Subject: Re: Star Wars bombing runs in space
On Sunday, 31 December 2017 00:09:32 UTC-5, Your Name wrote:
> 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
> >> targets."
> > 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.
Then why would they need magnetism at all? Once you set something in motion, in a particular direct
in space, it keeps going that way, there is basically zero drag, unless they are near a body like a
planet or star. If you say the magnetism was strong enough to allow the bombs to make
course-corrections then my old argument stands.