Technomancic (tech-no-man-sic) Auto Levitating Kernel or T.A.L.K is a modular robotic frame designed by Amelheart Institute and Ascent as a direct competitor to the S.A.I.D. platform. Numerous specialized versions of the T.A.L.K drone exist but there are two base variants, Beta-Alpha and Zeta, that are the most popular shells. Both models contain a base suite of sensors for navigation and short-range radio communication. An incomplete list of modular attachments for the T.A.L.K drone can be found at the end of this article.
Beta-Alpha Shell (BASH)
The more popular of the two models, due to its easier construction, the BASH variant comes in at 1m long, 0.8m wide, and 0.4m tall with 4 modular expansion connectors. Electric propulsion via either ION thrust or quad-copter style blades. With a type-B power cell, the drone can operate for a day under standard conditions. In a pinch, the drone can be flown with a single type-a batter but only in a low power configuration for 2 hours.
Zeta Shell (ZSH)
The ZSH variant is the less popular base model both due to its slight cost increase and the additional time-cost in configuring the model just right. Generally smaller than the BASH variant, no standardized size exists for this model as the base is a skeletal frame that provides navigation, communications, and power delivery. With a total of 12 modular expansion bays and 6 thruster connections, this model provides a large customization opportunity.
BASH - Sentinel Defense Drone
Not all local wildlife is as accommodating to explorers of the cosmos. This Sentinel Defense Drone aims to be a low-cost defensive unit for the average explorer. Packing a singular long-range explosive launcher and 2 gun turrets filling 4/6 modular interfaces, the purchaser can add in various other units such as satellite connections, an advanced sensor suite, or expanded ammo stores.
ZSH - Media Pro v6
The Media Pro series of T.A.L.K: ZSH has been popularized by BBTV with version 6 being the newest available model. Versions 4-6 are still in active production for BBTV but older models can be found easily on the resale market. Combining a state-of-the-art media camera developed in coordination with Amelhart Institute, Rice Ophthalmic Research Division, and Aguamala Syndicate's Safine Technologies the media pro v6 captures in 32K with 64-bit color at up to 240 FPS. The camera, lens, storage media, and dedicated power units take up 4 modular expansion bays. Other popular modules to attach to this unit are the bleed gravitic power unit, satellite relays, inter-sector relays, or additional storage media. For thrust, BBTV generally uses conventional ION jets for space-based drones or combustion jets for in-atmosphere flight. A popular aftermarket modification is telekinetic levitation systems.
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