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Type IV Zero-G Utility Vehicle (Work Bee)
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Illustrator: Scott W. Bell / Starship Dynamics
THE TYPE IV ZERO-G UTILITY VEHICLE, OR "WORK BEE," IS A SMALL, MICRO-FUSION-POWERED ZERO-G CRAFT WHICH ENTERED SERVICE WITH STARFLEET IN 2268. THE BASIC PRESSURE SHELL DESIGN HAS CHANGED VERY LITTLE FROM THE ORIGINAL TYPE III CARGO MAINTENANCE UNIT, THOUGH INTERNAL SYSTEMS ARE PERIODICALLY UPDATED. THE CRAFT IS CAPABLE OF STAND-ALONE OPERATIONS DEALING WITH INSPECTION OF SPACEBORNE HARDWARE, REPAIRS, ASSEMBLY, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES REQUIRING REMOTE MANIPULATORS. THE WORK BEE ACCOMMODATES A SINGLE CREW MEMBER, PROVIDING A SHIRT-SLEEVE ENVIRONMENT FROM WHICH TO WORK. IN CERTAIN APPLICATTONS, A FULL SPACE SUIT CAN BE WORN TO ALLOW THE OPERATOR TO BE ABLE TO EXIT THE CRAFT, PERFORM ANY WORK NOT POSSIBLE WITH THE MANIPULATOR SYSTEM, AND RETURN FOR REPRESSURIZATTON. THE COCKPIT MODULE MEASURES 3.35 METERS IN LENGTH, 1.63 METERS IN HEIGHT, 1.5 METERS ABEAM, AND HAS A MASS OF 1.68 METRIC TONS.
ABOUT THESE SCHEMATICS: This high-quality, full-color packet consists of five 11"x17" fold-out sheets which show internal and external views of the Workbee. It is available on Amazon.
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