Don't let the looks fool you! This robot packs quite a punch in its dual R.O.C.K.E.T.s. The weapon's name comes from the words carbon chain + oxidizer compound + kerosene -thrower. Complex carbon chain molecules are used to slow down the oxidizer and the fuel burn. Kerosene is one of the many fuels usable with the system. The weapon ignites the separated oxidizer agent and the slow burning liquid fuel after mixing them in the combustion chamber, creating a pressure (due to the liquid compounds vaporizing, such as nitrogen from the oxidizer and carbon) that shoots the burning fuel out through the barrel. The pressure also makes some of the fuel and oxidizer separate, creating unignited substance. The unignited fuel can stick to surfaces, and ignite if a sufficient amount of burning fuel hits nearby. The fuel particles are small, almost as small as the water concentrations in a fog. They would burn fast on earth, due to their big surface area compared to volume. In space the oxygen comes from the oxidizer compound, which is used in the ROCKETs to slow down the reaction, so the fuel will still burn after escaping the barrel. These features make the ROCKET the most deadly flamethrower even against the strongest hulls.
TL;DR: The ROCKETs shoot burning fuel that can "ignite" nonflammable surfaces and the stream of fire is similar to rocket engines and not to conventional flamethrowers.
Oh, and the bot's name, do you even want to know it? It's A.W.E. (pronounced ow), and it comes from the words Automated waste eraser. The developers said during the robot presentation in 2064 that funny or tongue-in-cheek names sell robots better than boring serial numbers and meaningless abbreviations.
The robot was used to clear mining areas of toxic and flammable gasses like methane that could explode when drones got it in their thrusters. Another use was to burn organic and plastic waste into more portable cinder. The immense heat the ROCKETs create was well sufficient to burn any kind of plastic into ash. There was also a third intended use, but it wasn't talked about...
Using this robot would always mean that people were going to see an explosion or at least giant flames, but the robot never blew up in the process. This is thanks to its flame resistant ceramic armor plating. You bet people had more fun with the AWEs than just these functions. Some miners would leave them in dark mines, where they would fire up and scare the living daylights out of the workmates going to mine.
To ignite the gasses the bot either used his flamethrowers or channeled the mixed fuel into its thrusters, creating fast burning hot flames. It could also open gas veins with unconventional plasma cutters. The weapons doubled their usefulness, when freelancer engineers coded a guardian mode to its open source computing units. The developers didn't want to be known as an arms corporation, so they let the users create their own programs to this "utility robot".
The developer was a small company known as Far East flammables. Based in South Korea, Seoul, they started by making rocket fuel to spaceships. Being one of the few companies manufacturing synthetic fossil fuels for old machinery they saw the upcoming struggle in the field and decided to invent a new use for rocket fuel.
They developed AWE with a small budget which can be seen in the design of the robot. Still, they would have likely been crushed in the price competition by the big arms corporations, if it wasn't for the clever plan of selling the bot as a "utility bot". In the complex trade of space era, few countries realized that a bot which doesn't have high energy lasers could be a military robot, giving it an edge over the big companies that had to pay expensive military licenses and go through intenational inspections. Many countries have now prohibited the use of the bot, but you can still find them in smaller companies' mines. Also, the authorities have bigger concerns than some "harmless stone-age bots".
Notes (not a part of the entry):
I fixed some typos and made the entry more presentable. I also made some changes to the lore again, but this should be the final version. If you see a typo please send me a pm.
The ROCKETs allow for proper flames, as you shoot burning fuel and not just hot air. Imagine the bright fat column of fire from rocket engines, but with a bit less density! The unignited fuel can cause a metal hull to "burn".
Edited by Whiteshark, 11 July 2015 - 04:39 PM.