*unapproved and such
The USO Cupcake Transport is a small transport drone built from the USO Cupcake Tankette. It is capable of quickly transporting a small amount of cargo over planetary distances.
The Cupcake Transport is built off the USO Cupcake Tankette. The weapon playform on the top has been removed, and the shield system was adjusted so that it can hold objects against either the top or the bottom surface, which is pretty much the only change to the vehicle.
|U3T 'Cupcake Holder'|
|Manufaturer||Mothership "White Lament", USO|
|Mission Specialization||Hover Transport|
|Power Source||Small Hyperspace Tap|
|Max load||300 lbs|
|Atmospheric flight||Mach .9|
|Hull Armor||8 Armor Scale Structure Points|
|Shield Capacity||8 Armor Scale Structure Points|
|Tier||4, Light Armor|
The Cupcake holder was designed in YE 39 and and a few months later the need for a small transport to move consumer goods. The simple solution was to just repurpose the Cupcake AFV for transport duty, since it was already the same size and had the needed capabilities. In typical USO fashion, they did just that.
The Cupcake has a square main body with angled armor panels in front and a boxy heat sink on the rear made up from thin metal panels. On either side are mechanical arms that extend forward and backward, each with a large square panel on the end. Each panel has a heavily treaded tire at the end, and an anti-gravity engine in the center to allow for flight. The forward two panels have additional armor attachments added on.
The movement pannels can fold upward, allowing the central section to connect to a mounting point on a U-1, allowing up to four to be transported at a time when turned sideways, storing two on either side of the U-1's attachment module area.
Descriptions of systems onboard are included below:
Multiple layers of spaced Durandium Alloy armor protect the craft. Though this is a transport and not intended for combat use, it was easier to just approve the design and leave the armor on than spend any time trying to reconfigure the parts.
Attached to the underside of each of the movement panels are small anti-gravity engines. Their energy output creates a soft blue glow when active.
The underside of the main body contains a single magnetic clamp system that allows the tankette to hold onto the attachment module area of the U-1. The vehicle is capable of being deployed while the U-1 is at speed in an atmosphere, using its own engines to slow to a safe landing speed. Four of the tankettes can be stored in the module area of the U1.
The craft uses a single shield generator that converts the hull of the craft into a basic shield projector. The shield provides basic protection against weapons fire, as well radiation and scalar attacks through an electrostatic barrier and low level anti-gravity field.
The shield can also be used to hold small objects against the top or bottom surface of the main body.
The Tankette has four independent wheels, each nearly a meter wide, that are heavily treaded. They allow the Cupcake to move about on its own without using the energy intense anti-gravity engines and are suitable for a wide range of terrain.
The control of the cupcakes works, essentially, like an RTS, units are semi intelligent and able to make decisions about things like cover, whether or not they fire, and what type of weapon they use. Things like more advanced tactics like flanking or ambushes often require human oversight.