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The '''Azure Horizon''' is the flagship of the [[Azure League]]. It combines features of a carrier with a research lab, conference center, and cruise liner. The Horizon was designed and constructed collaboratively by many within the Azure League. The initial concept and plans originated in the [[Azure Conclave]], with this group retaining a guiding hand throughout the project. Design and construction was sustained completely through donated material, expertise, labor, or funds from Azurites.
 
The '''Azure Horizon''' is the flagship of the [[Azure League]]. It combines features of a carrier with a research lab, conference center, and cruise liner. The Horizon was designed and constructed collaboratively by many within the Azure League. The initial concept and plans originated in the [[Azure Conclave]], with this group retaining a guiding hand throughout the project. Design and construction was sustained completely through donated material, expertise, labor, or funds from Azurites.
   
The design incorporates technology gained from The Azure Wind, a captured platform, and several experimental blue technologies. Although details are incomplete, unobtanium and/or skystone are reputed to be used in the structure. Much of the ship's power is known to come from solar technology extracted from the Azure League's captured platform. This enables the craft to fly for extremely long durations before requiring landings. The ability to take on supplies in flight effectively makes the Azure Horizon's range infinite, although this is unlikely in practice.
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The design incorporates technology gained from The [[Azure Wind]], a captured platform, and several experimental blue technologies. Although details are incomplete, [[unobtanium]] and/or skystone are reputed to be used in the structure. Much of the ship's power is known to come from solar technology extracted from the Azure League's captured platform. This enables the craft to fly for extremely long durations before requiring landings. The ability to take on supplies in flight effectively makes the Azure Horizon's range infinite, although this is unlikely in practice.
   
Airplanes are both launched and recovered from the two pontoons. Hangars use an automated ceiling conveyance system to lower planes into the breezeways, where they are then launched into the wind. The doors of the pontoons remain closed during regular flight, but open for launches and recovery. Most planes can land aboard the Azure Horizon, although the larger ones like the Kingfisher or Haliflax are unable to come aboard. To dock with an airship, the craft match speed and maneuvers for the length of the docking.
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Airplanes are both launched and recovered from the two pontoons. Hangars use an automated ceiling conveyance system to lower planes into the breezeways, where they are then launched into the wind. The doors of the pontoons remain closed during regular flight, but open for launches and recovery. Most planes can land aboard the Azure Horizon, although the larger ones like the [[Kingfisher]] or [[Halifax]] are unable to come aboard. To dock with an airship, the craft match speed and maneuvers for the length of the docking.
   
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==Construction and Design History==
===Statistics:===
 
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[[File:Flyover.png|thumb|left|An aerial image taken of the Azure Horizon's construction. It is believed the visible skylets were artificially lowered to sea level where the craft was built.]]
Sleeps 2024
 
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Following the disappearance of [[Lawrence Islo]] and his [[Azure Wind]], a number of Blue faction members sought to find a new flagship for the faction. The movement gained further popularity and technological support from the recovery of the Azure Wind and the capture of a [[Hidden Fleet]]'s [[Platform]]. The [[Azure Conclave]] settled upon a set of specifications and configuration, with subsystem design occurring in drafting rooms and workshops across skytopia. The project was kept under a substantial veil of secrecy, largely to protect from marauding [[Pirates]].
Crew 397
 
Wing span 792’
 
Decks 24
 
Total power 76,000hp
 
Engines 20 3,800hp internal combustion engines (6 additional stored in reserve)
 
Max speed 300mph
 
Cruising speed 100mph
 
Landing speed 72mph
 
Absolute ceiling 10,000ft
 
Time to climb to ceiling 1hr
 
Cruising range without refueling 64,500km
 
Gross weight 4,304,137 lbs
 
Time from Grottopolis to Uurwerk 38hrs (top speed) 115hrs (cruising)
 
   
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Individual skytopians and Blue faction members were made aware of the project on the recommendation of those already involved. The work was funded largely by small contributions of wealth, material, and labor. For this reason, it is unlikely the total cost of the project will ever be known. Final assembly took place on a hidden archipelago of small skylets. Extra workers were brought on to complete the major structural assembly ahead of schedule, so that work could continue during a particularly strong and lengthy storm.
===Features:===
 
   
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Late into construction, a group of pirates known as "The Teaches" gained knowledge of the project, and sought to disrupt it for their own gain. Following a fake unveiling event, the pirates were captured or scattered, and the project concluded without further disruption.
====Carrier capability:====
 
   
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The Azure Horizon was unveiled to much fanfare, the culmination of multiple years of work. All involved in the project and many skytopian notables were invited to an inaugural ball aboard the craft as it took it's maiden voyage amongst the skylands.
3 hangar decks for personal craft, with automated ceiling conveyance system
 
2 pontoon landing breezeways, with outward opening doors
 
2 launch catapault/arresting gear system
 
   
 
==Features==
24 fighters, stored ready for launch in underwing hold
 
 
===Carrier capability===
 
3 hangar decks for personal craft, with automated ceiling conveyance system<br />
 
2 pontoon landing breezeways, with outward opening doors<br />
 
2 launch catapults/arresting gear system
   
 
24 fighters of the Phantom Fleet, stored ready for launch in underwing hold
Mooring mast for dirigibles
 
 
====Science:====
 
   
 
===Science===
Skytopian Central Library of Learning
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Skytopian Central Library of Learning<br />
Technical Library
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Technical Library<br />
2 writing rooms
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2 writing rooms<br />
4 large laboratories
 
24 modular laboratories
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4 large laboratories<br />
 
24 modular laboratories<br />
6 workshops/machine shops
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6 workshops/machine shops<br />
2 wind tunnels
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2 wind tunnels<br />
Vibration compensated observatory
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Vibration compensated observatory<br />
 
162 work/sleep units
 
162 work/sleep units
   
====Conferences:====
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===Conferences===
 
Small theater (performing arts, cinema, presentations)<br />
 
 
Private dining rooms convert to auditoriums/conference rooms<br />
Small theater (performing arts, cinema, presentations)
 
Private dining rooms convert to auditoriums/conference rooms
 
 
Numerous private meeting rooms
 
Numerous private meeting rooms
   
====Comfort:====
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===Comfort===
 
358 Sleeping rooms<br />
 
 
162 double staterooms or work/sleep areas<br />
358 Sleeping rooms
 
162 double staterooms or work/sleep areas
 
 
36 staterooms
 
36 staterooms
   
Veranda Café (seats 180)
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Veranda Café (seats 180)<br />
Main dining room (seats 600) converts to dancefloor/ballroom
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Main dining room (seats 600) converts to dance floor/ballroom<br />
4 auxiliary public dining rooms
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4 auxiliary public dining rooms<br />
Main private dining room (seats 90)
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Main private dining room (seats 90)<br />
4 auxiliary private dinning rooms (seats 40)
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4 auxiliary private dinning rooms (seats 40)<br />
 
6 kitchens
 
6 kitchens
   
 
Grand Promenade Deck
 
Grand Promenade Deck
   
Grand Bazaar
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Grand Bazaar<br />
4 bars
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4 bars<br />
Hairdresser salon
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Hairdresser salon<br />
Barbershop
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Barbershop<br />
Various merchants
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Various merchants<br />
 
More hat makers and haberdashers than you can count
 
More hat makers and haberdashers than you can count
   
 
Grimby pitch
 
Grimby pitch
   
====Misc:====
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===Misc===
 
 
4 flak canons for point defense
 
4 flak canons for point defense
   
1 dentist and office
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1 dentist and office<br />
 
2 doctors and offices
 
2 doctors and offices
   
 
Desalinization system
 
Desalinization system
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[[Category:Unique Planes]]
 
 
Mooring mast for dirigibles
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==Trivia==
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* The Azure Horizon is based on the [[wikipedia:Norman Bel Geddes|Bel Geddes]] ''Airliner Number 4''.<ref>[[User:Cidane_Merkle|Circle]], Kincaid. [http://skyrates.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=46508#p46508 Faction Flagship], Azure League forum, 28 October 2008, [http://web.archive.org/web/20090326091842/http://home.att.net/~dannysoar/BelGeddes.htm Bel Geddes #4] (archive.org).</ref><ref>Prince Harris. [http://skyrates.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=83702#p83702 A postcard to home], 18 December 2009.</ref>
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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==Further reading==
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*Introductory Information: ''[http://skyrates.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5068 New Horizon]''
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*Unveiling of the Horizon: ''[http://skyrates.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6712 Location: Islo Subject: Horizon Project]''

Latest revision as of 01:30, 23 June 2011

Five Views of the Azure Horizon

The Azure Horizon is the flagship of the Azure League. It combines features of a carrier with a research lab, conference center, and cruise liner. The Horizon was designed and constructed collaboratively by many within the Azure League. The initial concept and plans originated in the Azure Conclave, with this group retaining a guiding hand throughout the project. Design and construction was sustained completely through donated material, expertise, labor, or funds from Azurites.

The design incorporates technology gained from The Azure Wind, a captured platform, and several experimental blue technologies. Although details are incomplete, unobtanium and/or skystone are reputed to be used in the structure. Much of the ship's power is known to come from solar technology extracted from the Azure League's captured platform. This enables the craft to fly for extremely long durations before requiring landings. The ability to take on supplies in flight effectively makes the Azure Horizon's range infinite, although this is unlikely in practice.

Airplanes are both launched and recovered from the two pontoons. Hangars use an automated ceiling conveyance system to lower planes into the breezeways, where they are then launched into the wind. The doors of the pontoons remain closed during regular flight, but open for launches and recovery. Most planes can land aboard the Azure Horizon, although the larger ones like the Kingfisher or Halifax are unable to come aboard. To dock with an airship, the craft match speed and maneuvers for the length of the docking.

Construction and Design History[]

An aerial image taken of the Azure Horizon's construction. It is believed the visible skylets were artificially lowered to sea level where the craft was built.

Following the disappearance of Lawrence Islo and his Azure Wind, a number of Blue faction members sought to find a new flagship for the faction. The movement gained further popularity and technological support from the recovery of the Azure Wind and the capture of a Hidden Fleet's Platform. The Azure Conclave settled upon a set of specifications and configuration, with subsystem design occurring in drafting rooms and workshops across skytopia. The project was kept under a substantial veil of secrecy, largely to protect from marauding Pirates.

Individual skytopians and Blue faction members were made aware of the project on the recommendation of those already involved. The work was funded largely by small contributions of wealth, material, and labor. For this reason, it is unlikely the total cost of the project will ever be known. Final assembly took place on a hidden archipelago of small skylets. Extra workers were brought on to complete the major structural assembly ahead of schedule, so that work could continue during a particularly strong and lengthy storm.

Late into construction, a group of pirates known as "The Teaches" gained knowledge of the project, and sought to disrupt it for their own gain. Following a fake unveiling event, the pirates were captured or scattered, and the project concluded without further disruption.

The Azure Horizon was unveiled to much fanfare, the culmination of multiple years of work. All involved in the project and many skytopian notables were invited to an inaugural ball aboard the craft as it took it's maiden voyage amongst the skylands.

Features[]

Carrier capability[]

3 hangar decks for personal craft, with automated ceiling conveyance system
2 pontoon landing breezeways, with outward opening doors
2 launch catapults/arresting gear system

24 fighters of the Phantom Fleet, stored ready for launch in underwing hold

Science[]

Skytopian Central Library of Learning
Technical Library
2 writing rooms
4 large laboratories
24 modular laboratories
6 workshops/machine shops
2 wind tunnels
Vibration compensated observatory
162 work/sleep units

Conferences[]

Small theater (performing arts, cinema, presentations)
Private dining rooms convert to auditoriums/conference rooms
Numerous private meeting rooms

Comfort[]

358 Sleeping rooms
162 double staterooms or work/sleep areas
36 staterooms

Veranda Café (seats 180)
Main dining room (seats 600) converts to dance floor/ballroom
4 auxiliary public dining rooms
Main private dining room (seats 90)
4 auxiliary private dinning rooms (seats 40)
6 kitchens

Grand Promenade Deck

Grand Bazaar
4 bars
Hairdresser salon
Barbershop
Various merchants
More hat makers and haberdashers than you can count

Grimby pitch

Misc[]

4 flak canons for point defense

1 dentist and office
2 doctors and offices

Desalinization system

Mooring mast for dirigibles

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. Circle, Kincaid. Faction Flagship, Azure League forum, 28 October 2008, Bel Geddes #4 (archive.org).
  2. Prince Harris. A postcard to home, 18 December 2009.

Further reading[]