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Hover Drone by MikeDoscher Hover Drone by MikeDoscher
Late in the last century, the advances in palletized weapon systems saw freighters and even passenger vessels take on roles that would have earlier required purpose built ships of substantial tonnage. While initially for self protection (in view of the unstable situation around the Belt) the flexibility of what could be done with the right pods and a tramp freighter made things even more interesting. The Hannex Combisys 'TriLighter' series was this thinking taken to a sort of logical conclusion: An autonomous hover unit that could be stored in a sealed pallet indefinitely until needed. Originally the technology was sold to users who operated remote outposts or other facilities in need of protection, but unable to field more traditional security for whatever reason. Whether licensed or (later) bootlegged these sorts of units became common sights in a variety of small scale conflicts.

The unit we see here was fielded by an unknown party during the separatist violence on Titan. Low gravity worlds with a ready source of liquid reaction mass are an ideal environment for hover units without sophisticated maintenance needs. While too much of an investment to be thought of an truly disposable, such drones may be kept in the field with simple fueling and rearming facilities for a remarkably long time.
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dmaland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A fantastically executed design, as per your usual. :)
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DesignerFlex Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love the texturing on this one. Nice work Mike.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool hover drone, Mike... I like how every one of your concepts has a story to go along with it. :) Question, does the hover drone have some manner of anti-gravity with thrusters for maneuvering, or do they hover using their jets?  
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. It hovers on its jets, but really only works effectively between 0.1 and 0.6 G. You *could* use it on Earth, but it would tend to overheat and go through reaction mass too quickly to be practical.
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jabberwockymissi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love your color palette!
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Super cool drawing man
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DerVulf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013   Artist
Holy crap. That looks amazing!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!!!
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