The cultural worth of Nehellenium has long been a goal of many industrious Omegalon based companies. A whole new Galaxy of art, music, literature, entertainment to send Praetorian tourists on expensive package holidays to. However with the AN being out of commission over the course of the AN-TA conflicts, the Praetorian foreign office had issued restrictions on travel to Nehellenium. With the AN now operational, and embassies cropping up all over Nehellenium, able to shelter drunken holiday goers who end up breaking local laws, the race to provide trips to Nehellenium for the masses was back on.
Transporting billions across the galactic void would require serious infrastructure, with the stargate into Nehellenium a bottleneck, with wait timmes of up to two weeks for non-essential transport. Hypermarine Astronautics had for some time been toying with a concept for a large civilian transport craft with Inter-galactic capability, and decided now was the time to bring the concept to market.
Capacity and luxury were key, demanding a vessel of unprecedented size for its class. Efficiency and reliability would also be necessary, so it could be operated on an austere budget. Lastly, this craft possessed a unique technical challenge in that it required to regularly be able to make atmospheric re-entry, and hover indefinitely in low atmosphere.
All this added up to needing one mother of an engine. PAE Systems delivered on this. Originally planned for a scrapped LDC, the Outbound X633 Plasma-Ram Hybrid
was designed to provide incredible thrust during atmospheric flight, and remarkable efficiency during space travel. It does this by combing a plasma motor with a by-passable compressor, allowing RAM jet performance in upper atmosphere, with assisted turbofan performance in lower atmosphere. But even with such an engine propelling it, a classic dual-engine solution was unworkable, with Hypermarine opting for six
The final result of all their hard work was unveiled as the Eterne G750
. The maiden voyage of the first vessel, the Emperor Of The Clouds
, a trip from New Praetoria
to New York
, being completed in 8 days. Carrying all 11,000 passengers in executive comfort.
The Eterne is over 1500 metres long, larger than a Heathen A330 battleship. Its Kilometer wide wingspan indicative of the sheer mass of this craft.
During atmospheric re-entry, the crafts heavy shields take most of the brunt, and are necessary for repeated flights without servicing. The craft is however designed to safely complete a re-entry cycle without shields, however a complete servicing would be recommended afterwards. The vessel relies entirely on its shielding for defense as well, buying it enough time against terrorist attackers to make it into warp, or to summon defenders to its aid.
Velocity from the initial stages of re-entry is quickly lost, the craft settling into a shallow approach, giving passengers panoramic views from the full height windows. On final approach, the craft settles into level flight, allowing its maneuvering thrusters to gracefully bring the craft into dock.
On some rare occasions, a G750 may need to make a landing on solid ground. This is normally only done during emergencies, in some maintenance situations, and when no other suitable dock is available and the landing surface is suitably reinforced. It should be noted that in an emergency when landing isn't viable, the G750 has two longboats docked flush on the underside. While not capable of holding all passengers, they allow for several at a time to be ferried off the vessel, and are also used when the craft is configured in the style of a cruise liner, allowing passengers shore time at almost any location, regardless of whether they have the technology to support an Eterne.
While built primarily as a civilian craft, the vessels massive size, and inter-galactic travel speed has raised interest from the freight market, where a stripped down hauler variant is expected to debut soon. This speed and carrying capacity has also meant a number have been acquired by Praetorian FleetCom, to serve as niche executive transports. This same use scenario has a number of nations interested in purchasing vessels to function as transports for their leaders.