Subject: Re: Star Wars bombing runs in space
On 2017-12-31 04:21:46 +0000, RichA said:
> On Saturday, 30 December 2017 15:47:12 UTC-5, Your Name wrote:
>> I can't find it now, but someone recently complained about the new Star
>> Wars movie using bombers in space where there is "no gravity" (despite
>> bombers also being in 'The Empire Strikes back').
>> According to 'The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary' book:
>> "Resistance Bombers
>> Bombs don't technically "drop" in microgravity,
>> but are impelled from their racks by sequenced
>> electromagnetic plates in the clip. The bombs
>> are then drawn magnetically to their unfortunate
> Still B.S. You'd need incredible magnetic power to do that, enough to
> disrupt any other electronic systems in-use.
No you don't.
The "impelling" is the same technique as maglev trains use, and the
bombs are smaller. The intial ejection gives them enough momentum to
(hopefully) get close enough to the target to then be magnetically
attract towards the target object, and then explode.