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Questions tagged [spaceships]

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How to compromise block chain force shield? [on hold]

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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What kind of footwear is suitable for walking in micro gravity environment?

Set in the near future, the interior of the spaceship is coated with thin layers of Teflon approximately 10mm average thickness on top of titanium alloy which in case you are wondering it is weakly ...
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How does steppenwolf planet generates typhoon?

In a distant future, a spaceship was investigating a gravitational anomaly somewhere within a chartered sector in the Andromeda galaxy. A disaster strikes and the spaceship was found marooned on a ...
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A system for transporting people from a spinning ring up a conduit to a spaceship

I have a spaceship which is basically a cylinder a little less then a kilometer long. Attached to the ship by pylons connected to a hub is an inhabited ring which spins to produce a gravity-like ...
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How fast do you get blasted out of an airlock? [on hold]

Let's say a sudden breach in the hull has opened up, or you just got 'spaced'. Assuming normal Earth pressure; how fast would your average human go flying out of a hull breach? For argument's sake, ...
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Military Implications of Instantaneous FTL?

In an example future world, one can use some form of FTL to instantaneously transport any ship from one point to another point (within the same galaxy, to keep things simple). The device required to ...
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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 do spaceships determine each other's mass in space?

Set in the distant future, space travel becomes prominent and cheap. I can imagine each spaceship would have a multitude array of sensors to track distance and relative position in space. Is there a ...
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Microfracture in the ship's structure: good enough excuse to strand my characters? [closed]

I have the idea to have the engineer of a spaceship discover a "microfracture" in the ship's key structural framework (that was overlooked when prior battle damage was fixed) that has been slowly ...
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What use is growing body hair in space?

It is important to tie up loose ends especially when in micro-gravity environment, we sure do not want to accidentally damage the delicate pieces of equipment crucial for keeping the spacers alive and ...
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Spaceship design and modelling tools

I'm not quite sure if this question fits in with worldbuilding but I have honestly no idea where else I would ask it. I've recently stumbled upon a 'ship designer' tool that allows you to build and ...
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Highly technological aliens land nuclear fusion powered ships in medieval city and slaughter everyone, using swords? [closed]

I want to create a scenario where highly technological aliens invade a medieval earth, the kind with magic and dragons and such. But I don't want the aliens to be completely overpowered. I want them ...
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How can a large fleets maintain formation in interstellar space?

Earth is under attack, the empire has gathered thousands of battleships each has a displacement of 500,000 metric tonnes and 20 motherships with a displacement of over 15 million metric tonnes now ...
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Why would space fleets be aligned?

Recently I noticed how space fleets are all constructed so the ships are all aligned. With 'aligned' I mean the way how all ships seem to have a 'right way up' and that all the ships have the same ...
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Why zero tolerance on nudity in space?

Set in the immediate future, mankind visits Titan, moon of Saturn for the first time. A manned space station goes into orbit around the moon once every 4-5 hours. Actually there have been many people ...
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Plausible reason to leave the Solar System? [closed]

According to this article, it would take tens of thousands of years to travel to the nearest star given today's technology. My question is, what could give the countries of today, or most of them at ...
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What is a good reason for every spaceship to carry a weapon on board?

In the near future humanity has started mining on Mars. International (and interplanetary) treaties governing the use of lethal weapons in space dictate that anyone possessing such a weapon must carry ...
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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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Limits on EM kinetic weaponry

I am looking for kinetic armament for spaceships. With nuclear reactors providing power, there is plenty of energy for kinetic EM weapons. EM weapons come either as coil guns or as rail guns. What ...
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Discouraging missile alpha strikes

I am looking at tactics for using missiles as space-to-space weapons. The missiles in question will be chemically fueled, higher acceleration but lower deltaV than the warships. Since they are ...
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Can artificial general intelligence live forever? [closed]

Suppose some advanced civilization has created some AGI. AGI, i.e., strong ai, could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can and also carry massive knowledge databases. ...
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Everyday tasks on a space ship

There is a space ship, flying from planet to planet for multiple years. It is a science vessel, so, once they reach a planet, they do research. But what do they do if they are in transit between ...
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Is there a good reference for the evolution of ships over the ages?

So in Sci Fi we have this tendency to want to compare ship designations to modern sea faring ships. It dawned on me that this is probably completely wrong. Even though we want to refer to warships as ...
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Would a portal to space enable propulsionless orbital launch

I'm writing a story about a race that has space travel capabilities without rocket technology, instead is using a portal to space and was wondering whether it's possible for them to put something in ...
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Chlorine Trifluoride as a Space Weapon?

Pretty self-explanatory. Could a spaceship use a "ClF3 Mortar" to fire copper shells at enemy vessels? At first glance, this seems like a good weapon: it can burn even in space and can set fire to ...
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Calculating an eccentric enough orbit to allow a dip into atmosphere and escape again

How would I calculate if it is possible to have an eccentric enough orbit around a gas giant to dip the periapsis some depth(how deep?) into the atmosphere of a gas giant like Jupiter or Saturn and ...
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Locking an old spaceship from the outside?

I know it may be a bit of a silly question and not really something of great importance to a story, but how would you secure a spaceship when you leave? For example; when the Millennium Falcon lands ...
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A possible solution to stealth in space

I'm sure most worldbuilders will have heard the aphorism that in space "Everyone sees Everything", or that "There Ain't No Stealth In Space". I'd like to propose a possible solution to this. The ...
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A planet that cannot be orbited [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it is possible for a planet to be impossible to orbit stably over a significant length of time. The shorter the length of time the planet can be orbited for, the better. It should ...
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Would a sleeper ship need artificial gravity?

If all of the crew and passengers of an interstellar craft were in suspended animation except prior to Earth departure and just before destination arrival, would they need artificial gravity (through ...
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When I turn on my warp drive, where does the energy go?

I've just bought myself a shiny new spaceship equipped with the latest in FTL warp technology, the only catch is the fuel bill, this thing drinks the stuff like it's going out of fashion (still, it's ...
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Building a Dyson sphere around the sun, what about one, or two steps farther? [duplicate]

I will assume that people know what a Dyson sphere is. So you build one to encompass the Sun, harnessing all of its energy, then why not make a big spaceship out of it and have the Sun as your power ...
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How long would it take a matter-antimatter GeV gamma ray laser photon rocket to get to Ross128b (11 light years away)?

I'm writing a colony story, and I want my ship to colonise Ross128b, which is 11 light years away from Earth. I need the characters to be alive when they get there, but it's okay if they've aged ...
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Spaceship combat Similar to pre-airplane naval warfare? [closed]

In most Space operas, space wars involve battleships, fighters, energy shields, missiles , bombs and lasers (and sound in the vacuum of space). This largely mimics how planes and mother ships were ...
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The Colonist - Part II: Landing

This is the second part of a series of questions I'll ask about a self-sustaining colonization ship. I'll keep editing this post as things unfold. If you can, check out the other questions of this ...
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What are the different areas or compartment would a colony-ship have? [closed]

So I'm trying to create a sci-fi colony ship for a science discussion that we have in class. So as a sci-fi fan (Hard sci-fi to be exact), I want to portray a realistic ship and not those cliche ...
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Vibrations weakening spaceship

I have a scenario where a spaceship has been badly damaged and now the normal vibrations of the power supply are becoming amplified through the damaged hull, and threatening to tear the ship apart. ...
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The Colonist - Part I: Construction

This is the first part of a series of questions I'll ask about a self-sustaining colonization ship. I'll keep editing this post as things unfold. Part II - Landing Edit 1: Added two movie references ...
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Semi-Brachistochrone, Is It Possible?

Would it be possible for there to be an almost torchship (essentially a very, very weak one) which could fly almost brachistochrone trajectories? So instead of a full on brachistochrone, where you ...
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Is it possible to place a permanent probe on Uranus?

Before anyone points the finger saying this is a tasteless joke, there are some actual good reasons to pick that specific planet for exploration among the giants in our solar system: Smallest mass ...
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Artificial gravity as an engine

I have seen some people talk about the idea of ships using their magical anti-gravity systems in a story in order to not only give ships a standard floor layout and inertial dampener systems, but to ...
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Ways to detect lasers from afar

In my sci-fi universe, spaceship shields are generated by capturing plasma between two electromagnetic fields. Projectiles are evaporated by the heat of the plasma, and charged particles are deflected ...
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Would it be more efficient to build fleets in orbit?

My Dino theme park business didn't end well and I reluctantly fall into depression and decided to go into suspended animation to seek a cure. 200 years later, a lady claims she works with the military ...
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What could damage my AI character? [closed]

So I'm writing a video game similar to Rez and in this game a self-aware female AI running a spaceship gets her emotions fried (even though her shielding is powerful and emotions are firewalled and ...
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Space ships with launch engines AND space engines

I'm no rocket scientist, but I've been reading up on some basic concepts of rocket science (including some great talks here). As far as I've gleaned, there's two extremes of rocket thrusts: high speed/...
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How long would it take to nuke an alien spaceship in orbit?

Some gigantic, and presumably evil, alien spaceship has taken up residence in LEO. This spacecraft is ominously blocking all satellite communications, and launching smaller flying saucers towards the ...
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Aquatic aliens and the effects of acceleration in space-flight

A sentient species of water-dwelling aliens achieve space-flight. Their living quarters contain water [no free gases]. They have evolved over millions of years to regulate their buoyancy at will. ...
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What torch-ship engine requires the least complex control system?

A side shot from my series on a computer-less future; see here, here, and here. Project Rho defines a torch-drive as an engine with both high acceleration and high exhaust velocity. A torch-ship is a ...
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Can a spaceship land on a strongly magnetic planet? [closed]

What would happen to a spaceship if it tried to land on a planet that had a magnetic field as strong as Jupiter's?
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In the event of a space ship crash landing, where is the ship most likely to crash land? [closed]

This isn't a perfect map, and it's not a perfect model considering it is a 2D surface and my question relies on a 3D scenario, however it offers a general idea for what I want. In the bottom left hand ...