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How to transport troops from surface to orbit?

One proposal for more efficient space ship launching is to use magnetic acceleration. Basically you build a curved track, put a specially designed maglev wagon on it which carries the payload you want ...
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How to transport troops from surface to orbit?

There is an upper limit on how fast you can do this, but yes, with minimal handwavium, you might be able to do it. How do we do it? If you're allowing science fiction, let's handwave a nuclear fusion ...
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How to transport troops from surface to orbit?

Assuming troops in orbit can survive and be useful you are talking about a rather high tech, well above what we have now. Are you sure you want them in orbit, not to get them to some other world? It ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

Your dismissal of discardeable drop pods is flat out wrong Because the alternatives are systems meant to survive over and over again, to maybe even fly back up to the ship and so on. Anything single ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

Hyperdrives Generally Require Inertia Dampeners A hyperdrive, by definition, accelerates the human body at speeds that should turn you into a fine red mist... no not blood, I mean a glowing plasma ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

Jetpacks Each of your ground troops should have a jetpack. So you just eject them from orbit. No need to complicate. What about anti-air defence you say? If you are doing the invasion you should glass ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

My answer here builds upon MichaelK's and Mermaker's answers. You will have drop pods in a way. They will be bullet-shaped and large-motorcycle to medium-SUV sized. Each carries one to four soldiers. ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

The solution below is the one I used on one of my novels. Power armor. I assume that, by this age, your troops aren't wearing just ballistic suits - they're wearing full-blow power armor, with ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

Let's be reasonable I get it that "predictable" drops means troops are shot down. But you're kinda suggesting that a large craft would be harder to shoot down than a bunch of individuals. I ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

Insertion Phase : Drop capsule designed to look like debris, dropping in a debris cloud. Ablative and flaking away on command. Steerable Slowdown Phase: Graphene chutes, they provide surface to catch ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

If you have just your technobabble hyperdrive, and everything else is 2024-era technology as we know it, then your troops are on an one-way trip down. Consider how much infrastructure you would have ...
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How to efficiently transport troops from orbit

Heatshield, chute, propulsion Mars has an atmosphere about 1% of that of Earth. Still, we are able to soft land probes there. The landing of the Curiosity rover presents a wonderful example of how to ...
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What sort of mount would a naga use and how?

Shouldn't a naga be able to ride a horse? Not very comfortably probably, but still able. Also: people don't naturally fit horses. Legs and back hurts if you're not used to it. Saddles help. I ...
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