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Essay on the Zentraedi Regult Tactical Battle Pod
Posted: 24 October 2010 03:49 AM   [ # 16 ]  
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I think we are getting to caught up on human derived terms. Infantry means something very different to us (and to me, as a former 11B) than it does to the Zentraedi.

For the Zentraedi, all soldiers must be able to fight in all environments: space, land, whatever. The Regult was their answer to this requirement. It was designed to allow the Zentraedi soldier to fight anywhere he went. The Zentraedi would likely do more fighting in space than on land. Therefore, their basic soldiers would need something that would be a good device to fight with in space, while still allowing them to fight on the surface of a planet. This is what leads us to the dual capability of the Regult.
Armor? Sure, it has some, but not much. But listen, there’s armor and there’s ARMOR. The Regult just has armor: enough to stop the light stuff (20mm ammo) but not enough to reliably stop the medium stuff (55mm rounds). If you want to compare it to something, think in terms of a M4 Sherman tank. If an advanced space faring race cannot figure out a way to provide that level of 1940’s era protection at a reasonable cost, then I don’t know what to tell ya. And in the larger scheme of things, this really is not heavy armor.  A modern M1 Tank has armor that is about 20 times tougher than a Sherman. Now that is ARMOR! The Regult does not possess that.
As for speed, we made a guess a long time ago that the Regult would have a Delta-V of 2.5kps. What that means is the pod has enough reaction mass (fuel) to accelerate from Relative Zero (0 kps) to a max velocity of 2.5kps (kilometers per second)  In reality, this gives it a real velocity max of .625 kps, if it were to travel in straight line and not maneuver in any way. It would leave the main ship accelerate to .625kps, travel as far as it needed to, decelerate to relative zero (another .625kps worth of velocity change), accelerate up to .625kps moving in the direction of the mother ship…. and then slow down again once it got home. 
It begs the question of how much math the average Zentraedi can do in his head… There must be a computer that figures this out for them.

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Posted: 24 October 2010 04:12 AM   [ # 17 ]  
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I’m going to add this to my Regult essay, to explain the orbital ascent scene.


Quel Regult – Scout Battle Pod, designed to operate in small scout elements on hostile planetary surfaces well forward of the main battle group. A group of two to six Quel Regults could be inserted from orbit via a small, disposable reentry vehicle, and then return using a orbital ascent booster built into the pod. This booster is a solid fuel rocket engine designed to lift the upper section of the pod, with its pilot, into low planetary orbit where it can be recovered. Before ascent, the pod ejects it’s weapons so as to save weight and reduce aerodynamic resistance. (On planets with a strong gravity, the pilot may be required to reduce weight further, sometimes returning to base naked.) The Quel was also equipped with a higher powered communications suit. This version of the Regult is extremely rare, as the compact and advanced solid fuel booster was four times as costly to produce as the pod itself. From the outside, the Quel Regult looks like a normal Regult battle pod.

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Posted: 05 November 2010 09:47 AM   [ # 18 ]  
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You called it an “Ostroc”—did you get that name from BattleTech?

Seriously, though, BattleTech borrowed enough from Robotech, so what if the reverse happened once or twice?

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Posted: 06 November 2010 01:41 AM   [ # 19 ]  
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Yeah, I figured what goes around comes around.

Still, I ended up changing it to “Joust” a nod to the 1980’s arcade game of astrich riding knights.

You can see the latest version of the essay on my web-site:

http://www.wix.com/dorkspeed/robotechhistory

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Posted: 30 January 2020 04:24 AM   [ # 20 ]  
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Awesome essay discussion. But maybe you should get a quality essay and learn how to do it only with the help of here do not forget about it and preferably always tell everyone. Good luck and have a nice day.

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