Very interesting little conglomeration of technology, pop culture, fantasy, and theology. I LOVE the idea - it climbs right past my walls of inhibitions (you know, the ones with the "anything not medeival, keep out" signs), but some more flesh and bones would be nice. Go to Comment
This heavy battle suit is the chosen armor of the elite shock troops of the Federan, prized for the mobile fortress it turns individual soldiers into. Unfortunately, the expense and difficulty of the construction means that the majority of soldiers must make do with lesser sets.
The innermost portion of the Adamant Battle System is a fully contained environment suit, complete with waste removal system and 'direct nutrient injection system'. The small supply set inside combined with the ColdFuse(tm) microfusion generator can keep a normal man fully combat ready for three days, and typically, alive for a week in deep space, though he'll not be happy with the experience. Some regiments are known to use combat drugs through the injection system, primarily adrenaloids.
The carapase of the adamant battle system consists of many thin layers of material, an extremely difficult to produce composite of tungsten heavy alloy and cermet layers, all wrapped in Ultralar carbon-nanotube anti-ballistic fabric. Small electric field generators are embedded at strategic points in the armor, in order to create a particle-weapon dissipating current, and though this does create pin-point weaknesses in the overall suit, most troopers consider it worth it.
For mobility, the suit contains limited deep-space propulsion jets, which become unlimited jump-enhancement jets within atmosphere. Further, the armor's heavy nature is partially balanced by the weave of artificial muscle fabrics that are built into it, effectively creating servo-less powerarmor.
While the suit comes standard equipped with a retractable diamondine hand-to-hand combat blade, the primary armament is customizable, through one shoulder mount hardpoint designed to accept many standard heavy weapons, and two arm softpoints designed to accept most small arms weapons. Go to Comment
It's funny how both far, and how little, the technology of armor advances. When you break down to it, it's almost all 'put hard stuff between you and hit' or 'put flexible stuff that doesn't give way between you and hit'. Go to Comment
A coworker of mine has created a new form of ceramic plate that protects as well, or better, than the majority of current body armor, similar to steel flak jacket plates ... except it's absurdly cheap, light, and heat resistant. No news article, and no details, sorry.
Ceranan Subdermal Nanomolecular Protection System
Ceranan armor systems is pleased to announce the release of the first generation of Subdermal Nanomolecular Protection Systems. By rejecting the traditional ceramic and plastic plating used for most cybernetic armor systems, and instead using implanted ballistic balloons of newly developed nano-materials that stiffen in response to an electric field, as well as to ballistic shock, the SNPS is the first subdermal armor system to be able to mimic the normal texture of human flesh, while still providing all the protection you need beneath your skin, eliminating the cyber-soldier's problems with intimacy.
Ceranan SNPS. Hard enough for war, soft enough for love. Go to Comment
Modern high end ceramic parts are generally made through a much more high-temperature friendly process - the base ceramic material is powdered, then spray-dried with a light hydrocarbon wax. It is then pressed to shape, and baked, with a long soak at a low temperature to rid the form of the wax before its final firing at whatever crazy temperature it goes to. The process can be reasonably friendly to embedded materials. Go to Comment
Ceramite Armor Plate
Unlike most armors, Ceramite plate is baked in massive kilns in preshaped plates. a mold is made in the shape of the armor plate needed and then it is filled with layer after later of metal screening. This is generally a hybrid allow of tungsten, iron, and copper. The box of wire mesh is then filled with a metal enriched clay slurry.
This entire mixture is allowed to air dry to hand firmness before it is vibrated to ensure proper settling and lack of airpockets before it is introduced into the kiln. It is fired inside the kiln for 84 hours at nearly 1700 degrees before the baked slabs are done. If there are air bubbles in a form, the sudden release of superheated gas often shatters the plate in question as well as causing signifigant collateral damage.
While generally bulkier than traditional roll hardened steel armors, ceramite is lighter and offers roughtly the same ballistic protection. It really shines when dealing with energized and laser weaponry. The material dissipates intense heat with ease, reducing the effectiveness of lasers, while the copper and tungsten elements are able to groun dour the explosive electric charges of particle weaponry. Go to Comment
I have read a few reports of a new bullet proof material that some university has engineered. It is flexible kevlar and works far better than normal kevlar. it is the consitancy of cloth yet when an impact hits the cloth armor, the cells in the cloth harden to redirect the energy output from the hit so it doesn't penetrate the cloth. It is kind of sci-fi high tech but I'm sure it still hurts like hell.