|Industry||Commercial and industrial goods, spacecraft components, armor, weapons|
|Products||Spacecraft power plants, spacecraft weapons, home goods, toys, spacecraft engines, personal armor, batteries|
|Headquarters||Tokyo, Earth, Sol|
|Area served||United Empire of Earth|
Sakura Sun is a Human manufacturing conglomerate that produces a diverse range of consumer products. It is headquartered in Tokyo, Earth in Sol system. It produces home goods and children's toys, with spacecraft components such as engines, power plants, and weapons produced under the Sakura Sun Space Sciences Division (S4D).
The crowning glory of Sakura Sun's spacecraft weapons division is the proprietary multi-particle/wave cannon. Ostensibly the brainchild of Sakura Sun Space Sciences Division (affectionately "S4D"), the MP/WC is an example of carefully researched xenotech. In 2922, following the lead of MISC's ground-breaking interspecies trade deal, Sakura Sun made a billion-credit buyout of a burgeoning Xi'an research lab that granted them technology trading rights.
For a decade and a half, company scientists painstakingly worked alongside Xi'an researchers to develop alien tech compatible with Human systems. The research effort took a team of thousands and the overall cost approached a trillion credits … but at the end of the process, Sakura Sun had developed an incredibly effective weapon type that could not be reproduced (legally or technically) by other Human companies: the multi-particle/wave cannon.
The MP/WC is a fascinating piece of technology. In effect, the gun is a series of multiple miniaturized particle accelerators that fire sequentially. This results in a stream of bosons projected towards a target. The bosons occupy the same quantum state as a wave while in flight and then collapse into discrete particles with unique states upon impact. The result is massive damage to both shields and standard armor types. What's more, the weapon is fast: the multi-particle/wave cannon is the only energy gun capable of attaining the retire rate of a Gatling gun.
Sakura Sun was quick to bring the results of their research to market. Opting to pursue the civilian populace instead of licensing the technology to the military, an extensive lineup of twenty-five guns was put into production. The MP/WC line has five distinct types, which define overall size. In order, they are the Breezefire (Size 1), Windfire (Size 2), Stormfire (Size 3), Galefire (Size 4) and the enormous Torrentfire (Size 5.) Each MP/WC size has five production models, that range in quality and price from basic to extreme luxury class. EX, DX, X and XT are the standard range, plus a fifth model that is produced in extremely limited numbers and given a "2×01" numerical designation (Breezefire 2101, Windfire 2201 and the like). These are extremely prized, and even older models sell for a significant amount on the secondary market.
If there were one downside to the MP/WC technology, it's that it is so advanced. Even though Sakura Sun produces a sturdy product, if it were to malfunction, self-repair is impossible in many cases. Some have speculated that this is why the weapon was not offered to the military, which typically needs a durable and easily field-repaired gun.
In addition to their headline-grabbing (and profit-securing) gun lineup, Sakura Sun has recently added a new line of extremely respected power plants, with the initial Light Blossom systems being offered for the 2943 financial year. It seems that by focusing on more than just offensive devices, Sakura Sun hoped that their sales could flourish in or out of conflict.
The LightBlossom is a Helium-6 sonoluminescent bubble power plant optimized for civilian use with an emphasis on low emission stealth roles. Designed to compete with Lightning Power's Powerbolt, the press release for the first units described the reactor as a "shadow in space." It goes on to say that the design intent was to create a high output generator that would still work to limit your energy signature.
Nine LightBlossom models are currently in production in three sizes. The range runs from the low-cost size 3 Light Blossom 6HE7A to the top-of-the-line 6HE9X. It is known that Sakura Sun's engineers are focusing on an even more efficient Helium-7 system and that they are likely to reveal this technology in the near future. Helium-7 would theoretically allow an even greater output-to-signature-block ratio.