impulse engine

Regina relearns an old lesson from the engineering courses at cadet school: it’s usually bad to try and repair one kind of machine with parts from another. When one of the two machines is a materials transporter that uses commodified fuel-materials-approved teleportation technology to move the volatile liquids that combine to form the impulse-engine fuel used in modern spacecraft, things are worse. When the other machine is a food replicator that hasn’t worked since the burrito incident 1300 parsecs back, specially tuned to analyze the gastrointestinal systems of its operators to synthesize the most suitable possible food, things can become catastrophic.

Thankfully, until the fuel components are combined, they aren’t particularly volatile. Though the viscous, glowing, dense liquid that makes up the propellant’s base can hardly be considered digestible.

(just a doodle I did in Sai that I decided to throw glowy color on….! probably not canon. maybe.)

We are playing a friend’s tabletop campaign that he calls “Valentine’s Day Special” as he has more or less custom-made it for the players present. Throughout the campaign we warp from one place and time into another and every shift takes us in a time or place of some of our previous campaign. Eventually we end up in a fortress I know from my first ever tabletop campaign. During my past adventure, my and my party managed to trip a magical trap that caused part of the fortress to flood. One of the characters is a little… impulsive engineering warrior. 

GM: “You come across a shut door with a big painted sign that says: ‘DANGER! DO NOT OPEN!’”

Me: *OOC* “Is it locked?”

GM: “It’s locked.”

Me: “Can I peek through the keyhole?”

GM: “There is no keyhole, the door is completely solid.”

Me: “Oo-kay.” *in character* “Guys, I think we should just move on. I don’t feel like causing any extra trouble for us today." 

Warrior: *OOC* "I want to break the door.”

Me: “What?”

Warrior: “Break the door.”

GM: “Roll for strength.”

He does and succeeds. His character takes his axe to smash the door.

Me: *in character* “If this goes to hell, I swear…”

GM: “The door shatters and a water floods in, washing all of you down the stairs.”


Cue everyone laughing as my character cursed the flood that had brought her trouble now twice. 

Solar-Powered Plane Passes Point of No Return on Pacific Crossing

Solar Impulse, the airplane powered solely by the sun, has traveled past the point when it could safely return to land during the longest leg to date of its round-the-world trip. The aircraft left Nagoya, Japan 22 hours ago on its five-day flight to Honolulu, Hawaii.

It is now traveling at around 28 mph more than 8,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in the blackness of night, around 2 a.m. local time. Pilot Andre Borschberg has just settled down for the second 20-minute rest period of the 10 he will take today. The aircraft’s batteries, meanwhile, have about 50 percent charge left in them as they power the four electric motors and the vehicle flies to meet the sun again in the next few hours.

The plane has already traveled more than 900 miles of the 4,300-nautical-mile trip. If this leg goes as planned, Solar Impulse will next complete the rest of the Pacific crossing with a flight from Honolulu to Phoenix. See a live transmission from the cockpit below, or go to the Solar Impulse site to see the flow of real-time data from the aircraft.

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Remember that incredibly light, incredibly slow, solar-powered plane I profiled last week? They put out a 360-degree-view video so you can fly along with them.