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Would it be plausible for a laser weapon to pass through glass and retain its destructive power?

Yes, in principle. Although the glass in the dome will act as a lens, making it harder to focus the laser light. Also lasers are also not that great a weapon of mass destruction. If you have enough ...
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Would it be plausible for a laser weapon to pass through glass and retain its destructive power?

I have been working with lasers since my master thesis: laser can pass through glass without being attenuated in an appreciable way, mostly depending on its wavelength. For example when I worked with ...
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Would the backblast of a rocket launcher be damaging to robotic soldiers?

Why would we build (most) robot soldiers to higher standards than humans? One of the big benefits of building robot soldiers is that no one, really, gets mad when they die. There's no grieving ...
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Would the backblast of a rocket launcher be damaging to robotic soldiers?

I just upvoted the answer by PeriodicParticle. But let me add another wrinkle: Adding soft launch technology to your weapon would usually have a penalty in effect-per-kilo or cost-per-kilo. One more ...
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Would the backblast of a rocket launcher be damaging to robotic soldiers?

It depends of the durability of the robot. Since we are assuming that these robots are replacing human soldiers, we could presume they have some protection against overpressure effects due to ...
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Space-Travel friendly weapons

No planet will have a self-combustible atmosphere What I mean by this is that any planet with an atmosphere capable of of being caught on fire using only ambient pressure, chemicals, and a heat source ...
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Space-Travel friendly weapons

Posting an answer is the only way to make a comment for me, due WB javascripts being too modern, I guees You have to understand that after this "trying to survive and find fossil fuels. ... send ...
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Space-Travel friendly weapons

Helium Air Rifles The problem with any weapon that you have no idea what kind of environment you're firing in and you have no idea how dangerous it's going to be. Anything with gunpowder is a terrible ...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms"

The psychic arms may be immune to harm, but let's assume the body is not. Then, you'll need a shield! If the psychic arms can pass through the shield to hold the weapon, then you'll have much better ...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms"

A character that controls weapons with intangible arms could be absolutely brutal with daggers. Daggers are small, and hard for an opponent to track visually when there's no arm to watch. It's even ...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms"

It Depends On How The Leverage Works: If we assume the limbs have similar properties to human limbs, except they are invisible, invulnerable, and only semi-substantial, It lends itself to martial arts-...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms"

The telekinetic arms are... invisible: when facing a human, you can see how they hold their weapon. That means one can determine possible angles of attack. without mass: a human arm can only be moved ...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms"

spiky ball Just a ball with sharp spikes. For regular armed people the ball needs to be connected to a stick trough a chain, but the armless creature doesn't need that. Just bash it against the enemy. ...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms"

It appears their telekinesis is fairly limited in both range and complexity: The effective range is around arm's length; it would be reasonable to assume an inverse square strength to distance ratio ...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms"

Depending on your character, if they can't feel pain from touching a spike with their "hands", then a good weapon could be something that the opponent cannot grab, like a literal double-...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms"

Multiple options There isn't one good option available. Just like in real life, where we have everything from spears to bows to flails each has a function. Here are some picks for best weapon for 'arm ...
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Could a hand launched missile work?

What's the Use Case? I think a lot of answers here are assuming an anti-tank or anti-air weapon when they say that without the tube, backblast is a big problem. I generally agree with them. But if you'...
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Could a hand launched missile work?

It's pretty much impossible. To safely launch a missile you must be able to get it far enough from you that when the main motor ignites it doesn't fry the guy who launched it. Let's look at that ...
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Could a hand launched missile work?

Self-contained rocked Electronics are cheap and lightweight, machinery and fuel mean mass (physical burden) so we try hard to use the mass budget effectively. The rocket has a small display where you ...
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Could a hand launched missile work?

I'm not totally sure about what setting your world is in, but I can see a lot of room for error with hand-launched missiles. It was touched upon, but nobody mentioned the exhaust of the missile ...
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Could a hand launched missile work?

I don't think you know what a launcher does. You're asking a question that implies that you think the launcher propels the missile, like a bullet from a gun. It does not. Missile launchers are ...
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Could a hand launched missile work?

Your problem isn't the hand-thrown missile Having goofed around with model rocketry during my youth, I can easily imagine a hand-thrown missile. The only real problem is when to ignite the fuel. But ...
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Could a hand launched missile work?

Sort of - use scaled-up Gyrojets. If you can work out the flaws in the Gyrojet series of weapons, yes, this is absolutely possible. With the real-life Gyrojet project, production was rushed, machining ...
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Could a hand launched missile work?

In principle one can use an atlatl A spear-thrower, spear-throwing lever or atlatl (pronounced /ˈætlætəl/ or /ˈɑːtlɑːtəl/; Nahuatl ahtlatl [ˈaʔt͡ɬat͡ɬ]) is a tool that uses leverage to achieve ...
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What would be a realistic distance for Tank Buster helicopter to engage a giant monster from?

Frame Challenge Engaging a 7-story tall animal with antitank weapons is unrealistic at all distances. You're really overestimating the power of anti-tank weapons. If you've been watching videos of ...
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What would be a realistic distance for Tank Buster helicopter to engage a giant monster from?

Depends on the situation, the monster's attack range, and the accuracy range (circular error probable). If the monster has ranged attacks like beams or fire breathing, stay out of the effective range. ...
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What would be a realistic distance for Tank Buster helicopter to engage a giant monster from?

I must nitpick Halfthawed's answer: In general I think they'll be limited by the flight profile of the weapon being used. While I haven't seen the ape movie in question I do not expect anything of ...
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What would be a realistic distance for Tank Buster helicopter to engage a giant monster from?

If you can see it you can shoot it, if you can't target it you have problems. Part of the question is related to how you can target the monster. For tanks and conventional targets ranges from 0.5 to ...
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What would be a realistic distance for Tank Buster helicopter to engage a giant monster from?

As close as possible while staying completely safe I'm basing this answer off military sniper training doctrine, which essentially states what I just put above. During engagement, the first priority ...
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Electric Arc Discharge Plasma and other forms of Plasma tech as a weapon

The sword is likely to be heavy, so your character has to strong and skilled to wield this weapon. Besides, this weapon can twist and turn, you wouldn't want it to smack yourself in the face with ...
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Electric Arc Discharge Plasma and other forms of Plasma tech as a weapon

Your character has modified an industrial tool. The plasma sources she has made her sword out of are usually kept in a line and used to break down large metal things for salvage. She has added ...
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Would the "Rods from God" satellite actually create an explosion?

As others have said, yes. It would release a ton of force which would destroy the surrounding area and create a cloud of pulverized ejecta. But it wouldn't be like an explosion from bombs, which have ...
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Can compressed air be used as a weapon?

Vortex ring gun Disregarding compressing air into a solid to make a weapon. And this may be of no use at all to you though the first thing that came to mind when I read the question title was the ...
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Can compressed air be used as a weapon?

No. Stricly speaking... Let's take an average sword volume of 300 cm3 The volumic mass of solid N2 (at 0 atm and -252°C): 1.025 g.cm-3 This leads to a sword of approximatively 0.3 kg. Volumic mass of ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

Not all tech can be miniaturized. Beneath the technobabble, a "plasma generator" could be a fusion reactor, which uses superheated plasma to generate energy, or even a (made up) high ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

Steam and plasma generators don't miniaturize well Steam power requires boilers, pipes, valves, and vents. While you might be able to have some gadgets powered by a boiler backpack, you wouldn't be ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

They were never invented to begin with. One might say that at some point in our history, it was inevitable that handguns would become the primary weapon used by ground forces. But this wasn't always ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

The planet’s gravity is really strong. The plasma generators in the ships are the way to charge up powered anti-gravity devices in the form of leftover steampunk exoskeletons in various forms and ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

Remnants of handheld firearms exist, but their owners used them to ruin. Instead of the other answers which posit that firearms are useless, I'll say that they were indeed crucial at one point, but so ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

In steampunk setting you have also steam weapons, where instead of expanding gunpowder reaction products projectiles are moved by expanding steam. Now you need to hold in hands heater, water tank, ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

Too big If the power density is too small, a firearm will be too large for a human to handle - or too small to be effective. That's why early gunpowder weapons were cannons. As the gunpowder was ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

I am really uninterested in making a shooting game. (Well, that's unfortunate. I really like shooting games.) You have ship-mounted plasma cannons and railguns, but you really don't want people ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

No gunpowder or black powder technology. Gunpowder and black powder are really good at what they do. If you just eliminate any understanding of it or technology to produce it, relying instead on ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

The Ships Forbid It The world is full of hovering ships powered by semi sentient plasma generators. The hover ships are the remnants of a 3-laws robot apocalypse. Because the AIs are above all else,...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

The aliens were big. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOUW1G-AE0A /The ships are heavily armed with everything from rockets to plasma cannons, to improvised railguns that can launch scrap./ A lot of ...
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Other than match and rope, is there any other way to fire what is essentially a musket/cannon?

Burning glass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNuOcA3nh2U https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_glass Burning glass technology has been known since antiquity, as described by Greek and Roman writers ...
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Other than match and rope, is there any other way to fire what is essentially a musket/cannon?

This is post-apocalyptic. so there are literally millions of discarded used up cigarette lighters Zippos of all sorts littering the landscape. Flint wheels, Piezoelectric, electric arc... enter link ...
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Other than match and rope, is there any other way to fire what is essentially a musket/cannon?

Since this is post-apocalyptic and not historical, how about electric igniters? They can make black powder and lead bullets. They cannot make new cartridge cases unless a goldsmith does a single one ...
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How to justify guns being advanced earlier

Simply make the Chinese do it. now, I'm not a Chinese history major, I'm simply looking to throw my 2 cents into the matter. China invented gunpowder in the 9th century and made guns featuring ...
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Creating a steampunk-esque/cybernetic "Big Iron" revolver

Look up the "le mat" revolver. this was a US civil war revolver that held 6 normal bullets in the cylinder, but the center of the cylinder was shotgun chamber firing buckshot. https://en....
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