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How much of an advantage is it to have high acceleration in space combat

Just to throw a wildcard into the mix, and take this further into the sci-fi genre, other effects of speed are definitely worth considering. Case in point would be the Picard Manoeuvre, a domination ...
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How much of an advantage is it to have high acceleration in space combat

I'm going to make an assumption that those missile systems have roughly the same effective range*. Being the side that's able to dart into effective range, fire, then dart back out, would mean that ...
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How much of an advantage is it to have high acceleration in space combat

Frame Challenge: As primary weapons, Railguns and Macron Guns are Useless Railguns expose their projectile to such intense magnetic fields that you can't really deploy them with any sort of self-...
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How much of an advantage is it to have high acceleration in space combat

Absolutely dominant advantage You have total control over the range of combat (at this ratio of acceleration, they might as well be just standing still, since you can outpace them to a ludicrous ...
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How much of an advantage is it to have high acceleration in space combat

The higher the acceleration, the more rapidly one can change course and go away from the calculated impact point of any projectile thrown at them, compatibly with the limitation of the flesh-ware ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

Firstly lets consider how nukes would actually be used in space whilst also clearing up some misconceptions. Radiation This isn't as big of a deal as on land, in space once you've shielded yourself ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

A 2 GT nuke going off 1 km away in space is going to crumple the ship like a tin can because of the recoil from the hull vaporizing "Nukes are weak in space." Sure buddy, but I did see the ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

Other answers address the case of a single solid ship being struck by a nuke. What about changing the design of the ship? @Nosajimiki mentions that other weapons may be equally damaging. Ultimately, ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

Space reduces the kill radius of a nuke, but not be enough to matter While people talk about how much weaker a nuke is in space, it is not by enough to matter. If we assume this ship is armored ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

While people are totally correct that there isn't a shockwave in space, they are forgetting one thing though......the photons that heats the air into the shockwave in a atmosphere is still going to ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

Redundancy As others have pointed out, explosions in space aren't super effective. And Syndic's answer has some good countermeasures with whipple shields and the like. If you want to still be ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

Stop the shockwave propagation Explosions 101 Explosions are dangerous mostly because they convert a little volume (solid TNT, plutonium, whatnot) into a lot of volume. For simple explosions this is ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

Nuclear missiles aren't used for their explosive effect in space, but for the nuclear electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) that they produce. Because of the lack of atmosphere, as mentioned in the answer by @...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

EDIT: 2GT nukes are commonplace? Screw big ships Especially in case where each of those small ships can carry and is actually armed with a nuke or several of compared yield. And especially if ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

Nukes aren't as powerful in space as they are on land. In the air, they create a massive pressure wave that knocks over buildings and shatters bones. If you look at a map of how much damage a nuke ...
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Someone just nuked your very expensive ship. What is keeping your ship intact?

You have a few options: WMDs are outlawed. People - like here on Earth - have an implicit mutual agreement: I won’t use nukes, and you won’t either. There is virtually no way to survive a nuclear ...
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