The OQ-45 Honeybee is a state-of-the-art surveillance drone utilized by the United Nations Space Command. At some point following the launch of an Outpost Discovery on Earth in late 2553 Honeybees were used to allow civilians in attendance to remotely experience the exploration of a Halo ring in a Remote Reconnaissance Display Capsule.
The Honeybee is unmanned, but they are monitored closely by human or smart AI controllers located at a distant command post. Multiple users can take advantage of the Honeybee's advanced multi-channel datalink system, which allows several analysts to simultaneously use and direct the vehicle's sensors in parallel. The Honeybee is VTOL-capable or can be fast-launched using a mag-rail assist.
The Honeybee is built for speed, endurance, and a low sensor profile. It is surprisingly durable as well, adapting combat-proven flight systems and materials originally developed for Misriah Armory's AV-49 Wasp project. The most notable feature of the Honeybee is its large, faceted multi-stack Ocelli sensor cluster. Other sensors, including a LIDAR and GPR, are located below the Ocelli along the bottom of the craft. The sensor cluster is the most fragile part of the drone, and even incidental damage requires expensive maintenance. Its advanced sensor systems are capable of detecting enemy forces both on the ground and during air combat operations, and can alternatively be tasked with cartographic scans and mineral surveys for civil and scientific missions.
The wings of the Honeybee hold small turbofans, which provide lift. At the rear of the craft are two compact hybrid fusion drives, which can push the drone into planetary orbit. Although not its intended use case, the Honeybee does have enough fuel to conduct limited space missions after leaving a local gravity well.
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