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GN Beta Drive Schematic by Tekka-Croe GN Beta Drive Schematic by Tekka-Croe
A full design for the GN Beta Drive system installed in my original 00 Gundams Dawn, Dusk, and Spectrum.

The Beta drive is smaller than the Alpha drives used by Celestial Being's main Gundams, and the Tau drives later used in mass-produced Mobile Suits. While the Beta drive is capable of indefinite GN particle generation, its rate of output exceeds its rate of generation, limiting its operational time to 48 hours before needing to stop and allow it to regenerate its GN particle reserves.

Unlike the Alpha drives, the Beta drives were not manufactured in a high-gravity Jovian environment. Instead, they were manufactured in a simulated high gravity environment within a small Celestial Being asteroid base set into a slingshot orbit, allowing the asteroid's centrifugal* force to provide high artificial gravity.

This is a design for my Gundam 00 side-story: Gundam Dawn.

Gundam Dawn (c) me
Gundam (c) Bandai/Sunrise

*Don't worry, physics/engineering majors, I'm fully aware that "centrifugal force" isn't really a thing, and is simply a means of expressing two opposing inertial forces in motion.
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015
But it's impossible for rate of output to exceed rate of generation. Otherwise, the drive would stop almost immediately.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
In retrospect, I could have worded that better.  I'm assuming that it has a sort of internal store of power that is full when the mobile suit is activated.  From that point, the rate at which the the suit draws power from that store is faster than the rate at which the power store is replenished, meaning that the total power the suit has access to gradually diminishes for as long  as the suit is active.  If you left the suit active, eventually you would get to the very bottom of that power store and exactly what you describe would happen.
SparkieSparkeChu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I love gundam 00
Mirk217 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
:love: +++
ziginz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
God, I love the detail you put into these things.
lockdown3333 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Still, two days before recharge is pretty good. I'm guessing if one ever went Trans-Am it would need an immediate recharge, unlike the Alpha Drives, which just lose some power, or the Tau Drives, which fry themselves:)
PsycoT3ddiB3ar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Awesome man!
UnicornKnight321 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I love how you used real physics (or something close to it) to explain how the Beta is different form the alpha.
HaroldPotter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like the design. It feels very much a part of the universe.
Kry-Havoc Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
a bit of interesting reading


even if your not a physics major =p
Dr-Fallout Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I love to see cross section drawings, well done on designing your on gn drive
creationstar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Then, how does it get the topological defects that it needs to operate correctly.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'd like to answer your question, but I can't figure out what exactly you're asking. For the moment, I guess I'll just say: "It's fake sci-fi technology, do we really need to get hung up on the details?"
creationstar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know in the gundam series, Sunrise is trying to make any and all of the technology science plausible. Either way, in gundam 00, the true solar reactors have something known as topological defects. This feature allows them to generate tremendous amounts of energy from the hydrogen fuel that they are using. I am asking if they have it or, in better words, are they similar to the original solar reactors.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah. Yes, the GN Beta drives are derivatives of the "true" GN drives used by the official Gundams (which I refer to as "Alpha" drives). The difference is that the Beta drives' solar furnace components weren't manufactured in Jupiter's intensely powerful gravity well. It's because of this that they have the drawbacks that I mentioned: They're less powerful than the "true" GN Alpha drives, and have a restricted operational time. They don't have to be recharged like the Tau drives, but the Beta drives do have to have some time to regenerate their particle reserves.

Long story short: They're more efficient and powerful than the mass-produced Tau drive, but only have two-thirds the output of the Alpha drives, and have a restricted operational time.
sierria Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks great! love the middle part showing all the parts
Jezzak Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
I love the shape, that must take a while to get it right in proper perspective.
zeroconvoy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that is very cool design
8FtSpider Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Artist
Nice Design!
Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah, i understand your joy in creating the pseudo scientific background for a mech related concept, because i do it too =D
SomeKindaCreature Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love it
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