I call that "Human Stealth" not much of a name to it, and the 6 worlds could sever as construction sites. If the Shells have no idea where they are then that could also benefit the war. Also what if human ships share the same 'stealth' as Alex, that would certainly help the war effort and I am sure the America here could easily be upgraded weapon wise.
I almost forgot something; two words. BALL LIGHTNING. Laboratories have observed electrical discharge from water that was charged way beyond its capacitance. So, do plasma weapons work in an atmosphere?
the answer is yes.
Lasers, Masers, X-ray beams, electron lasers, cyclotron particle beams, plasma bolts, rail guns, even "oxygen fed" chain guns all are doable. There are rumors of something called "Shaped Nuclear charge" which focuses all of the power of a thermonuclear explosion into a narrow stream...
one concern for spacecraft though is weapon recoil. weapons that fling a mass should be directly hard point mounted to fire on a straight line that passes directly through the center of mass of a space ship; even better if said kinetic weapon is a spinal weapon. otherwise accumulating kinetic energy begins to damage the ship, and the pilot will have to fight to keep control of the ship.
oh yeah, a new set of weapons: the rattler. Imagine a gravity wave projector designed to fire a narrow coherent beam, like a laser, but this is gravity. Sounds like a tractor beam, or a repulsor beam, or even a deflector shield array, but this is actually purely a weapon. The beam applies obscenely intense gravitational force at a pin point spot, then switches to anti-gravity, then back again to gravity.... this kind of alternation thousands of times per each second fired.
The Rattler is a particularly dreaded weapon as it begins to shred the ship's hull with raw gravity/anti-gravity pulses and the kinetic effects start vibrating the ship and its contents...
also of interest is that a mobile reactor was made to respond to disasters by restoring power to a community quickly. In turn, some one else is building Mini-fridge sized reactors. Someone else designed a tiny bead sized reactor (possibly based off of a tritium atomic battery). Anywho, 2-d nano materials are changing energy technologies: Highly effiecent solar sheets, hydrogen fuel cells, even a micro "blended liquid salt reactor" wrapped in thermionic films. On the last item, imagine if you could turn heat directly into electrical energy you can use - Imagine a nuclear reactor without water tanks, coolant pipes, boiler, compressor, turbines, govenor gears, and power generator...
If you can imagine it, a 5 megawatt power plant the size of a Rubick's cube; only this one won't be a hoax like the "KUBE X-15"....
and there you go, descriptions of the hows and whys of futuristic technologies; Power, sensors, in ship gravity, landing ship anti-gravity (flying cars), deflector shields, tractor beams, thrusters, limited "self repairing" hull, and more.
oh yeah, some guy took a few hundred cellphones apart for the camera chips which he assembled in a hemisphere shape. Guess what? He had over one gigabit resolution. now, imagine using these small silvery hemispheres for multi-spectrum sensing: thermal, infra red, visible light, uv light. add a "Spoiler" to a space ship not beacuse of areodynamics or "Swoosh" looking faster, but such a structure could be a radio telescope, microwave sensor, radiation sensor, radar and Ladar. ***Regardless I wouldn't have persons watching the sensors, you would need a powerful computer with an AGENT program to analyze and track everything you are detecting. As computer programs can only report what is detected, sensors do not make "PREDICTIONS". A D-Wave quantum computer (*or something like it*) with a solid anayltic suite would probably be quite vital for astro-navigation.
I have to point out that there are two basic categories of "Sensor". ***Passive - the stuff comes to you for detection; light, heat, radio waves, radiation, magnetism, gravity, ***ACTIVE - You send out a signal and observe it as it travels or how it returns to you. Radar, Ladar, Gas spectrometry laser,
For stealth, you want all ACTIVE sensors off. Generally if you are an E-war ship yoru job is to: intercept, decrypt, manipulate enemy signals. also to tamper with the enemy sensors, confuse them, create many false images, even render them completely "Blind", "Deaf", and "dumb".
another concept I would like to pitch your way is Gel and foam for spacecraft. Imagine that the walls ceilings and floors have pipes for air and water, cables (power transmission, antenna, data cable, even "full length of ship sensor cables") internal sensors, internal security, internal communication, fire suppression, life support, damage sensors, humidifiers and condensers, and more. still that leaves a lot of empty space. Also- You need sound proofing, you need insulation, you need a barrier to radiation; enter pressurized gel. This gel reacts to heat, by foaming and expanding into a thick hard layer. Hull punctures, cracking, even rips can be automatically sealed by the reacting gel. ******************************************** Civilian space craft might not be colossal steel monoliths; but a small Skeleton with all the tech anchored to it and bathtub like interior walls and fixtures, while the hull is pressure gel sprayed on the outside. The outer surface is allowed to foam and expand into a cellophane mold.
With antigravity enabling slow and safe "RE-enrty" many spacecraft don't go through the added expense of getting ceramic/carbonfiber thermal armor.
Is there a detailed page on the outsider universe's prevalence of gravity technology? Does gravity technology play a role in in-system not as fast as light drives? Could onboard gravity technology help improve the safety of hyperspace jumps? Could an onboard gravity system help you to return to normal space, even without a stellar gravity well? With a sufficent gravity technology, a safe warp drive may be achievable: one current experimental breakthrough propulsion system (the MACH EFFECT THRUSTER) has recently received peer review and independent confirmation. The main N.A.S.A. scientist involved in this project has hinted at the possibility of a warp speed of approximately one light day per second, or about one light year in six minutes, or a six light year cruise just over an hour...
There is a ship systems page in the works that describes, among other things, the power and drive systems. No current ETA on that.
Some kind of gravity manipulation technology is required for jump drive, both to create the transition to hyperspace, and to prevent the ships and crew from being destroyed by it. But I don't envision it as a viable propulsion technology, at least at the technological level of the major combatants.
okay, imagine an L.E.D. a tiny electronic component that works like a light bulb. Keep this in mind as I take you on this little tour. ****************************************** There are fundamental forces in physics; there are particular oddities about the weakness of gravity, but that is for another time. Electromagnetic force is 1X10^32 stronger than gravity. There are theories that imply, show, and prove conversion of one force into another.
Thus if your teeny tiny electronic part could convert a portion of EM force into G- (*even at a greatly reduced efficiency than a ratio of1x10^32), you would get a rather astonishing effect!
(*Indeed, converting a few sparks of neural energy into gravitic force could explain "Psychokinesis". arguably much easier to produce a few ions from grey matter than a few megawatts, yes? further, magnetism affects only magnetic materials - Gravity affects everything that has mass [hinting at a relationship between Gravitation, mass, and inertia]*)
Thus ship board gravity and gravity based inertial compensation become very possible- no mammoth machines, no massive reactors, no obscene jovian quanities of "Fuel" or exotic negative mass unobtainium. Several scientists point out that a Localized Gravity Zone (Or LGZ) applied to a ship would greatly mitigate or remove inertia. ********************************************** How do you get propulsion from a gravity wave projector? Gravity obeys the inverse square rule, and always acts from the center of a mass along a straight line to the center of another mass. That means all forces are in balance on a stationary object... What does the gravity wave projector do? it allows us to place a gravity like effect that is *NOT* acting from the center of a mass. Thus an imbalance, and the stationary object Moves. Gravity projectors can also be used for ANTI-Gravity. Various designs of gravity wave projector can be your insystem thrusters for AU (Astro units) speeds, LD (Lunar distance) Speeds, tractor beams, deflector shields, possibly even your "Refractive cloak". ********************************************* How is this not a "Reactionless thruster"? 1. a submarine doesn't carry tanks of water to squirt against the propeller, the submarine turns the propeller against the "Water" that is already there... 2. the use of this device does not create thrust; not anymore than a skier at the top of mountain has only muscle power to get to the bottom. 3. Perpetual motion, overunity, and other physics breaking absurdities are "Scientifically impossible". 4. the device is not a closed system and can't be used in this manner. 5. the effect is akin to opening a window to a breeze to blow on a boat sail. The Effect of gravity is accessing an OUTSIDE force.
This means when you use the gravity projector to put wind in your sails... you discover the F20 tornado that has always been waiting outside. ********************************************* FTL Warp metrics; creating a warp bubble Bending the fabric of space is a loophole around the Speed of light. you technically might not be moving, when you are traveling at warp. Thus you aren't actually going "FASTER", you are taking a short cut to cheat a way through the distance. ********************************************* Shaping a warp field to best serve a star ship is akin the science of aerodynamics and is thus named "Warp dynamics". A warp field can serve to deflect debris from a spacecrafts path as the field may resemble a boat wake, only projected *Ahead* of the boat (*as well as around the boat). Obviously, objects of equal mass or less than than your space craft are pushed aside. ********************************************* Can you ram a planet with a ship at FTL warp? no. Anything with a larger gravity field will defeat a warp bubble. This is why a ship that is affected by a tractor beam can not go to warp. This why there is no "Insystem" FLT. If you want to generate a warp bubble you need to move your spaceship to a Lagrange point. You may ask, "What about energy accumulation?" and I ask in turn, "can you stand in the same river twice?" Yes particles of mater and energy can enter a warp field, but they roll out away with the area of space that expands back to normal behind your star-ship. So no gamma burst of cosmic death when you come to a stop.
Oddly enough, Warp drive may resemble your "hyperspace" concepts very, very, very, much; but still be an alternate method of FTL travel... saddly warp travel is SLOWER than Hyperspace, but it has the added extras of exploring the "Dark" between Solar systems and none of the hazards of hyperspace.
A beautiful ship. It has just the right mix of utilitarian and "homeworldish" design elements to come off as an interesting starship. Even though this cylindrical structure on the underside of the vessel intrigues me. What is it? A Wave Motion Gun!?
I love the Terran ships. This one has a really solid sturdy look to it but without being too boxy or overrun by weapons. Too bad the scoutship isn't also in your gallery. It's a pretty awesome design. I'm looking forward to seeing more.
I love this design. This is very much what I envision the warships of the later-half of the 22nd century looked like in the history of Dark Nova (the Reunification Wars era especially). I don't want to speak for your inner artistic vision, but that indicates to me that- were it not for the Loroi-Umiak war- Terrans might well have developed comparably advanced technology to the 24th century gear found in DN, left to their own devices. Were THAT the case, they wouldn't have to choose sides, and could stand on their own
Wouldn't the (what I assume is) the missile bank there in the middle need to be pointed outwards instead of vertical? You could run the risk of outgoing fire from that big dorsal gun clipping a missile right as it leaves the bank, creating a rather large boom that would be rather detrimental to the crew.
I'll have to agree with the others, this looks very much like a Homeworld ship, and that's a good thing. I really like those designs, and indeed they are pretty chunky and look durable rather than the rather fancy sci-fi designs that are common. Would be neat to see this in action, too bad it's outclassed by the other races' ships.
Keep up the good work with the comic too, it's awesome!
Yeah I thought this thing was really cool when I first saw it in the comic. It's a simple but elegant design that really reminds me of homworld. Not the colour scheme I expected. I was anticipating one closer to that of the Bellarmine.