Airship Design Contest!
Full Rules Here http://www.we-be-smart.org/~afrodri/HQC_Design_Contest.pdf
HQC Aerolyth Ship Design Contest
Ship Designers Needed!
The Aerial Forces of the Hive, Queen and Country universe are locked in an arms race! Each nation seeks to field the best aerial vessels possible. New designs are constantly being sought and each ship makes all those that came before it obsolete relics.
Hive, Queen and Country is opening a design contest for would be aerial architects. The design rules are included below as are weblinks to examples of other designs. The prizes will include a rapid prototyped model of your ship and inclusion of the design in an upcoming Hive, Queen and Country product. You will receive full credit for the design in the product and a complimentary copy when it reaches print.
Good Luck and Good Hunting!
Contest participants will design an aerolyth ship (or class of ships) in the HQC setting using simplified design rules. Submissions should consist of:
• Drawings of the ship (top and side exterior view plus any additional pictures you want to include, such as drawings of the ship in action, floor plans, etc…)
• Ship design (see attached design rules)
• Description of the ship and how it fits in the HQC universe. This could include:
o Which nation built the ship, and which use it
o The ship’s design process and operational history
o Fictional accounts of the ship in action
o Adventure ideas
o Anything else you think might help!
The drawings do not need to be of schematic quality – i.e. don’t worry about getting the measurements and dimensions exactly right, concentrate on making it look cool.
Submissions are due by October 15, 2011 and should be posted to the Hivequeen mailing list or emailed to email@example.com. Submissions will be judged by Terry Sofian and Arun Rodrigues.
The top 5 winning entries will receive a 3D printed model of your ship and their ship design may be included in future HQC publications. The scale of the ship model will depend on the size of the ship (see Section 3 on page 3). Ships will be modeled by Objects May Appear (http://shpws.me/CxJ).
3 Fine Print
By entering, the entrant gives permission to use the submitted material in an upcoming Hive, Queen and Country product. Winners will receive full credit for the design in the product and a complimentary copy when it reaches print.
Entrants also grant a non-exclusive license to produce a 3D printed copy of the winning design.
The contest reserves the right to change submitted material before inclusion in final product to fit with the setting.
You may enter and win multiple times.
If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
3.1 Key Dates
Submission due date: October 15, 2011
Award Announcements: October 31, 2011
Prizes: November 18, 2011 (estimated. Exact date will depend on modeling, production and shipping time)
Quick Aerolyth Flyer Design Rules
The end of the nineteenth century saw huge strides in the science of aeronautics. The most obvious example of this is the discovery of aerolyth – the miraculous anti-gravity mineral. The late Victorian Era saw constant improvement in aerolyth anti-gravity flyers. Before the turn of the century, aerolyth was being used to conquer the skies of Earth, Mars, and Venus.
1.1 The Greatest Inventions of the Age.
Flight has been one of Mankind’s oldest dreams. For as long as men have had legends heroes and Gods have taken to the skies. But this ability existed only in legend until John Lubbock, later Lord Avebury, discovered, (or perhaps rediscovered) the secret of Aerolyth and became the first modern man to achieve those heights.
“It was during the most frightful thunderstorm that the amazing properties of the Stonehenge bluestone and the amazing knowledge of our ancient ancestors were revealed to me. My workmen were preparing to shift a large slab of bluestone, which they had carefully rigged to a jib with heavy wire rope. The most terrific bolt of lightning struck the gyn. For a moment I was rendered blind and when my sight finally returned I thought it had been permanently damaged. The huge block of stone was trying to pull the boom and steam traction engine skyward. I felt certain it was all some trick of the lightning until I heard my foreman begin swearing next to me. With a loud crack the thick wire parted and the immensely heavy boulder hurtled skyward. The front wheels of the Aveling splashed onto the muddy ground, being driven some many inches into it. Off into the low clouds the massive block sailed, disappearing completely from our view.
The workmen and I ran forward, foolishly in retrospect. We stood next to where the block had lain these uncounted centuries, staring alternatively at the innocent seeming depression that had formerly housed it and into the gray clouds a few hundred feet above us into which it had disappeared. Rain splashed unheeded against our upturned faces.
Suddenly we could hear a low whistle coming from within the overcast. For a second I did not know what to make of it. Then with wild fear I understood what the sound was! The whistle grew to gigantic proportions, seeming to us far louder than any of the thunder had been. We stood rooted in place, knowing not where the savage rock would land, but that if it struck us we would be smashed to jam. With the clouds so low I knew that it would strike almost as soon as it appeared, leaving no time for us to evade it. I did the only thing a sane man could do. I dropped to my knees in prayer. No sooner had my legs buckled than the rock plummeted to Earth landing with an almost subdued ‘thump’, which still threw us about like boats on the ocean. The great stone landed no more than a village green from where we huddled. With a mix of curiosity and caution, the second perhaps a little late, we slowly walked over to the stone. It appeared none the worse for its trip, save for some marks of burning left by the wire rope (of which there was nearly nothing left) and a coating of frost, which I surmised, must have indicated a very high flight indeed.”
Skyward 1882 John Lubbock, Baron of Avebury
Aerolyth, as Lord Lubbock called his discovery, was perhaps the most important breakthrough of the later 19th Century. Upon this one discovery has been built the entirety of aerial navigation. Without it space travel would never have become a possibility. It first made the World smaller and then made it no longer unique. Soon after the events of that spring afternoon in 1865 Lubbock began experimenting with samples of bluestone at his family’s estate. Although he was never able to determine the underlying scientific principals that cause the stones to resist gravity he was able to determine its properties and how they could be harnessed. By applying a current across the stone the force of gravity was not only neutralized but also actually opposed. The force of that opposition depended upon many things. Lubbock tested many samples of bluestone, as well as other rocks and minerals. Only bluestone, and not even every sample of it, would propel objects against the force of gravity. In his laboratory he quickly discovered the shape and surface finish of the stone had a great affect on its lifting capabilities. The polished bluestone, when cut into plates much wider and longer then they were thick, produced the greatest lifting force. Fixed into a rigid frame they could produce a lifting force many times their own weight. The ideal slab was no more then three inches thick. Lesser slabs had a disconcerting habit of shattering explosively; thicker one produced no additional lift. Explosions were also provoked if two slabs were mounted above each other in a gravitational field. A certain amount of current had to be supplied; increasing the current appeared to provide no additional lift but later experiments showed greater current allowed greater heights to be reached. Reducing it below a critical level meant that no lift at all was generated. It was certainly very perplexing and all the information had to be determined by experimentation, since no theory existed. In his laboratory, a converted stable Lubbock learned by trial and error. . It proved tremendously important for the plates to stay nearly flat to the surface of the Earth. Any change in angle of the plates from perpendicular to the flow of gravity would result in immediate lose of force from them. Above an angle of fifteen degrees force became negligible. Experiments also showed that placing one charged plate directly above another would result in both plates shattering violently. The larger the plates, the more dramatic the explosion would be.
Within a matter of months nations the world over were seeking to build their own vessels. Lubbock’s patents were strong and he soon grew wealthy beyond even the dreams of the Rothschilds’. Other men grew rich mining the bluestone, from those rare deposits that could be provoked to lift. Flying ships became the rage of the era. The wealthy wished to own them, the armies and navies of the world experimented with them, and the great lines sought to supplement their huge steamship with smaller, faster “aeroliners”. It was considered the height of fashion to be able to say, “Why yes, I’ve seen the coastline from 5,000 feet. Haven’t you?”
1.2 The Mechanics of Aerolyth
Aerolyth is a naturally occurring form of igneous rock, related to dolerite. The special circumstances of its formation and its mineral composition are what give it unique contragravitational properties. Only magma that cooled underground in dikes has the correct crystal size and orientation to be useful. The crystals themselves are composed of an unknown element, which has so far defied analysis. These characteristics make the material so rare.
Even after the mineral has been located and mined it still has to be carefully cut and polished, to the same standard as the finest marble, for it to be most effective. The stone panels are most efficient when they are cut into plates between one and two inches thick. Each plate, after trimming and polishing, is carefully wrapped with heavy gauge copper wire. The copper wire is connected to a powerful direct current source. As soon as the current is applied the contragavitational effects begin. There is no discernable time lag. British engineers and stone masons quickly began cutting panels to a common size to ease the manufacture of ships and simplify lift calculations. These standard panels are eight feet by four feet in extent and provide a force of 48,912 Newtons. This means that depending upon the amount of load connected to the panel it will not just float above the planet’s surface but will accelerate away from it. The amount of dead weight that the panel is carrying greatly affects this acceleration. Experiments showed that Aerolyth, which so confounds Newtonian physics on one level obeys it rigorously on another, the acceleration is precisely as would be predicted by the Newtonian equation of F=M*A. Standard panels have a weight of 889 pounds (404 kilograms). The panel can accelerate materials up to somewhat more than ten times its own mass away from the planet. At loads greater than that the force is unable to completely counteract the force of gravity.
The maximum altitude to which an aerolyth craft can climb is determined by the amount of electrical power supplied to the panels and the planet one which the vehicle is located. The greater the electrical field that is applied the higher the panel may fly. There are four critical power levels. On Earth if the minimum power of one kilowatt is applied, the panel and its cargo can rise to a height of 2,000 feet above sea level. If additional power is applied the vessel will raise no higher until two kilowatts of energy have been input, at which time the vessel will accelerate upwards to 12,000 feet. The next altitude barrier is 45,000 feet which requires four kilowatts and finally a vessel can reach lower orbital altitudes of 600,000 feet or slightly over 100 miles above sea level. This altitude level requires tremendous electric energy. Sixteen kilowatts must be applied to every panel to reach this altitude. Once a vessel has crossed above the critical altitude its panels will cease to provide any force at all. This has proven very disconcerting to inexperienced travelers who find themselves suddenly plunged into freefall after being under substantial acceleration just an instant before.
Aerolyth appears to function on all bodies with a perceivable gravitational field. Sea level has become a rather malleable term now, with three different planets having oceans and Luna with neither ocean nor atmosphere. On Venus, the gravitation and sea level are similar to Earth and the effects of Aerolyth identical. Mars is much smaller, and the four levels are much lower being 1,000, 6,000, 22,500 and 300,000 feet respectively. Luna, being a tiny world, has levels set at 500, 3,000, 12,250 and 150,000 feet. Since Aerolyth in no way interacts with an atmosphere it functions as well on airless orb, such as Luna or perhaps Mercury. On alien worlds the force appears to be relative to that planet’s gravitational forces, not those of Earth’s. For all practical purposes the force on Venus is equal to that of those panels on Earth. On Luna the force is 8,152 Newtons and on Mars 16,304 Newtons.