The Ke-O5-1a Variable Configuration Mission Adaptive Drone is a multifunction drone that became available in YE 31.
Organization Using This item: Star Army of Yamatai, Scientific Studies Service (SSS) Type: Multipurpose space drone Nomenclature: Ke-O5-1a Designers: Ketsurui Zaibatsu Research and Development teams, Star Army Research Administration Manufacturers: Ketsurui Zaibatsu, Star Army of Yamatai Entered service: YE 31
The VCMAD-S is the latest offering by Ketsurui Zaibatsu for use by the Star Army of Yamatai. Original development for the systems was tactical in nature, but with the recent changes in the Star Army of Yamatai the role of the device was expanded for exploration and possible civil use.
The VCMAD can be deployed autonomously. It will perform the specified mission object by the best means possible. It is has standard evasion tactics as part of its programming. The VCMAD can also be controlled via Telepresence using either Armor Integrated Electronics System (AIES) or the Ke-M2-E3000 Leader Support Pack, or spine interface on a ship.
In the event of catastrophic damage or failure, the VCMAD will self-destruct.
The VCMAD-S drone uses various mission modules to change its purpose.
Lenght: 4 meters Height: .5 meter Width: 2 meters
The VCMAD-S is intended for operation in space. The VCMAD-S can be launched from a starship's shuttle bay, power armor bay or cargo bay.
The VCMAD-S must be prepared for launch by installing the desired mission modules for the desired task.
The VCMAD-S launches like a minature shuttle, it uses the Ke-O5-P3101 for launch. It will then choose the most efficent mode of travel to achieve its objective.
The VCMAD-S landes like a shuttle, it switches to the Ke-O5-P3101 for landing.
Note: It can be launched from the surface of a planet, reentry is possible but not recommended.
See Damage Rating (Version 3) for an explanation of the damage system.
Note: All components in the drone are equipped with anti-tamper devices. Only Ketsurui Zaibatsu trained technicians may service them.
Identical in function as the Ke-M2-P2701, however due to the size of the VCMAD-S, overall performance is considerably less.
Using the same components as the Ke-M2-P2702, this is the VCMAD-S propulsion method for in-system travel.
A redesign of the Ke-M2-G2701 provides all the power requirements of the VCMAD-S and for the various mission modules installed.
The mission bays provide, power and control connections to the Ke-O5-E3100 Avionics for the mission modules, have removable panels to accomdate module features such as cameras, attennae, etc.
Purpose: Detection and identification of electronic equipment. It is a more robust version of the Ke-O4-E3000-ed Electronic Detection (Whisper)
The Ke-O5-E3101-ed (Whisper) module can detect emissions up to 1 AU away, identification at .5AU.
Note: Prior to launch the Whisper module must be calibrated to the VCMAD-S so that the emissions of the drone are ignored.
Purpose: Surveying spacial objects. It contains gravimetric, mass spectrometers, infrared, and xray imaging.
Restricted to: Star Army of Yamatai use only.
Purpose: Denial of enemy communications. It is capable of jamming of hyperspace signals within .5 light years. Capable of jamming radio with either broadband white noise or selective frequency blocking
Purpose: This module is intended to gather samples for analysis. It has two scoops that deploy to capture samples. It contains twelve storage cells where the samples are stored until the VCMAD returns.
Purpose: This module is designed to locate and identify mineral deposits. It uses gravimetric, deep scan radar and mass spectrometer scans.
Restricted to: Star Army of Yamatai use only.
Purpose: Visual recon in areas the VCMAD-S can not enter. Rover is a small ROVcontrolled by the VCMAD and is deployed for visually investigating areas where the VCMAD-S can not enter. Example: Rover can be sent into a damaged vessel via a hole in the hull. Rover is not autonomous; it is controlled by the VCMAD-S at all times. The Rover uses a series of micro maneuvering thrusters to move.
It has video cameras for each of the following:
The Rover can operate for 45 minutes on a charge and can be recharged when it returns to the VCMAD-S.
Purpose: The Octopus is installed in pairs in the forward section of the VCMAD-S. Each module provides a pair of extending robotic limbs. One heavy duty arm, and one fine manipulation arm. The Octopus is often used to deal with unexploded ordinance, or other debris. For that role, the VCMAD-S is usually has a Ke-05-E3101-rv (Rover) to provide in close observation. Without the Rover the VCMAD-S with this module becomes ideally suited for salvage and recovery work. Each of the limbs when fully extended is 3 meters in length, and the wrists are capable of 360 degree rotation.