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The official Prometheus website, Weylandindustries.com, has been updated with several new sections and some very cool pictures of vehicles, space suits, futuristic buildings and more. There’s a couple of very ‘familiar’  security items in there as well. The new sections include security, electronics, terraforming, energy, transportation and health. The quality of the art is very good. Make sure to check them out below:

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  1. I really agree that is was very lazy of them to use the M41A Pulse Rifle design as a basis for the Storm Rifle. They should have used this (FN F2000) if they were so lazy:

    http://world.guns.ru/userfiles/images/assault/as41/fn_f2000_1.jpg

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    ATV NR6

    Two-person transport vehicle with 4-tread, track-belted wheels able to negotiate near-vertical terrain carrying small payload. With the NR6, Weyland planetary engineers are able to survey previously inaccessible areas of newly discovered proto-colonies. Vehicles reach top speeds of 88 mph in standard atmospheric pressure and gravitational pull. Variable-friction axes for front and rear wheels provide micro-torque gear adjustments for maximum safety and mobility across any foreign surface.


    Hmm... Wonder if it has a Flux Capasitor...
  2. because butthurt purists.

    and if you were wondering, the reason why almost no countries have adopted these seemingly advantageous designs as their infantry mainstay comes down to three factors: poor trigger performance, bad weight balance, and difficult reload/prone firing(the action is way too close to your face). the Aug is one of the better ones and still has these problems.

    No love for the Tavor, Chupa? :(
  3. Great stuff... the atmosphere processor design as well. As far as the viral campaign goes, it's safe to say that Camerons Aliens is canon... I wonder if there will be a tiny nod somewhere in Prometheus from Scott to Cameron, in a sort of blink-and-you'll miss it fashion...
    The Weyland timeline also casually references 'Aliens' a few times (Colonial Marines, smartguns) and 'Alien3' (prison colonies).
  4. because butthurt purists.

    and if you were wondering, the reason why almost no countries have adopted these seemingly advantageous designs as their infantry mainstay comes down to three factors: poor trigger performance, bad weight balance, and difficult reload/prone firing(the action is way too close to your face). the Aug is one of the better ones and still has these problems.
  5. Thx chupacabras... I learned something new today then  :)

    Now I seem to remember how in Die Hard, Karls rifle (the one he's seen assembling in the elevator, going upstairs to kick McClanes ass) has the clip behind the trigger, not in front of it. I assume then - based on what you are saying, that this design is about preserving the advantages of a longer rifle barrel, while reducing the total length of the rifle at the same time, making it lighter and more easy to handle.

    It has an awesome design by the way...


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullpup
  6. Curious: (I don't know anything about gun designs either)

    - the inside of a gun barrel is in direct contact with the projectile, yes? So wouldn't a longer barrel reduce the speed of the projectile because of drag?

    I assumed the necessity of a longer barrel, was about stabilizing the projectiles trajectory before it leaves the muzzle and thereby aiming for higher precision, not as much a higher projectile velocity...

    Hi Eva,

    Due to the expansion of the gases, the bullet generally accelerates along the full length of the barrel.  So, for a given bullet mass, and given propellent type/charge, the "muzzle velocity" of the bullet (initial velocity as it exits the muzzle) is largely a function of the barrel length.  Now, this is a bit of a generalization.  There are trade-offs to having too short a barrel, and too long a barrel...both in terms of ballistics, as well as to operational function, so the firearms designer tries to optimize the barrel length depending on the intended purpose of the firearm.

    And yes, for a given projectile and cartridge, there is a limit point whereby the barrel would become too long, which would have a detrimental effect on the muzzle velocity.  This would occur when the friction between the bullet and the barrel, as well as air resistance, equals the continuously diminishing gas pressure behind the bullet...at which point the bullet would begin to deccelerate, before exiting the muzzle.
  7. Thx chupacabras... I learned something new today then  :)

    Now I seem to remember how in Die Hard, Karls rifle (the one he's seen assembling in the elevator, going upstairs to kick McClanes ass) has the clip behind the trigger, not in front of it. I assume then - based on what you are saying, that this design is about preserving the advantages of a longer rifle barrel, while reducing the total length of the rifle at the same time, making it lighter and more easy to handle.

    It has an awesome design by the way...

  8. I think that's really my only "problem" with the new stuff on the website, dropping the atmosphere processor in in 'Prometheus' doesn't jive well with 'Aliens' where the AP station was supposed to be unfamiliar for Ripley. I mean it's not completely irreconcilable - maybe Burke was just being a corporate shill and doing the typical "pre-written salesman pitch" thing on reflex or something.
    yep that's a good spot. Ripley didn't seem to have ever seen atmosphere processors in any of those mining/colony wordls the Nostromo was assigned to.

    In this particular case (only) I'd prefer to give preference to Cameron's lore since It was Cameron the one who invented/brought them to the franchise. I really thought Ripley was still floating in space when the first of these things was built and then used for the first time by the company

    There could be more than one incongruences in the timeline posted in this web, and anything they touch that was first brought to the franchise by Cameron and not Scott should try to connect better with Vameron's lore.

    Hope Camerons' queen is not in their plans too ;D
  9. Thanks. So really it serves no purpose other than to make it easier to conceal?

    one could say so, shotguns are usually smooth bore so there's no centrifuge force in the shot. but having a smaller length means you have a smaller magazine tube. that's why sawn off shotguns are only a good idea with cheap break actions.

    Curious: (I don't know anything about gun designs either)

    - the inside of a gun barrel is in direct contact with the projectile, yes? So wouldn't a longer barrel reduce the speed of the projectile because of drag?

    I assumed the necessity of a longer barrel, was about stabilizing the projectiles trajectory before it leaves the muzzle and thereby aiming for higher precision, not as much a higher projectile velocity...

    the drag actually helps the projectile gain energy. the explosion pushes the round, which, being soft lead, seals it completely against the rifling that spins it(which is what really stabilizes it in flight), all the way down to the muzzle. the longer and tigher it is, the more of the energy will be transfered to the bullet instead of turning into a flame at the end. but it also depends if this barrel is solid enough to direct the bullet; if the barrel is long but too thin or weak it will vibrate and and send the rounds all over the place. that's why you don't see sniper rifles with 2m long barrels.
  10. Curious: (I don't know anything about gun designs either)

    - the inside of a gun barrel is in direct contact with the projectile, yes? So wouldn't a longer barrel reduce the speed of the projectile because of drag?

    I assumed the necessity of a longer barrel, was about stabilizing the projectiles trajectory before it leaves the muzzle and thereby aiming for higher precision, not as much a higher projectile velocity...
  11. sawing off part of the barrel won't do much except reducing the amount of speed the rounds can reach a little(thus reducing how far they can go without losing trajectory) and making the muzzle flash into a flametrower. the pellets spread only because of the explosion of the gases at the muzzle.
  12. the storm doesn't look like a pulse rifle... it IS a pulse rifle. same grip, same frame, same receiver, same heat shield, same magazine(that couldn't even FIT a 5.56), same grenade launcher. it's just a very lazily edited pulse rifle with a pad on the stock, a longer barrel and a really shitty looking scope. it doesn't have an antenna or anything close to something that could communicate with a satellite, as the pulse rifle didn't either. they should have put a proto-smartgun if they wanted to make all that tracking stuff make some sense at least.

    the AP... i guess it would work if the one in the website said "coming soon" and it told us it's just a concept render, and by the time of aliens we could asume WY was just using old hardware because they're cheap bastards. but it doesn't. technology is that stangnant in the Aliens universe.

    but the power loader is the worst of all. i mean, we have power loaders right now. they could have pasted an image of this:
    http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim//2009/12/23/1223_noco_StrengthRobot_480x360.jpg
    and it would have worked better.

    i'm dissapointed at how they prefered to give fan service to casuals than getting creative and show us neat new stuff.
  13. I'm all for linking Aliens and Prometheus together, it's just a shame that it has been done in such a sloppy way. When facts put forward in the viral material outright contradict exposition from the former film it makes you wonder whether they give a rats arse about what they are doing at all, or why they even bothered in the first place. Making this stuff fit is not so hard, and most - if not all - of the people here could of done a far, far better job of it. Why even bother paying fan service when you can't even be arsed enough to make it coherent?

    Sure, it's just a viral, that's fine, but it is so mixed up in the setup of the new film that taking some aspects seriously and trying to ignore the rest is really hard to do.

  14. Great stuff... the atmosphere processor design as well. As far as the viral campaign goes, it's safe to say that Camerons Aliens is canon... I wonder if there will be a tiny nod somewhere in Prometheus from Scott to Cameron, in a sort of blink-and-you'll miss it fashion...
  15. The people working on the website viral stuff would probably get shoved into a wall by Ridley if they met in person. (Sorry Cvalda! Or congratulations?)
    :'( :'( :'(

    :P
    I don't own a script, and I will probably never meet Ridley. But if somehow I do acquire a script, and I get to meet Ridley, and he agrees to sign it... I will make damn sure it says, "To Cvalda..." when he signs it.
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    Weyland’s energy sector products power billions of homes, schools and businesses on Earth and its 63 colonies
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    The Weyland process of terraforming is uniquely successful. We explore each new planet discovered in the habitable zone of distant stars. Thousands of Weyland engineers and scientists are then dispatched to the newly discovered solar system. After setting up a temporary base, the planetary engineers spend months exhaustively testing the seismic stability, core layer densities and the soundness of the planet's ionosphere, noting weather patterns and pressure fluctuations.

    If the conditions are favorable in most respects, Weyland employees claim a new territory in the name of the company, and only then begin constructing an Atmosphere Processor to initiate terraforming. The total process can take anywhere from 5 to 20 years depending on conditions

    so by 2080-2090 earth has managed to colonize 63 planets. and for each colony to be established it takes 5 to 20 years. that means colonizing has started at least 20 years prior to the date of the movie.

    i really hate the timeline. they could have made it more grounded in reality. i can't even imagine the resources needed to colonize 60 planets, the money, the man power, how hard would be to build those giant terraforming stations. and all by a private company. this is wishfull thinking at best

    Except they mention FTL. You know... faster then light. But that's really not all that fast. So, yeh, it sound ridiculous.
  17. Depends on the range of them. I expect with time, a whole planet could be mapped out, but seems to me now that in ALIENS W-Y was hella negligent aslong as the bucks came pouring in.
    Almost a hundred plus years after they've developed levitating, 3D terrain mapping devices that can function in any atmosphere--surely the tech would have even progressed exponentially beyond that by the time of ALIENS.
  18. Depends on the range of them. I expect with time, a whole planet could be mapped out, but seems to me now that in ALIENS W-Y was hella negligent aslong as the bucks came pouring in.
  19. The people working on the website viral stuff would probably get shoved into a wall by Ridley if they met in person. (Sorry Cvalda! Or congratulations?)
    :'( :'( :'(

    :P

    In other news...

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    SPECTAGRAPH
    This next-generation device, used by Weyland geologists and engineers, surveys unknown planetary terrain in the pre-terraforming process. An omni-directional laser live-maps 3D topography and sends the detailed scanned images to the viewing platform. A new hyper-conducting spherical shell allows smooth, self-propelled flight in any atmosphere. Polymer film bio-sensors can detect airborne toxins and life forms down to 500 nanometers.

    ...I guess this maybe throws a wrench into the whole "the Company didn't find the Derelict on LV-426 cuz it was really, really cloudy!" thing. ;) :P
  20. Really the whole thing where Burke says they make atmos processors now could mean that before Weyland got another company to do that, like Verizon and the Davids, but since ALIEN happened, they're doing it alone.

    The getting into terraforming can also be read that they're pushing that angle of the company more now, whilst dropping other things, basically seeing that they make the most money with the world-building and concentrating on that.

    Also, as I have written before, for products like the flame-thrower, this is like Weyland's Golden Era, the ALIEN days with the W-Y merger shows a company 'not like it was when the old man was still running it' so to speak. Cheaper, crappier products are doled out for a quick and easy buck, the big W-Y money comes in from the 'Building Better Worlds'.
  21. I think they could have fixed the whole thing if the website denoted that the atmosphere processor stuff was theoretical tech or something.

    ...or better still "coming soon", like they did with the The IM 80 (Igneous/Metamorphic) Rock Processor. I mean no one has a problem with the idea terraforming, and it is made clear in ALIEN the crew were working off-world which is fine, guess I just imagined that place was something closer to Outland (Sean Connery, 1981) or something like that.   

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    It's not even that so much (although I had vague notions that Thedus looked a bit like Io in Outland too).  It's just Burke indicates that WY are only 'getting into' terraforming relatively recently.  Kinda flies in the face of the fact WI invented it 150 years earlier.

    I wasn't disagreeing with you, just saying, why didn't they have the AP as coming soon rather than go into all these specifics, better still leave it out altogether if it won't be in the movie anyway. We know terraforming happens even in Ripley's time, but the AP is obviously something Cameron related to his film at that time, so why confuse things more with this awkward timeline, to me all this does is divert attention from the important thing which is the movie. . 
  22. Lol thanks for reminding me about the flamethrower that "mines the surrounding environment" for fuel.

    Yeah sorry, I was trying to forget about it too. I should've secured that shit. ;D
    Lol  ;D your signature is awesome, btw. Mine is just some old quote. I need to step up my game.
     8)
    Lol thanks for reminding me about the flamethrower that "mines the surrounding environment" for fuel. The people working on the website viral stuff would probably get shoved into a wall by Ridley if they met in person. (Sorry Cvalda! Or congratulations?)
    I don't think so. All the things that are on this website will get some spotlight in the movie. this just gives some details about them. So i think Ridley gave his full blessings for the viral stuff
    Did ridley give his blessings to the power loader and storm rifle?
  23. Lol thanks for reminding me about the flamethrower that "mines the surrounding environment" for fuel. The people working on the website viral stuff would probably get shoved into a wall by Ridley if they met in person. (Sorry Cvalda! Or congratulations?)
    I don't think so. All the things that are on this website will get some spotlight in the movie. this just gives some details about them. So i think Ridley gave his full blessings for the viral stuff
  24. Lol thanks for reminding me about the flamethrower that "mines the surrounding environment" for fuel. The people working on the website viral stuff would probably get shoved into a wall by Ridley if they met in person. (Sorry Cvalda! Or congratulations?)
  25. I guess it's best to just ignore the viral stuff, which is a shame considering such obvious conflicts could of easily been avoided. All they had to do was ask a god-damned Aliens fan for crying out loud. It's understandable that there would be some contradictions or at least some aspects that might be viewed as contradictions, but that's a doozy right there.

    Still, IMO it's not nearly as bad as the infinite flame-thrower, because that thing is actually in the new film.
  26. The storm rifle has a sniper scope because it has a longer barrel and long range capabilities. The original ALIENS pulse rifle was for CQB as Deuterium mentioned. No need for a long barrel or scope. I see they also adjusted the design of the retractable stock and moved the location of the digital ammo counter. There are a few other minor cosmetic changes, as well.
  27. If it imparts info that Deckard didn't know and needed to know (as well as the audience), then I'm not seeing the connection to whats being talked about here.

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