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post Jul 10 2007, 03:02 PM
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i've noticed in a lot of the SR4 art that many of the drones appear to be hovering, with no real sign of propulsion (minus the traffic drone pic).

and here i thought that repulsorlift/anti grav tech was still out of reach. ;)

I have no huge problem with artistic liscense, but i still assumed most flying drones were rotor or jet based (especially with that new real world tiny jet engine that was developed), and thus far i haven't come accross any fluff saying "things float!"

so, is this just artistic liscense, or am i missing something?



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post Jul 10 2007, 03:13 PM
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Vectored thrust is possibility - it's been in SR for quite some time. That technology is advanced enough to be used on military and high-grade civilian vehicles so there shouldn't be any problem with using it for drones.
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post Jul 10 2007, 03:19 PM
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VT, forgot to mention that.

still, that should leave some kind of visible sign, right?
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post Jul 10 2007, 03:23 PM
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I'd guessing you could have a shrouded set of rotors. Quieter and less likely to accidentally chop things up than open rotors.
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post Jul 10 2007, 03:23 PM
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write it of as artistic licence :P

there is also lift fan. if you have played c&c, think the orcas, only that you have a single fan and park the drone on top of it in a way that makes the fan part of the drones body...

for a more visual display:
http://www.moller.com/
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post Jul 10 2007, 04:56 PM
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let's not forget the LTA possibilities either. there would not necessarily be any visible indication of LTA methods of floating (though obviously, this only works up to a certain point ;) )
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post Jul 11 2007, 03:05 PM
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definite possibilities. that skycar concept is going directly into my game. :)
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