by Rob Morgenstern, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen
Carter RC-4E Light Recon and Transport Shuttle
WARNING: DRAFT Material!
- Length: 8.2 meters
- Width : 4.9 meters
- Height: 5.1 meters
- Weight: 7.3 metric tons.
- Two pilot space transport shuttle.
- Capable of carrying up to 4 passengers.
- 4 Pratt&Whitney LHP12 main thrusters aft
- 3 P&W LHP12 thrusters downwards
- 6 Nakajima NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters
- 2 P&W LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters
- Maximum generator endurance : 12 years
- Maximum Range (space) : Delta-v limit of 2.5 kps.
V. Sensory Systems:
- Ericsson AWG-25 I-band multi-mode pulse-Doppler/SLAR radar, providing very long-range detection 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;
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):
- Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
- OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
- Westinghouse ALQ-200(V) active radar jammer
- TRW COMINT Pulse Analyzer
- Chaff dispenser
- Multiple HF, VHF and UHF antennas.
Full nuclear and chemical protection, immunity from hand fired solids and energy beams, shrapnel and other fragments. Limited protection from heavier weaponry, adequate up to 20mm autocannon shells or equivalent.
The Rabbit reconnaissance shuttle was so named due to its agility and speed. Due to their small size and speed, these shuttles saw frequent use aboard Oberth-class destroyers to provide reconnaissance capabilities within deep space and within battle zones cluttered with potentially-deadly debris. They also provided passenger shuttling services for the destroyers, ARMD platforms and SDF-1.
Rabbit Cockpit View:
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