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- Length: 3.9 meters , 8.19 meter (with arms)
- Width : 0.8 meters (without antennas on top)
- Height: 2.4 meters
- Weight: 4.3 metric tons.
- One seat recovery and repair utility spacecraft.
- 2 Nakajima NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters; one located on the underside and the other in the rear
- 6 Pratt&Whitney LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters distributed around the pod.
- Maximum battery endurance : 8 hours
- Maximum Range (space) : Delta-v limit of 0.5 kps.
V. Sensory Systems:
- Hughes AWI-10 I-band pulse-Doppler/SLAR radar, providing short-range detection, imaging and tracking of targets at all altitudes.
- Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking;
- Spotlights for illumination
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):
- Multiple HF, VHF and UHF antennas.
The pod is equipped with the following manipulators:
- 4 utility arms
- 1 heavy-duty grappler arm
Full nuclear and chemical protection, immunity from hand fired solids and energy beams, shrapnel and other fragments. This system is designed to enter areas littered with debris that might be capable of piercing lesser armored craft. Limited protection from heavier weaponry, adequate up to 20mm autocannon shells or equivalent.
This utility pod saw extensive use during the construction of the Oberth-class destroyers and ARMD-class space platforms by providing construction workers a more protected environment as well as a more capable manipulative system than an EVA suit. These pods continued to see use by finished vessels to provide exterior maintenance and repairs during operations.
See additional design notes.
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