The Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket Technical
The Bean-With-Bacon Megarocket is a ficticious space
vehicle in Commander Keen, a computer game from the early 90's with a small cult
following. This page, which is under construction, contains working technical
drawings of same.
Cutaway view 1
Parts list The car battery provides
electrical power for all the working parts of the ship.
The computer core stores all
planetary coordinates, evasive procedures, and ship's log. It's storage capacity
Although the vessel is controlled mainly by voice commands, the control
stick is used for more complex maneuvers.
The ship's propulsion systems are
unable to use fuel in its raw form. The fuel converter converts the fuel
into a more efficient form.
This display screen shows the ship's coordinates and displays
transmissions from other vessels.
These rubber hoses function as
fuel lines to bring fuel to various appliances on the ship.
Only a small amount of
fuel is required to power the ship because it is very efficient. It gets
about 500 lightyears for every ounce of fuel.
The ion propulsion system works
on the principle of Brownian Motion Induction. The idea is that there are
subatomic particles, one-quadrillionth the size of a photon, that travel at
several million times the speed of light. These so-called Brownian particles
have not been discovered by humans yet, except for Commander Keen and Mortimer
McMire. The propulsion mechanism generates a force field around the ship, that
Brownian particles are unable to pass through. The particles push the ship along
at a tremendous speed.
The ship's landing legs are fully retractable. They are made
of the same indestructible polymer compound as the ship's hull.
These lasers are the
only weapon with which the ship is equipped. Their maximum range is 4000 km, and
are capable of burning through most metal alloys.
The cables which are used to
transmit electronic instructions to various parts of the ship are made of
insulated 18-gauge copper wire.
The ship's thrusters require
very little power. Their maximum speed is about 4300 times the speed of light,
or the equivalent of about Warp 9.15 on Star Trek, although the ship is not
propelled by a warp core. Warp cores which actually bend the fabric of space and
time, are unreliable, dangerous, and inefficient. They were banned by the
Galactic Council after a horrible accident involving what is now known as the
Infamous Bent Planet of the Invictus Cluster. The BWB's maximum endurance at top
speed is about five years.
Electrical power is transmitted to
parts of the ship through the remote power transmitter. The electrical
current necessary to power most ship's systems is about 360V.
The back of the crew area
opens up to reveal the storage area. It's where Keen keeps all his candy
once he's found it.
Radio signals from other ships are detected by this small but
powerful radio antenna.
The ship's temperature is maintained by this coolant system.
The coolant fluid is a rare chemical compound found only on planet Ekans VII.
Its temperature is constantly -120 degrees Celsius. The crew area, however, is
kept at a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius. When the vessel lands on a planet, the
circulation of the coolant fluid stops, and Keen can exit the ship
Megarocket and Commander Keen are trademarks of Apogee Software.