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Equipment classification: C - Cables and Surface Gear[edit]

Personal mobility equipment allows the user to traverse difficult or dangerous terrain, move in environments not native to the operator, or get to places not otherwise possible.

Many of these items are classified with the survival gear for assisting in the mobility for planetary environments. Climbing gear is an example of personal mobility equipment which is also survival gear, hence given its own category.

These are separate from the vehicles, like personal vehicles because these are usually not powered, operating only to assist the operator's movement.


Antigrav Insertion System

Antigrav Insertion System
Type Personal mobility
Tech Level TL–11
Cost Cr200
Size
Weight 7.5kg
Also see Grav Parachute

The Antigrav Insertion System or AGIS is an experimental contragrav "parachute".

It is designed for low altitude use, minimizing the vulnerable period of a paratrooper's descent. A built-in radar altimeter activates a high-current battery at an altitude of 200m, rapidly decelerating (3-4Gs) the wearer of the harness to a safe impact speed by not less than 50m above the ground. The harness is adjustable for most humanoid species, and can handle up to a 300 kg load (a control panel allows for adjustment of total mass).

Special adaptations and sacrifices were made to get a unit this small, and it was never widely accepted. In particular, its contragrav is power-hungry, and the battery pack only lasts for about 10 seconds, so proper activation altitude is a must.

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Climbing Boot

Climbing Boots
Type Climbing gear
Tech Level TL–3
Cost Cr50
Size 3 liters
Weight 1.5 kg

Climbing Boots are sturdy hiking boots worn for long excursions. A well-chosen climbing boot is valuable in reducing the wearer’s rate of fatigue. There is a pair included in the Mountaineer's Kit.

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Combat Boot

Combat Boots
Type Survival gear
Tech Level TL–9
Cost Cr40
Size 3 liters
Weight 2 kg

Combat Boots are footgear for human feet designed for use by soldiers. In addition to the normal durability, ankle support and protection provided they have a special sole liner designed to deflect the energies of anti-personnel mines. Cost per pair is 40Cr, with a mass of 2kg per pair.

In bulk they can be purchased lots of 1,000 pairs, distributed by normal size variation (covers 95% of the most common foot sizes) per shipping container. (40KCr, 2000kg and 2m3 per shipping container).

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Crampon

Crampon
Type Personal mobility
Tech Level TL–4
Cost Cr20
Size
Weight 250 gm

Crampons are a traction device attached to footwear to improve mobility on snow and ice during ice climbing and secure travel on snow and ice, such as crossing glaciers, snowfields and icefields, ascending snow slopes, and scaling ice-covered rock.

There are three main attachment systems for footwear: step-in, hybrid, and strap bindings. The first two require boots with welts, as a tension lever attaches the crampon to the heel. The last type (strap bindings) are more versatile and can adapt to virtually any boot or shoe, but often do not fit as precisely as the other two types.

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Grapnel

Grapnel
Type Climbing gear
Tech Level TL–2
Cost Cr15
Size 4 liters
Weight 2 kg
Also see Rope

A grapnel, or a grappling hook, consists of three or more flukes attached to the end of a rope. Many examples have folding flukes for ease of transport. A grapnel is generally used for attempting climbs up sheer pitches. A grapnel may be secured in place to allow a descent.

Grapnels may be thrown into wreckage or debris to spread it out or drag items clear.

Maximum range to throw a grapnel is about 30 meters. Seven separate climbs would complete a 200-meter pitch (planting the grapnel on a ledge or projection, climbing to it, then repeating).

Grapnel climbing bypasses the procedure of sending up a lead climber; each climb is equivalent to a regular climb up the emplaced ropes.

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Grav Belt

Grav Belt
Type Personal mobility
Tech Level TL–12
Cost Cr100,000
Size 25 liters
Weight 10kg
Also see Gravity Control Technology

A standard-issue TL–12 grav belt looks like a parachute harness with a “stiffener” that runs down the back and has a series of artificial gravity modules around the waist.

The grav belt weighs about 10 kg, but once it is turned on, a neutral control setting eliminates this weight. This configuration provides 300 kg of thrust for four hours between charges. The grav belt has a maximum speed in an atmosphere of 300 kph, a cruising speed of 225 kph, and a nap-of-earth speed of 40 kph.

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Grav Parachute

Grav Parachute
Type Personal mobility
Tech Level TL–10
Cost Cr2,500
Size 15.0 liters
Weight 15.0 kg

Utilizing a basic grav technology, the grav chute is a compromise between the expense of grav equipment and the basic problems of regular parachutes.

Please see Gravcraft or Gravity control technology for more information.

Please see Parachute for a lower-tech, related device.

A simple grav module capable of nullifying a portion of the individual’s body weight (but not of providing motive power, as with the Grav Belt) is worn as part of the chute harness; a conventional parawing is also deployed. Because the grav module can alter the effective weight of the jumper, it can be used to reduce the distance required for chute deployment by a factor of roughly three-fourths (thus chute deployment is not necessary until an altitude of about 50 meters). Varying the grav setting can also be used to alter the rate of descent, which is a particularly useful ability when staging a military raid.

The grav chute cannot fully offset body weight (normally) and certainly cannot provide lift; the small size of the power pack and the nature of the grav module itself will not permit this.

The parawing is used for steering, to back up the module in case of failure, and is necessary to check the final portion of the descent. It is virtually impossible for a jumper to miss a given target area using a grav chute.

The power pack is capable of operation for a total of five minutes. Power packs can be recharged from the usual power services or replaced at a cost of Cr500.

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Ice axe

Axe, ice
Type Tool
Tech Level TL–3
Cost Rr25
Size 3 liters
Weight 1.5 kg

An ice axe or climbing axe is a light weight tool used to assist in climbing. The head is smaller and more pointed, backed by either a hammer head or an awl. The haft usually has attachment points for rope and other climbing gear. It is used to make steps or hand holds in rock and, more frequently, ice.

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Jumar Hoist

Jumar Hoist
Type Climbing gear
Tech Level TL–6
Cost Cr50
Size 2.0 liters
Weight 1.0 kg

The Jumar Hoist or Handled Eccentric Cam Ascender is a personal hoist which makes roped ascents and descents much easier to undertake. Jumars do nothing to increase speed; they merely make the climb easier.

The jumar consists of a handle attached to a hook that goes around a rope with a cam to allow the handle to slide one way on the rope but not the other. A climber uses two on a rope, sliding one, then the other, up the rope to ascend. This also works for moving along a cable in Zero-G or microgravity.

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Luge

Luge
Type Personal mobility
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr10 to Cr1800
Size 18 liters
Weight 23kg

A Luge is a type of Sled, gravity powered and able to carry one person. It may be towed by a short rope. Developed from a cargo-carrying device (up to 100kg capacity) towed and used for practical transport or entertainment or sporting purposes.

The Luge is usable on snow or ice provided the pressure provided is adequate to allow the runners to slide. Below 180K the usefulness of the sled drops dramatically.

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    Magnetic Gripper

    Magnetic gripper
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–7
    Cost Cr20
    Size 0.5l
    Weight 0.5kg

    A pair of Magnetic Grippers, handheld or fastened on boots, can make movement easier in low-gravity, zero-G, or free-fall situations. The grips are limited to being attached to ferromagnetic metals, usually common on starship construction.

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    Maneuver Pack

    Maneuver Pack
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–8
    Cost Cr1250
    Size 22.5l
    Weight 5kg

    A Maneuver Pack is a man-sized framework of 24 small, highly advanced, water resistojets. The entire thrust potential of the unit is 60 seconds of 40kg of thrust. It is powered by internal batteries and is refueled by adding 2.5 liters of water. It is controlled by a control box attached by a meter-long cable or by a joystick control on a rigid arm which extends under the left armpit and swings out of the way when not in use.

    Advanced versions of the maneuver pack have microprocessor control of course and thrust and can maintain a heading with less than 2% deviation. Care should be taken to ensure the jet orifices do not become plugged as explosion may occur due to excessive pressure. The user should inspect the pack before each use and semi-annual maintenance is required.

    This the earlier version of the thruster pack.

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    Mechanical Wings

    Mechanical Wings
    Droyne wing set.png
    Droyne sport with mechanical wing set
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–7
    Cost Cr100
    Size 100.0 liters
    Weight 10.0 kg
    Manufacturer Various
    Droyne only

    Mechanical Wings allow Droyne to fly, or at least glide, on worlds and in atmospheres where their natural wings are too small to support that activity. Wings are a simple, lightweight framework constructed of fabric or plastic, and are specially tailored to the individual. Flying with mechanical wings requires the Droyne to possess both a good strength and sufficient skill.

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    Parachute

    Parachute
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–4
    Cost Cr250
    Size 20.0 liters
    Weight 15.0 kg

    A Parachute is a large canopy of cloth or other material held to the jumper's body by lines attached to a harness. The simple parachute affords only a small degree of control of the direction and rate of descent, for it is largely at the mercy of the wind and drift effects.

    Please see Grav Parachute for a higher-tech, related device.

    Parachutes can use either static cord releases (the chute is tripped automatically as the individual jumps) or ripcord release (either activated by the individual or by an automatic device preset for a given altitude). A static cord jump must be made from a minimum of 100 meters altitude and results in immediate deployment of the chute. The ripcord deployment requires 200 meters minimum altitude, but it also permits jumps from much greater heights with the chute opening delayed until the 200-meter level is reached.

    A basic parachute weights 10-15 kilograms; when packed, it fits into a pack worn either on the back or the front of the jumper's body. Many parachute packs incorporate a reserve parachute for use in case of faulty deployment of the main chute.

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    Parawing

    Parawing
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–7
    Cost Cr400
    Size 5 liters
    Weight 5 kg

    More sophisticated than the parachute, the parawing is an airfoil-shaped parachute which permits much more control of the descent. Hitting a given target area is easier with a parawing. Parawings are lighter but somewhat more expensive than standard parachutes. A ripcord release is standard for parawings.

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    Personal Reentry Kit

    Personal Reentry Kit
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–8
    Cost Cr15,000
    Size 20 liters
    Weight 14.5 kg

    The Personal Reentry Kit (PRK) was originally developed as a means of emergency atmospheric reentry from a crippled space vessel, and then quickly adopted by the military, which provided a glamorous raison d'etre for jump troops.

    Each kit consists of an inflatable hemispheric mold, a pressurized canister of ablative foam, and a chemical thruster for attitude and limited vector adjustment. The kit includes a soft landing system (usually a parachute).

    The PRK has no provision for defensive decoys and depends on its operator for maneuvering instructions instead of the on-board computer used in military drop capsules.

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    Piton

    Piton
    Type Climbing gear
    Tech Level TL–4
    Cost Cr5
    Size 0.1 liters
    Weight 0.3 kg

    Pitons are metal spikes fitted with a ring at one end with (to pass a rope through), which are used in mountain climbing as a hold. Several specific types are available. The simplest TL–4 pitons are soft iron spikes driven into rock. An advanced TL–7 version, is of similar design but uses superior alloys. At TL–8, pitons have a radical design: they are not driven into rock at all, but use a quick-setting superglue to attach themselves to rock faces. Once set, they cannot be removed without using special solvents; however, use of these pitons' doubles ascent speeds. The solvent weighs 0.5kg (500 applications) and costs Cr20.

    The ultimate in pitons, the sophisticated devices at TL–10 include a small battery pack and a powerful heating element in the tip. When activated, a sudden white-hot burst of heat helps set the piton with a minimum of effort (just steady pressure by the climber). This will also set pitons in soft iron, armor, steel, and crystaliron as well as stone and cement.

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    Powerboot

    Powerboots
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–10
    Cost Cr2,500
    Size 3 liters
    Weight 2 kg

    Powerboots are powered rollerskates with their capable of speeds from 30 kph to 60 kph. Looking like a cross between skiboots & inline skates, powerboots come in two types: Fixed wheels (2,500 Cr. pair), to retractable wheels (3,200 Cr. pair ) at TL–10. Battery duration runs from six hours (TL–10) to thirty hours (TL–15).

    Battle Dress can have retractable powerboots built in for an additional 4% of the suit's cost.

    Beaumonde Industries' Hajiit Group markets a TL–13 powerboot under the trade name Wheelrites.

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    Rappel kit

    Rappel kit
    Type Climbing Gear
    Tech Level TL–7
    Cost Cr 250
    Size 5 liters
    Weight 8 kg

    The rappel kit consists of a 50-meter length of cable capable of supporting up to 200kg wound on a spool attached to a light-weigh harness. The cord is attached to a solid point with a piton or hook. The user can then descend the line at any speed desired.

    As an option a motor and battery can be attached to the spool allowing a powered descent or ascent at up to 40 meters per minute. The battery lasts for two full ascents before requiring a recharge.

     

    Rock Shoes

    Rock Shoes
    Type Climbing gear
    Tech Level TL–4
    Cost Cr10
    Size 0.5 liter
    Weight 0.5 kg

    Rock Shoes are a lightweight, sturdy pair of shoes specifically designed for stability, these are very useful to lead climbers ascending walls and steep slopes where toe holds must be constantly sought. There is a pair included in the Mountaineer's Kit.

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    Rope

    Rope
    Type Survival gear
    Tech Level TL–4
    Cost Cr20
    Size 5 liters
    Weight 3kg

    Rope is a climbing tool used for a variety of purposes. It is a versatile tool that has no real replacement even at higher tech levels.

    Rope is the single most important element of a climber’s equipment; it can be used to bind prisoners; it can add safety to water or ravine crossings. A variety of types and sizes are available. They are all similar in reliability and price within any given tech level.

    Rope suitable for climbing comes in lengths of 50 meters and has a diameter of 10mm. It can typically support a weight of 900 kg.

    At TL–1 to TL–5, rope is usually of constructed from organic fibers. At TL–6+, it is manufactured from some form of synthetic fiber. At TL–8+, rope can be made strong enough to climb, but too fine for hands to get a grip. Such rope has half the normal mass but requires special tools to climb or descend from. It may have special properties such as increased stretch, fire resistance, conductivity, or insulation, etc.

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    Skis

    Skis
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–0
    Cost Cr200
    Size 3 liters (2m long)
    Weight 3 kg

    A pair of Skis allows a person to progress across snow by slipping on its surface faster than on foot and having to push through it. Downhill, the speed can reach 30-70kph in the hands of an experienced skier on a prepared surface. A set of Skis includes two skis and two balance poles (Ski Poles).

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    Snowboard

    Snowboard
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–0
    Cost Cr30
    Size 4 liter (1m long)
    Weight 3 kg

    A Snowboard allows a person to progress across snow by slipping on its surface faster than on foot and having to push through it. In form it is a single large board with both feet rigidly attached to the surface. Downhill, the speed can reach 30-70kph in the hands of an experienced skier on a prepared surface. A snowboard does not include Ski Poles for propulsion and thus can only be used in a limited fashion for flat country movement.

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    Snowshoes

    Showshoes
    Snowshoe.png
    Traditional wood snowshoe
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–5
    Cost Cr60
    Size 4 liters
    Weight 1 kg

    Snowshoes: Large, somewhat awkward, but highly effective, snowshoes permit a character to allow normal walking speed over snow.

    The examples shown here are TL–5, but these are available from TL–0 and can be made from traditional materials of wood, leather and sinew (An example of which is in the image shown).

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    Swim Fins

    Swim Fins
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–3
    Cost Cr 15
    Size 1.0 liter
    Weight 0.5 kg

    Swim Fins increase a diver’s speed in the water without exerting extra effort.

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    Thruster Pack

    Thruster Pack
    Type Personal mobility
    Tech Level TL–12
    Cost Cr8,200
    Size 65 liters
    Weight 68kg

    A Thruster Pack is a large pack designed to be used in zero-G and micro-gravity situations, usually with a person in a vacc suit. Similar in operation to a Grav belt and using Gravity Control Technology, the thruster pack provides six axis freedom of movement. The system provides up to 1G of thrust for up to 48 hours. It also provides automatic stabilization. The more advanced version of maneuver pack.

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    26 Personal mobility items[edit]

    Item Type TL Size Weight Cost
    Antigrav Insertion System Personal mobility 11 7.5kg Cr200
    Climbing Boot Climbing gear 3 3 liters 1.5 kg Cr50
    Combat Boot Survival gear 9 3 liters 2 kg Cr40
    Crampon Personal mobility 4 250 gm Cr20
    Grapnel Climbing gear 2 4 liters 2 kg Cr15
    Grav Belt Personal mobility 12 25 liters 10kg Cr100,000
    Grav Parachute Personal mobility 10 15.0 liters 15.0 kg Cr2,500
    Ice axe Tool 3 3 liters 1.5 kg Rr25
    Jumar Hoist Climbing gear 6 2.0 liters 1.0 kg Cr50
    Luge Personal mobility 0 18 liters 23kg Cr10 to Cr1800
    Magnetic Gripper Personal mobility 7 0.5l 0.5kg Cr20
    Maneuver Pack Personal mobility 8 22.5l 5kg Cr1250
    Mechanical Wings Personal mobility 7 100.0 liters 10.0 kg Cr100
    Parachute Personal mobility 4 20.0 liters 15.0 kg Cr250
    Parawing Personal mobility 7 5 liters 5 kg Cr400
    Personal Reentry Kit Personal mobility 8 20 liters 14.5 kg Cr15,000
    Piton Climbing gear 4 0.1 liters 0.3 kg Cr5
    Powerboot Personal mobility 10 3 liters 2 kg Cr2,500
    Rappel kit Climbing Gear 7 5 liters 8 kg Cr 250
    Rock Shoes Climbing gear 4 0.5 liter 0.5 kg Cr10
    Rope Survival gear 4 5 liters 3kg Cr20
    Skis Personal mobility 0 3 liters (2m long) 3 kg Cr200
    Snowboard Personal mobility 0 4 liter (1m long) 3 kg Cr30
    Snowshoes Personal mobility 5 4 liters 1 kg Cr60
    Swim Fins Personal mobility 3 1.0 liter 0.5 kg Cr 15
    Thruster Pack Personal mobility 12 65 liters 68kg Cr8,200