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Meteor Attack on Pollux IX

 
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drwibble
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Meteor Attack on Pollux IX Reply with quote

From the SFU Timeline: Y160 Phillip Kosnett becomes captain of the Heavy Cruiser Kongo. In one of his first missions, he protects the planet Pollux IX from a meteor set on course by the Klingons (SH3).

Have been wondering... what do the Klingons use to set the meteor on course? Tractors? Explosives?
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An enormous elastic band?
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firtst, you find an asteroid in nearly the right place, with nearly the right orbit, of nearly the right size / composition...
then, you use the tractor beams of a large ship (has to be a large ship because it requires enomrous amounts of power continued over a loooonnnnng period of time to adjust the trajectory of said asteroid.
It doesn't happen often because:
A: There just aren't that many asteroids in a convenient orbit which canbe diverted...
B: It requires a tremendous investment in time and efort to redirect the asteroid...
and
C: Even if it is accopmlished, over the inter-stellar distances required, even an error of a few thoudsandths of a degreeat the aiming point will result in a total miss at the target point.
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drwibble
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah... given that even TNG (or X2/X3) ships have trouble moving space objects, I guess it would need a large ship. You are envisaging this as a battlecruiser? Dreadnaught? Battleship?

Seems like an odd and rare use for a battleship...

I was actually wondering if there should be a mechanism for stunts like this within FA... what do you reckon? Seems like it would require a considerable tech and/or EP investment, which is reasonable of course.
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mjwest
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course, the ironic part to this discussion is that the Klingon ship actually used in the scenario was an F5 ...
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL, what a ship that F5 is!

Can double as a Bird of Prey, move asteroids... is there anything an F5 is NOT good for????

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
is there anything an F5 is NOT good for????


Yeah...going up against a Fed FF...


As to the Pollux meteor mission, I think Scoutdad hit it right on about all the things that had to coincidentally occur just right. The meteor already being generally headed the right way, etc. There would be ways to alter its course to head directly for Pollux. The F-5 was merely shepherding it along.
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drwibble wrote:
LOL, what a ship that F5 is!

Can double as a Bird of Prey, move asteroids... is there anything an F5 is NOT good for????

Laughing


Everything you haven't just mentioned? Wink
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Kang
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drwibble wrote:
... is there anything an F5 is NOT good for????


Yeah. Fighting against other starships. What a shame how such a great ship has been emasculated in this game.
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