In the years since the first Meizi inter-planetary spin-liner was launched the principles of its design and its versatility have been proven and have come to define _the_ standard to beat in liner design. Rather than reinvent from the ground-up, and to keep the reputation associated with the Meizi name, MAST are now seeking backing for the launch of a much more economical and future-proofed Meizi derivative design.
This new design is based on financial analysis of the existing Meizi operating patterns, customer feedback, assessment of the most reliable, low maintenance & cost effective materials and perceived market direction. All of this has been processed by MASTs specialist SAIs and this design is the result of that analysis.
Customer feedback indicates that:
Other considerations are:
Illustrative operating economics:
At 80' long and 50' diameter the short Meizi is only 40% of the size of the original yet has an increased passenger payload. It retains the originals spin pod dimensions and spin gravity but uses a smart carbon composite frame and armor for improved reliability. Its principal improvements over the original include a large zero-G area for recreational activities, a modest increase in cargo capacity and the addition of zero-G/microgravity passenger cabins.
Design: [Hull] Cylinder Hull (320 spaces, smart medium carbon composite frame); cDR/cPF 7/2F,1/1S,1/1B (carbon composite armor), Hull radiators 12 ksf. [Pods] Cylinder Hull 31.25' x 50' (smart medium carbon composite frame), cDR/cPF 2/1 (carbon composite armor).
Modules: [Hull] New basic bridge, medium PESA, medium Radar, 24 HI fusion pulse drive, 150 tanks (nuclear pellets), 16 cabin, 46 cargo (230 tons), small entry module, large entry module, surgery, minifac workshop, spacedock (20 spaces). 4 hall (zero G recreation facility).
[each Pod] 70 cabin, 15 luxury cabin, hall, 12 cargo (60 tons)
Statistics: Emass 1463; CMass 2750; Lmass 3650. Cost M$ 85.4. cHP 252 [main hull], 135 [pods]. Maintenance interval 4.33 hours. RRA 12.
Performance: sAccel 0.0355 G. Burn Endurance 156.25 hours, Burn Points 19,637, Delta-V 61.15 miles-per-second (with turnover).
Indicative Travel time: 35 days (5 weeks) for a typical Earth-Mars journey (1.8 AU). 13 days for the shortest Earth-Mars journey (0.5 AU).
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