The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Escape Pod was the first new escape pod design since YE 30. It was developed by Ketsurui Fleet Yards in late YE 34, and fielded in YE 35. It proved popular and served for many years, so much so that it has a variant for the NH-33M (Miniature) and other future 'mini-Neko' called the Star Army Escape Pod, Type 41 "Kodate".
The Star Army Escape Pod, Type 30 served the Star Army of Yamatai for many years, however advancements in technology and improved modular designs left it under-equipped to service the needs of Star Army vessels and bases going forwards.
At the end of YE 34, a new design was submitted to Ketsurui Fleet Yards by Taisho Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko and was tested and approved for fielding in the upcoming year, YE 35. It would be used on all new starships and bases, with upgrades scheduled at regular refit intervals for those vessels and bases already in service.
The new escape pod features improved stealth and FTL systems for improved escape ability. It also has a small cargo compartment with survival gear in case the pod is forced to land and the occupants are forced to survive in a planetary environment until rescue.
This escape pod would serve for even longer than the pod it replaced, and still see new variants like the Star Army Escape Pod, Type 41 "Kodate" fielded based on its tried and true design.
The goal was to provide a comparable model to the Ge-X3300 - Type 33 Escape Pod for military use, and similarly taking advantage of utilizing modular systems from the Ke-T8 "Kuma" Multi-role Shuttle. However, the Type 35 model would only have a capacity for five under normal conditions, in favour of having a small cargo locker.
Seizonsha ( 本部長 ) means “Survivor” in Yamataian.
The craft is a rounded locker-like container that is grey with purple on its assorted panels. It has lights between its panels, and a much larger light on one side along with the Star Army Hinomaru. It has four blue-white thrusters on the bottom as well.
In terms of propulsion functions, the Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod follows the Star Army of Yamatai Starship Speeds.
The interior of the Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod is designed for efficiency. It has more cargo room than the Ge-X3300 - Type 33 Escape Pod but only has seating for five people. The seats are comfortable and padded, designed for what can sometimes be a lengthy flight, depending upon rescue resources. The central console provides manual control solutions and volumetric projection options. Chairs each have a removable storage unit under them, as well as overhead (not visible in picture - smaller than the Geshrinari Shipyards version.). There are also two additional storage areas, one large overhead compartment, and a cargo locker opposite of the chemical toilet which frame the hatchway.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod, like any other craft, has assorted systems necessary for its function.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod uses the Ke-T8-E3103 Computer Array.
All communications use the Type 33 Star Army Communications Network Encryption System.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod has a low powered Subspace Communications system capable of transmission up to 30 LYs as well as standard Radio communications. The radio is capable of frequency-hop and multiple-channel transmission/reception.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod utilizes the Ke-T8-E3100 Basic Sensors Package.
All seats in the Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod have a SPINE interface for control, manual controls are also present.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod utilizes a small briefcase-sized Aether Generator and capacitor system.
When in dock mode, the aether reactor activates as needed to charge the capacitors which hold a charge that can operate the pod for up to four hours. During launch the stored energy is utilized and the generator remains offline so that the pod is harder to detect, once in more secure space the generator will activate long enough to charge the capacitor system again. The capacitors are located in the small overhead systems compartment.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod utilizes a low-output Combined Field System for propulsion, defense and stealth.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod has assorted forms of propulsion for deployment, STL, FTL, and Fold.
On larger starships and fortresses, the Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod is fired via a electromagnetic launch system that acts as a low powered railgun. It fires the escape pod at nearly 3000 m/s in a controlled egress. The field system can be powered by the ship or the pod. In a situation where this launch system is unavailable, the escape pod can launch using its ion thrusters.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod can utilize four compact Turbo Aether Plasma Drive drives when its aether generator is online for sub-light propulsion.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod has a compact Ke-T8-P3102 Hyperspace Fold Module. It has a maximum range of 20LY per jump and takes 30 minutes to recharge when pulling only from the capacitor system and 15 minutes to recharge if the aether generator is brought online.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod utilizes simple Ion Thrusters for attitude control.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod utilizes Star Army Standard Life Support Systems to maintain its occupants.
The Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod external airlock and hatch system utilizes standard Star Army of Yamatai gauge hatch and airlock fittings. It also is equipped with an atmospheric forcefield so that the hatch may be utilized without the loss of internal atmosphere.
The landing gears of the Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod are telescoptic drop leg structures that are normally not visible as they retract up and into the body of the pod.
In the event of a water landing the Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod has two Star Army Nekovalkyrja Nest/Life Raft, Type 40, in addition to the same self inflating raft system that was installed on previous Star Army of Yamatai escape pods.
Like many escape pods, the Type 35 “Seizonsha” Star Army Escape Pod is equipped with supplies to ensure the survival of its occupants until rescue.
This is equipment generally used if the pod lands on a planet.
This is equipment for landings, making shelters, and other miscellaneous.