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Make it a micro fracture in the hyperdrive itself. More specifically, make it a fracture in the mountings for one of the MacGuffin arrays (Named for engineer Michael MacGuffin, inventor of the Hypers …
answered Mar 8 '19 by Joe Bloggs
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Not really For starters: There is no such concept as 'holding position'. If you want to stop accelerating then you stop accelerating, other than that there is only motion relative to other bodies in …
answered Mar 24 '17 by Joe Bloggs
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The aerodynamics matter hugely in this scenario, as does the material of the ship and it's properties. For example: If you put the numbers in for the Apollo capsule, but assume it's made of rock, it …
answered Nov 3 '15 by Joe Bloggs
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The simplest answer is probably that any system advanced enough to control such a warship alone over many light years of space is also advanced enough to be pretty much sentient in its own right. Per …
answered May 29 '18 by Joe Bloggs
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Temporal bifurcation closets (TBC). These toilets, present on every starship, are always meticulously clean. Firstly because of all the other systems available, but secondly because no-one ever actua …
answered Dec 6 '16 by Joe Bloggs
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It depends upon how good your missiles are, and how fast your slug throwers can aim (amongst a lot of other things!). Either you'll have incredibly close quarters battles (in relative terms) as your …
answered Feb 20 '16 by Joe Bloggs
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As an engineer I’d explain it by showing you the schematics. As a Priest of Our Elder Saviours I’d explain it as Divine Power. As a physicist? I wouldn’t explain it. Until we’ve developed suitable th …
answered May 18 '19 by Joe Bloggs
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Why not a social constraint? If interstellar war is commonplace then there is likely to be some form of 'gentlemanly agreement' about not dropping nuclear rocks upon the heads of your enemies. "It's …
answered Dec 20 '16 by Joe Bloggs
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Depends on how handwavy you want to get. Nuclear fusion is probably your best bet. It uses abundant elements, is generally considered to be clean, and if you're willing to handwave in 'cold' fusion t …
answered May 30 '17 by Joe Bloggs
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This is an OK way to get to the 'edge of space'. This is a terrible way to get to orbit or slow down on re-entry. Firstly: getting to the edge of space. Weather balloons use this trick all the time. …
answered Sep 18 '17 by Joe Bloggs
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One reason that might play a larger part than you'd think is actually aesthetics. Sure, a big ugly ball of components is the cheapest option now, but will it net you any sponsors for your next missi …
answered Jan 13 '17 by Joe Bloggs
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Regulations Sure, the robots can do the job better (and usually do) and sure, the AI is capable of handling all the really tricky stuff, but some bean counting jobsworth back on Earth decided that ev …
answered Oct 17 '17 by Joe Bloggs
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Basic biological containment protocols work just fine. Avoid touching the stuff, don't breathe it in, and if anyone becomes infected (given that you know what they can do when the Protomolecule has ha …
answered Mar 5 '16 by Joe Bloggs
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Yes. Very much so. In the following answer I’m assuming that your lasers and power source are handwaved to be viable weapons in the first place, and so can be trusted to cause some damage if they sco …
answered Jan 9 '19 by Joe Bloggs
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Don’t block the shot: block where they’re aiming. Basically: you can’t block the laser once it’s been fired, as the moment you know about the laser is when you’re hit by it. What you can do is monito …
answered Dec 16 '18 by Joe Bloggs

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