Aerion Corp: the interstellar asteroid miners, touching down to try their hand planetside.

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Aerion aesthetic: big, chunky, hyperfunctional. Color scheme of grey/black, with occasional rodius green highlights (on the reactor, weapons, solars, etc)




Backstory:
The Aerion Mining Conglomerate formed from the IAMU (Interstellar Asteroid Mining Union). Their technology evolved entirely on its own, separate from any outside supply chain, thanks to a unique combination of decades of isolated process-and-dispatch cycles and self-repairing/improving technology. After a few hundred cycles of innovation and monetary enrichment, they saw the need for more diverse resources back in the Sol system, and designed proper blocks for the Off World. Their tech is expensive, but will last you a long time, thanks to the fact that all Aerion blocks are capable of slow self-repair.

Corp Feel:

Aerion builds their own technology, rather than improvising or improving other tech. This results in unique materials and technologies.
Aerion is at once hypermodern and a bit old-fashioned. In order to stay sane during years-long shifts aboard mothership harvesters, Aerion miners made a sort of meditation ritual that helped them cope with the emptiness of space.
Aerion is tougher than most corps. Aerion blocks are designed to be massively tough and redundant due to the fact that they're derived from spacefaring components.
Aerion is derived from mining equipment, but unlike Geocorp, who almost exclusively has melee weapons, chisels and hammers and saws are not a great idea in a zero-g environment. Thus, almost all Aerion equipment was built for at-range harvesting.
 
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Standard Blocks:

Aerion Small Structure Block: a one block.

Aerion Large Structure Block: a two-sized variant of the standard block.

Aerion Long Structure Block: a double-length Large block.

Aerion Small Mandible: A swept block shaped like a sharp manta-ray mandible, with one AP on the inside and one inside the jaw tip.

Aerion Edge Block: an angular block, meant for softening the sharp 90° angles of an Aerion vehicle chassis to softer 45° angles.

Aerion Corner Block: a trimmed corner, meant to finish beveled edges.

Aerion Inverted Corner Block: Meant to connect two edges on an inside joint.

Aerion Panel Block: a large armor sheet, one block thick and 4x4. Has four center APs for weaponry/lift blocks. More powerful self-repair than other blocks.

Aerion Impact Block: An even larger armor sheet, 6x6. No external APs, but powerful self-repair.

Aerion Large Mandible: a crab claw-like mandible for mounting large weaponry on the front of mining vehicles.

Aerion Cupola Mounting Block: A raised block, with 4 APs on the top and 8 on the bottom, meant for raising a weapon up off the surface of a ship.

Aerion Prow Block: 2-wide block, meant for decoration or to provide a good place to put your main guns. Resembles the nose of the first vehicle in the aesthetic. APs on top and back.
 

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Control Blocks:

Aerion Pulsar Cab: A large 3x2x2 cab. Comes with a built-in RTG for slow power generation and a battery to hold it, as well as a pair of pulse guns, a self-repair system, a small shield and dedicated radar. Gets around on fold-out rover wheels. Not particularly fast.

Aerion Nebula Cab: a 2x1x1 cab. Has a single pulse gun, self-repair and a smaller RTG and battery. Has a resource collector holding 5 chunks on its back. Gets around on a trio of rover wheels.

Aerion Luna AI Cab: a Nebula cab refitted with state-of-the-art AI. No resource collector.


Wheel Blocks:

Aerion Regolith Magna Wheel: a rover wheel that features special electromagnetic grip pads, allowing for both higher traction and steeper slope climbing. Enough of these and a few boosters and you might be able to climb sheer cliffs. Comes in large and small variants.

Aerion Nubium Support Wheel: A massive retractable wheel, meant to support motherships when they land.

Aerion Veris Magna Track: A smaller track with the same magnetic grip properties as the rover wheel as well as excellent suspension.

Aerion Ingenii Twin Wheel: Two grippy wheels mounted on a rocker bogey, much like the Mars rover’s back wheels. Doesn’t have magna grip but is quite quick and nimble.

Aerion Campis Track Panel: a 6x6x3 square of track, meant to hold up massive planetside harvesters. Track pad is split into three subtracks meant to ease turning.
 
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Weapon Blocks:


Aerion Nova Mounted Pulsegun: a small energy cannon, designed to fire kinetic bursts. Derived from the standard-issue kinetic mining hammer mounted on IAMU harvester pods.

Aerion Quark Heavy Pulsegun: a larger and stronger variant of the Nova, but with slower recycle time.

Aerion Quasar Pulsegun Battery: a cluster of Quarks, put in a housing in order to fit on a much larger ship.

Aerion Aquila Mining Charge Launcher: deploys rocket-assisted mining charges that do not have homing but do have a harpoon, so it buries itself in the target before exploding.

Aerion Flare Beamdrill: relatively short-range but devastatingly powerful. Far too big to be mounted on anything except a full-scale harvester.

Aerion Aurora Charge Beam Generator: generates a fixed beam of energy (cannot aim independently) that saps charge from enemy batteries, but does very little damage. Originally meant to suppress electrical fires on wounded ships by selectively draining batteries in the damaged area.

Aerion Blitzar Pulse Chaingun: a large singleship-mounted pulsegun, modified for rapid fire.

Aerion Sirius Energy Mortar: a heavily modified version of a magnetoplasmic dispersion packet launcher, a mining tool meant to induce seismic waves in large metal asteroids in order to shake them apart. This version is designed for in-atmosphere combat/mining, and instantly harvests any resource seam, in addition to ignoring shields and dealing blast damage.

Aerion Icarus Plasma Harvester: a large, vertical swivel-mounted plasma thrower capable of immolating entire medium-sized techs. Cannot turn side-to-side. Default position can be set by right-clicking and setting the angle.

Aerion Cygnus Shatter Charge Launcher: Deploys large, heavy, metal-seeking charges that deal impact damage, then explode. Deals more damage than a Hawkeye cruise missile.

Aerion Scorpius Extraction Cannon: Massive, slow-charging laser/tractor beam hybrid with an eight-slot resource collector on top. Fires a laser beam surrounded by a tractor ring, sucking up all resources it frees and automatically refining them.
 

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Accessories:


Aerion Sol Floodlight: Provides a lot of light. 2x2x2 block.

Aerion Arecibo Radar: 2x1x1 block, 1km range.

Aerion Kuiper Resource Collector: 3x3 block, holds 90 chunks.

Aerion Oort Resource Collector: 6x6 block, holds 360 chunks.

Aerion Andromeda Heavy Gyro: 2x2x2, double the correction power of a Geocorp gyro.

Aerion Triangulum Light Gyro: 1x1x1, slightly more powerful than a BF gyro.

Aerion Coupler Beam: moving two blocks within 10 units of each other and on different techs will cause them to form a linkage, which can be broken by right-clicking either of the blocks. The block requires 10 seconds of cooldown before it can couple again. Coupled techs share power.

Aerion Payload Terminal: pretty much what you’d expect.

Aerion Libra Power/Fuel Meter: shows both power and fuel, as well as net gain/loss on both.

Aerion Firma Balance Computer: Functions identically to the BF stabilizing computer, in addition to being able to be turned on/off, and hold a position/orientation (keybind) in order to harvest more readily.
 
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Power:

Aerion Core Reactor: 8x8x8 block, APs on top and bottom as well as middle of each face, consumes rodite capsules for extremely long burn time and massive amounts of energy. Extremely heavy.

Aerion Voyager Solar Sail: 4x1x4 block, folding solar. Produces a fraction of the reactor’s power, but doesn’t need fuel.

Aerion Borealis Battery Pack: comes in small (1x1x1) and large (2x2x2). Small holds twice as much as a Hawkeye battery thanks to ionic charge storage, and large holds twice as much as a Geocorp battery.

Aerion Signum Shield Projector: shield size is directly proportional to total amount of charge available. That means that it fits equally well on a mothership as it does on a singleship.

Aerion Imperius Wireless Charger Node: extremely long range, high arc strength, low arc rate. 2x2x1.
 
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Manufacturing:


Aerion Animus Fabricator: Again exactly what you’d expect.

Aerion Obitus Scrapper: Do I need to explain this one?

Aerion Trifid Silo: Must be anchored to function. Holds 360 resource chunks in a 6x6 space.

Aerion Resource Blocks: Each block holds a whopping 360 resource chunks in a 4x4x4 space. Does NOT have auto-repair.

Aerion Solum Anchor: Double the length of the BF sky anchor. 4x4x4.

Aerion Sagittarius Mobile SCU: Has largest pickup range of any SCU. Extremely slow charge time and very heavy.

Aerion Halley Delivery Cannon: 2x2x4, anchored, double the launch speed of the Matryoshka cannon.
 
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Flight:


Aerion Exodus Electrodynamic Thrust Foil: Combination wing and engine.

Aerion Corona Thrust Ring: circular tail, tilts to direct thrust. Weaker than the thrust foil.

Aerion Filament Thrust Foil Tip: Nicely shaped split-Y wingtip for wings. No thrust, due to the complex foil shape.

Aerion Eurus Small Hover Pad: 1x1x1 hover pad for single harvesters, has side thrusters.

Aerion Ventus Single Hover Pad: 2x2x2, has side thrusters.

Aerion Zephyr Double Hover Pad: two singles side-by-side, more powerful thrusters.

Aerion Altum Large Thrust Cluster: 2x2x2 block, designed for internal mounting on large vehicles. Very powerful.

Aerion Locus Small Thrust Cluster: 1x1x1 block, has jets on corners instead of centers in order to allow internal placement.

Aerion Redshift Plasmic Booster: massive block, 2x4x2. Has an internal fuel tank, but absolutely guzzles fuel when thrusting.

Aerion Blueshift Ionic Booster: 1x2x1, somewhat low thrust but high efficiency. Only 1-size booster that has a fuel tank built in.

Aerion Alveus Fuel Tank: comes in small and large, slow recharge but massive capacity even for the small one.

Aerion Statarius Rotor: Small variant only, 1 bottom AP. Features a gimbal system so movement is possible with only one rotor, or position/orientation hold with a balance computer and some hover clusters. Removed, didn't feel in keeping with Aerion's theme.
 
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