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Parelion Orbital Defender

 
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Each one was like a star spilled from the waistpouch of a hunting goddess, divine and deadly. They whirled around Mercury, waiting for the word to kill.
  The Parelion is an unmanned orbital weapons platform deployed alongside and commanded by Caduceus, manufactured by Areoid Engineering . Because they are much cheaper than a space station and can be upgraded and replaced independently, they are considered an important part of the Defense of Mercury.   Each Parelion is little more than a structural element with weapons, electronics, and propulsion strapped to it. The majority of each platform's lifespan is spent in power-saving mode. Once a firing command is transmitted from Caduceus, the designated Parelions activate, reorient, and fire their weapons before going dormant again. Typically, multiple Parelions are activated at a time to provide a greater "broadside", delivering a large amount of munitions in a short amount of time.

Weapons of the Future

Mars has long been accused of secretly developing autonomous weapons with firepower that exceeds the scope of the Alliance of Nations disarmament policies. Suspected weapons tests were denied and explained away - until the need for such weapons of mass destruction materialized. Areoid Engineering argues that it is fortunate that such technology was available and mature, and is accused of trying to pass off this unethical act as a fait accompli.  

Teething Pains

No new technology has been deployed without issue, and the Parelion is no different. The earliest Parelions had several problems such as overheating due to a poor choice of paint, fatal loss of control from weapons firing, systems locking up after long periods of inactivity, and paranoia over whether the onboard electronics were secretly sentient. The subsequent Block 2 model has fixed most of these problems, and thousands of successful launches have been conducted.

Modular Platforms

There are several different variants of Parelion deployed around Mercury. The most common is the missile launcher that contains four to sixteen missiles that intercept, track, and destroy targets in space. Another variant launches cruise missiles which re-enter the atmosphere of Mercury to act as a supplement to the air force of Penumbra. Other variants have been trialed but have not seen as much success due to power or range limitations.

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Dec 4, 2023 22:19 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Areoid Engineering's attitude made me laugh a little. Sounds like real life.   I am glad Block 2 has ironed out some problems. XD

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Dec 5, 2023 08:26

"Look, if we HAD followed the law, which we did, then there wouldn't be these very useful systems to defend ourselves! So you should be glad!"

Dec 6, 2023 00:31

Did the Block 2 model "fix" the sentient electronic paranoia?

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Dec 6, 2023 09:32

Exhaustive internal testing from Areoid Engineering has confirmed that there is no sentience hidden in the electronics of the Parelion. Please report any lingering issues to your superior.   Also note that rumors about sentience are nothing more than scuttlebutt, and definitely not based off the fact that the Parelion is based off a secret Martian weapons project that wanted AI-guided autonomous weapons platforms. This is baseless slander.

Dec 14, 2023 22:42 by Rin Garnett
Dec 16, 2023 11:12

thank you :D

Jan 2, 2024 14:44 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

"paranoia over whether the onboard electronics were secretly sentient." such a normal prototype problem :p   I also love that opening quote <3

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Jan 2, 2024 21:09

Thank you!! <3 I'm very happy people like the prelude.   " such a normal prototype problem :p " Just Martian things (:

Jan 29, 2024 22:50 by Aster Blackwell

Love how the part about sentience is casually thrown in there, making the reader go "wait what?" Also the starting quote is absolutely gorgeous.

Feb 2, 2024 15:58

Thank you!!