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Old 09-20-2017, 09:10 PM   #93
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Default Re: Spitballing a Space Opera Boxed Set

Originally Posted by Fred Brackin View Post
Never heard of a "hot" reactionless drive? It's in Spaceships.
Yup, and I am aware of it, but it still has that little 'reactionless' problem. As someone else pointed out, once you take fuel out of the equation, you get planet-crackers on the cheap. Admittedly, you can also do that with a powerful enough rocket, but at least to get the most bang for your buck, your Death Star is still going to be mostly fuel tanks with something heavy at the front and a big honking engine on the back.

Besides, if we were really trying to dump the heat out an exhaust vent, those hot reactionless thrusters are still going to need lots of tanks of coolant anyway to avoid melting the ship.

Anyway, that's my two cents on the whole reactionless engines thing. I'd rather not use them and just abstract the maneuvers with a piloting check.
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