by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern
- Type: Hard Armor
- Year Introduced: 2023
- Weight: 15kg (typical, w/o backpack)
After the introduction of their standard battle-armors, the Southern Cross
went on to design decorative armors for those armies needing environmental
suits: the Tactical Space Corps, Tactical Armored Space Corps, and the Marine
and Marsh Divisions of the Tactical Corps.
Like the SCBA-series armor, the SCEA-series armors were distinguished by
army and the pilot's gender, and the helmets by rank - officer, non-commissioned
officer, and unrated enlisted. Unlike the SCBA-series, however, these
armors were completely self-contained, and were capable of supporting the
wearer for some time without external support. Additional support was
possible through the use of backpacks, and this was necessary for long exposure
to hazardous environments.
Like the SCBA-series, the SCEA-series armors fell out of use soon after the
Invid occupation of Earth and the destruction of the Southern Cross.
The SCEA-series armors are composed of a plastic-ceramic composite for maximal
resistance to penetration and thermic explosive damage for minimal weight.
The armor stops most small arms fire and grenade
and shell fragments, and provides poor to fair resistance against
heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round.
The SCBA armor consists of separate leg, arm,
torso, and helmet units, and covers the entire body.
The SCEA-series armors have the following features:
- Full temperature control, by the use of Peltier-electric cooling
units in armor, conducting heat between the thermally conducting inner
and outer layers of the armor. A simple reversal of the voltage can
alternate the armor from heating to cooling the pilot. Between the
thermally conducting layers on all these pieces, and on the inner
surfaces of all other pieces of armor, is a thin insulating layer,
designed to minimize non-directed heat transfer. The Peltier-electric
units are powered by small batteries in the armor units that contain
them, and are designed to assist pilot comfort in hot and cold climes.
The units are insufficient for protection above 75 and below -55
- Full pressure control. The suit is rated from a vacuum to a pressure
of 350 kilopascals.
- Independent Oxygen supply, 60 minutes maximum.
- Heat resistant up to 500K for brief periods
- Helmet with variable-tint photochromic polarized polycarbon eyeslits.
- Radio microphone and speakers in the helmet
- Optional utility belt that mounts to the waist, and backpack mounting
points on the back armor. Backpacks include two standard storage
pack designs, a supplemental environmental consumables pack, and
a space booster pack used by the TASC and TSC. This space booster
pack is 32kg and contains reaction mass for 200 mps delta-v.
- SCEA-TASC armor is equipped with 1mps vernier-thrusters in the
ankles, and the SCEA-TCMNE armor is equipped with swimming flippers
on the feet. The SCEA-TCMSH armor is equipped with inflatable
pontoons on the feet.
- Optional armored shield; different designs existed for the various
armies and ranks. The TASC and TSC used large arm-length shields with
25mps vernier thrusters built into them. The TC-Marsh used a shield
somewhat longer than the forearm. The TC-Marine did not use shields.
Additional Images of the Armors:
Go to ASC Armor/Weapons Index.
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Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern
HTML by Robert Morgenstern
Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen
Last Updated: Thursday, January 8, 1997 7:58 AM