This article originally appeared in the March/April 2020 issue.
|CraftID:||Wheelchair, TL5, Cr 417|
|Hull:||1/1, Disp=0.185, Conf=0USL, Armor=1A, Unloaded=0.184 tons, Loaded=0.232 tons*|
|Loco:||1/2, Wheels×4, P/W=0.86**, Road=15 kph, Off Road=2 kph|
|Accom:||Crew=1 (Operator), Seat=Cramped×1|
|Other:||Cargo=0.0475* klitres, ObjSize=Small, EmLevel=None|
|Comment:||Price in quantity=Cr 334|
This TL5 sophont-powered wheelchair is a passenger vehicle that can be found on almost any low tech planet where sophonts have lost the use of their legs. The frame is steel with a seat. The operator(s**) either sit in the chair and move the wheels by hand or stand behind the chair and push using two handles provided.
There is no luggage compartment(*) although there is a shelf under the seat to provide a limited carrying capacity for incidental items. The vehicle is not intended to take much load above the sophont sitting in the seat.
The wheelchair is powered by the operator. The speed and power source are calculated using a standard human producing 200 watts(**).
The speed of the vehicle varies depending on the number of humans powering the craft, although it can achieve 15kph with only a single operator.
The wheelchair can be collapsed to be able to stored in smaller spaces.