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Seeker Design by Ishutani Seeker Design by Ishutani
Design of the Aircraft from [link]
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main purpose is scouting/recon and small package deliveries, unarmed by default, but capable of being armed
extremely fast, light, manuverable but barely armored and vulnerable.

cockpit and internal components protected by light gravity field to counteract amplified g-force from extreme speed (this tech developed many years before this aircraft was developed in its setting's timeline)

Pilots of the seeker have also created a unique technique of "Drifting" where the seeker would be able to rotate up to a offset of 135 degrees horizontally without changing its vector.
Other techniques intentionally and unintentionally made possible with its unique design are:
- barrel rolls with/without vector change
- near instantenous 180 degree turns at maximum atmosphere velocity in rapid succession
- flying in reverse for brief moments

Its extreme manuverability and speed completely offsets its vulnerability, but the extreme physical and mental stress imposed on all its pilots in order to execute the required maneuvers (excluding a select few) are too severe to maintain continuous operation.

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*note*
to my embarassment i have not figured out how it would land itself back into the hangar ~lol D:
if you'd like to make suggestion as to how to achieve that through either not changing the design at all or changing the design to create a unique method of landing (not landing itself onto a landing strip with landing wheels/gear) feel free to leave some in the comments

~Feedback is appreciated~
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SharksinSpace Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I know that multiple people have suggested ways for it to land but how about having it land by turning straight up and hook onto the floating platform in the hangar in a way that the fueling part of the fighter attaches to a built in re-fueler, and with the bottom pointing in for easy egress. Also a variable attachment for the landing portion that would make it so that maintenance and launching would be achievable without moving it off the its landing area.
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Ishutani Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ah i see o:
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joiless Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Writer
I think the landing procedure would involve sort of a "catch" maneuver. In space, the Seeker first has to match speed with its carrier which is (presumably) in orbit during its operations planetside. Then you get inside the hangar, where something has to arrest its forward movement - like a big stretchy cable, because if the cable doesn't stretch, it'll either rip the butt-end off the smaller craft or snap. Maybe a really big bundle of carbon allotropes with a hook made of a durable exotic material like lonsdalite or something, connected to the storage rack above. When the Seeker comes in for a landing, the pilot kills the thrusters first, because they don't want to fly right through the hangar. If they pass through whatever keeps space out of the hangar, fire retro-thrusters in the nose, snag the arrester gear and hope for the best (and then get reeled back into the storage rack, out of the way of the next Seeker coming in) - if there's air in the hangar because something keeps space out (a forcefield or whatever like in Star Wars) then there's air resistance to help slow it down. If they have open a big door to let the craft in and out, then the hangar is a microgravity environment. If that's the case, then they have to kill their thrust, then execute a pretty complicated maneuver inside the hangar where they apply sufficient thrust from all directions in a sequence to leave the Seeker "floating" in the hangar. Then a big robot arm can come down, snag the hook and pull it up into the storage rack. They shut the door, pump atmosphere back in (or don't, if that seems like a lot of work, the hangar could remain in vacuum and the pilot just carries life support to and from the Seeker).
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Schlegel120 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013   Digital Artist
I'd definitely fly that. Great work.
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Ishutani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I almost read that as "I'd definitely tap that" ;w ;;
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Schlegel120 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013   Digital Artist
haha.
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Hungryclone Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
In space the hook could extend a magnetic grapple to tug the ship back into the hanger. As for on a planet they'd probably need specialized landing pads that use the same "light gravity field" to basically cushion the plane. Great design. It's an awesome craft.
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Ishutani Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks ^^ grabber limb seems to be what everyone is suggesting, i think that'll work best xD
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Why can't the vehicle simply have it's engines move to provide a VTOL situation?

Redirected thrust and repositioned engines do the job.
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AspiringShadowseer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I have an idea for how it could land. How about the ship that is going to receive the craft, deploys cables on top and the aircraft has to cut his speed down to catch the cable. After catching the cable the aircraft is pulled into the hangar and docks.
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