Questions tagged [space-combat]

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

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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 ...

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