Sort of like the eagle space ships in 'Space 1999' but bigger. Say big enough to carry a one or two of 18 wheelers. Can land and take off from a full G moon. Ships are modular so they can be taken apart and rebuilt as heavy tugs or whatever. (Say for delivery of orbital bases to final orbits.) This would also allow them to be stored more compactly in the ship. (You ever see a C-5A/747 class cargo aircraft?)
Drive systems would be Busard fusion reactors heating water as reaction mass. (See my web pages for a discussion of this.)
Built like a huge lifting body (waverider or Aroura shape), Top down the hull would look parabolic to diamond shaped. Side view would be more diamond shaped. Craft would use similar engines to the Vac craft, but for supersonic/hypersonic travel inside an atmosphere (of whatever composition) it would directly heat the atmosphere behind the craft inside the shock wave for propulsion. This way it can carry more and has unlimited range in atmosphere.
These do the light shuttling around and supply runs to the ground exploration teams. They can also work in vacuum operations, and have 100 ton cargo capacity. Self protection armament of two independent self targeting 30mm solenoid gun turrets (retractable)
Heavy Rover [pressurized]
Heavy rovers travel in packs and can act as a mobile base. Rovers can be linked together as segmented trains, and docked to form temporary bases. Each heavy rover or rover trailer are about the size of a short, very wide greyhound bus. They can operate in normal air pressure to hard vac. Can float and self propel in normal water. They look like a very large Armored personnel carrier. Self protection armament of two independent self targeting 30mm solenoid gun turrets. They can operate in normal air pressure to hard vac. Can float and self propel in normal water. Self protection armament of one self targeting 30mm solenoid gun turret.
|Vacuum landers||200 tons each||4,000 tons||20 vac craft included|
|Aero landers||200 tons each||2,000 tons||10 aero landers included|
|Orbital Reconnaissance Satellites||2 tons each||80 tons||Set of 40|
|Long endurance Aerial reconnaissance drones||5 tons each||200 tons||Set of 40|
|Drone rovers||2 tons each||120 tons||Set of 60|
|Heavy Manned rovers (crew of 5)||30 tons each||900 tons||Set of 30|
|Heavy Engineering /mining equipment||2,000 tons|