Sunglider Aerospace Fighter

Sunglider.jpg

Stats

  • Era: Mid Early Space Era
  • Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Government(s)/Organization(s):
    • ESE: USA, Canada, EU
    • Post-ESE: Colonies, Pirates, Corsairs
  • Type: Aerospace Fighter
  • Size: Large
  • Crew: 1
  • Speed: C
    • Acceleration
      • Cruise: 0.9G
      • Max: 1.1G
    • Low Atmosphere
      • Cruise: Mach 0.5
      • Max: Mach 0.8
    • High Atmosphere
      • Cruise/Max: Mach 4+
    • Ceiling: 600km
  • Agility: D (Low Altitude) / C (High Altitude/Space)
  • Armor: D+
  • Endurance: A
  • Weapons:
    • ESE: 4 Standard Missiles (1-4 shot)
    • Post-ESE: Snub-nosed Railgun
  • Defenses: Flare/Chaff Launcher
  • Sensors: C

History

The Sunglider is an old aerospace fighter design intended for high altitude and low orbit. It is ill suited for low atmospheric flight and in space it is a fairly large target. Their wide winged body design allowed them to act in high altitude flight or LEO using minimal power and stay airborne for long stretches of time. It also can land on the ground if needed, it cannot however reach true orbit without using a booster system. It was originally developed during the early space era as a joint project between the USA, Canada, and the EU.

It was most common near Earth and Mars during the ESE or Early Space Era. Later on they can still be found in Colony and Pirate inventories as they are relatively simple to make and they are extremely easy to maintain.

The Sunglider is a broad winged lifting body design that has proven itself as a solid design, though it has a few issues. It uses a pair of relatively low thrust engines with very high delta V capability and the engines themselves take up a large amount of space. Ir originally carried a missile bay with a limited number of air-to-air and air-to-space missiles. Newer versions carry a snub-nosed railgun that has proven effective for close range in-fighting with other craft.

Sunglider Aerospace Fighter

Guardians of the Stars theshadow99 theshadow99