MUSE Knights

MUSE Luftritter

Messerschmitt Jaegerluftritter 109A (Me JgLR 109A)

Country of Origin: Bavaria, German Union
Manufacturer: Messerschmitt
Classification: Fighter Type Air Knight
Configuration: Twin-Engine Tilt Rotor
Length: 3.1m
Height: 1.2m
Weight (empty/combat): 512kg/583kg
Max Speed: 727km/h (452mi/h)
Ceiling: 12000m (41000ft)
Range: 720km (447 mi)
Engine: 2x Daimler-Benz 6M01A (640hp, 12 cylinder, 6.9L displacement MUSE controlled ICE)
Armament: 1x MG-17 7.9mm (1000 rnds/gun) – MUSE Targeting Turret, 1x MG-FF 20mm (60 rnds/gun)

When Baron Schwarzenberg first approached Willy Messerschmitt with the design specifications for a totally new type of aircraft, the veteran aircraft designer almost politely dismissed the Baron as an eccentric aristocrat. Then the Baron brought Messerschmitt to Dr. Richard Brandt and showed him the MUSE comupter, as well as the Schwarzenberg Heavy Industries engine built and controlled entirely by a Harmonic Core. Using programs written by Mary Brighton, the engine was a complex six-stroke (cooling cycle), variable timing, programmable fuel injection engine with double the horsepower at fraction of the parts and weight of any engine coming out of Daimler-Benz or BMW. Stunned, Willy Messerschmitt immediately accepted the contract and contacted Daimler-Benz about a new engine. Basing some of the basic systems on the Me 109 which was just entering into production, he rapidly built a prototype designated Me LR 100A using two Daimler-Benz 6M01 engines (based on the DB601A, with dramatic size and weight reductions possible due to Harmonic Core controls). After a series of successful test flights, the design was modified, mostly reinforcing the struts connecting the engines to the fuselage, as well as increasing the torque of the pylons to compensate for gyroscopic forces during complex maneuvers. Taking advantage of the Harmonic Core, many previously mechanical systems were replaced with electrical ones, making the Me JgLR 109A the first “fly by wire” aircraft in existence, with the Harmonic Core making thousands of adjustments every second. Even targeting had been simplified by the use of a control system that aims the machine gun where the user looks. The only drawback of this revolutionary system is the need for a Tuner to operate the Harmonic Core.

MUSE Panzerritter

Brandt Panzerritter IIA (PzR IIA)

Country of Origin: Prussia, German Union
Manufacturer: Schwarzenberg Heavy Industries
Classification: Exoskeleton Type Ground Knight
Powerplant: Schwarzenberg-Maybach HCHR62 (520HP, 6 cylinder, 6.2L displacement ICE)
Suspension Type: Hydraulic Leg Actuators
Armament: 2cm KwK 30 L/55 (30 rounds), 7.92mm MG34 (600 rounds)

While it was recognized that there would have to be ground forces capable of engaging the Tower Forces, emphasis was placed on developing adequate air power first. Because of the relative scarcity of Harmonic Cores, Baron Schwarzenberg decided that the development of a ground unit prototype would be done exclusively as a proof of concept project, constructing a series of prototypes so when the need arose and the limited supply of Harmonic Cores overcome, then mass production of ground units would be possible. This resulted in the PzR IA, PzR IB and PzR IC prototypes, all built by Dr. Brandt and the Projekt MUSE through a contract with Schwarzenberg Heavy Industries. Unarmed, (the Ausf C model mounted an MG34) the first generation of PzR were very cumbersome to operate and were not considered fieldable weapon systems. The death of Baron Schwarzenberg and the successful production of the first Me JgLR 109A temporarily derailed the project, but under the watchful eye of Edwin Schwarzenberg, work continued and vast improvements in control were made when new software was introduced. The addition of reinforced joints, armored plating and the capacity to carry the 2cm KwK 30 cannon dramatically improved the utility and lethality of the PzR. The PzR IIA was introduced for limited field use in June 1940.