USCG Space Operations Equipment

Created by Lieutenant Commander Reginald Hawthorn Jr on 15 Sep 2021 @ 1:08pm

Hardshell: A single piece space suit made of rigid composite materials. Arms and legs are articulated. Entry into the suit is through the backpack life support unit, which is able to store enough consumables for 48 hours of continual use.

FailSafe: An inner liner of the hardshell, in the event of a decompression event, will seal around the occupant's body to keep the pressure equalised, as well as providing limited life support.

GecoFlex: A non-reactive substance on the soles of the boots worn in space. The material is able to adhere to most surfaces, with minimal hindrance to movement. To disengage the boots from a surface only a slight but deliberate twist is needed. This material is also on the finger pads and palms of hardshell suits to allow for ease of movement in null gravity.

Hornet Gun: A dumb fire projectile gun designed to be recoiless, ejecting a small self-propelled shell that will then accelerate without imparting force on the gun. This type of weapon covers both small arms and rifle types. Most hornet rounds tend to be dumbfire kinetic impactors, though armour piercing and explosive tipped variants are used by the world's militaries.

Duster: Large bore shotgun designed to fire out a dense but expanding cloud of metal particles. At close range, a Duster is able to cut through a hardshell suit, but at distances greater than 20 meters its effectiveness drops off. Dusters are designed for shipboard use, as they do not possess the power need to breach the hull.

gKEW: (guided Kinetic Energy Weapon) A short-range guided munition used by both the USN and PLAN. In simple terms, it is a guided missile, though lacking in a conventional high explosive warhead. Designed to guide itself to a target using gimballed thrusters and veneer engines, once in range a small shaped charge detonates behind the payload which constitutes 10% of the mass of the weapon. 100 ball bearings are released in an expanding cone formation, carrying the combined kinetic energy of the missiles endpoint velocity and the explosive impulse. Like a shotgun blast the closer a gKEW is to the target the greater the overall damage, the further away the less shrapnel will impact.

Life Bubble: A rapid inflation personal shelter designed to provide minimal life support to a single occupant for 48 hours. Usually found in either a backpack or ‘life preserver’ model. In the event of decompression, a Life Bubble will activate sheeting its wearer in a clear plastic bubble. A compressed nitrogen bottle will then activate, inflating the bubble as well as begin the bubbles life support functions. A SAR beacon will also begin broadcasting on international emergency channels. Life Bubbles save lives (™).

Wrist Patch: All in one medical and administrative implant. Placed under the skin on the back of the wrist, the patch is able to link to the various networked devices such as workplace computers for user ID and banking software for transactions. For medical purposes, it can also be used for rapid assessment of vital signs and other biometrics, as well as monitoring any internal medical implants. As well as storing all relevant personal information and ID’s. The USCG wrist patch all so links to work stations, and the safety systems of small and crew-served weapons.

The Spheres: The various internets of Earth, Luna and Mars. As there is a significant time delay all three operate independently, with data cycling between them on laser transmission stations. The Mars Sphere and Earth Sphere have a time lag ranging from seven minutes to twenty-five depending on planetary alignment. Attempts at ‘quantum communication’ have yet to prove that FTL communication is possible, or even practical. Boarding Action is one of the largest networks on The Spheres.

LADAR: Laser range finding. Used during close-in manoeuvring where radiating powerful radar emitters might prove hazardous to health.

Faraday Shielding: A mesh of superconductive wiring laced into the hull and plating of all spacecraft and spacesuits. Whilst not perfect protection against stellar radiation, it does reduce the overall effect.

Maser Sail: An ablative sail used by small craft and larger vessels as a means of propulsion. A high powered microwave emitter projects a MASAR beam along a linear path. When the ablative sail is placed into this beam, it imparts both kinetic energy and electrical energy, reducing the burden on onboard power generation. Many Luna and orbital settlements are linked by ‘MASAR Lanes’. For long-range travel, plasma torch drives are faster, though the Shackleton Crater MASAR Projector has been used as a testbed for long-range projection travel on the boost phase out to Mars and the outer planets.

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