General Atomics International
General Atomics International
General Atomics International has the finest industrial robots in the world. Buy two or more GAI robots and save! Special deal on 'Mr. Handy' models!”— Advertising applet
General Atomics International (GAI) was a pre-War company specializing in industrial robotics, energy, weapons, and software.
Overview[edit | edit source]
One of the most prominent manufacturers of industrial robotics in the world, General Atomics was one of the first companies to introduce modern robots to the market, starting with the Mister Handy model in 2037, as a general purpose construction and maintenance unit. Used widely on both the American and Mexican markets (especially after the Mexico City earthquake of 2042), it was a rugged, reliable design, which received just one major hardware update in 2039, to eliminate a bug causing interference in the operation of the multiple arms.
Although the model was vastly successful, it was still a design rooted in the technology of the 2030s, with a compact computer brain that was incapable of learning or executing complex tasks without extensive programming. By the 2070s, it was an automaton surrounded by more advanced designs utilizing cutting edge neural networks. In order to maintain their market share, General Atomics entered into a joint venture with RobCo Industries, combining its talent with General Atomics' experience in robotics. The resulting model was a sleek, elegant design capable of self-programming and initiative, more than making up for halving the number of arms to just three. Despite its sophistication, it was also cost-effective, making it the perfect domestic servant robot. The success of the joint venture resulted in the US Army tapping GAI and RobCo to create Liberty Prime around 2072 and spearhead the creation of Robobrains at RB-2851 in Boston, MA.
Beyond their robots, GAI also manufactured nuclear reactors for various purposes, such as providing backup power for Vaults (eg. Vault 13), wave/particle diverters for laser weapons, and even experimented with autonomous, automated robot networks supposed to maintain a facility independently. However, their Director Management System proved to be a disaster, resulting in numerous fatalities at General Atomics Galleria that forced a shutdown of the facility until firmware updates could be delivered to the affected robots. The casualties included the human supervisor who was legally required to be present on site. That the corporation did not go under can be chalked up to their official policy of bribing any survivors into silence (called "immediate financial settlement" in corpospeak).
Products[edit | edit source]
- Wave/particle diverter, a critical component of laser weapons.
- Nuclear reactors: Produced primarily for Vault-Tec Corporation for use at the Vaults.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- The name is a reference to several old U.S. companies that use the term General in their name: General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics. Of course, it also references the real General Atomics, a defense contractor and nuclear physics company from San Diego, California.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Fort Independence terminals; Research Terminal (Laser Rifle/Pistol): "Subject -> Laser Rifle/Pistol
Researcher -> J. T. Benning
Further research regarding Laser Weaponry has not revealed much we didn't already know. Small production run of prototype weapons developed by US Military, most of these weapons were recovered from military armories where the weapons were being tested by live-fire groups of active duty personnel.
Critical Components ->
Power drawn from Micro fusion Cell is processed through a Wave/Particle Diverter (manuf:Gen Atomics Intnl). Diverters are protected by carbon-fiber housing, preventing frequent malfunction, but when a diverter fails the weapon becomes unusable, and this part is extremely difficult to replace or repair.
Precision-cut lenses focus optic energy. Lenses are prone to damage and can grossly affect precision of the firing weapon's firing mechanism. Lenses are easily replaced with any clear glass, but require a great deal of skill to fabricate.
Field Operation ->
A fully charged cell will discharge 20 bolts from a pistol, and 12 shots from the rifle model. Recoil is negligible compared to ballistic weapons, so long range combat requires less marksmanship ability of the soldier.
The chassis are easily opened, allowing the weapon to be serviced in the field. Purified water and a clean cloth can be used to wash mirrored and glass components, slowing wear on the weapon. The weapon can also overheat after a period of intense use. This can be counteracted by submerging the barrel of the weapon in water, which helps cool heat sinks located beneath the chassis shell in that area."
- Research Note - Laser Rifle
- Reconstructed from the texture file.
- ROBCTRL.MSG: "General Atomics International has the finest industrial robots in the world. Buy two or more GAI robots and save! Special deal on 'Mr. Handy' models!"
- Mr. Handy design document: "The Mr. Handy series of robots was first brought to market in 2037 as a general construction and maintenance unit by General Atomics International. Primarily used in the United States and Mexico (where it was the leader in sales after the Mexico City quake of 2042), the Mr. Handy was a reliable robot. An early bug that caused interference in the operation of the multiple arms was fixed with a hardware update in 2039, with no major problems since then. A key selling feature is the nuclear power unit (a model 238B, licensed from Calpower) and self-maintenance modes. Multiple Mr. Handys are capable of keeping themselves in working condition and are also fully programmed to perform nuclear fuel replacements. Secondary programming handles radiation cleansing after refueling.
Brain: Small brain with +3 DX booster (1 lb, .02 cf, $1,500), Complexity 3.
Sensors: Basic sensors with One-Eye (.8 lbs, .02 cf, $4,000, -15 points).
Communicator: Basic communicator with Disturbing Voice (.5 lbs, .01 cf, $125, 10 points).
Arm Motors: Six arm motors ST20 extra-flexible (6 lbs, .12 cf, $6,000, .1 KW). Arm motors cost 60 points.
Propulsion: Two 200 KW motive power ducted fans, vectored (147 lbs, 1.47 cf, $5,880) with GEV skirts.
Accessories: Integral mechanic toolset (10 lbs, .2 cf, $200); Spotlight (2.5 lbs, .05 cf, $25).
Power System: Routine power requirement 400.6 KW. One nuclear power unit with 200 KW output (225 lbs, 2.25 cf, $45,000, 2 year endurance). Eight rechargeable E-cells with 270,000 KWS output (20 lbs, .2 cf, $2,000). Point cost for power system is 30 points.
Subassemblies: Head, two pods (“left pod” and “right pod”), six arms (“arm one” to “arm six”).
Body Design: Houses nuclear power unit, rechargeable E-cells, integral mechanic toolset, and small brain.
Head Design: Houses sensors, spotlight and communicator. Full rotation.
Pod Design: Houses ducted fans.
Arm Design: Houses arm motors and manipulators.
Area: Body 16, Head 1.5, Left Pod 8, Right Pod 8, Arm 1.5 (x6), Total Surface Area 42.5.
Structure: Normal structure (127.5 lbs, $4,250).
Hit Points: Body 24, Head 2, Pod 12, Arm 5.
Armor: Metal armor: Body DR 20, PD 4; Pod DR 20, PD 4; Arm DR 20, PD 4; Head DR 30, PD 4 (86.5 lbs, $1,730).
Statistics: 907.8 lbs (.45 tonnes), 7.81 cf (3 hexes, 2.96 yards), $120,590. Body ST 12, arm ST 20 (70 points), DX 12 (20 points), IQ 6 (-30 points), HT 10/24 (70 points). Speed 6 (20 points). Legality 4. Point cost: 235 points."
- Museum of Technology terminals; Museum Information, Robotics Exhibits: "The Museum of Technology is proud to be the home of some of the original prototypes in the Mr. Handy, Mr. Gutsy and Protectron robotics lines.
See the development of these metallic assistants and how they've made our lives easier.
Play our Artificial Intelligence game where you will program a robot and watch it obey your commands in real time! After seeing what makes them tick, you'll never look at your robot the same way again.
Exhibit sponsored by RobCo and General Atomics International."
- Tour guide: "Ready for the REPCONN tour, Rocketeers? Courtesy of the fine folks at RobCo, I'll be your guide today on the path of... Scientific. Discovery. In the lead-lined case behind me is a spent radioactive rod from of our old reactors. No need to stand too close, let's move along, shall we? Look here - a row of multi-colored plasma fuels! Careful, they may look safe to drink, but your stomach is the last place they should be. Why the difference in cylinder size? Refining our production methods has resulted in higher yields of fuel over time, that's why! To my right you can see a sample of some old "safety barrels" REPCONN once used to store radioactive waste. Perfectly safe. On my left is an example of a mountain of REPCONN safety barrels some legislators claim are poisoning our environment. Ridiculous. Behind me is our most recent rocket project, which we're keeping under our hats... until "launch," if you'll pardon the expression. And in front of me is a model - not actual size - of the launch dome we are using to send our rockets screeeeaming into orbit. Now these colorful fellows behind me are REPCONN's earliest... experiments in flight. Feel free to read the plaques and learn, Rocketeers! Now for the highlight of our tour! Due to a generous donation from RobCo, this next exhibit showcases the wondrous world of - robots! Around you are the incredible Eyebot, the fearsome Sentry Bot, and the always-helpful Mr. Handy. That helpfulness runs through our whole line! This is the final stop on our tour. This model of our solar system is a small example of where the partnership between RobCo and REPCONN hopes to go. See those little rockets zipping about? They are manned by robots, tirelessly looking for resources to mine on planets beyond our own. And that's it for our tour today, Rocketeers - RobCo and its tiny partner REPCONN thank you! Any further questions, please, feel free to ask."
(Tour guide's dialogue)
- REPCONN headquarters placard: "The 'Hand' in Handy
You never can have too many hands - three, why not four? That was RobCo's inspiration behind the popular (and cost-effective) Mr. Handy model, the first of the line shown here. Always a help around the household, whether with Mom in the kitchen using its titanium circular power saw or in the garage with Dad using its armor-piercing laser array, Mr. Handy is not just helpful... he's your friend, too.
Exhibit Brought to You By Your Friends at RobCo."
- Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Created by General Atomics International as a domestic servant robot, Mister Handy is equipped with tools that can be used as weapons, if the need arises."
- Citadel terminals; Liberty Prime Operation, Capital Post Article -- June 3, 2072
- RB-2851 terminals
- Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.1-1—1-2: Important Vault Statistics
Vault Number ............................13
Starting construction date .........August 2063
Ending construction date ..........March 2069
Starting Budget .........................$400,000,000,000
Final Budget, with interest ........$645,000,000,000
Total number of occupants .......1,000 (at capacity)
Total duration ...........................10 years (at capacity)
Number of living quarters .........100 (hot bunking required if at maximum capacity)
Door thickness ..........................4 yards, steel
Earth coverage .........................3,200,000 tons of soil, at 200 feet
Computer control system .........Think machine
Primary power supply ...............Geo-thermal
Secondary power supply ..........General Atomics Nuclear Power backup systems
Power requirements .................3.98mkw/day
Stores .......................................Complete construction equipment, hydro-agricultural farms, water purification from underground river, defensive weaponry to equip 10 men, communication, social and entertainment files (for total duration)
- Starport Nuka terminals: "Technician's Log - 8/31/2077
Finished the install job for the new mainframe today. Mark and I fired it up for a test run after hours. Seemed to go pretty well. RobCo's communications interlink doesn't play nice with older-model Handys we've got working concessions-- big surprise there-- but I'm still glad we went with their bid over the one from General Atomics. Their 'Director' system is a mess-- single point of failure and all. Star Control may be overkill, but at least it has some redundancy if something does go wrong."
- General Atomics galleria terminals: "7/19/77
Communications Log: 7/19/77
In light of recent events, you are authorized to assist the Director in identifying malfunctioning robots, and to monitor the effectiveness of any efforts to repair their programming. Should additional fatalities occur, you are further authorized to offer an immediate financial settlement to the survivors, if any, on behalf of GAI (see compensation scale 14-J)."
- General Atomics galleria terminals: "7/26/77
Communications Log: 7/26/77
Effective immediately, the Galleria is closed until further notice. You are to notify the Director and oversee the immediate and complete shutdown of the entire center and its staff.
If you believe the Director has been compromised, you may disable it and use the DMS Override Terminal in its office to trigger an emergency manual shutdown of the entire Galleria.
The password for this terminal is GAI-GAL-4."
- General Atomics galleria terminals: "10/23/77
Communications Log: 10/23/77
Upon arrival at the center, you are to make your way to the Director's office in the statue. Identify yourself as Grand Reopening Supervisor 18-Alpha, present your ID, and order the Director to initiate the Grand Reopening Protocol. This will trigger a series of firmware updates that should resolve the cascade failures and restore the robots to normal operation.
Extreme caution is advised. We believe that the Director has also been compromised, and may have been responsible for the death of your predecessor."
- Citadel terminals; Vault-Tec Terminal