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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:11 am    Post subject: Lockmart CM-88B Bison Technical Manual Reply with quote

So I am working on the tough task of assembling information on the Nostromo, from the internet, the ACM technical manual, and our discussions on prop summit about the ship. Here's a draft table of contents, based on another popular science fiction technical guide. There are gaps where I deleted some of the universe-specific stuff that doesn't crosswalk over to the ALIEN universe:

LOCKPORT CM-88B BISON M-Class star freighter

TECHNICAL MANUAL

CONTENTS

1.0 CM-88B Bison Introduction 1
1.1 Mission Objectives for M-Class Project 1
1.2 Design Lineage 3
1.3 General Overview 5
1.4 Construction Chronology 14
2.0 Spacecraft Structure 18
2.1 Main Skeletal Structure 18
2.2 CM-88B Bison Coordinate System 20
2.3 Hull Layers 22
2.4 Structural Integrity Field System (SIF) 23
2.5 Inertial Damping System (IDS) 24
2.6 Emergency SIF/IDF Procedures 25
2.7 Automated Refinery Module Separation Systems 26
3.0 Command Systems 30
3.1 Main Bridge 30
3.2 Bridge Operations 33
3.3 Basic Control Panel/Terminal Use 33
3.4 Flight Control 35
3.5 Operations Management 37
3.7 Command Stations 40
3.8 Science Stations 40 (will add additional sections on Navigation Stations)
3.9 Mission Operations 41
3.10 Environment 42
3.11 Engineering 43
3.12 Guidance and Navigation 43
3.13 System Diagnostics 46
3.15 Main Engineering 47
4.0 Computer Systems 49
4.1 MU/TH/UR 6000 Mainframe 49
5.0 Faster-than-light (FTL) Propulsion Systems 54
5.1 Tachyon Shunt Drive System 54
5.2 Reaction Assembly 57
5.3 Warp Field Nacelles 63
5.4 Reactant Storage and Transfer 67
5.5 FTL Propulsion System Fuel Supply 69
5.8 Engineering Operations and Safety 72
5.9 Emergency Shutdown Procedures 73
5.10 Catastrophic Emergency Procedures 73
6.0 Sub-light Propulsion Systems 75
6.1 Reaction Drive 75
6.2 Relativistic Considerations 78
6.3 Engineering Operations and Safety 79
6.4 Emergency Shutdown Procedures 80
6.5 Catastrophic Emergency Procedures 80
6.0 Atmospheric Propulsion Systems 75
6.1 Thruster Drive 75
6.2 Relativistic Considerations 78
6.3 Engineering Operations and Safety 79
6.4 Emergency Shutdown Procedures 80
6.5 Catastrophic Emergency Procedures 80
7.0 Utilities and Auxiliary Systems 81
7.1 Utilities 81
7.2 Exterior Connect Hardpoints 84
7.3 Reaction Control System 85
8.0 Communications 92
8.1 Intraship Communications 92
8.2 Personal Communicator 94
8.3 Ship-to-Ground Communications 96
8.4 Ship-to-Ship Communications 97
8.5 Interstellar Communications Network 99
10.0 Science and Remote Sensing Systems 110
10.1 Sensor Systems 110
10.2 Long-Range Sensors 111
10.3 Navigational Sensors 113
10.4 Lateral Sensor Arrays 114
10.5 Instrumented Probes 115
10.7 Science Department Ops 12
11.0 Self-Destruct Systems 140
12.0 Environmental Systems 142
12.1 Life Support and Environmental Control 142
12.2 Atmospheric System 142
12.3 Gravity Generation 144
12.4 Emergency Environmental Systems 145
12.5 Waste Management 146
13.0 Crew Support Systems 147
13.1 Crew Support 147
13.2 Medical Systems 148
13.4 Crew Quarters Systems 152
13.6 Personnel Transport System 154
14.0 Auxiliary Spacecraft Systems 158
14.1 Shuttlecraft Operations 158
14.2 Shuttlebays 158
14.3 Shuttlecraft 160
14.4 Extravehicular Activity 163
15.0 CM-88B Bison Flight Operations 165
15.1 Introduction to Flight Operations 165
15.2 Mission Types 165
15.3 Operating Modes 166
15.4 Cruise Mode 166
15.7 External Support Mode 169
15.9 Reduced Power Mode 170
16.0 Emergency Operations 171
16.1 Introduction to Emergency Operations 171
16.2 Fire Suppression 171
16.3 Emergency Medical Operations 172
17.0 Conclusion 177
17.1 Projected Upgrades 177
17.2 Future Directions: The Road to CM-88C 177
17.3 Mission Background 179
Index, Key to Acronyms, and Units of Measure 182

As you can see, it fleshes things out quite nicely and gives me a framework on which I can hang the great points from the plans and blueprints discussions, as well as things from the published works.

If you fancy this sort of exercise, I welcome any constructive inputs.

Cheers,

Darrell
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of Ron Cobb's sketches calls the manufacturer Lockheed. I suspect any changes after that were used to dodge legal issues. The opening title card calls it a 'commercial towing vehicle.' Cobb called it a "basic Lockheed CM 88B Bison transporter frame, modified and fitted with a Yutani T7A NLS stellar drive." He further says "The original Saturn J3000 engines have been replaced by 2 Rolls-Royce N66 Cyclone thrust tunnels with bi-polar vectoring for mid-line lift function. Each power plant developing 7,230,000 tons thrust, giving a high impulse total of 14,460,000 tons."

Conversely, this is from early concept art, before the exterior of the ship was finalized, so you may take it with a grain of salt.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SSB wrote:
One of Ron Cobb's sketches calls the manufacturer Lockheed. I suspect any changes after that were used to dodge legal issues.


Quite possible. Was referred to as 'Lockmart' in the Aliens: Tech Manual in the early '90s. Lockheed Martin = Lockheed + Martin = Lockmart
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite right about the "Lockmart" reference. Not sure where I got "Lockport" from. I will be working up a Wiki site for this and will post more as it develops.
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