Forged by Akatronix, guided by Zacspeed
Crew Size: 2
Length (nose to horizontal stabilizers): 14.05 m
Height (ground to tip of vertical stabilizers): 0.40 m
Width (fuselage and wingspan combined): 10.80 m
Dry Weight: 16,300 kg
Gross Weight: 23,000 kg
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 28,000 kg
Designed Load Factor: 30 g
Powerplant: P&S RF-60-RAD Hybrid Nuclear Ion Engine (2)
Dry Thrust: 114 kN (per unit)
Afterburner Thrust: 280 kN (per unit)
Vacuum Thrust: 5 - 170 kN (per unit)
Maximum Speed: 5333.91 kn (Mach 8)
Supercruise Speed: 2666.95 kn (Mach 4)
Atmospheric Range: 2,106 NM (3,900 km)
Combat Range: 837 NM (1,550 km)
Gun: Angrepp (2)
Type: Pod-Mounted Laser Cannons
Missile: BB-7 (6)
Type: Air-Air Medium-Range
Missile: BB-9 (2)
Type: Space-Space Medium-Range
Missile: ASiM-9 (4)
Type: Nuclear Long-Range
VISER is the Radiant’s radar system. It links from the craft’s integrated central computer to the passengers’ spacesuits via a high-speed fiber-optic interface.
Utilizing the best in laser scanner technology, it actively maps and highlights various points of interest for the user via their visors. This includes enemy craft, obstacles, and bases of operation. Their directions will also be displayed, and should those objects exit the user’s line of sight, their direction will also be displayed.
Various objects can be highlighted by the pilots looking at them, done through eye tracking technology, though should the system detect potential threats, it will
automatically highlight them. Further, the system can predict those objects’ trajectories through machine learning algorithms and animating such a prediction up
to 10 seconds into the future.
Alongside these advanced capabilities, VISER can display vital information, craft condition, weapon inventory, and crosshairs. Any visual effects, such as highlighting and animating, will stay bright orange to ensure visibility.
8% of engine horsepower (at max) will be used to power the “refridgeration” system that surrounds the engine. By cooling the engine and its surrounding strucutre, this system minimizes this craft’s detection through thermal-imaging sights.
The IPF system actively seeks for any armed weapons in any close radius through signal-interfering counter measures. Should the system detect any signal from nearby enemy aircraft in a five-kilometer radius (in an ideal battle environment), it will automatically prime the flares and monitor those aircraft. Should those weapons then be launched, the IPF system will release its flares.
Exactly what it says on the tin; it prevents signals from being jammed. Developed by Akatronix for use in civilian models, this rendition of the Anti-Signal Interference system is built with tighter tolerances in compliance for the SFAX program, built with a mechanical override as a fail-safe system.
Fixtures are a bit glitchy at these angles.
DIVERGENCE AND THE RED MOON - THE TIMELINE THUS FAR
Korolev’s death brought a massive shock to the space industry. Questions arose as to who would continue his ambitious projects, and for a time, the West felt confident they could pull in the lead as Socialist leadership scrambled to their decisions.
Very quickly, they got to work and introduced the new director of the space programme.
Nikita Gruzinsky was among those who worked under Korolev, and was very much familiar with how he operated the programme.
And it was no wonder why they got back in business so quickly.
The Socialist Federation refused to sign the Space Weapons Treaty that prohibited arms bringing in space, and tensions briefly rose with the Unified States.
July Third marks a day that will be remembered forever. The day divergence truly happened.
Millions around the world watched as the red flag of the Federation was planted on the white regolith. Alexei Leonov, the first man on the moon was a communist. Brought to the lunar surface through the Socialist Federation’s N1 lunar rocket, the most powerful rocket on Earth.
No one expected it. And no wonder, the entire Socialist Lunar Programme was kept under wraps for the longest time. Rockets were built in utmost secrecy and not even the best satellites could capture the Socialists’ plans. It soon became apparent the Space Race wasn’t over yet.
While morale in the Socialist Federation was high, it was even higher in the West to beat them on other potential fronts.
The Unified States’ Apollo programme followed suit. The eleventh launch attempt after five failures finally brought the first Westerners to the moon. The banner stood proudly on the lunar regolith and was broadcast around the world as a show of “We’re still here, and we’re coming.” towards the Eastern Blok.
In other parts of the world, the revolution in Ishkarin and the subsequent invasion of its neighbouring Ivraakeh sends the Eastern Centre into chaos.
The Sino-Socialist Split happens during this time following de-Stalingization of the Socialist Federation.
The oil crisis takes the world by storm, and with prohibitively expensive oil means that more economic ways of doing things were becoming mainstream. The Unified States’ presence in Southern Sainang was weakening, and they pulled out of the Sainang War this year as they sought to lessen their usage of oil, now rising in price.
The Socialists and the West were now trying to cut their energy usage as much as possible to save funding, and this affected spaceflight as we know it. Lunar programmes were cut short, and development was halted as a result.
After years of attempts, the Angliran Kingdom ceased development of VTOL aircraft after too many cost-overruns, delays and the fact it was deemed “too costly” to continue funding of.
The preliminary designs for a potential Unified States “Space Shuttle” system are presented. Socialist spies pick up on it, and now they have their own plans too to introduce cheaper ways of getting into space. The cost cutting era had begun.
The first of the Space Shuttles have begun service. The Unified States launches the Constitution into space. The launch is successful.
The Socialists followed suit with Ptichka, the first Socialist Space Shuttle launching into space fully autonomously.
Over in Hangan, tensions rise between the North and South yet again as North Hangan accidentally shoots down an airliner from the South, but military intervention by the Unified States stops any kind of conflict from arising. As a result, the President of the Unified States had announced that the new Global Positioning System would be available for civilian use once it was completed, completely free of charge.
In fear of something similar to Hangan happening in their own backdoor, they decide to annex their Quebois neighbor up North before any kind of Socialist influence may arise. Little resistance is met to this.
The Socialist Federation launches the Svetilo military space station via a Space Shuttle, in disguise as a civilian station. The first known military installment in space.
Later that year in the Socialist Federation, new leader is put into place that rules over the country with a greater Iron Fist than any previous leaders have. Tensions rise over East and West Alleland.
In the Kurshian Gulf, war breaks out in the Eastern Centre. Civil wars arise out of nowhere and military efforts attempt to be directed towards there.
In the East, the People’s Dragon Republic is shown to have massacred innocent protestors seemingly out of nowhere following their peaceful demonstration. A similar thing happened a year prior in the Socialist Federation. None of this information ever made it out of either country.
The internet is released to the Western public this year.
Ion engines began to be experimented for space use by the Unified States.
A space shuttle of the Socialist Union breaks apart during re-entry following the delivery of a module to the Svetilo space station, which leads to the Unified States launching their own investigations about the safety of the Space Shuttle system.
The Sterllin Wall falls following constant military pressure from the Socialist Union, and West Alleland falls to the East and the Socialists’ power in the Eauran continent rises. Tensions start rising to a great extent.
A terrorist plan is executed by a Eastern Central faction called Al-Sawaraiaeh originating from Ivraakeh. The result is the bringing down of dozens of airplanes from either side of the Iron Curtain. Peace talks between the West and the East are now beginning in an attempt to curb the Central East’s messiness. They eventually agree to attempt to thaw the coldness between them and create a joint anti-terrorism coalition.
The new Millenium arrives, both countries have decided on new goals to hopefully bring tensions down. Including collaborations between the Unified States and Socialist Union’s space programmes, in building a new collaborative Unity Space Station.
A new radioisotope was discovered by scientists of the Socialist Federation, a derivative of Plutonium-238, this radioisotope has a fairly long half-life, yet supplies an impressive amount of heat energy with human acceptable levels of radiation with appropriate shielding. However, it was found to be incredibly contaminative to a lot of certain types of light metals and without appropriate shielding, it was found to be highly radioactive and very lethal.
Sabotage happens in the building of the Unity Space Station from either side, and tensions rise between the Unified States and the Socialist Union yet again as the thawing fails. It is revealed to the Unified States that the Socialist Union has secretly been building an arsenal of military space stations, and the Unity Space Station plan falls apart in mere months.
The joint coalition between the Socialist Federation and the Unified States falls apart, and leads to a short conflict in the Eastern Centre between Unified States and Socialist Federation forces.
The Moscau-Washington Hotline falls apart, and both countries decide on diplomatic isolation from one another.
The Unified States began its own military space station programme, with the launching of the first module in December of that year. Unlike the Socialist Federation, the launch and beginning of their program was not done in secrecy, in an attempt to intimidate the Eastern Blok.
The Angliran Kingdom attempts to launch their own coalition with the Republique Francois to curb the Eastern Central conflict. The Unified States agrees to supply appropriate funding to either country in an attempt to gain their favour and increase influence while they attempt to focus their efforts in the continued space race.
The Socialist Federation pioneers a new type of Ion engine, with an integrated radioisotope in the engine for a more compact and efficient design. The result is an Ion engine with a powerful energy source being able to give off great amounts of thrust with great efficiency. Due to its integration with a radioisotope-driven nuclear battery, it is given the unfortunately confusing name “Nuclear Ion Engine”.
The first flights of Nuclear Ion Engines are trialed on the Socialist Federation’s Space Shuttle Atom. It spends six months in orbit with little troubles, and plans are built up for entire nuclear space vessel fleets.
Social Media and internet popularity begins booming in the Western world with the introduction of more affordable internet-capable devices.
The Unified States is now through developing their own Nuclear Ion Engine. The first trials begin by June on their latest Shuttle Design. Technology begins rapidly advancing by this point as each side of the Iron Curtain attempts to one-up the other.
In other news, the Eastern Central, almost having been forgotten about in the midst of the conflicts between the Socialist Federation and Unified States, is now taken over by the radicalist Al-Sawaraiaeh faction following a bloody conflict with the attempted involvement of the Republique Francois and the Anglirian Kingdom.
The development of Hybrid Nuclear Ion engines begins in the Unified States and preliminary design studies for potential spacecraft are created. The Unified States Air Force takes a particular keen interest in newer military spaceplanes that could potentially emerge from the new program.
Nuclear warnings all over the Socialist Federation go off as multiple targets are identified to be headed towards the country. In response, the upper echelon of the Socialist Federation began to approve the launching of their own nuclear arsenal.
Fortunately, one woman in command of the Strategic Nuclear Arms Committee had a hunch that it was a radar glitch, and refused to turn the final key needed to launch all nuclear weapons.
It was indeed a radar glitch.
On social media app Teeter, the hashtag “#EndOfTheWorld” trended for multiple days and later crashed its servers from the sheer amount of people posting such things.
The Socialist Federation begins colonization of the Moon with the launch of the Zvezda Lunar Base, the first permanent human presence on the surface of another celestial body.
The Unified States’ begins its first Hybrid N-Ion Engine test, with their new single-stage-to-orbit demonstrator. It is successful and launches a dummy payload into Low-Earth-Orbit. It is destroyed on re-entry however.
The Socialist Federation begins testing of military space planes in orbit.
Mass space militarization by the Socialist Federation begins. Military SSTOs begin being launched by the dozens each month. Space bases are being expanded with new constructions occurring in space via materials being launched into orbit instead of whole constructs being launched from Earth.
The Unified States attempts to follow suit, but are too focused with their Mars missions.
The Unified States begins the first manned missions to Mars.
Eventually, three men landed on the Martian surface, men of the Unified States. Suddenly it seemed as if they were starting to get ahead in the space race.
Mars colonization begins, and the first Martian city is established.
Miramar is a town located in Martian territory of the Unified States. Initially, it was mainly government people living in the city, but it rapidly began being filled with citizens and business began thriving.
The Unified States notices the rapid industrialization and militarization of space by the Socialist Federation and launches the Space Force law which creates the new Unified States Space Force.
Rapid industrialization and militarization of space. The development of newer space weapons such as space warships, space fighters, and other such things happen during this time period.
The 2040s saw the first space fighters being fielded from military space stations and Lunar military bases, and the 2050s saw the first space warships and orbital space ports for such warships. Moore’s law takes over and nuclear spacecraft carriers, nuclear space destroyers and other such vehicles capable of orbital bombardment are utilized in very short timeframes.
Retirements of vessels introduced for only 8 years were common as development happened very quickly.
Military bases and larger cities on Mars and the Moon begin appearing, and orbital space construction via space yards are now a very common thing by the late 2050s.
The largest Martian city is Miramar, the first settlement on Mars. It features everything a regular Earth city has, from municipal halls, shopping centres, offices and the like. In the center of Miramar is Space Force Base Miramar, home of the Martian US Space Force Flight Tactics Instructor Programme.
The early 2060s also marked the beginning of an attempt at researching and developing VTOL vehicles by the Unified States, but the results of these tests were never publicized and the projects faded into obscurity.
In 2066, the Unity Space Station makes an uncontrolled reentry over Socialist Federation territory, and this angers them, putting the blame on the Unified States.
Colonization of the outer Solar System begins, the first manned flight to the outer planets happens in 2083.
Laser systems began usage in Space weaponry by the late 2070s, and now a multitude of space warfare vehicles have appeared or have been retrofitted to feature space laser capability.
In 2075, a civilian space liner of the Socialist Federation is shot down over Mars, with little to no debris ever recovered. The Unified States continued to insist it was a military operation by the Socialist Federation
The testing of the Unified States’ SFAX Programme begins.
any news on how this is going?
Unfortunately I might just re-run the challenge once 4.2 rolls around. There were a lot of oversights I made with the rules and it led me to making a challenge that I now have no idea how to finish the write-ups for without having some kind of unsatisfying ending because I left the challenge out for too long.
The (somewhat) good news is that I already have an idea for how I would do things the next time around, and when I do re-run SFAX, you can expect the same lore and premise but just different submission processes to hopefully reduce load on both me and the person making the entry.
I sincerely apologize for leaving people out too long on this, and I hope that the next iteration of the challenge may actually bring about better results that everyone will be able to be satisfied about.
That’s disappointing but understandable.
I can’t speak for the other entrants, but I’d still be interested in some sort of an informal critique of what everyone came up with though.
Will do that instead I guess, I could probably adapt some stuff I’ve already written to at least give some form of conclusion. Hopefully something can get written out before next week.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN OF THIS CHALLENGE
You’re likely wondering why there isn’t a proper write-up.
Let me explain
First of all, the rules had one major oversight I wasn’t expecting. There was no way I was going to be able be able to fairly write about an aircraft’s description without some kind of controversial opinion. I don’t have a degree in aerodynamics, so if there was something that seemed off with one aircraft, and I said something about it, it could be rather unfair because something something I never specified or whatever.
Second, the lore which was the main driving factor of this challenge was also somewhat scuffed. The rumours with the Sukhois were meant to be overbloated by the US Government and wasn’t actually a target to aim for, leading to rather bloated stats submitted by competitors.
Third, the statistics were WAY beyond what I was expecting, and the in-depthness wasn’t something I expected either, and the challenge was more or less written out for me so I had a really hard time trying to decide which thing was supposed to be written about that wasn’t just me rewriting whatever the entrants had already written.
All my excuses aside, here’s an actual short conclusion or critiquing or whatever aaaaAAAA of all the aircraft for you to read as requested by the MrHips.
YSF-88 ASTRAEA by @Xepy
This was more or less the plane that was going to win. It ticked all the boxes I was looking for. It looks badass, it fits perfectly on the carrier deck, and had all the bits and gizmos I wanted out of the SFAX fighter like a stealthy weapons bay, visible thrust vectoring, etc.
The write-up was brilliant, and the formatting was perfect, and I was scratching my head on how I would release the results for this in a way that seemed right.
YSF-277 HIRUNDO by @Portalkat42
This one, while creative, wasn’t at all what I was looking for. My main issue with this was that the general shape did not at all match something that would realistically fly, let alone be a fighter in real life. Now you might argue FBW tech gets better in the future or something but I don’t think that can save the design from actually just flipping on take-off and causing a massive nuclear disaster on the runway. This was where I was concerned that if I talked about aerodynamics I’d get shat on by some armchair aerodynamicicisist or whatever the term is and it genuinely screwed me over.
The writeup was cool, the suit ideas were a nice touch, but the part with top speed, handling, etc, just did not make sense for this aircraft with its design. There’s a reason real-life aircraft do not resemble birds in terms of wing layout.
YSF-61 BLACK WIDOW III by @MrChips
As much as I loved this design and the homage to the Black Widow name, it just did not match up what I was looking for. The general design overall looked too much like a stealth reconnaisance plane or some kind of high speed bomber instead of a carrier-borne interceptor. Speaking of carrier, this would literally not fit at all in or on a carrier and that was probably something that I should have specified in the rules otherwise this wouldn’t have happened.
The write-up absolutely blew me away though, and it was just so in-depth I didn’t even know what to do at first.
Well, where do I start? The airframe is absolutely tiny and is just dwarfed by the humongous missiles. It seems as though the aircraft was designed first and “retrofitted” to fit the new very specific missiles later, which is realistic… for a plane late in its service lifespan. Then there’s the nose and cockpit, which just isn’t at all ergonomic and the nose really makes me wonder how the large radar I mentioned would fit, although that is somewhat my fault for not specifying what radar size to put in this.
The write-up is something, with some cool specifications and what not but was unfortunately just blown away by the rest of the competitors.
So setting all of those aside, what I did learn from attempting to host this challenge is that I probably need to be a bit more specific with my rules instead of “encouraging creativity” or whatever the hell. Trying to go all AGC-inspired with this simply would not work since military aircraft are of an entirely different calibre compared to self-designed semi-post-apocalyptic anything-goes hackjobs.
I’ve learned my lesson, and here’s to the future attempt at re-running this absolute clusterfuck of a challenge.
Oh yeah, I’m also thinking of opening up SFAX lore or whatever i’m calling this series to more people to add-onto some kind of future year 2100AD collaborative universe science fiction cold war ahohaa nonsense. Not exactly sure how many people in a car game community would be interested but hey could be worth a shot. I’m thinking of having a heavy emphasis on the military vehicles of the world being built in automation and stuff and maybe doing cool stuff with them in blender or something.
if i did go with the idea i need a name for this universe that isn’t just a ripoff of Strangereal idk
anyway i’m so tired bye
> Thank you for your patience
> Sorry about the unsatisfying end
Thanks for the write-up! It might not be what you had envisioned at the beginning, but at least we all got closure out of it.
I will say though with reference my (admittedly) huge design, I refer you back to the 1950s to justify my decision. The US Navy was fielding designs for a revolutionary (and often huge) new generation of combat aircraft like the F-4 Phantom, they found their existing carrier fleet was inadequately small for them.
What did they do? Designed and built bigger carriers!