AndrewW wrote:Where does it state in the rules they have to be located at any particular place on a ship?
Reaction drives has no rules for placement either, but an exhaust nozzle is implied?
New High Guard reputably has a chapter on making deck plans? That would be a great place for such guidelines.
SSOM has some information about this, if that is canonical enough.
Thansk for the positive words on the art guys. I can always use any feedback I get.
If I remember correctly. At least according to the Starship Operators Manual...Grav Plates are omi-directional but they generate reduced thrust at varying angles. They produce full thrust in one direction only. and very limited thrust in the opposite direction. So you can put plates all around the bulk of a ship for attitude control, generating lateral movement, and maintaining flight in a gravity well. But generally, a design will have a Main set of Thrust plates in one location to generate maximum straight line acceleration.
As for nozzles, I add them to some designs as attitude controls, or additional directional thrust reasoning that they vent plasma from the fusion reactor instead of a chemical fuel. a few liters of Liquid Hydrogen flash heated to a high temperature plasma can generate a lot of thrust per unit of volume. I use that design style for my own setting. Unfortunately, until someone updates the Starship Operators manual or Mongoose releases some more detailed info on how a ship works, we have to piece it all together from past works or develop our own vision of how things work.
If I am working on a Traveller piece I like to use a set of plates at the rear of the ship as the main straight line thrust generation system. Usually, I put them at the rear of a ship. where I place clusters of plates. such as at the end of the nacelles of the drawing above.In other cases I mount them on wings/boom/pods further away from the main body to increase leverage.I'll always have multiple clusters so they can generate varying thrust to alter the attitude or general direction of travel.
Interestingly if you arrange a series of grav plates around the interior of a conical shape, the ability to create vectored thrust is increased. without getting into the way vectors balance out ( it has been a very long time since my last physics class so I don't remember the fine details)when all the plates are active and at full power,the thrust generated is down the centerline of the cone. In theory, by altering the power of various plates you can electronically steer the centerline of thrust as if you were physically moving a chemical rocket nozzle.
electronically steering the direction of thrust allows the ship to pitch, yaw,rotate and slide laterally if you have multiple "nozzles"now the very serious drawback to this is the nozzle has to be very robust to handle the forces exerted on it without crumpling into modern art. Also, any damage to a thrust cone would cause the plates to become misaligned and generate asymmetric thrust. Which would force the pilot, and the flight control software to adjust the system to generate thrust in the desired manner.