Xiar wrote:The torpedo is made up of an iron shell and 4 containers that hold and detonate the nucular
material. The propulsion works similar to how an Orion spacecraft would work, it releases
one of the containers which detonates shortly thereafter creating a huge
amount of force and thus speeds up the projectile significantly.
Xiar wrote:Gasses from the gunpowder force the initial container out the rocket, once the fuse in that container reaches the end it detonates the nuke.
Xiar wrote:Of course, by adding radar maybe a carbon dioxide tank with a few directional nozzle. It would be possible to program a TR32000
to give it a much greater accuracy.
Xiar wrote:What makes this weapon so great is that it has a very effective way to significantly increase its speed. Any spaceship hit by this weapon
is more or less totaled and the crew most likely dead.
Not have sense for something too small. Put a simple liquid fuel rocket engine that can be power on/off when is necessary. Orion engine works because the ship is big and have a "shield" that protects and absorbs explosion force.
Why ? Maverick, Tomahawk and other anti-ship / anti-ground or long range missiles in the 70's and 80's had a specialized computer inside to navigation and control. I don't find interesting the idea of reducing how many computer / ships we can have, because we hare putting virtual computer in the torpedoes. We should simply the make it enough intelligent to track a target and nothing more... not put a whole virtual computer!
Not necessary. Any blast in space it's very inefficient. To be effective, the warhead must penetrate ship armour and explode inside of the ship, so the blast not goes to empty space doing nothing. And for doing this, not is necessary to be nuclear. A chemical classical war head in a missile of the size of a Tomahawk can make enough damage to disable or destroy a ship of the sizes that we are talking (Firefly, Millennium Falcon, etc...). The hard part is reaching the target without being destroyed by PD weapons and carry enough momentum to penetrate the armour (aka, have a min operational range).
I do agree that the general design might require extra weight in the back to function properly, but the reason I came up with this design was due to how slow rockets are in space.
The fact is using a conventional missile would take forever to reach the enemy ship, the reason I decided to go this route was due to the high speeds the orion can fly at (50% to 80%
the speed of light). Assuming an enemy spacecraft is 186282 miles away, this device assuming your able to get it 50% speed of light (using large nucular bombs and accounting for its
significantly lighter mass compared to orion, and the fact their is no crew meaning it could be much closer to the explosion + 4 bombs, it could be very possible). Is around 2 seconds (+3-5 sec for speedup).
Assuming we go with a mach 10 missile with a 7700 mph acceleration would take ~7 hours to reach that same distance and that's assuming the engine was running at full burn the entire time.
Additionally the pusher plate existed more to absorb the explosion into springs. This was meant to kept the crew alive during the explosions initial shock-wave, but was completely unnecessary if the vehicle was unmanned.
Zardoz wrote:Were you grab these numbers ?
First your are talking about firing a torpedo against a target at a distance similar to Earth-Moon distance !!!! I think that will get fights in a much more small volume, like or less that 1000 Km³ volume (with a max far distance of ~1732 Km), were your mach 10 missile can travel it in ~ 8 minutes. Plus, from were you got that an Orion engine will accelerate any object to 50% light speed with only four explosions ? As I far I know, they need a lot more detonations to get an appreciable light speed fraction.
Zardoz wrote:Also, from were you got that a space missile will be limited to Mach 10 ? There is not friction, so could reach higher speeds, plus a ICBM can reach more that Mach 10 in launch!. The only limitation is that a engine gets worst performance when his speed becomes similar to the expelled gas speed, and carry enough fuel.
Plus your torpedo, will too pretty visible. Any anti-torpedo defence will have too easy to see it and fire against it before comes too near.
Yowen wrote:3. A chip inside the torpedo will ignite the gunpowder charge and set off a fuse in the container
Doesn't gunpowder need oxygen to explode?
Xiar wrote:I already accounted for additional acceleration. I used the acceleration equation d = sqrt((speed*time^2)/2) to determine the time it takes to reach that distance assuming it was accelerating at a mach 10 speeds (this also takes into account a friction-less environment). If the projectile was accelerating the entire way at mach 10 (7700 mph) it will take it 7 hours to reach the target about 1 light second away. And since the missile wouldn't have enough fuel to accelerate that long we can guess it would take much longer.
Lastly 5-7 seconds isnt a lot of time, and the fact that by destroying it might have made the situation worse since you might now be facing shrapnel flying at relativistic speeds.
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