All Terrain Vehicle 月面探検車

All Terrain Vehicle
All Terrain Vehicle

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Powers / Weapons

Flight; heat ray gun

Appearances

Battle in Outer Space (1959)

Series // SHOWA

Sound Effect

Description

After a successful landing on the moon, the two SPIP crews needed to search the moon's surface. Looking to find this new alien race's base of operation, they turned to the All Terrain Vehicles. Side ports on the rockets opened up and deployed one vehicle from each respective rocket. These vehicles were capable of moving on the moon, no matter what was on it's surface. The crews drove the vehicles and eventually found a signal on their radar, along with Natarl flying saucers. They cut radio transmissions between each other to avoid enemy detection. As they got closer to the enemy base, there was atmospheric pressure. So the vehicles engaged their air-cushion system and went from the ground to the air. They landed behind a large mountain to keep the vehicles hidden.

All Terrain VehicleThe crews then proceeded to go on foot to find the alien base. They found a cave that led to an unfinished mobile base that the Natarl were using to build their attack fleet. The crews brought their heat-ray turrets and began to fire upon the base, despite the aliens' warnings. The Natarl retaliated and attacked the position where the humans were. Just when it seemed they were about to meet their doom, secondary fire came from the cliffs. It was one of the crew members driving and firing the heat-ray turrets from one of the All Terrain Vehicles. The foot soldiers and vehicles fired their heat-ray turrets on the base, causing explosions. This would temporarily halt the aliens' plans, but also make them more desperate to attack.

After the base was damaged, the crews retreated to the crafts and began to fly them away, with enemy ships in hot pursuit. The All Terrain Vehicles left the pressure zone, and went back to the ground, as the UFOs and manned turrets of the vehicles exchanged fire. Eventually, one of the UFOs hit and froze one of the All Terrain Vehicle's treads, rendering it unable to move. The other vehicle stopped and allowed the stranded crew to board the remaining transport. Upon arriving at the crash site, they located the last remaining SPIP. It turned out one of their own, Iwomura, was under the mind control of the Natarl and was forced to blow up SPIP-1. However, feeling guilty, he provided cover fire and allowed the last All Terrain Vehicle to get back on SPIP-2. As SPIP-2 escaped, Iwomura was hit and killed by one of the attacking UFO's freeze rays. Despite Iwomura's actions that led to the destruction of SPIP-1, the mission was a success, thanks in part to his eventual sacrifice that allowed them to escape.


Powers / Weapons
Flight

Flight

Despite appearances, the crafts were able to fly within the moon's atmosphere.

While it took awhile for the vehicles to achieve liftoff, they proved nimble while in the air and were able to navigate across the rocky terrain of the moon.

   
Heat Ray Gun

Heat Ray Gun

A heat ray gun is featured at the top of the All Terrain Vehicles. This weapon could fire a narrowband energy radiation beam. While the discharge looked straight when initially fired, it would take on a more jagged arc as it traveled.

The cannon could be controlled by a gunner on the vehicle, who was able to swivel the weapon to aim it at enemy crafts. This weapon, like other instances of the heat ray technology, was powerful enough to obliterate the Natarl UFOs when the beam connected with them.


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