It was originally two unrelated requests for maps by D&S and the late Woldlands that got a bit out of hand.
The altitude is based on the available maps and the colour levels in it; Roendavar is rather green according to Verdon's maps so it looks flat in comparison to e.g. Balnik. I haven't attached any value to the colours yet. There are 12 levels in total.
On a scale of naught to "Oh for goodness sake not again", how annoyed/impressed would you be with me if I wanted to introduce HOTOL as an in-use aircraft in Altera's cosmonautical inventory?
Oh Miky boy!~ Miklania
As part of the Commonwealth's CVF programme, several concepts were fed into the original design stage - prior to the confirmation of the 'Phoenix-A' class carrier. One of these studies, was a design not to dissimilar to the British Stealth Trimaran Carrier (STAC) designed in the 1980s - this design designated in the Commonwealth as the 'Phoenix-T' carrier. Although the Phoenix was considered groundbreaking, the announcement of the 'Phoenix-T' redesign caused considerable interest across the region, with several nations proposing partnerships to develop and build a carrier of their own in this configuration.
The proposed Phoenix-T carrier, launching P.125 VTOL fighters, escorted by a Commonwealth Global-Destroyer.
Although a highly advanced design, the Phoenix-A was
not the carrier the Commonwealth dreamed of
The Phoenix-T concept has a very low radar cross section, its profile being that of a small ship, making it trickier to detect than a current similar carrier. The stealth aspects of the design are meticulous, with every part of the ship's design being scrutinized for maximum effect. To contribute to its low RCS, the original design featured no moving external parts, whilst the exhaust from the ships engines is vent through the dies of the inner and outer hulls, considerably reducing thermal signature. Whilst the current Phoenix-T design has some external, moving parts; future radar upgrades will included fully enclosed systems to maintain maximum stealth.
The Phoenix-T has a major advantage over conventional designs, in that it can operate all types of aircraft, including CTOL and STOVL design. This capability it possible due to the unique design of the Phoenix-T. Its central flight deck is fitted with a ski jump (similar to that of Invincible Class carriers), with an embedded electro-magnetic catapult system - similar, but more refined, version of the less-well-known 'Electropult' of the early 1950s. The electro-magnetic catapult, whilst not as advanced as those systems currently in development in the United States, assists S/VTOL aircraft (such as the Harrier, P.125 and JSF) to take off whilst carrying a heavier payload - thus enabling S/VTOL aircraft to launch with higher amounts of fuel and weapons, than compared to launching purely under their own power. Meanwhile, the portside flightdeck is equipped with a standard steam-catapult to enable launching of standard CTOL aircraft (such as the F-18 Hornet, F-21 Seraphim and P.112 Sariel). As this flightdeck is not curved like the ski-jump, it would be possible to fit an electro-magnetic rail system (namely the 'Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System' (EMALS) in development in the United States) once they become available.
Side-loading lifts would be a thing of the past in the Phoenix-T, instead utilizing a rotating flight lift located at the stern of the ship. This unique lift style would allow for the rapid re-arming and stowing of aircraft and would be operated similarly to automated car-park systems seen in metropolitan cities in The Western Isles, Europe and Japan.
The 88,000 tonne vessel could operate an air
wing of up to 55 aircraft using both flightdecks
One of the main advantages of the trimaran is the stability of the flightdeck. The most dangerous part of any carrier operation is the approach and recovery of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters due to the pitch and rolling of ships, frequently seen during operations. The trimaran platform provides a much more stable platform in high seas, making operations considerably safer than currently possible.
General Characteristics (Phoenix-A/T)
-- Phoenix-A: $2.8 billion
-- Phoenix-T: $3/4.2 billion
Crew: 680 + 250 to 900 troops (berths for 1,600)
Mission: Aircraft Carrier and Assault Vessel
-- Width: 46.2m (fore) 144.0m (aft)
-- Length: 284.0m
-- Height/Beam: 62.8m
Weight: ~88,000 tonnes (Phoenix-A: ~70,000 tonnes)
Powerplant: 1x 300MW Nuclear Reactor
Maximum Speed: 25+ knots
Range: Unlimited (20-25 years)
-- 4x Phalanx CIWS
-- 4x RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
-- 2x 30mm Autocannons
-- 24x Surface-to-Air VLS pods (JAMM/JAMM-ER VLS)
-- 6-12x Surface-to-Air JAMM-ER pods
-- 2x MATRONE Anti-Submarine Drone launch systems
Aircraft: Tailored air group of up to 46 aircraft (55 full load)
-- P.125 Gabriel
-- P.112 Sariel
-- Various CTOL/STOL/STOVL/VTOL aircraft
-- Various medium sized drones
-- Various small/medium tilt-rotors
-- Various combat/utility/recon helicopters
In order for the development to proceed, there needs to be at least 5 major nations (GDP $500B+) investing in the project.
A total of $8 billion will need to be raised for the project to be completed.
Upon project completion, investors will be able to purchase a Phoenix-T for a discounted $3 billion.
Non-investors will be required to pay $4.2 billion per carrier.
Estimated completion in June 2016.
- Commonwealth Navy wishes to upgrade current Phoenix-A to Phoenix-T; 'Charlotte'.
-- Invests $2.5 billion
- Polar Svalbard Navy wishes to procure 1x Phoenix-T; 'Egersund'.
-- Invests $0.75 billion
- Bhumidol Navy wishes to procure 1x Phoenix-T; 'Bhujangasana'.
-- Invests $1.1 billion
Total: $4.35 billion raised
Same goes for thigh-high socks.
they are normal to wear if you don't care what people think
Might as well not wear anything at all in that case, much easier.
That doesn't really matter because if you are a man, socks are not to be seen.
They should be if they're Pringles socks.
But they're not normalized by society
New idea, make them the expected business casual wear. I pity all the men who have to wear full 3 piece suits even in the dead humid heat of summer
if everyone starts wearing them, they will become normal. You can't wait otherwise it will never happen