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Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
The Kuma T8 is an upgrade to the reliable Fox T4. Design work was done by Takumi and started in mid YE 31. The goal was to create a replacement that had all the aspects of the original Fox T4, but with lower costs, and additional capabilities.
The Kuma has a tapered body for atmospheric streamlining with four small engine nacelles positioned around the rear door. It has three windshields across the nose; one in the center, and two side windows that run the height of the shuttle.
The Kuma has the following metrics
The Kuma is an nimble craft.
The Kuma is available in several different models. The information below identifies the differences.
Manufactured by: Ketsurui Fleet Yards
Used by: Star Army of Yamatai
See Damage Rating (Version 3) for an explanation of the damage system.
The cockpit of the Kuma has two stations, the pilot and the systems operator. The cockpit has a pressure door sealing it from the passenger compartment. The door can be locked from the cockpit side. A fire extinguisher is mounted in the cockpit on the port side next to the entrance. A Type 31A Standard Size Survival Kit is located in the cockpit in a locker on the port side of the cockpit.
This is where the pilot flies the shuttle. The pilot actually sits in the center of the front of the shuttle, in a fighter type configuration. The controls and displays wrap around the pilot station. Features of the pilot station include:
The Systems Operator station is oriented on the starboard side. This station allows the person to monitor and control the various subsystems. In a combat situation they control the equipment attached to the Ke-T8-W3104 Weapon Pod Mounts, or the Ke-T8-M3101 Dorsal Mission Package. When the occupant turns to the front they are positioned to the right and rear of the pilot. The station has the following features:
The passenger area is capable of being reconfigured depending upon the mission.
The Kuma features a compact standard airlock on the port side behind the cockpit; it is intended for a single person to cycle through at a time. The outer door splits in the center and the top portion swings up and the lower part swings down and is used as a step.
The Kuma features a compact 1 person bathroom. It is located across from the port airlock.
The Kuma comes with six automatic folding/stowing passenger seats. These are controlled by a set of switches in the front of the compartment. This allows easy transition between passenger and cargo mode.
Each seat has the following features:
With the passenger seats stowed the shuttle has 2.75 meters x 2.5 meters of cargo space.
There are six overhead lockers in the passenger area where additional equipment is stored. By mounting them high leaves all of the passenger floor space free.
These items are typically stored here:
Emergency Equipment (Such as)
The Kuma Computer Array is a pair of Isolated Computer Pads (ICPs) working in parallel. They are mounted in a rack in the cockpit which connects them to all shuttle subsystems. One is primary and the other acts a redundant unit in case of damage or malfunction. Any indicator lamp above each ICP shows the status of the system.
Their programming includes the ability to
This sensor package is standard with all variants of the Kuma. It provides the sensors needed to operate the shuttle safely.
This sensor package is added to the 1b variant. It expands the shuttles sensor capability to include numerous Science sensors.
This sensor package is a tactical upgrade for the 1a & 1b variants. It is limited to Star Army of Yamatai. It is needed to make use of the various modules that attach via the Ke-T8-W3104 Weapon Pod Mounts
The Kuma uses a KFY designed fusion generator for emergency power. It has enough fuel to operate for 24 hours. It provides power for the following systems:
The Kuma has the following propulsion systems:
This drive is available on the 1a and 1b variants. The Kuma has four (4) compact Turbo Aether Plasma Drive drives for its STL travel.
These Maneuvering Thrusters are updated versions of the KiMT-n2419 Maneuvering Thrusters they are used for docking and attitude adjustments.
This module gives the Kuma FTL capability. It is an optional item that can be mounted on all versions. It mounts on the top of the shuttle towards the rear.
For atmospheric travel the Kuma uses the Combined Field System for propulsion. It is modified so that it can only be used for propulsion or shields.
The Kuma has the following armaments available:
This is the default weapon system for all Kuma shuttles. It is located in the nose under the cockpit. It is an upgraded version of the weapon on the Ke-T4 "Fox" Combat Aeroshuttle
Requires Weapon Pod Mounting.
Requires Weapon Pod Mounting.
The Kuma has four locations where these can be attached.
The Kuma's environmental system comprises the following subsystems:
The Kuma uses standard KFY artificial gravity systems. They serve two purposes: first is to provide standard 1G gravity for occupant comfort, secondly they provide inertial compensation to reduce the effects of extreme acceleration on the occupants. The gravity levels can be controlled independently in each section.
The Kuma atmosphere processing subsystem uses a combination of scrubbers. The system has an emergency reserve for twelve hours should all power fail.
The Kuma water processing system filters out waste products which are then compressed and dried. The water itself is run through an osmosis processing mechanism. Capacity is 189.25 liters (50 gallons) of potable Water.
The Kuma has four landing struts that extend from the bottom of the shuttle fuselage. Each of them is on a hydraulic system that allows the shuttle to auto-level if on a slope of up to 15º. In flight the landing struts retract completely.
This is an optional item that can be configured for specific missions. The actual package provides a frame with power connections, and data lines to interface with the shuttle. It mounts on the top of the shuttle in front of the Ke-T8-P3102 Hyperspace Fold Module.
This is an optional item that can be installed for crew and passenger comfort during extended missions. It mounts in the passenger area next to the bathroom, and is tied into the water and power system.
Artwork created by Nashoba from DOGA.