allikat wrote:Rail gun projectile shrapnel would likely be below the maximum size that normal ship armour is designed to cope with. Remembering that every ship has to cope with dust at anything up to relativistic velocities, as well as space debris of all kinds.
Noting that a ship may be moving at significant velocities, any impact with fast moving space debris could well be disastrous without armour. So even civilian ships will have enough plating on the hull to ward off all but the largest debris, and hope to have scanners sufficient to detect anything that is big enough to be dangerous.
Another point: Projectiles designed to fragment are massively more efficient at transferring their kinetic energy to the target, a fine thing in space combat. A small projectile at near light speed may well punch through a corridor's worth of rooms and out the other side, but if it shatters on impact, it could very well take out several decks.
charles wrote:Can't imagine the Helikaon will be retreating with the damaged thrusters the Scarborough gave it... I wonder what nasty surprises the Cirins might have in store for them... Probably just a trial for the destruction of the Prospero and murder of it's crew.
charles wrote:Not sure what to think aout the ship-to-ship communications... But if the Souri collective ignore the conventions about projectile weapons, maybe they ignore the ones about Artificial Intelligence and have far greater advances in that field as well... An A.I. controlled ship?
skythorn wrote:Feels like an end of chapter page to me.
Sorry to see CD move away. The highlight of the webcomic for me was the betrayal of the former owner of the Scar. That shot, that death - nicely played.
The story of Whisper is also very enticing. A nice mystery rests there.
I hope David can hold onto these mysteries and look to finishing this webcomic when and if he feels like it.
Relativistic railgun shots look more like nukes detonating at the impact point( 0.1 gram at 0.99C for example, would have nearly as much energy as the nuke detonated at hiroshima).
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