UFF Death Trap
Vehicle TL ST/HP Hnd/SR HT Move LWt. Load SM Occ. DR Range Cost Locations Notes
Original 6 45 -1/4 10 0/12 3 1.25 +7 (+4) 1+5 2 24h (231 gal) $53k S
Hot Air 8 45 -1/4 11 1/15 3 1.25 +7 3+3 5 36h (270 gal) $400k S 540 Mile range
Hydrogen 8 45 +0/3 11x 1/23 3 1.25 +6 2+4 5 36h (270 gal) $400k S 828 Mile range

Replacing the hull with aluminum and the airbag with modern synthetics has actually increased the weight of the vehicle by 70lbs when all is said and done. In return, the vehicle is significantly more sturdy. The upgraded engines are twice as powerful, half as heavy, and use 15% less fuel. They can run on just about anything. The extra weight capacity has mostly gone into a larger fuel tank, for a 36-hour range.

The upgraded vehicle requires a crew of three. A pilot/commander, an engineer to look after the engines, and a rigger to maintain the gasbags (using Airshipman). It has seats for 6 people, though it could carry as many as 12 in emergencies. Alternatively, it can carry 1,300lbs (650kg) of cargo. The cargo bay could be replaced by two additional seats, if a larger crew is needed. There’s not enough space for sleeping comfortably inside, nor for more than the most basic kitchen setup. The interior is no larger than an SUV.

The difference between a hot air version and a hydrogen version is mostly in the size of the gasbag. A smaller gasbag means less air resistance, making the vehicle faster and more maneuverable. The smaller gasbag is also easier to maintain, so doesn’t require a fulltime rigger. The tradeoff is that hydrogen is highly explosive.

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