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Cyborg Race-ship "Typhoon" . Good luck guessing the song that inspired it... because THERE ISN'T ONE. . Many of the major cyborg races feature atmospheric sections, in which the competitors fly through the atmosphere of a vaguely Earthlike planet, sometimes weaving through canyons or skimming just above the ground. While many racers add token equipment like maneuvering fins or air intakes to their craft for these sections, none of them really enjoy this part of the race. Although it brings in high ratings on the Cyborg Racing Channel, it forces the racers to decelerate for reentry and hold their speed down in the atmosphere, wasting precious time. Typhoon sought to turn these sections into an advantage for him by optimizing his hull for atmospheric flight. With a wedge-shaped lifting body hull and three engines with large air intakes, he can fly several times faster than any other racer in an Earthlike atmosphere. I built Typhoon primarily as a test-bed for some techniques that I plan to use in a larger, manned spacecraft. Which won't be completed until I get more parts. As usual. As a side note, don't you just love those Agents jet decals? I wish I had a dozen pairs of wedges with these decals on them. Front view showing the triple intakes for Typhoon's engines. The bottom one is more powerful in the atmosphere, while the top two are more powerful in the upper atmosphere or in space. The forward wedge is mostly fuel tank. Typhoon's engines use a fusion reaction to heat and expel large amounts of gas. They require a small amount of dedicated hydrogen fuel, but the actual reaction mass that comes out of the exhaust pipe can be whatever is available. The vents on the "wedge" section of his fuselage open when he flies through an atmosphere to take in air and replace any reaction mass he's lost so far during the race. As such, he can burn fuel much more freely than most of his competitors. This is his main advantage during the portions of the race that take place in vacuum. Couple of not too exciting photos here. tum de tum de tum... You wonder why Sean Kenney hasn't added a "Cyborg Racers" page in the directory yet. Or a "VOAT" one. I was looking back through my old comments a while ago, and found it hilarious that I so often complimented other builders' "color blocking". Typhoon's head is protected by a reinforced helmet designed to withstand atmospheric friction and heating. But his head can tilt upward to give him a clear view. As you can see, his head has also been modified to withstand the buffeting and heat of high speed flight.


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