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Questions tagged [space-combat]

For questions regarding the physics/mechanics/dynamics of space combat.

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How do I give my alien mercenaries a fighting chance?

So, Earth has run afoul of an alien power. The aliens have a working FTL drive, but no one else (including us) does. They have used their technological superiority to create a far flung mercantile ...
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You are murderous alien pirates, how do you get onboard a victim's spaceship? [closed]

Backstory: One space-faring civilization detects evidence of intelligent/sapient life on another planet. They send emissaries. The people on the planet, a species of intelligent apex predators, ...
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How to compromise block chain force shield? [closed]

Set in the distant future, a notorious terrorist group infamously known as "51 Crew" is planning an ambush near the orbit of Thebe, Jovian moon. In the next few hours an armoured shuttle holding a ...
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How would an energy-based “projectile” blow up a spaceship?

I have noticed this in many fictions: during a battle between spaceships exchanging fire in empty space, a pulse of laser fire hits the hull and the entire spaceship explodes into many pieces. Is ...
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How would an EMP affect spacesuits (and small-arms weapons)?

Since most online and media depictions of EMPs run the gamut from devastating annihilation (complete with sparks shooting from every angle) to gentle shutdowns resulting in inconvenient repairs, what'...
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Laser Induced Plasma Channel Inspired Gun

The idea is for a gun that was manufactured by revolting mining colonists from existing mining lasers, as such a weapon would be easily procured from their own resources. The weapon itself would be ...
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Stopping a Planet Cracker?

One of the issues with creating a model of space warfare that is both realistic and interesting is the ease with which one can destroy things using high-velocity kinetic kill vehicles (KKVs). For a ...
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Single-use nuke-propelled mass driver spaceship

So this is in the context where space battles are fought by ships that are little more than giant railguns (or other electromagnetic mass drivers), and therefore are fought at extreme ranges with very ...
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Why would a fighter have a weaker shield than a capital ship?

I enjoy designing games, and in one that I'm working on the ships have shields, similar to the shields in Star Trek. They are created via some kind of force field projection mechanism and are ...
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What is the best way to vent gas to cool a star cruiser?

Generating physical effects with energy generates waste heat. Using a lot of energy, say, by firing a rail gun or a MW laser, generates a lot of heat. A discussion of waste heat issues can be found at ...
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What kinds of weapons produce little or no recoil that could be used aboard a spacestation?

And by "Weapons" I mean ranged weapons specifically. Melee weapons would certainly be useful for close-quarters, but due to the range at which combat occurs in this question, I'm looking for ranged ...
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How to protect your ship against TW-range lasers?

Let's say you live in a war-torn universe, with sub-FTL intertellar travel, big ships, big railguns and big ship-mounted railguns. At some point, people (read engineers) realized that fast moving red-...
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(Somewhat) Realistic force field

As part of a series of questions about a hard sci-fi universe (for more answered questions about it, please check this and this) The setting is the same: I'm making a world where sub-FTL ...
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What would grand strategy look like in a world with fast interstellar travel and slow interplanetary travel?

The specific situation is the tech in the Battletech universe. The Kearny-Fuchida hyperdrives are jump drives that can travel instantaneously up to thirty light years - being deposited (usually) at ...
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How would SSTO aircraft affect warfare?

In my world, an engine very similar to the SABRE engine has been made. Along with it is the development of WEAV propulsion systems. The SABRE engine is a hybrid between a hypersonic jet engine and a ...
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How effective is a free electron laser in space combat?

In my world I'm thinking of using megawatt class free electron lasers as main armament, hopefully somewhat minaturized with future tech. Free electron lasers are lasers that use electrons as the ...
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Gateway guardian stations

In space the most valuable resource is a very limited number of super advanced gateways that form a massive, galaxy spanning network with each other. Obviously, each major faction is going to try to ...
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How can a starship be hardened against EM-based attacks

Lets assume i have a capital starship that needs to be made resistent to electro-magnetic attacks, either by a nuke' pulse or a by more direct way to "apply" EM (radiation) attacks - how could ...
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The effects of no gravity or atmosphere on space fighters [duplicate]

So I'm going to have carrier vessels that will carry strikecraft inside them that can be launched when needed, but I'm wondering how having no gravity or atmosphere will affect the tactics they employ....
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Remotely controlled battle starships

Maneouvrability is a potentially significant advantage in almost any battle. But, the maneouvrability of a spacecraft with inhabitants is limited by the inhabitants's tolerance to accelerational ...
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Space Combat - Electronic Warfare viable alternative to real weapons?

I'm intrigued by the use of Cyber- or Electronic Warfare (short EW) in a space combat scenario. Basically something that is very rarely (if at all) seen in Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar ...
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How would the bridge command structure of a starship work?

In television and movies we have a very familiar bridge command structure: the captain gives orders like "shields up", "fire primary weapons", or "transfer power to sublight". I think this trope was ...
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What policy would a Geneva style contract have in place to prevent space combat from damaging habitats?

Imagine a future where combat is common in space. All parties have signed an equivlent of an updated Geneva Convention contract, to regulate warfare and make it as 'humane' as possible. One of the ...
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Deep space covert operations - covering up a covert operation

Deep Space bomber - Best bomb against Interstellar warship that is kilometers long in size In continuation of the question above Assuming we are successful on developing the following bombs. All ...
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Deep Space bomber - Best bomb against Interstellar warship that is kilometers long in size

We have two opposing forces: the Democrats and the Imperialists. Each one can field an armada of ships numbering millions in their fleets, supported by trillions- to a quadrillion person strong super ...
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Are there limitations to what kind of planet can be glassed?

A few moments ago, we were joking in the Gaming chatroom about glassing the solar system because of some poorly written code. We started wondering if there were any planets in the solar system that ...
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In regards to heat managment on a starship + space combat

Various sources consider heat emission and heat management a major issue when it comes to setting up "realistic" space battle scenarios. I have a few questions in regards to this: Heat is a ...
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Defending against directed Gamma Ray weaponry

I am trying to picture how space combat would happen with a sufficiently advanced level of technology (way beyond what we have today), and obviously defense from radiation would be a massive benefit ...
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Various types of weapons and their strengths/weakness in space combat [closed]

I'm creating a game which is about starships shooting each other. For the purpose of having a coherent setting, I'm looking into how various types of weapons might perform. My scenario has no ...
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What formations would stellar capital ships use?

The science fiction militaries of my latest project field large numbers of space faring battleship style capital ships. Historical, combat formations have been dictated by the capabilities of the ...
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Making physical gunners preferred in space combat

Backstory: Space travel is commonplace and cheap -- space combat isn't uncommon either, whether it be two space fleets sallying forth into battle or a mercenaries defending a merchant ship from a ...
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Understanding the dispersion field

Prelude In a recent discussion, the user jmb posted the following answer: The ship is much much larger than a crew member / combatant; if the hull shielding incorporates some sort of active ...
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Banksian warfare

Many of you will be familiar with the Culture novels, the universe of Banks Orbitals. While not always central to the plot, they're always making maximum use of the universe - hyperspace jumps, ...
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Ideas for how aliens would approach this fight?

I had a handful of great ways for the opening battle of a space opera to go down, but they got totally scrapped when I changed how quickly jumping between star systems worked, and now intra-system ...
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Can a Whipple Shield be a viable method of space combat protection?

Like it says on the tin. Problem? Basic configuration is not going to work. If I used several additional layers and all the Outer and Inner layers using carbon nanotubes, whereas the Middle Layer(s) ...
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How does a spacecraft attempt an intercept course with a hostile one realistically (Part II)?

Well, gentlemen. Here is Part II. We know what to do about the manoeuvre, but we need to know possible tactical options the two Task Groups would use. Background Now, as previously specified, we ...
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How does a spacecraft attempt an intercept course with a hostile one realistically (Part I)?

I am thinking of making a story set in the First Extraplanetary War era of the "To The Planets Beyond Extended Edition" set during a military confrontation between an UNAPA Task Force sent to the ...