic principles have remained the same, and in the case of the cell, the standards have been rigorously adhered to for all this time, increasing energy release rate and storage capacity without affecting backwards compatibility of the new cells with old engine designs.

Protoculture Energizer

The cell was the most important design from a military standpoint. It permitted a war machine to bristle with thrusters and beam guns to a degree greater than ever before, not only because of the increased power available to it, but also because much of the mass of more traditional generators could be eliminated. The Tirolians used the cell in all Zentraedi mecha (except the large shuttles and reconnaissance vehicles). Because Zentraedi mecha were considered expendable, this design feature allowed costs to be cut dramatically, but it also secured Zentraedi dependence on the Masters for a flow of Protoculture cells for their mecha – and with dependence came security from rebellion. Indeed, the need to power their mecha was a major problem for the “Disciples of Zor” (as the combined forces of culture-contaminated Zentraedi and their Ci’Vonian sponsors came to be called) and many of their military actions were simple raids on Protoculture cell storage facilities.

The Invid, on the other hand, were largely bereft of seeds of the Flower of Life – and were for many centuries unable to provide their own power. Like the “Disciples of Zor”, the Invid also relied upon captured stocks of Protoculture to power their armies and designed all their early mecha around the Tirolian standard cell. Even when they occupied Earth, the Invid continued to produce cells to power their older mecha, even though the Gamo and Gosu – the newest front-line mecha – used generators.

Despite the military importance of cells, they were rarely used for space vessels and installations, valuable mecha, or for any civilian applications. For these, generators of varying sizes and output rates were designed by Tirol, both for domestic use and export to colony and client worlds. The largest such generators powered the Zentraedi flagships and Tirolian mother-ships, while the smallest would provide energy to the Tirolians’ Bioroids.


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (R) is the property of Fuji Television, Artmic Studio and Tatsunoko Production. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. http://ptn.home.xs4all.nl/robotech.html

Content by Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker, and Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2021 Tim Wing

Ekcle Hendassa Anti-Mecha Guided Rocket Launcher reference file

 

Ekcle Hendassa (UEDF reporting name: Z-RLG Mk. II) Anti-Mecha Guided Rocket Launcher.

ZentraediRocketLauncher_ep31

The Ekcle Hendassa (UEDF reporting name: Z-RLG Mk. II) Anti-Mecha Guided Rocket Launcher was only seen in one episode of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross / Robotech (the one where malcontent Zentraedi are attempting to steal a sizing chamber out of New Detroit). Though there are sort of some pictures of the weapon seen in the production sketches, the overall design seems to have been left more to the imagination of the animators. By far, the best illustration is from the TV show itself, as seen above.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication. 

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images from – Macross Perfect Memory (1983)

Content by Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2001 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Glaretram Laser Cannon Crew Serve Laser Cannon reference file

 

Glaretram (Z-LCCS Mk. I) Laser Cannon Crew Serve Laser Cannon.

ZenInfantryMachinegun_ep31

The Glaretram (UEDF reporting name: Z-LCCS Mk. I) Laser Cannon Crew Serve Laser Cannon was only seen in one episode of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross / Robotech (the one where malcontent Zentraedi are attempting to steal a sizing chamber out of New Detroit). Though there are sort of some pictures of the weapon seen in the production sketches, the overall design seems to have been left more to the imagination of the animators. By far, the best illustration is from the TV show itself, as seen above.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication. 

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images from – Macross Perfect Memory (1983)

Content by Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2001 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Winooze Surogou 105mm Smooth Bore Cannon reference file

 

Winooze Surogou (Z-TFG Mk.V) 105mm Smooth Bore Cannon.

ZenInfantryShotgun_ep31

The Winooze Surogou (Z-TFG Mk.V) 105mm Smooth Bore Cannon was only seen in one episode of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross / Robotech (the one where malcontent Zentraedi are attempting to steal a sizing chamber out of New Detroit). Though there are sort of some pictures of the weapon seen in the production sketches, the overall design seems to have been left more to the imagination of the animators. By far, the best illustration is from the TV show itself, as seen above.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication. 

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images from – Macross Perfect Memory (1983)

Content by Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2001 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

Milldiem 458 Model Laser Carbine reference file

 

Milldiem 458 Model Laser Carbine.

Milldiem 458 Model

Though what we are calling the Milldiem 458 Model Laser Carbine did appear briefly in the original Southern Cross series of Robotech, during the interior scenes on board the Master’s Mother Ship, no known line art exists of these suits.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising, Tatsunoko Studio and Ammonite studio. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images from – N/A

Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

60 Model Environment Suit reference file

 

60 Model Rigid Hostile Environment Suit reference file.

Tirol 60 Environment Suit

Though what we are calling the 60 Model Environmental Suit did appear briefly in the original Southern Cross series of Robotech (in the later episodes when the Robotech Masters started liquidating their clone population), no known line art exists of these suits.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising, Tatsunoko Studio and Ammonite studio. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images from – N/A

Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

PR-35 reference file

 

The PR-35 appeared in the second season of Robotech, otherwise known as Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross. It is seen being held by a GMP Officer. In appearance it is somewhat similar to LAR-10. No known line art exists of this weapon.

PR-35

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising, Tatsunoko Studio and Ammonite studio. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images from – N/A

Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing

Hero-class Mine Warfare Vessel (AM) reference file

Hero class Mine Warfare Vessel

No written information nor line drawings exist referencing the Hero-class Mine Warfare Ship. Indeed, the entire entry comes from this one scene from the first episode of Robotech, in which an unidentified ship is shown alongside the UES Prometheus. In the original file from the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide, by Pieter Thomassen, had the total number of ships at 414. I’ve pared this down by a factor of ten. Not that I don’t think there were that many ships, but rather because they would likely be of several different classes which would have been spread out among the navies of the world. A smaller number would have been operated directly by the UN Spacy Naval Forces.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin.

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images from – Robotech Episode 1: Booby-trap

Content by Pieter Thomassen, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1999 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Tirolian Command Platform reference file

TirolCmdPlatform

Tirolian Command Platform

MAIN EPISODES SEEN IN:

  • ?, #60

MAIN WRITTEN SOURCE MATERIAL:

  • None.

REFERENCE FOR ANIMATION SHEETS:

  • None currently available. Based on animation footage.

COMMENTS:

  • Details on this vehicle are limited, forcing us to base all of our entry on speculation.

WHY WE DID WHAT WE DID:

  • UNDER DEVELOPMENT

 

Go to Masters’ Command Platform technical file.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising, Tatsunoko Studio and Ammonite studio. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images from – Robotech original TV series,  Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross original TV series

Content by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing