KZT Triple Z Missile
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|KZT Triple Z 'Devastator' Missile|
An undated drawing of the proposed Triple Z, with a KZT Triple X and a human for size comparison.
|Type||Intercontinental ballistically-launched deletion missile (proposed)|
|Effects||Presumably deletes a target (size can be adjusted)|
|Source||Lichenblossom factories (partially completed, nonfunctional)|
|Location||Lichenblossom Deletion Missile Storage Facility (partially completed, nonfunctional)|
|Cost to buy||Price unknown|
|Cost to sell||Price unknown|
The KZT Triple Z 'Devastator' Missile, otherwise abbreviated to ZZZ Missile, 3Z, or Triple Z Devastator missile (owing to it's callsign Devastator) was a partially-completed intercontinental deletion missile intended to be the successor to the KZT Triple X missile, and the intended final missile for the KZT Deletion Missile program. Construction on the missile was halted after it was discovered that any functional use would require too much Deletion Flux Crystal to be deemed feasible. At the time that construction was halted, the ZZZ was about halfway completed, with the bottom three stages completed, including two solid rocket boosters, four engines, and about 80% of the fuel cycling lines. At the time that construction was completed, the Triple Z weighed 114.2 tons, and was 224.67 feet (68.48 meters) tall out of its proposed 554.27ft (168.94m) height - roughly half of the missile was completed before the cancellation. The missile is now a permanent resident of the Lichenblossom Deletion Missile Storage Facility. The ZZZ missile could also theoretically delete up to 10,000 square kilometers of land, but this was never proven nor tested. Although the ZZZ missile was never used, in testing or in warfare, PASA's specially designed launchpads were the only launch platforms that were authorized to launch ZZZ missiles before the cancellation of the program.
The missile is now a permanent resident of the Lichenblossom Deletion Missile Storage Facility. The ZZZ missile could also theoretically delete up to 10,000 square kilometers of land, but this was never proven nor tested. Owing to the fact that not a single missile was completed before the cancellation, the ZZZ missile remains the only deletion missile that has been planned, but never used in any way or form. Theoretically, the ZZZ missile would have used a mixture of Ditto Plus and silicooxysilicate to delete and destroy a target, which is the same process used by the Triple X missile. The ZZZ missile could hold up to three tons of Deletion Flux Crystal, more than six times the warhead capacity of the KZT Triple X. All information on ZZZ missiles were classified until the project's cancellation, where they were declassified and released to the public.
The fully completed ZZZ missile would have been the largest, most powerful, and costliest deletion missile operational, with its capabilities forecasted to surpass the KZT Triple X missile by nearly a twofold margin. The missile was planned to be 560 feet (170m) tall, although the partially completed missile measured 224.67 feet (68.48m) tall from the first engine bell (first stage) to the bottom of the third stage. Nevertheless, the 224ft (68m) height is still 30ft (9m) higher than the total height of the KZT Triple X missile. The missile also weighed a staggering 114.2 tons out of its projected 150.5 ton total dry load. Unlike the KZT Triple X, the ZZZ missile was painted with alternating black and grey strips of paint over a unibody black coating. While the missile was never completed, the coloration was used to dispel heat from the rocket on its takeoff and boost phase. Like the KZT Triple X missile, the ZZZ missile would also have a fairing surrounding its warhead to protect it from the atmosphere.
Construction and Design
With a staggering total of five stages (three completed), the ZZZ missile would have undoubtedly been the largest deletion missile that could be launched from a conventional space launch facility. The ZZZ missile would have consisted of five stages - two boost stages (both completed), two maneuvering stages (only one completed), and one control and orientation stage (none completed) for atmospheric reentry. The warhead would have been surrounded by five metal panels, like the KZT Triple X. Theoretically, the warhead's Deletion Flux Crystal is a large mass of >97.6% purity Ditto Plus, surrounded by Ditto A and Ditto B liquid.
The first stage of the ZZZ missile was nearly 200 feet (60.98 m) tall, standing at 175 feet (53.34m). It was powered by nine R-2 "Penguino" single-ignition booster engines which have a gimbal range of 35˚ (10˚ more than the KZT Triple X). The first stage burned a mixture of Ditto A, Ditto B, and standard kerosene and was specifically designed so that the fuel could safely mix and undergo convection without the risk of explosion or combustion.
Launch and Impact
Since the ZZZ missile was never practically launched, used, or tested, all information comes from declassified documents released by PASA and the Lichenblossom Deletion Missile Storage Facility. To gain enough velocity to enter orbit, the first-stage engines would ignite at 45% thrust at T-15 seconds before launch. The process would circulate the Ditto Plus, kerosene, and oxygen between the convection chambers, leading to an increase in thrust force and overall a large impact in velocity. At T-5 seconds, the engine throttle would be increased to 75%, and the launch clamps would release at T+0 seconds. The main stage would power the missile into a trajectory that would lead it into a sixty-seven degree azimuth and inclination to enter Earth orbit. The ignition and continual engine burn of the first stage would last approximately 65 seconds. At 70 seconds into the flight, the fuel from the first stage would be exhausted (although this process could take up as much as 80 seconds following thrust parameters) and the first stage would be ejected from the rocket to disintegrate in the atmosphere - the second stage would ignite at 75 seconds. At 75 seconds, following the second stage's ignition, the missile would typically be at a height of 30 kilometers. The second stage would spend a total of 50 seconds performing its engine burn, until fuel exhaustion would occur at 125 seconds (typically, an altitude of 65 kilometers). From there, the third stage would ignite at 130 seconds and spend 70 seconds performing the engine burn, propelling the missile into space and a suborbital trajectory. Typically, fuel exhaustion would have occurred at 200 seconds and an altitude of 120 km, putting the missile on a suborbital trajectory. ____________________________
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