Quote from: gosnold on 04/06/2017 09:06 PMDefinitely. And if you played a bit of KSP, you'll watch those scenes with an ear-to-ear grin.I thought it all happened a bit too fast.
Definitely. And if you played a bit of KSP, you'll watch those scenes with an ear-to-ear grin.
I really need to see this show, but I have one question - if this is supposed to be (mostly) hard science fiction, why are the ships so boxy? Pressure vessels shouldn't have corners.
None of the ships have room for propellant. That's my point. Yes, they are fusion powered. With magical thrust and isp. We can't have everything.
Heh, so it's sort of the "Iron Man" macguffin - idealized compact power source with ability to make lots of thrust conveniently.I wonder why we haven't seen any lasers or beam weapons on the show?In space there's nothing to attenuate such beams, and their near-zero time-of-flight would offer a tremendous advantage in military engagements. I'm surprised the Earth and Mars aren't bristling with orbital fusion-powered laser platforms. Although, to be fair, BSG-reboot never featured them either.One nice thing about the quasi-hard sci-fi aspect is that we don't have the magical force-field shields trope. Ship crews get riddled with bullets, and there doesn't seem to be any way around that.
I guess the authors picked the missile side of the missiles vs. lasers debate. Big point in deciding what weapons to use in a SF story is how you want to write the battles. Missiles are dramatic, railguns require close combat, and lasers allow long range combat.
The irony is of course that the Epstein drive itself would be a formidable weapon... Point it at your enemy, engage full thrust. With that exhaust velocity and thrust, the results would be ... highly energetic.
Quote from: Lars-J on 04/18/2017 04:32 PMThe irony is of course that the Epstein drive itself would be a formidable weapon... Point it at your enemy, engage full thrust. With that exhaust velocity and thrust, the results would be ... highly energetic. That's actually mentioned... in the books.