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by phavoc
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.

It would seem that if the norm where a hand-off approach, then role-playing the customs officer demanding to board and inspect the merc cruiser might just be part of the plot. Say the mercs had been hired by Party A to go up against Party B. And Party B found out about it and made some judicious bri...
by phavoc
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.

Yup, I missed the outside the Imperium part. The federation of arden is like that, small and outside, nestled between zho and imp space. It's far too small to mount much of a navy,. It would be possible, though odd, for a significant system near imp space that had regular traffic through it to get t...
by phavoc
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.

A couple of questions for the group. First, imperial law allows for a planet to claim control at 100d. Gas giants would be outside, thus would they be governed by imperial law? A local planet could provide customs enforcement, but only to imperial law. The corollary to this would be if the planet ha...
by phavoc
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

Solomani invented theirs independently didn't they? I'd have to go research it, but when they left Earth they found the Vilani already occupying the stars nearby. And the Zhodani were too far removed to have gotten it from the Geonee. Not sure about the Darrians... or the Hivers. The many versions o...
by phavoc
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

http://www.wiki.travellerrpg.com/Jump_Drive/meta If its an early prototype (jumps two levels) or prototype (jumps one level) from HG it would meet the stated TL 17 to build one?!? or even TL 16 which I think it was trying to say looking at the chart above "T5 TL Expanded Notation Correlation". (in ...
by phavoc
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?
Replies: 47
Views: 1501

Re: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?

Yes, but these are basically single rooms, some cramped, other just small. I've heard it compared to people living in a restaurant booth. :)

It's also a very niche industry with a tiny number of people in it.
by phavoc
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?
Replies: 47
Views: 1501

Re: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?

Space is the most deadly place humans can be. There is no air, heat, or gravity. Submarines are a close analogy, but also they are not. Today the only people who spend long terms underwater are military personnel. Civilian submarines are designed for very short-term use. Even submarines are pretty w...
by phavoc
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?
Replies: 47
Views: 1501

Re: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?

Yeah, a bit of an oversight for a spaceship... every compartment door needs to be airtight for safety purposes. If they can do it on Moonbase Alpha they should be able to do it for Traveller starships. Though I do hope any windows they put in spacestations aren't glass like Alphas' were. Being sucke...
by phavoc
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?
Replies: 47
Views: 1501

Re: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?

I would expect most doors on a ship to be like watertight doors on cruise liners - more like regular doors, or those seen on Star Trek - level with the floor. Iris valves and hatches like on submarines or the ISS should be a rarity in Traveller. For non-secure spaces there would be emergency methods...
by phavoc
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?
Replies: 47
Views: 1501

Re: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?

Nothing but the concept itself. Which means cost, space, damage processing, etc. Should a military hull cost 50% more? Should a civilian ship take 2x damage to offset the compartmentalization aspect of a military one? Those are just two of what would be potentially a lot of questions that would need...
by phavoc
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?
Replies: 47
Views: 1501

Re: What remains powered on a ship after a powerplant failure?

It would be nice if there was a difference between military and civilian ships. One would expect a much higher level of redundancy and compartmentalization in a military ship since it's expecting combat and damage at some point in it's life. With, of course, an increase cost. A contractor's gotta af...
by phavoc
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Lightning strikes on spacecraft
Replies: 17
Views: 603

Re: Lightning strikes on spacecraft

Actually the newer planes are trending in that direction with more carbon-fiber instead of aluminum. They will probably never be metal-free, but the wings, tail and body are becoming more and more that way.
by phavoc
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Lightning strikes on spacecraft
Replies: 17
Views: 603

Re: Lightning strikes on spacecraft

True, aluminum is a better conductor than iron, though conductivity isn't that much of an issue since the ship has nowhere to conduct the energy to. I would assume crystaliron shares more with iron than crystals. And two of the chief concepts behind lightning rods are height and location. A ship in ...
by phavoc
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Human Error nearly sinks India submarine
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Human Error nearly sinks India submarine

Yar, bone heads will never be in short supply. It's the 737 max that is problematic. The 777 is a typically safe Boeing aircraft. The only thing that one did was almost bankrupt the company. Clean sheet planes are Very expensive, hence the desire by both airbus and Boeing to do derivatives whenever ...
by phavoc
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Lightning strikes on spacecraft
Replies: 17
Views: 603

Re: Lightning strikes on spacecraft

Gas giant weather is for sure an unknown. I dont think any crew would willingly fly ino a massive storm system, but since we really know nothing about it, it's a possible plot point. Today aircraft very rarely get struck, then again aircraft try to avoid the storms. No aircraft has been made of stee...
by phavoc
Thu May 30, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Lightning strikes on spacecraft
Replies: 17
Views: 603

Re: Lightning strikes on spacecraft

A missile has an explosive payload which would be detonating either by contact or proximity (no different than aircraft - if the target is evading you want to do your best to hit it with something rather than miss). HEAT/HESH warheads are designed to penetrate armor on contact, but not proximity-bas...
by phavoc
Thu May 30, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Human Error nearly sinks India submarine
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Human Error nearly sinks India submarine

As we've seen in some of the recent naval and air accidents, a lack of experience and training coupled with an over reliance upon automation can indeed lead to accidents and deaths. Combined they work great and balance one another out. But leaning too heavily on automation means not having the neces...
by phavoc
Wed May 29, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Lightning strikes on spacecraft
Replies: 17
Views: 603

Re: Lightning strikes on spacecraft

We already know Traveller hulls are made of magical materials - they can shrug off impacts at fractional-C speeds with no issue, but can take damage from the explosive effect of a small man-portable missile (i.e. the standard missile). These two issues are at direct odds with one another. But, it's ...
by phavoc
Wed May 29, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Human Error nearly sinks India submarine
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Human Error nearly sinks India submarine

Kind of like it seems unlikely someone would forget to close the engineering hatch and there was no warning or notice by the crew.

But it happened.
by phavoc
Tue May 28, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Human Error nearly sinks India submarine
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Human Error nearly sinks India submarine

Just as a reminder, even in this day and age of automation and smart-everything, never underestimate the power of human error! In the below article link someone forgot to dog the external hatch of an Indian Akula-class submarine and it flooded the engineering section. While hatches aren't airlocks, ...