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Old June 17th, 2010, 05:50 PM
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unless there was a reason to increase the PP volume, you can reduce it to 109.7 and still run everything and still have emergency LS solar powered and only lose a couple minutes from battery powered support. This brings your cargo space from 203 and change, up to 235.8527, and increases nominal LS duration to 3.5 years.
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New space probe design fitting inside missile dimensions can be found here.

The probe has no initial propellent, and relies on the ship launching it to use it's own vector carefully and drop the probe for an initial vector very precisely. As soon as the probe is within a gravity field the robot brain takes over controlling the craft using anti-gravity thrust.

The probe is designed to send back pictures to the craft via a Planetary range (50,000km) radio. The robot brain can be given simple instructions about where to navigate with some conditionals such as "if contact is lost, return to ship at location X" and so on.

The robot brain control interface and how I came up with those figures is found in this thread.
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Does your Basic Enviroment cover the whole Hull Volume? because it should.

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No - it doesn't cover the fuel tanks. The existing Mega Traveller errata provides the clarification on this part of the design sequence (discussed earlier in this thread).
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No - it doesn't cover the fuel tanks. The existing Mega Traveller errata provides the clarification on this part of the design sequence (discussed earlier in this thread).
You'll need to put it back in then.

Basic Enviroment needs to cover the whole ship's volume (keeps the fuel in the tanks, at a constant tempreture and privides lights as well for inspections) ...

You don't need to provide basic life support, or exstended life support in the fuel tanks, and if you really want to squeeze the design you probaly don't have to provide Basic LS or Exstended LS in the volumes taken up by the equipment (Power plant, jump drive etc) either (that's just me, it's not a "standard" optermising MT design route).

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Ah, right, I see my mistake now. Yes, just life support doesn't need to be provided - I misinterpreted that. I don't think it'll stretch the design too much to put it back in.
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OK, have re-installed Basic Environment for the whole hull - in the end it went from about 16 kL to 33.75 kl and the additional weight and price are negligible, and take a bit of the cargo space and everything is fine.

Well, not everything. Basic Environment and Basic LS can no longer run just off Solar Power. But if Solar panels are contributing, the batteries can be extended to 8.7 hours - and if not, it's down to 2.9 hours basic environment and basic LS.
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