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Space Fold and Reflex Cannon working file

Note: This entry is a rough draft.

The Super-light-velocity Spatial Displacement Drive (SlvSD Drive), or the Fold Drive as it is commonly called, is a Tirolian Faster Than Light (FTL) propulsion system first developed around the year 1000 AD. The Tirolians were the first race in their local group to develop FTL travel.


History:

In the year 872 AD, Rilac physicists on Tirol had just come to terms with super dimension spatial theory. This same theory was postulated over a thousand years later on Earth as the ADD model, also called the model with large extra dimensions. Super Dimension Space was a model framework that attempted to explain the weakness of gravity relative to the other forces. This theory stated that all fields are confined to four-dimensional space, with the exception of gravity, which propagates in several additional spatial dimensions.

In the year 901 AD, this theory was proven when physicist managed to cause sub-atomic particles in four-dimensional space to “swap places” with their equivalents super dimension space while excited in a monopole magnetic field environment. This led to the hypothetical proposition of swapping large amounts of matter into super dimension space in order to travel faster than light. This was merely a theory, since it was not known at the time if matter and energy behaved any differently in super dimension space.

In 994 AD, the first working SlvSD Drive was “successfully” tested. Successful in this case being a highly subjective term, since the test probe was never heard from again. However, it did show that large amounts of matter could successful be swapped for super dimension space mater. By 1002, a successful “Space Fold” was finally conducted when a test probe was swapped for super dimension space, and then an hour later swapped back into four dimensional space. This probe brought back with it a wealth of information concerning the nature of super dimension space, allowing physicists on Tirol to create a cosmological model for super dimension space.


Theory:

Super dimension space is, in layman’s terms, just one of several extra, large dimensions. The overall topography of super dimension space mirrors four dimension space, but there are no corresponding bodies of mass in equivalent to those seen in the same “location” in four dimension space. All mater in super dimension space is subatomic. However, large masses in four dimension space, “cast a shadow” in super dimension space in the form of gravitational fields. Because of this, navigation in super dimension space must take into account the location of bodies of significant mass in four dimension space.

In super dimension space, mater and energy move at a uniform speed. When an object folds in to super dimension space, it immediately is traveling at this speed (known as the Super Dimensional Constant). Direction of travel is determined the object’s direction of travel in four dimension space at the time of fold in. Speed at time of fold in has no effect on speed in super dimension space since everything moves at the Super Dimensional Constant. Distance traveled is determined by the amount of subjective time spent in super dimension space before fold out.
The Super Dimensional Constant is 64,714,024,413,139.5 meters per second, as observed from four dimension space. In relativistic terms, this is 215,862.75 times the speed of light (these numbers have been rounded to manageable decimal places). To put this into perspective, a direct fold from Earth to Tirol (a distance of 1812 parsecs) would only take about 10 Earth days. A direct fold from one side of the Milky Way Galaxy to the opposite side (a distance of up to 37 kiloparsecs) would take only 200 or so days. However, single folds over such great distances are not possible.


Limitations and hazards of SlvSD Drive travel:

Firstly, given a perfect navigation solution, a direct fold on a modern Tirolian vessel, such as the Zentraedi Nupetiet Vergnitzs-class Fleet Command Ship, is only guaranteed to be accurate out to a distance of 10 kiloparsecs. And this is given a “perfect” navigational solution. Even the slightest variation in direction of travel at time of fold in can create massive deviations in path of travel in super dimension space. So, for example, if a ship is conducting a fold and a small piece of space debris nudges the ship slightly by +/- .000001 degree right before the moment of fold in, the ship could find it’s self massively off course 32,600 light years down the line when it de-folds. Worse still, its new deviated course could take it right through the gravity well shadow of a planet or sun, destroying the ship before it even gets to its point of fold out.

Additional variables are introduced by the proximity of other masses of mater. A planet, or even an object as small as another ship, bend space time. In some circumstances, it is not possible to estimate the exact amount of distortion created by a body of mass. When folding inside the curve of this mass, if the amount of deflection is not correctly calculated the folding vessel may once again depart on an incorrect trajectory.

Because of this danger, most prudent ship’s captains rarely make a single fold of anything more than 500 parsecs. An aggressive captain may conduct a single fold of two kiloparsecs. Only a mad-man would risk a fold of over three kiloparsecs. Additionally, most folds from inside a system only take a ship to the immediate vicinity outside the system, where a second fold is usually conducted outside the influences of gravity wells and intersystem space debris.

When traveling in super dimension space, mater experiences gravitational time dilation due to the increased gravitational forces in this dimension. The net result is an average time dilation of 0.004 percent. That is to say, for every subjective second spent traveling in super dimension space, 249.9612 objective seconds pass in four dimension space. The term “average time dilation” is used because if a mass passes within the shadow of the gravity well of a large mass in four dimension space, the increased gravitational force will dilate time further. Since the point of fold out is determined by measured subjective time while traveling, this can cause a ship to reappear in four dimension space well off course.

Additional obstacles exist in super dimension space known as fold faults. A fold fault is an area of increased sub-atomic mater density within super dimension space. When attempting to de-fold in a fold fault, the higher sub-atomic density can cause a geometric-progression of energy consumption: that is to say it will suddenly take a much higher amount of energy to fold out of super dimension space. If the energy requirement is greater than the energy potential of the ship’s main power source, the ship will have to continue to travel in super dimension space until it is out of the fold fault. This is known as a fold dislocation. In some extreme cases, it is speculated that the rise in required energy consumption can become so severe when passing through a fold fault, that a ship may no longer be able to maintain it monopole magnetic field. When a ship experiences a collapse of its monopole magnetic field while in super dimension space, the ship’s mass in instantly converted into its constituent sub-atomic particles.

For this reason, it is considered best practice to proof all point to point routes through super dimension space with a probe drone before committing to a fold. Of course, this is not always possible. Especially in the later years of the Tirolian Mercantile Empire, it was considered a waste of precious protoculture to proof new routes, so ships either stuck to well established fold points or took their chances when the tactical situation demanded it. The United Earth Expeditionary Force never took this precaution, being unaware of the prevalence of fold faults. It is speculated that the UES Pioneer fell victim to one such fold fault, and is presumed destroyed.

Way at the bottom of the list of hazards is fold sickness. Approximately one out of fifty individuals are susceptible to this condition, which has symptoms described as similar to that of motion sickness.


The SDF-1 Macross incident:

When the crew of the SDF-1 attempted the first Space Fold by a humans, the ship’s Captain intended to the ship to fold out on the other side of the Earth’s moon. Though a tactically sound decision, it was made out of a lack of understanding of the inherent limitations of travel through super dimension space. The first mistake was attempting to fold while the ship was traveling (falling) towards the earth. Though this was the correct direction, it would have sent the SDF-1 straight through the center of the Earth’s gravity well in super dimension space, crushing the ship like a grape.

Lucky for the crew, the curvature of spacetime caused by the Earth itself meant the SDF-1 was falling at a curing trajectory relative to super dimension space. This gravity well deflection effected the actual direction of travel once the ship folded in, allowing the ship to miss the center of the Earth’s gravity well in super dimension space.

The second mistake was the lack of knowledge concerning the huge amount of gravitational time dilation while traveling in super dimension space. The original intent was for the SDF-1 to de-fold well outside of the Earth’s Moon’s orbit at a distance of 18 million km (or approximately 18.5 million km from their position on the opposite side of Earth). With the Super Dimensional Constant being known, this gave them a time to de-fold solution that was 250 times to long. This, in turn, meant they traveled 250 times further than they intended to, placing them just outside the orbit of Pluto at its Perihelion.

It is still unknown to this day why the SDF-1’s fold generators did not de-fold along with the rest of the ship.

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Philips AllView Multi-Band Digital Camera System

  • Type: multi-band (IIR/UV/Visual) forward looking digital camera with search and track capabilities
  • Manufacturer: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
  • Introduced: 2013
  • Range:

Philips’ AllView series multi-band digital camera systems were revolutionary in their time. The AllView was the first sensor system to combine Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) and Infrared Search and Track capabilities in a relatively small package. Prior to that, platforms such as the VF-1 Valkyrie mounted separate systems in the forms of the Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, which was available in Battloid mode, and the Zeiss TS-2 long range FLIR, which was only available in fighter and GERWALK modes. As such, the Valkyrie was not able to leverage the long-range telescopic search and track capabilities of the FLIR while in Battloid mode, relying instead on what was a rudimentary camera system with limited magnification and tracking capabilities. The AllView, as installed on the VF/A-6 Alpha, allowed full capabilities via the same system in all modes. This cut down on weight, complexity, and cost.

The AllView also boasted a high level of system integration, marrying it with the host platform’s radar and warning receivers. The system also integrated the Thomson LT-5 laser designator, which allowed for laser designation and laser spot tracking for cooperative engagements. This enabled seamless pilot interface, where sensor information could be shown on a display which combined visual images with targeting information overlays generated by both the radar, the multi-band cameras and all information received from the platform’s warning receivers. For example, if the platform is lazed during combat, the AllView would reconcile that threat data with the physical image of the contact and overlay icons and data designating the contact as a threat. Additionally, the system could leverage specific target data from each system, based on which system is best suited to the data in question.

The AllView was very small in size, relative to its capabilities. The primary sensor group measured 40cm by 55cm by 70cm. This allowed entire system to be installed in the confined space of the “head” of variable mecha such as the VF/A-6 Alpha and VF-4 Lightning III and allowed for flexible placement in more convention land mecha and aerospace fighters.  

The original AllView was the first 4th generation FLIR to enter production. 4th generation systems offered exceptional clarity and resolution over their 3rd generation predecessors. To put this in perspective, the AllView provided the same resolution at 10x magnification of a target at 1300 meters as the VF-1’s DOS-2000 provided at 100 meters and zero magnification. The AllView could see in both the visual, infrared, and ultraviolet spectrums. This data could be combined in multiple ways, according to pilot preference. The pilot could choose to view targets in full color, with heat sources enhanced in brightness; pure infrared images in black and white, in either white hot or black hot modes; or non-enhanced visual spectrum displays.

The AllView V1.0 (AAQ-50) was first installed on the VF-4 Lightning III in 2014. While the VF-4 itself was cursed by design, its sensor package was a one of the few successes to come out of the program. The AllView, which was the centerpiece of the sensor package, was later installed by Maxwell Dynamics in V1.2 form on its wildly successful Alpha fighter series of Veritechs. It was also installed on all the Destroids procured by the UEEF prior to the Pioneer Mission. Though the AllView was later eclipsed by Philips’ AllView II, which offered 360-degree coverage, upgraded versions of the AllView still found their way into mecha where space constraints precluded the use of the larger system, such as Quimeliquola’s TFR-29 Interceptor Bioroid in the V2.0 iteration and in the some of the late UEEF Destroids, such as the NA-1 Jackal, in V3.0 form. The AllView V3.0, which made use of 5th generation FLIR technology, was not backwards compatible with the earlier versions mounted on the VF/A-6 Alphas. For this reason, the VF/A-6X Shadow Alpha introduced the Type 4 sensor housing (Shadow-Head) which allowed the newer generation AllView to be incorporated. Plans to upgrade the UEEF’s legacy fleet of Alphas with the new sensor housing never materialized. These Alphas were instead upgraded to VF/A-6ZS standard making use of the AllView V1.4, which also made use of 5th generation FLIR technology, but in a small enough package to fit in the Type 3 sensor housing (Air-Head).

Platforms:

AllView V1.0 (AAQ-50), introduced 2014

AllView V1.1 (AAQ-50/1), introduced 2016

AllView V1.2 (AAQ-50/2), introduced 2018

AllView V1.3 (AAQ-50/3), introduced 2022

AllView V2.0 (AAQ-59), introduced 2026

AllView V3.0 (AAQ-58), introduced 2038

AllView V1.4(plus) (AAQ-50/4+), introduced 2044


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.

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

NB-1 Naval Battle Armor Package Technical Specifications

General:

  • Type: One man attack, all-weather, space combat mecha with external weapons and armor package; three-form Veritech (limited to Battloid mode). Note: specifications are for a NB-1 package as installed on a VA-5C.
  • Design: Maxwell Dynamics
  • Builders: Maxwell DynamicsSpace Station Equality production line
  • Unit Cost: $19 Million (In 2070 adjusted International Credits; pack only)
  • Number Produced: 206 (pack only)

Service History:

  • UEEF Marine Corps (MC) from 20361 until 2040

Dimensions:      

Battloid mode  

  • Total Depth: 6.7 meters
  • Total Height: 13.5 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.6 meters

General

  • Total Dry Weight: 34 metric tons

Performance:   

Battloid mode  

  • Max running speed: 81 kph

General

  • Typical delta-V (space): 10 kps, 13.5 w/ bomb-bay reaction-mass tank
  • Protoculture supply: 220 hours operational use
  • Design G limits: 11.5/-6.0 (Computer overrides at 10.5g)
  • Total Dry Weight: 34,000 kg
  • Gross Weight: 42,510 kg – with pilot (100 kg), reaction-mass (6624 kg), and 62 Hammerhead missiles (1798 kg)

Propulsion:

Engines:

  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG95M fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix turbines. Max thrust, 137 kN each. One in each leg.
  • 6 x Turbo-Union ATF 401 fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix ramjets. Standard thrust 46.9 kN each; max thrust of 91.1 kN each for short periods. Two are mounted on the upper rear (jet mode only), two are flanking the JG95 engine in each leg, and three are mounted as VTOL thrusters on the lower fuselage.
  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney FE-98B first-stage intake fans, providing pressurized airflow to main, auxiliary, and VTOL engines.
  • Assorted small reaction thrusters and gyroscopes for all-environment maneuvers, attitude adjustment, and stability.
  • 3 x RRG PSE7C reaction engines in back mounted pods are rated to 56 kN each.

Powerplant:

Reaction-mass Capacity:

  • 3820 liter internal D2O reactant for fusion engines
  • 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank
  • 2400 liter internal D2O reactant for the NB-1’s PSE7C reaction engines

Electronics:

Radar tracking:

Optical tracking:

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

Armament:

Cannons:

Internal Missiles:

  • 32 x Hughes ATM-04 Hammerhead short range multi-purpose missiles (the missiles are mounted in containers on both sides of the lower legs; 8 to each container).
  • 30 x Hughes ATM-04 Hammerhead short range multi-purpose missiles (the missiles are located in three optional launchers, each containing 10, mounted on the upper back above the engine pods).

 Internal weapons bay:

  • 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank

External Hardpoints:

  • Wing and engine nacelle hardpoints are not accessible with NB-1 package installed. Additionally, no gun pod may be carried with the NB-1 Armor Package installed.

Armor:

Type: Low-mass composite Chobham plate

Protection:

  • Small-arms: Stops all
  • Heavy infantry weapons: Stops all
  • Light mecha mounted weapons: Stops all
  • Medium mecha mounted weapons: Good resistance
  • Heavy mecha mounted weapons: Poor resistance
  • NBC protection: Full

Note: Small-arms generally include any and all rifle caliber munitions, up to 10x50mm (such as 7.62mm NATO); heavy infantry weapons range from 10x50mm to 15x100mm (such as .50 Call BMG); light mecha mounted weapons range from 15x100mm to 30mm (such as 22.3mm Zentraedi autocannon);  medium mecha mounted weapons range from 30mm to 75mm (such as the GU-11’s 55mm autocannon); heavy mecha mounted weaponry is generally considered to be anything over 75mm (such as the VHT-1 hover tank’s 105mm main gun).


Maxwell Dynamics VA-5 Condor main file


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: Tim Wing (Fighter Mode) and Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. (Battloid Mode)

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 on Robotech Illustrated.

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

Sources:

Thomassen, Pieter; Walker, Peter; Morgenstern, Rob. “unofficial Robotech Reference Guide, Veritechs, VF-5 (A, B, C, T) Condor Veritech Fighter-Bomber” Last modified January 19, 2012. http://www.robotech-reference-guide.org/Veritech/Condor.html

Jackson, Irvin. Robotech the Expeditionary Force Marines Source Book. Chicago: Palladium Books, 2015.

Copyright © 2021 Tim Wing

DA-1 Dive-Armor Package Technical Specifications

General:

  • Type: One man attack, all-weather, aerospace combat mecha with external atmospheric descent armor package; three-form Veritech (limited to Battloid mode). Note: specifications are for a DA-1 package as installed on a VA-5C.
  • Design: Maxwell Dynamics
  • Builders: Maxwell DynamicsSpace Station Equality production line.
  • Unit Cost: $11 Million (In 2070 adjusted International Credits; pack only)
  • Number Produced: 340 (pack only)

Service History:

  • UEEF Marine Corps (MC) from 2031 until 2040

Dimensions:      

Battloid mode  

  • Total Depth: 6.9 meters
  • Total Height: 13.6 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.3 meters

General

  • Total Dry Weight: 31.2 metric tons

Performance:   

Battloid mode  

  • Max running speed: 89 kph
  • Max level speed at all altitudes: 295 kph
  • Max flying speed at sea level: 295 kph
  • Service ceiling: 2,000 meters
  • Max loiter time: 12 minutes

General

  • Typical delta-V (space): 6.7 kps, 10.2 w/ bomb-bay reaction-mass tank
  • Protoculture supply: 220 hours operational use
  • Design G limits: 11.5/-6.0 (Computer overrides at 10.5g)
  • Total Dry Weight: 31,200 kg
  • Gross Weight: 37,540 kg – with pilot (100 kg), reaction-mass (4224 kg), 32 Hammerhead missiles (928 kg) and gun pod (1100 kg)

Propulsion:

Engines:

  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG95M fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix turbines. Max thrust, 137 kN each. One in each leg.
  • 6 x Turbo-Union ATF 401 fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix ramjets. Standard thrust 46.9 kN each; max thrust of 91.1 kN each for short periods. Two are mounted on the upper rear (jet mode only), two are flanking the JG95 engine in each leg, and three are mounted as VTOL thrusters on the lower fuselage.
  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney FE-98B first-stage intake fans, providing pressurized airflow to main, auxiliary, and VTOL engines.
  • Assorted small reaction thrusters and gyroscopes for all-environment maneuvers, attitude adjustment, and stability.
  • 2 x RRG PSE7C reaction engines in each pod are rated to 56 kN each, but can only be fired for 4 minutes before fuel burnout.

Powerplant:

Reaction-mass Capacity:

  • 3820 liter internal D2O reactant for fusion engines
  • 2 x 700 liter external drop tanks for 1400 liters of D2O reactant total
  • 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank
  • 990 liter internal D2O reactant for the DA-1’s PSE7C reaction engines

Electronics:

Radar tracking:

Optical tracking:

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

Armament:

Internal Missiles:

  • 32 x Hughes ATM-04 Hammerhead short range multi-purpose missiles (the missiles are mounted in containers on both sides of the lower legs; 8 to each container).

 Internal weapons bay:

  • 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank

Gun Pods:

  • 1 x Hughes EP-12 250 Megawatt three-barreled charged particle-beam gun pod (carried in right hand while in Battloid and GERWALK modes, mounted on the dorsal hardpoint while in Fighter mode).

External Hardpoints:

  • Wing and engine nacelle hardpoints are not accessible with DA-1 package installed.

Armor:

Type: Low-mass composite Chobham plate

Protection:

  • Small-arms: Stops all
  • Heavy infantry weapons: Stops all
  • Light mecha mounted weapons: Stops all
  • Medium mecha mounted weapons: Fair to good resistance
  • Heavy mecha mounted weapons: No resistance
  • NBC protection: Full

Note: Small-arms generally include any and all rifle caliber munitions, up to 10x50mm (such as 7.62mm NATO); heavy infantry weapons range from 10x50mm to 15x100mm (such as .50 Call BMG); light mecha mounted weapons range from 15x100mm to 30mm (such as 22.3mm Zentraedi autocannon);  medium mecha mounted weapons range from 30mm to 75mm (such as the GU-11’s 55mm autocannon); heavy mecha mounted weaponry is generally considered to be anything over 75mm (such as the VHT-1 hover tank’s 105mm main gun).


Maxwell Dynamics VA-5 Condor main file


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: Tim Wing (Fighter Mode) and Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. (Battloid Mode)

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 on Robotech Illustrated.

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

Sources:

Thomassen, Pieter; Walker, Peter; Morgenstern, Rob. “unofficial Robotech Reference Guide, Veritechs, VF-5 (A, B, C, T) Condor Veritech Fighter-Bomber” Last modified January 19, 2012. http://www.robotech-reference-guide.org/Veritech/Condor.html

Jackson, Irvin. Robotech the Expeditionary Force Marines Source Book. Chicago: Palladium Books, 2015.

Copyright © 2021 Tim Wing

VA-5C Condor Technical Specifications

General:

  • Type: One man attack, all-weather, aerospace combat mecha; three-form Veritech.
  • Design: Maxwell Dynamics
  • Construction: Maxwell DynamicsSpace Station Equality production line.
  • Unit Cost: $152 Million (In 2070 adjusted International Credits)
  • Number Produced: 756 (210 new build, 546 conversions from A and B models)

Service History:

  • UEEF Marine Corps (MC) from 2036 until 2040
  • UEEF Tactical Armored Space Corps (TASC) from 2036 until 2040
  • Liberté Colonial Militia (LCM) from 2039 until 2052
  • Glorie Self Defense Force (GSDF) from 2039 until 2055

Dimensions:      

Fighter mode    

  • Total Length: 16.8 meters
  • Total Height: 4.1 meters
  • Total Wingspan: 9.3 meters

GERWALK mode              

  • Total Length: 9.3 meters
  • Total Height: 7.9 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.3 meters

Battloid mode  

  • Total Depth: 6.3 meters
  • Total Height: 12.8 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.3 meters

General

  • Total Dry Weight: 25.7 metric tons

Performance:   

Fighter mode    

  • Max level speed at 30,000m: 3330 kph (Mach 2.7)
  • Max level speed at 18,000m: 2590 kph (Mach 2.1)
  • Max level speed at 10,000m: 2100 kph (Mach 1.7)
  • Max level speed at sea level: 1110 kph (Mach .9)
  • Stall speed: 237 kph (VTOL rectification possible)
  • Initial climb rate: Over 30,000m per minute
  • Unboosted service ceiling: 35,000 meters

GERWALK mode              

  • Max level speed at all altitudes: 220 kph
  • Max level speed at sea level: 220 kph
  • Stall speed: None (VTOL)
  • Max loiter time: 15 minutes

Battloid mode  

  • Max running speed: 108 kph
  • Max level speed at all altitudes: 362 kph
  • Max flying speed at sea level: 362 kph
  • Service ceiling: 2,440 meters
  • Max loiter time: 15 minutes

General

  • Typical delta-V (space): 8.2 kps, 11.2 w/ external reaction-mass tanks, 18.9 w/ external reaction-mass tanks and bomb-bay reaction-mass tank
  • Protoculture supply: 220 hours operational use
  • Design G limits: 11.5/-6.0 (Computer overrides at 10.5g)
  • Total Dry Weight: 25,700 kg
  • Gross Weight: 32,050 kg – with pilot (100 kg), reaction-mass (4224 kg), 32 Hammerhead missiles (928 kg) and gun pod (1100 kg)
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 38,500 kg

Propulsion:

Engines:

  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG95M fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix turbines. Max thrust, 137 kN each. One in each leg.
  • 6 x Turbo-Union ATF 401 fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix ramjets. Standard thrust 46.9 kN each; max thrust of 91.1 kN each for short periods. Two are mounted on the upper rear (jet mode only), two are flanking the JG95 engine in each leg, and three are mounted as VTOL thrusters on the lower fuselage.
  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney FE-98B first-stage intake fans, providing pressurized airflow to main, auxiliary, and VTOL engines.
  • Assorted small reaction thrusters and gyroscopes for all-environment maneuvers, attitude adjustment, and stability.

Powerplant:

Reaction-mass Capacity:

  • 3820 liter internal D2O reactant for fusion engines
  • 2 x 700 liter external drop tanks for 1400 liters of D2O reactant total
  • 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank

Electronics:

Radar tracking:

Optical tracking:

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

Armament:

Internal Missiles:

  • 32 x Hughes ATM-04 Hammerhead short range multi-purpose missiles (the missiles are mounted in containers on both sides of the lower legs; 8 to each container).

 Internal weapons bay:

  • 4 x Derringer long range multi-purpose missiles
  • (or) 16 x GBU-40 laser-guided bombs
  • (or) 8 x CBU-190 Walleye 500kg cluster bombs
  • (or) 4 x GBU-48 tri-mode self-guided anti-mecha 1000 kg glide bombs
  • (or) 16 x SDBU2 250 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 8 x SDBU5 500 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 4 x SDBU10 1000 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank
  • (or) 1 x high power, long distance, multi-spectral reconnaissance pod

Gun Pods:

  • 1 x Hughes EP-12 three-barrelled 80mm charged particle-beam gun pod (carried in right hand while in Battloid and GERWALK modes, mounted on the dorsal hardpoint while in Fighter mode).

External Hardpoints: 2 Hardpoints per wing, with multiple ordnance options, and two hardpoints under the intakes. The wing missiles are only available in fighter mode, and the Condor cannot transform without first ejecting both payload and racks. Available payloads include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 38 x Diamondback medium range anti-mecha missiles (seven per wing hardpoint on AMERs (Articulating Multiple Ejection Rack) and five per intake hardpoints on horizontal racks)
  • (or) 6 x RMS-2 “Angel of Death II” nuclear stand-off missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 6 x Firebird long range aerospace missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 6 x CBM-200 long range cluster-munition missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 2 x 700 liter reaction mass drop tanks (one on each of the inner-most wing hardpoints, as they are the only hardpoints plumbed for reactant)
  • (or) a combination of any of the above stores

Armor:

Type: Low-mass composite Chobham plate

Protection:

  • Small-arms: Stops all
  • Heavy infantry weapons: Stops all
  • Light mecha mounted weapons: Stops all
  • Medium mecha mounted weapons: Fair to good resistance
  • Heavy mecha mounted weapons: No resistance
  • NBC protection: Full

Note: Small-arms generally include any and all rifle caliber munitions, up to 10x50mm (such as 7.62mm NATO); heavy infantry weapons range from 10x50mm to 15x100mm (such as .50 Call BMG); light mecha mounted weapons range from 15x100mm to 30mm (such as 22.3mm Zentraedi autocannon);  medium mecha mounted weapons range from 30mm to 75mm (such as the GU-11’s 55mm autocannon); heavy mecha mounted weaponry is generally considered to be anything over 75mm (such as the VHT-1 hover tank’s 105mm main gun).


Maxwell Dynamics VA-5 Condor main file


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: Tim Wing (Fighter Mode) and Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. (Battloid Mode)

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 on Robotech Illustrated.

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

Sources:

Thomassen, Pieter; Walker, Peter; Morgenstern, Rob. “unofficial Robotech Reference Guide, Veritechs, VF-5 (A, B, C, T) Condor Veritech Fighter-Bomber” Last modified January 19, 2012. http://www.robotech-reference-guide.org/Veritech/Condor.html

Jackson, Irvin. Robotech the Expeditionary Force Marines Source Book. Chicago: Palladium Books, 2015.

Copyright © 2021 Tim Wing

VA-5B Condor Technical Specifications

General:

Service History:

  • UEEF Marine Corps (MC) from 2031 until 2037
  • UEEF Tactical Armored Space Corps (TASC) 2031 until 2037

Dimensions:      

Fighter mode    

  • Total Length: 16.8 meters
  • Total Height: 4.1 meters
  • Total Wingspan: 9.3 meters

GERWALK mode              

  • Total Length: 9.3 meters
  • Total Height: 7.9 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.3 meters

Battloid mode  

  • Total Depth: 6.3 meters
  • Total Height: 12.8 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.3 meters

General

  • Total Dry Weight: 25.7 metric tons

Performance:   

Fighter mode    

  • Max level speed at 30,000m: 3060 kph (Mach 2.5)
  • Max level speed at 18,000m: 2380 kph (Mach 1.9)
  • Max level speed at 10,000m: 1930 kph (Mach 1.6)
  • Max level speed at sea level: 1020 kph (Mach .83)
  • Stall speed: 237 kph (VTOL rectification possible)
  • Initial climb rate: Over 25,800m per minute
  • Unboosted service ceiling: 35,000 meters

GERWALK mode              

  • Max level speed at all altitudes: 220 kph
  • Max level speed at sea level: 220 kph
  • Stall speed: None (VTOL)
  • Service ceiling: 
  • Max loiter time: 15 minutes

Battloid mode  

  • Max running speed: 108 kph
  • Max level speed at all altitudes: 330 kph
  • Max flying speed at sea level: 330 kph
  • Service ceiling: 2,240 meters
  • Max loiter time: 15 minutes

General

  • Typical delta-V (space): 7.8 kps, 10.6 w/ external reaction-mass tanks, 14.7 w/ external reaction-mass tanks and bomb-bay reaction-mass tank
  • Protoculture supply: 220 hours operational use
  • Design G limits: 11.5/-6.0 (Computer overrides at 10.5g)
  • Total Dry Weight: 25,700 kg
  • Gross Weight: 32,050 kg – with pilot (100 kg), reaction-mass (4224 kg), 32 Hammerhead missiles (928 kg) and gun pod (1100 kg)
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 38,500 kg

Propulsion:

Engines:

  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG95A fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix turbines. Max thrust, 118 kN each. One in each leg.
  • 6 x Turbo-Union ATF 401 fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix ramjets. Standard thrust 46.9 kN each; max thrust of 91.1 kN each for short periods. Two are mounted on the upper rear (jet mode only), two are flanking the JG95 engine in each leg, and three are mounted as VTOL thrusters on the lower fuselage.
  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney FE-98B first-stage intake fans, providing pressurized airflow to main, auxiliary, and VTOL engines.
  • Assorted small reaction thrusters and gyroscopes for all-environment maneuvers, attitude adjustment, and stability.

Powerplant:

Reaction-mass Capacity:

  • 3820 liter internal D2O reactant for fusion engines
  • 2 x 700 liter external drop tanks for 1400 liters of D2O reactant total
  • 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank

Electronics:

Radar tracking:

Optical tracking:

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

Armament:

Internal Missiles:

  • 32 x Hughes ATM-04 Hammerhead short range multi-purpose missiles (the missiles are mounted in containers on both sides of the lower legs; 8 to each container).

 Internal weapons bay:

  • 4 x Derringer long range multi-purpose missiles
  • (or) 16 x GBU-40 laser-guided bombs
  • (or) 8 x CBU-190 Walleye 500kg cluster bombs
  • (or) 4 x GBU-48 tri-mode self-guided anti-mecha 1000 kg glide bombs
  • (or) 16 x SDBU2 250 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 8 x SDBU5 500 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 4 x SDBU10 1000 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank
  • (or) 1 x high power, long distance, multi-spectral reconnaissance pod

Gun Pods:

  • 1 x Hughes EP-12 250 Megawatt three-barreled charged particle-beam gun pod (carried in right hand while in Battloid and GERWALK modes, mounted on the dorsal hardpoint while in Fighter mode).

External Hardpoints: 2 Hardpoints per wing, with multiple ordnance options, and two hardpoints under the intakes. The wing missiles are only available in fighter mode, and the Condor cannot transform without first ejecting both payload and racks. Available payloads include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 38 x Diamondback medium range anti-mecha missiles (seven per wing hardpoint on AMERs (Articulating Multiple Ejection Rack) and five per intake hardpoints on horizontal racks)
  • (or) 6 x RMS-2 “Angel of Death II” nuclear stand-off missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 6 x Firebird long range aerospace missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 6 x CBM-200 long range cluster-munition missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 2 x 700 liter reaction mass drop tanks (one on each of the inner-most wing hardpoints, as they are the only hardpoints plumbed for reactant)
  • (or) a combination of any of the above stores

Armor:

Type: Low-mass composite Chobham plate

Protection:

  • Small-arms: Stops all
  • Heavy infantry weapons: Stops all
  • Light mecha mounted weapons: Stops all
  • Medium mecha mounted weapons: Fair to good resistance
  • Heavy mecha mounted weapons: No resistance
  • NBC protection: Full

Note: Small-arms generally include any and all rifle caliber munitions, up to 10x50mm (such as 7.62mm NATO); heavy infantry weapons range from 10x50mm to 15x100mm (such as .50 Call BMG); light mecha mounted weapons range from 15x100mm to 30mm (such as 22.3mm Zentraedi autocannon);  medium mecha mounted weapons range from 30mm to 75mm (such as the GU-11’s 55mm autocannon); heavy mecha mounted weaponry is generally considered to be anything over 75mm (such as the VHT-1 hover tank’s 105mm main gun).


Maxwell Dynamics VA-5 Condor main file


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: Tim Wing (Fighter Mode) and Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. (Battloid Mode)

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 on Robotech Illustrated.

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

Sources:

Thomassen, Pieter; Walker, Peter; Morgenstern, Rob. “unofficial Robotech Reference Guide, Veritechs, VF-5 (A, B, C, T) Condor Veritech Fighter-Bomber” Last modified January 19, 2012. http://www.robotech-reference-guide.org/Veritech/Condor.html

Jackson, Irvin. Robotech the Expeditionary Force Marines Source Book. Chicago: Palladium Books, 2015.

Copyright © 2021 Tim Wing

VA/T-5A Condor Technical Specifications

General:

  • Type: Two man combat capable trainer, all-weather, aerospace mecha; three-form Veritech.
  • Design: Maxwell Dynamics
  • Construction: Maxwell Dynamics, New Fort Worth Plant
  • Unit Cost: $158 Million (In 2070 adjusted International Credits)
  • Number Produced: 58

Service History:

  • UEEF Marine Corps (MC) from 2018 until 2040
  • UEEF Tactical Armored Space Corps (TASC) from 2018 until 2040
  • Liberté Colonial Militia (LCM) from 2039 until 2052
  • Glorie Self Defense Force (GSDF) from 2039 until 2055

Dimensions:      

Fighter mode    

  • Total Length: 17 meters
  • Total Height: 4.1 meters
  • Total Wingspan: 9.3 meters

GERWALK mode              

  • Total Length: 9.5 meters
  • Total Height: 7.9 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.3 meters

Battloid mode  

  • Total Depth: 6.5 meters
  • Total Height: 12.8 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.3 meters

General

  • Total Dry Weight: 26 metric tons

Performance:   

Fighter mode    

  • Max level speed at 30,000m: 3020 kph (Mach 2.4)
  • Max level speed at 18,000m: 2350 kph (Mach 1.9)
  • Max level speed at 10,000m: 1910 kph (Mach 1.5)
  • Max level speed at sea level: 1010 kph (Mach 0.82)
  • Stall speed: 237 kph (VTOL rectification possible)
  • Initial climb rate: Over 25,800m per minute
  • Unboosted service ceiling: 35,000 meters

GERWALK mode              

  • Max level speed at all altitudes: 220 kph
  • Max level speed at sea level: 220 kph
  • Stall speed: None (VTOL)
  • Service ceiling: 
  • Max loiter time: 15 minutes

Battloid mode  

  • Max running speed: 106 kph
  • Max level speed at all altitudes: 330 kph
  • Max flying speed at sea level: 330 kph
  • Service ceiling: 2,240 meters
  • Max loiter time: 15 minutes

General

  • Typical delta-V (space): 7.8 kps, 10.6 w/ external reaction-mass tanks, 14.7 w/ external reaction-mass tanks and bomb-bay reaction-mass tank
  • Protoculture supply: 220 hours operational use
  • Design G limits: 11.5/-6.0 (Computer overrides at 10.5g)
  • Total Dry Weight: 26,000 kg
  • Gross Weight: 32,450 kg – with pilot (100 kg), reaction-mass (4224 kg), 32 Hammerhead missiles (928 kg) and gun pod (1100 kg)
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 38,500 kg

Propulsion:

Engines:

  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG95A fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix turbines. Max thrust, 118 kN each. One in each leg.
  • 6 x Turbo-Union ATF 401 fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix ramjets. Standard thrust 46.9 kN each; max thrust of 91.1 kN each for short periods. Two are mounted on the upper rear (jet mode only), two are flanking the JG95 engine in each leg, and three are mounted as VTOL thrusters on the lower fuselage.
  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney FE-98B first-stage intake fans, providing pressurized airflow to main, auxiliary, and VTOL engines.
  • Assorted small reaction thrusters and gyroscopes for all-environment maneuvers, attitude adjustment, and stability.

Powerplant:

Reaction-mass Capacity:

  • 3820 liter internal D2O reactant for fusion engines
  • 2 x 700 liter external drop tanks for 1400 liters of D2O reactant total
  • 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank

Electronics:

Radar tracking:

Optical tracking:

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

Armament:

Internal Missiles:

  • 32 x Hughes ATM-04 Hammerhead short range multi-purpose missiles (the missiles are mounted in containers on both sides of the lower legs; 8 to each container).

 Internal weapons bay:

  • 4 x Derringer long range multi-purpose missiles
  • (or) 16 x GBU-40 laser-guided bombs
  • (or) 8 x CBU-190 Walleye 500kg cluster bombs
  • (or) 4 x GBU-48 tri-mode self-guided anti-mecha 1000 kg glide bombs
  • (or) 16 x SDBU2 250 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 8 x SDBU5 500 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 4 x SDBU10 1000 kg small-diameter general-purpose bombs
  • (or) 1 x 2000 liter internal reaction-mass tank
  • (or) 1 x high power, long distance, multi-spectral reconnaissance pod

Gun Pods:

  • 1 x Hughes EP-12 250 Megawatt three-barreled charged particle-beam gun pod (carried in right hand while in Battloid and GERWALK modes, mounted on the dorsal hardpoint while in Fighter mode).

External Hardpoints: 2 Hardpoints per wing, with multiple ordnance options, and two hardpoints under the intakes. The wing missiles are only available in fighter mode, and the Condor cannot transform without first ejecting both payload and racks. Available payloads include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 38 x Diamondback medium range anti-mecha missiles (seven per wing hardpoint on AMERs (Articulating Multiple Ejection Rack) and five per intake hardpoints on horizontal racks)
  • (or) 6 x RMS-2 “Angel of Death II” nuclear stand-off missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 6 x Firebird long range aerospace missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 6 x CBM-200 long range cluster-munition missiles (one per each hardpoint)
  • (or) 2 x 700 liter reaction mass drop tanks (one on each of the inner-most wing hardpoints, as they are the only hardpoints plumbed for reactant)
  • (or) a combination of any of the above stores

Armor:

Type: Low-mass composite Chobham plate

Protection:

  • Small-arms: Stops all
  • Heavy infantry weapons: Stops all
  • Light mecha mounted weapons: Stops all
  • Medium mecha mounted weapons: Fair to good resistance
  • Heavy mecha mounted weapons: No resistance
  • NBC protection: Full

Note: Small-arms generally include any and all rifle caliber munitions, up to 10x50mm (such as 7.62mm NATO); heavy infantry weapons range from 10x50mm to 15x100mm (such as .50 Call BMG); light mecha mounted weapons range from 15x100mm to 30mm (such as 22.3mm Zentraedi autocannon);  medium mecha mounted weapons range from 30mm to 75mm (such as the GU-11’s 55mm autocannon); heavy mecha mounted weaponry is generally considered to be anything over 75mm (such as the VHT-1 hover tank’s 105mm main gun).


Maxwell Dynamics VA-5 Condor main file


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: Tim Wing (Fighter Mode) and Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. (Battloid Mode)

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 on Robotech Illustrated.

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

Sources:

Thomassen, Pieter; Walker, Peter; Morgenstern, Rob. “unofficial Robotech Reference Guide, Veritechs, VF-5 (A, B, C, T) Condor Veritech Fighter-Bomber” Last modified January 19, 2012. http://www.robotech-reference-guide.org/Veritech/Condor.html

Jackson, Irvin. Robotech the Expeditionary Force Marines Source Book. Chicago: Palladium Books, 2015.

Copyright © 2021 Tim Wing