The Voiture Lumiere system is an interplanetary propulsion system within Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: STARGAZER, and in other series, variants of it serves as a propulsion sysetm for combat Mobile Suits. Voiture Lumiere translates roughly from French to "radiant carriage" in English, denoting its use of electromagnetic waves for propulsion. The literal translation is "car light".
Description & Characteristics
The fundamentals of the Voiture Lumiere system is created by DSSD's precursor and developed further by DSSD. The Martian colonists receives the technology from the former and continues the development independently, while ZAFT seems to have got the system in an indirect manner as DSSD refuses to help in the development of military weapon system. So far, there are 3 variant of the system.
DSSD's Voiture Lumiere system is mainly for interplanetary propulsion and is equipped on the organization's GSX-401FW Stargazer Gundam. The system works by catching solar winds on a curtain of light generated by a receiver device (e.g. the ring structure on Stargazer's back) and starts to move at 0.5 cm, then in a minute it will move at least 18 meters. After an hour, it is at least 64 meters from where it started and the Voiture Lumiere will achieve a speed of 128 km/h and will constantly gain momentum. A power beam fired from a DSSD satellite, "Apollon A", can alternatively be used instead of the solar winds. When in used, the system causes interruption to the spatial structure of the surroundings, causing the Stargazer Gundam to be able to deflect and capture incoming beam shots to create a field of shootable beam cutters.
The second variant is developed concurrently by ZAFT and the Martian colonists, and are used in ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam, ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam and GSF-YAM01 Δ Astray. For these MS, the system serve as an additional propulsion system that is activated only during acceleration.
The last variant is utilized by MMF-JG73L ∇ and later, MBF-P02Kai Gundam Astray Red Frame Kai. This variant combines the abilities of the previous two variants, but needs energy from a nuclear source to be able to function at full power.
The common point between the different versions of the Voiture Lumiere system is that it converts the energy from a source into a strong light pressure that is then used as a propelling power. However, the interruption caused to the surrounding is only observed in the system used by Stargazer Gundam, while Red Frame Kai's ability to alter the path of its range attack when the Tactical Arms IIL is in Arrow Form might be based on manipulating this phenomenon. It is interesting to note these different variants of the Voiture Lumiere system are completed at around the same time.
- Power Beam
- Used by the Stargazer's Voiture Lumiere system, the power beam is fired from the DSSD's satellite, Apollon A, and is capable of mimicking the solar wind phenomenon when at 1% power. When its power is increased to 20%, it is capable of propelling Stargazer Gundam to the vicinity of Venus within a short time. Though not meant as a weapon, it is still very dangerous and capable of sinking Phantom Pain ships. The Voiture Lumiere system used by MMF-JG73L ∇ and MBF-P02Kai Gundam Astray Red Frame Kai also seems to be able to receive energy from an external source besides solar winds, but it is unknown if they can receive the power beam from DSSD's satellite.
Mobile Suits using Voiture Lumiere Technology
- GSX-401FW Stargazer
- GSF-YAM01 Δ Astray
- MMF-JG73L ∇
- ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom
- ZGMF-X42S Destiny
- MBF-P02Kai Gundam Astray Red Frame Kai
|Cosmic Era technology|
Deuterion Beam Energy Transfer System | Lightwave Barrier | Mirage Colloid | Phase Shift armor | Positron Blaster Cannon | Positron Deflector
|Mobile Suit technology|
DRAGOON system | G Project | METEOR | Second Stage Series | Striker Packs | Voiture Lumiere
Cyclops System | GENESIS | Hyper-Deuterion Nuclear Reactor | Neutron Jammer | Neutron Jammer Canceller | Neutron Stampeder | Nibelung | Requiem
Carbon Human | Coordinators | Extended humans | Newtypes | SEED factor