Craft and Equipment: CLOUDBASE
CAPTAIN SCARLET and the MYSTERONS UNOFFICIAL WEBSITE
by Chris Bishop
Information in the following has been taken from many sources, especially from "CENTURY 21" No.15, Winter 1993, Special Captain Scarlet Issue".
Various other sources have provided additional information, such as blueprints and cutaways.
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LOCATION: Variable, often secret.
ARMAMENTS: Defence strike craft (the Angels); electron ray discharge air-to-air missiles; hyprosanic paralysing cannons.
Cloudbase is a massive, grey/white aircraft carrier of sorts floating 40,000 feet (7 and a half miles) above the surface of the Earth, and is held aloft by 4, vertical-thrust, air-ducting, hover "combines" (producing 500 tons Per Square Centimetre, 2,688,000 Lbs PSO thrust). With horizontal thrusters able to propel it to any point around the world in a matter of hours. These atomic jets are powered by air-intake, nacelle located, nuclear-powered, cloud-vapour conversion jets, powered by 20+ Cahelium engines. In the Engine Room, a vast complex of enormous engines is working on the unique task of converting the sun's rays into energy, that will then be used to power Cloudbase engines.
Cloudbase is a 630 feet long, 330 foot wide
battle station in the sky, from where the 593 person crew (sic) of field agents
(the Captains) female aircraft pilots (The Angels), medical, administrative and
maintenance staff operate. The Captains, Angels and some administration
staff (such as Colonel White and Lieutenant Green) usually work on a four hours
on call/four hours off basis, with four hours on/two off in emergencies.
Cloudbase was constructed at an unnamed World Government research depot in
Stockholm, Sweden, with the fifty separate sections prefabricated and assembled
in outer space. Colonel Conrad Turner of the WSP (later Captain Black) was
the one to supervise the construction in a abandoned satellite and has later on
taken himself Cloudbase into Earth's atmosphere.
Cloudbase is powered by solar-cell panels,
feeding the 20+, Solar energy powered Cahelium, electricity generators.
Cloudbase is made from hardened Fleetonium alloy, and the various types of
aircraft carried by Cloudbase include Spectrum helicopters, the Angel's
Interceptor fighter jets and Spectrum passenger jets.
The Control Room is the
hive of activity of Cloudbase. Located in the main control room are Colonel
White's control desk - itself a vast complete
computer - and Lieutenant Green's communications console. From
his desk the Colonel is able to contact all the world's companies, any
individuals, Spectrum's auxiliary forces and World Government groups, etc.
From his communications console, With its own colour-coded chart, the Lieutenant
is able to help decipher any Mysteron threats, and use this communications
console to record, file and recall for further use, vast amounts of information
necessary for the maintenance of Cloudbase itself.
From all around the World information is radioed automatically through Cloudbase telecommunications systems in the Monitor Room (or various worldwide Spectrum Information Centres), where it is identified, sorted, gauged on importance values, and passed on for storage. The observation room houses the Spectragram, the video-scanners, astroscopes, space-mascope. From this room, at the flick of a switch, any part of Earth can be scanned through observation satellites. The Spectragram is the radar defence of Cloudbase. Registering any object coming within a 500-miles radius of Cloudbase.
All members of Spectrum personnel (Captains, Angels, security officers, etc) are connected to Cloudbase by their radio-transceivers (cap mikes for example) linking them with the communications network of Green's desk. And every member of staff must make at least 2 daily reports to the Lieutenant. Other information is also relayed through to Colonel White and Lieutenant Green through Spectrum's communications section and the Spectrum Information Centres. Every major city on Earth (barring Bereznik presumably) has some form of Information bureau (a Spectrum Information Centre or otherwise), linking them up with Cloudbase. Adjacent to this main Control Room is a short, curved, tunnel-like gallery. This observation tube is constructed from some clear plastic-like material; (possibly Cahelium alloy) giving all-round clear visibility of the area surrounding Cloudbase. Other areas mention or seen are the room of sleep, Dr. Fawn's medic bay, the isolation ward, operating theatre, and the engine room, all of the last four being on deck "C".
When changing position around the World the course co-ordinates are given by Colonel White to the Lieutenant in the form" "Set a course 124, magnetic, maintain present speed" (episode 14).
Though Spectrum is by no means reliant on Cloudbase alone, with ground based Spectrum agents and hidden MSVs, SPVs and saloon cars dotted world-wide when needed.