Specifications SF-14 Shootingstar
Terran Federation starfighter technical specifications:
Seeking to replace the aging SF-8 Stormbird, which had already run its production through E and F model units, Stellar Combat Command initiated the Advanced Superiority Starfighter Project in May of 2868. Several companies stepped up to the challenge, among them Centauri Aerospace and Pacific Aerospace. Pacific Aerospace presented a design ideal to the Project's requirements: a long-range starfighter capable of atmospheric flight with the capability to intercept and dispatch multiple enemy targets. The YSF-14 exceeded all expectations in speed, maneuverability, weapons capability, damage control, survivability, and targeting performance. In 2870, Stellar Combat Command contracted a production order of 40 test craft and 1212 limited production units.
Airframe and Control System:
The SF-14 Shootingstar is a large, twin-engine starfighter with high, shoulder-mounted fixed geometry wings and a single vertical tail. The fuselage supports several internal weapons pods, as well as internal fixtures in the wings.
The Shootingstar's frame is made up of advanced titanium composite alloy and orbital steel alloy in a semi-monocoque construction. The fuselage is 19.7 meters in length, much of it composed of orbital steel alloy around the engine bays and center fuselage. The cantilever booms outboard of each engine which carries the horizontal stabilators are made of titanium, as are the stabilator attachments and the spars of the fins. There is a solid titanium firewall between the two engines to prevent a fire in one engine from spreading to the other. The aircraft tail rises vertically between the two engines atop the titanium firewall break. The wing root and attach area is composed of advanced titanium composite for strength and to reduce weight.
Much of the fighter is sealed from vacuum and other elements, except for the engine pods and the eight excess heat release vents and any weapons pods, since they open to deploy their payload.
Six cooled cylinder hydrogen tanks provide fuel for the SF-14. Four are located in the fuselage, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4 from behind the cockpit to the center aft portion of the fighter, and two wing tanks in the inboard section, for a total of 13,455 pounds of fuel. Four sealed hydraulic systems power the flight controls in atmospheric flight, each rated to 2000 psi. The electrical system itself is powered by the starfighter's two thermonuclear fusion engines, providing 30 megawatts. Should the engines fail the Fusion Propulsion Works HFP-2020-3 fusion power plant takes over, rated at 1600 kilowatts. A fire suppression system is designed to inject inerting gas throughout the hydrogen fuel system, while two hydrogen-resistant firewall shut-off valves provide a fail-safe against potential engine fire.
The Shootingstar is equipped with two take-off and landing systems. One is an attach point for a carrier launch and recovery boom, located on top of the center of the fuselage. The starfighter is also equipped with 3 retractable landing gear: one underneath the cockpit, and two underneath the aft section of the fuselage, just before the engine pods, each landing gear pod 3 meters in length.
Large cantilever shoulder-mounted fixed geometry wings swept back at a 40 degree angle provide the SF-14 with exceptional lift for atmospheric flight, each approximately 408 square feet in size.
The single vertical tail structure is made of advanced titanium composite alloy. The fin is positioned for overall stability and improved maneuverability during atmospheric flight. An all-moving horizontal tail surface is mounted outboard of the vertical fin.
The pilot's cockpit is mounted high on the forward fuselage central pod behind a one-piece windshield. The canopy itself is a single transparency with only one transverse frame. It is constructed of transparent steel for combat survivability and triple-sealed against vacuum. It is hinged at the rear and opens in a clamshell-type fashion. The cockpit canopy offers excellent all-round visibility, and incorporates a unique Heads-Up Display system, tracking targets and flight information on the canopy glass wherever the pilot looks.
A Pacific Aerospace E-74 ejection seat is installed in the cockpit, and can safely eject the pilot complete with emergency portable survival system in 0.5 seconds in vacuum, and can do so in 1.2 seconds in atmosphere, with only 1.1 more seconds elapsing before parachute deploy.
The Shootingstar operates a dual triple redundant fly-by-light flight control system. A series of lasers are generated by the Central Flight Control Interface, sent to Subsidiary Flight Control Interfaces to each individual vernier control system or Hydraulic Actuator Control System, which will in turn fire or actuate the applicable flight control. The CFCI is the brains of the Shootingstar's avionics, and regulates the pitch and yaw rate, angle of attack, dynamic pressure sensors, and accelerometers which continuously monitor vertical and lateral accelerations. The interface computes the correct settings for the control surfaces at any combination of speed and g forces. The interface also senses the stick forces applied by the pilot and converts them into laser signals to apply the correct corresponding data to the flight control systems. The CFCI is a dual system in which the signals generated by each optic chain are compared with each other. If a difference greater than a preset amount is detected, this is interpreted as a malfunction and the Interface automatically disengages, with the conventional mechanical hydraulic system or back-up vernier control system taking over.
SF-14A Shootingstar powerplant:
The SF-14A is powered by two Fusion Propulsion Works TFE-1005-100 thermonuclear fusion engines. These engines are trans-sat capable, utilizing airflow for thrust and lift in a terrestrial atmospheric environment. Each engine is interchangeable with the other for ease of maintenance and creating availability for spare engines if the need arose in a wartime situation. The TFE-1005-100's have a maximum velocity burn in space, and after-burn capability in atmosphere.
These engines utilize a liquid hydrogen injection system in the nuclear processing unit, fusing the hydrogen isotopes into helium and expelling it for substantial thrust out the engine nozzles. The nozzles use a series of three vectoring plates to direct thrust in coordination with the fighter's verniers, enabling superior maneuverability.
Electronics and sensors suite:
The key sensor of the Shootingstar is the Terran Standard G&C SPR-6R Radar, or the Spatial Pulse Radar Type 6. The primary radar projects magnetic pulse signals rated at 120 GHz in front of the fighter, sweeping at a 3 dimensional, 30 degree angle, with a maximum range of 4,800 miles. These pulses map the contours of the target, and return the data as they deflect off the target's surface. The ATDIC, or Advanced Targeting Data Interpretation Computer, compiles the pulse data, giving the pilot the target's size, location, approximate type, direction, and speed through its interface in the Heads-Up Display. The SPR-6R can track up to 480 targets simultaneously, and can receive additional information from a EWAC ship, its home base, or from satellite via data-link.
The Interstellar Electrics MTSS-93 Multi-Type Sensor System is the secondary sensor system, but is used primarily for meticulous target data collection and short-range detection. The MTSS-93 incorporates a lidar, or laser radar, for short-range target acquisition. It can discern friendly or hostile IFF laser signals up at a range of 790 miles, but is designed as back-up should the SPR-6R fail, and cannot return a detailed signature of the target. The MTSS is also equipped with a magnetometer to detect magnetic fields at a 360 degree, 3 dimensional spread at a range of 350 miles in diameter. It is also equipped with a radcounter, microwave detector/transmitter, and motion detectors for short-range early warning of complex movement, rated at a range of 62 miles in diameter.
For visual scanning, the SF-14A is also equipped with the Interstellar Electrics I-U-T-S 22-B, or Infrared-Ultraviolet-Telescoping-Sensor type 22-B. This sensor was designed for night or low-light conditions with a range of 30 miles. The telescoping portion uses a gravity lens effect to see distant objects, down to the size of a capital ship at a maximum distance of 1.2 light years.
Both the MTSS-93 and the I-U-T-S 22-B can interface with the SPR-6R Radar through the ATDIC for confirmation of a target should the range permit it.
The Heads-Up Display of the Shootingstar consists of the entire canopy, able to display critical flight information and targeting wherever necessary. The canopy can illuminate the paths of incoming or adjacent laser fire (normally invisible in space) utilizing infrared tracking to assist the pilot in evasive maneuvers. The fighter's HUD can also integrate with the SCC Type 8 HUD helmet and provide flight data and targeting information and assistance to the pilot. Also installed into the fighter's avionics is the Nav-Space 87 Spatial Navigational Computer, which utilizes an onboard navigational memory bank to provide location and maps of virtually every known star system, and can download updates from satellites or from other FAF craft through data-link.
The avionics and weapons systems are controlled through the main control panel, using the applicable buttons and switches. Six liquid crystal displays project necessary flight data as well as weapons configuration and current fuel quantity. Weapons configuration and targeting can also be controlled by switches on the flight stick and the throttle. The starfighter itself is controlled through the flight stick, throttle, and pedals, each with pressure sensors to determine proper inertia and pitch/yaw rate. Other navigation aids include an Interstellar Mechanical Works glidescope localizer antenna, and an angle-of-attack sensor.
The Shootingstar is equipped with an Interstellar Electrics Mark 111 electronic countermeasures system to provide missile and pulse radar jamming against hostile war craft. The all solid state ALR-929 is based on a digitally-controlled dual channel receiver that scans from 6-180 GHz, while changes in the perceived threat can be accommodated by changing the software. The ALR-72-F pulse radar warning receiver (PRWR) system has external antennae mounted on the vertical fin tip and on both wingtips.
An ICC Mk-200 communication system is installed in the Shootingstar, using sublight particles to transmit signals over very great distances. The maximum range is 3 A.U., or 279 million miles. The Mk-200 also contains a distress beacon with similar range in case of communications or power failure.
Finally, the SF-14A utilizes an ICC Mk-136 satellite uplink system, enabling the fighter to coordinate and download real-time information from orbiting satellites, such as hostiles in orbital space, maps of the planet it's orbiting for navigation, and a boost in communications. This system easily gives the Shootingstar a planetary range of operations in orbit, so long as a capable satellite is positioned there.
Armament of the SF-14A:
The SF-14A is equipped with 2 Federal Optics Mk-204 high-energy laser cannons mounted on each wing-tip. Each cannon is rated to 7.8 Megawatts with a maximum effective range of 60 miles.
One large internal bay, one medium internal dorsal bay, and two small internal side bays provide storage for missile capability.
For short-range missile delivery, Pacific Aerospace Mk-30 space-based short-range missiles can be provided, each carrying a 12 kilogram explosive warhead, with a range of 280 miles at a maximum speed of 10.0 g's. Twenty-four missiles can be stored in the large bay, four in the medium dorsal bay, and one in each side bay, for a possible total of thirty missiles in a strict short-range engagement configuration.
Pacific Aerospace Mk-43 space-based medium-range missiles give the SF-14A medium to long-range striking power. Each missile possess as 48 kilogram armor-piercing explosive warhead, and a range of 1250 miles, traveling at a maximum speed of 9.0 g's. The large internal bay can be equipped with twelve of these missiles; the medium dorsal bay with two, and the small side bays with one each, for a possible total of sixteen Mk-43's for medium-to-long-range engagements.
A recent development in arms technology has also been added to the Shootingstar. Federal Optics-Pacific Aerospace Mk-1 energy-based missiles can be equipped; each missile contains a micro-particle generator for a warhead, rated at 1.2 GW, weighing approximately 28 kilograms, with a maximum range of 350 miles and speed of 12.0 g's. Twenty-four such missiles can be stored in the large bay, four in the medium dorsal bay, and one in each side bay, for a possible total of thirty missiles in a strict short-range/energy-based engagement configuration.
For defensive armament, the SF-14A carries an SCC-Federal Optics Mk-12 screen deflection generator, which generates a shield of energy-deflecting particles to reduce enemy beam strength, providing limited protection against laser or particle weapons.
Main-line Units and Variants:
Upon selection of the YSF-14 in 2870 and completion of the test program, as well as delivery of the limited production units, SCC and the FAF ordered 26,020 A-model and 2,820 B-model mass-production units to replace the aging SF-8 Stormbird. The first active Shootingstar, designated 71-0001, was delivered to the TFS Hornet on August 28th, 2871. A and B model deliveries were completed in late 2876.
Each SF-14A or B-model weighs 13.5 tons unloaded and defueled, and 34 tons fully-loaded, including 6.5 tons of hydrogen fuel. Two Fusion Propulsion Works TFE-1005-100 thermonuclear fusion engines provide enough thrust to propel the fighter to a maximum speed of 5.0 g in space, or Mach 3.2 in atmosphere at service ceiling of 40,000 feet.
The latest production model of the Shootingstar fighter, the SF-14C/D model began production in 2877, incorporating a series of upgrades. SCC and the FAF ordered 30,200 C-model mass-production units, and 3,480 D-model units to replace the current SF-14A/B models. The first C-model, designated 77-0001, was delivered to the TFS Endeavor on January 31st, 2877. C and D models deliveries continue until mid-2890.
The SF-14C or D model weighs 15.5 tons defueled and unloaded, and 36 tons fully-loaded, including 6.5 tons of hydrogen fuel. The TFE-1005-100 engines were upgraded to the more powerful TFE-1005-200 engines, boosting the maximum space speed from 5.0 g to 5.5 g, and increasing it in atmosphere from Mach 3.2 to Mach 4.3 at a service ceiling of 40,000 feet.
Following the end of the Federal Civil War and the creation of the Frontier Patrol/Defense Arm, new responsibilities fell to Stellar Combat Command regarding the patrol of space lanes of the Outer Member and Frontier Systems while reconstruction was underway. The predominant fear was that both piracy and pockets of resistance from the fallen Allied Free Systems would prey upon interstellar shipping to the Frontier. As such, SCC wanted a starfighter that could conduct long-range patrols, utilizing the latest in Spatial Early Warning and Control equipment, and provide anti-starfighter/anti-ship stand-off capability until friendly reinforcements arrived.
Orders were made by SCC for 2,568 E-model mass-produced units, designated as SF-14E Shootingstar-Patrol variants. These units were distributed to SCC Frontier bases and patrol carriers across the Outer Member and Frontier Systems, the first recipient being the patrol-carrier TFS Lewis and Clark in early-2892.
The SF-14E model weighs 15.5 tons defueled and unloaded, and 40 tons fully-loaded, including 6.5 tons of hydrogen fuel; 4 tons of this include the powerful Terran Standard G&C/Interstellar Electronics SPR-8LR Long-Range Spatial Radar, with a performance of 10,250–11,800 miles. The two-seat model is the only version available, with the second crew member serving as the Sensor Systems Operator. The TFE-1005-200 engines from the SF-14C are still utilized with similar performance in space. However, atmospheric speed is reduced to Mach 3.7 due to additional atmospheric drag. And two Pacific Aerospace Mk-28 Long-Range Missile Launchers were added for additional striking power, each carrying two munitions. Left and right forward weapons packs were also added along each side of the nose, each capable of carrying two Pacific Aerospace Mk-28 Long-Range Missiles.
Specifications SF-14A Shootingstar
Crew: 1: pilot
Length: 64 ft 10 in
Wingspan: 42 ft 10 in
Height: 22 ft 6 in
Wing area: 408 ft²
Airfoil: 65A005 mod root, 65A003.5 mod tip
Empty weight: 27,000 lb (12,700 kg)
Loaded weight: 44,500 lb (20,200 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 68,000 lb (30,845 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Fusion Propulsion Works TFE-1005-100 thermonuclear fusion engine
-Dry thrust: 17,450 lbf (77.62 kN) each
-Thrust with afterburner: 25,000 lbf for -100 (111.2 kN for -100) each
Fuel capacity: 13,455 lb (6,100 kg) internal
Maximum speed (atmosphere): Mach 3.2
Maximum speed (Space): 5.0g acceleration
High altitude: Mach 3.0+
Low altitude: Mach 2.7
Combat radius: 10,061 nmi (planetary)
Combat radius: 220,000 smi (spatial)
Ferry range: 5,450 mi (planetary)
Service ceiling: 40,000 ft
Rate of climb: >55,000 ft/min
Wing loading: 73.1 lb/ft² (358 kg/m²)
Thrust/weight: 1.85 (-100)
Guns: 2 X Federal Optics Mk-204 high-energy laser cannons
Missiles: 1 Large Internal Bay, 1 Medium Dorsal Bay, 2 Small Side Bays
Large Internal Bay:
-Pacific Aerospace Mk-30 Short Range Missiles (24 munitions)
-Pacific Aerospace Mk-43 Medium Range Missiles (12 munitions)
-Federal Optics/Pacific Aerospace Mk-1 Energy-based Missiles (24 munitions)
Medium Dorsal Bay:
-Pacific Aerospace Mk-30 Short Range Missiles (4 munitions)
-Pacific Aerospace Mk-43 Medium Range Missiles (2 munitions)
-Federal Optics/Pacific Aerospace Mk-1 Energy-based Missiles (4 munitions)
Small Side Bays:
-Pacific Aerospace Mk-30 Short Range Missiles (1 munition)
-Pacific Aerospace Mk-43 Medium Range Missiles (1 munition)
-Federal Optics/Pacific Aerospace Mk-1 Energy-based Missiles (1 munition)
RWR (Radar warning receiver): 6200 smi (9920 km) or more]
Radar: Terran Standard G&C SPR-6R Spatial Radar 4,500–4,800 miles (7200–7680 km) against 1 m2 (6 sq ft) targets (estimated range)
Halliven MJU-39/40 flares for protection against IR missiles.
Terran Standard G&C AN/APX-180-S Identify Friend/Foe (IFF) interrogator
Interstellar Electronics Mark 111 Spatial Electronic Warfare Warning Set (SEWWS) - part of Spatial Tactical Electronic Warfare Systems (STEWS)
Interstellar Electronics AN/ALR-72-F Pulse Radar warning receivers (PRWR) - part of STEWS
Interstellar Electronics ALR-929 Internal Countermeasures System (ICS) - part of STEWS
Halliven AN/ALR-180 Chaff/Flares dispenser system - part of STEWS
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