Topic: Smuggling Aid
Background: Future. Smuggling is risky business. Increased scrutiny means that new forms of deception have to be developed, and the odd altercation is still part of the job.
1. Design a smuggling aid.
2. It should help hide smuggled goods or deceive inspectors.
3. It needs to be inconspicuous.
4. Bonus if it can help fight or escape.
The Wild Goose, referring perhaps to the nature of the device and the perceived difficulty in locating them.
The developer of this device is unknown but it was rumored to have been developed by a former security service employee. It has seen operation in many areas as a method of moving contraband and sensitive information across national boundaries. Basically a small robotic aircraft disguised as a goose or other large bird, this machine was successfully able to penetrate nation’s airspace by several key factors:
Surprise - when initial use began no-one conceived of smuggling in this manner
Camouflage - when airborne amongst large migratory flocks the 'Wild-Goose' is almost indistinguishable from a normal bird, as these flocks fly long distances they can easily be used to move between nation states.
Stealth - small size and composite materials make the 'Wild-Goose' hard to detect with visually or with radar. To enhance this, the 'Goose' is programmed with advanced algorithms causing it to when detected to engage in low-level and evasive flight which is frequently difficult to follow with conventional aircraft.
Composite and Alloy airframe - strong but light-weight
Motion provided by actuator driven wings, power provided by power-cells and thermo-electric generation due to temperature change – glides to converse power.
Guidance and control granted by onboard artificial intelligence and remote observation and operation link.
Defense provided by stealth algorithms and burst-EMP emitter operable when machine is in powered-down glide mode.
Launched from a hook suspended on a rail launch sites are small and mobile, frequently a small lorry or van. The 'Wild-Goose' works best when deployed when launched into a flock of migratory bird of the same type the goose will then follow the flocks until it approaches its destination and detaches to make its delivery – unfortunately this means that use is ideally seasonal.
Upon reaching the target area the Goose broadcasts message to waiting ground team giving its collection location then performs a controlled crash-landing, sending out a final coded GPS coordinate before powering down and awaiting collection. Some sensitive examples also contain a self-destructive charge destroying itself and contents if it is not recovered within a set time limit.
The main disadvantage of this system is its small carrying load, making it ineffective for transporting the majority of normal contraband.
Legato - I was of two minds about including it. A hilarious entry, great image, but in the end it's not an original design.