Three main subsystems are responsible for the successful operation of the Maglev Belt System (MBTS). All are vital.
|Sensors on the Lightcraft's lower hull track the location and progress of the Maglev-lifted individual and relay this information to the on-board computer. In addition, the Maglev belt has an independent array of sensors which tracks its proximity with the superconducting magnets of the main craft. The Maglev Belt itself is usually integrated into a passenger's space suit. This piece of equipment provides the magnetic field necessary to achieve levitation of the passenger. The power source of this belt is a flexible capacitative battery which wraps around the front of the wearer's midsection. Normally, the battery may be reused several times. The whole belt is equipped with a load bearing harness which wraps around the crewmember's legs, much like a rapeller's or rock-climber's harness. The superconducting magnets on the lightcraft exert attractive forces on the Maglev belt to pull the passenger up to the craft.|
In order to use the maglev belt a passenger would stand in a large open area, preferably more than 10 meters across. This area must not contain any iron due to the strong magntic fields. The lightcraft, hovers above and gradually pulls the passenger up using the MBTS. The maximum distance that the lightcraft could lift a person is approxiamtely 15 meters, depending on the persons weight. Normally, the passenger would enter into the lightcraft through doors used by the maglev lander. However, in emergency situations, entrance into the lightcraft can also be made via an open ramp door or through the escape pod tubes. These two entrance methods involve more risk and are therefore used only in emergencies. The lightcraft is also designed to enable extravehicular activity (EVA) in space for the emergency repair of the hull and other systems. It must, however, be stressed that the EVA is normally reserved for emergency purposes only. When preparing for an EVA a worker would put on a special EVA suit, equipped with micrmeteorite armor, maglev belt, and the proper tools. The space suit is physically and magnetically tethered to the lightcraft to prevent the worker from drifting off. The worker generally exits through the maglev lander and only after shields have been turned off. While in space, the worker's position is mainly controlled magnetically through the interaction of the maglev belt with the lightcraft's magnetic fields. The worker's suit also contains a mini-reaction control system, similar to NASA's "Manned Maneuvering Unit" (MMN). If however, both positioning system experience failure, to prevent the worker from floating off into space the lightcraft contains a back-up system. The maglev landers can be magnetically deployed from the lightcraft and sent out a short distance to rescue the nearly lost crew member.