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Re: Why big ships are too good...

From: Chad Taylor <ct454792@o...>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 20:17:42 -0500
Subject: Re: Why big ships are too good...

On Wed, 11 Dec 1996 wrote:

> Judging from the source materials you quoted, the EMP from a nuclear
bomb in 
> space would not be as spectacular as it would be in an atmosphere.
> However, no one ever said that a nuke was the only way to produce an
> You could, for instance, channel the energy from a nuclear explosion
and send 
> it through some kind of superconducting coil, producing a short-lived
> very intense electromagnetic field.  Or, you could dump the charge
from a 
> really big capacitor into the coil.  I don't know if either of these
> would really produce an intense enough pulse, but there is another 
> alternative.	Just as a neutron bomb is modified to produce more
> than normal, you could develop a nuclear weapon specifically designed
> generate an EMP with no atmosphere or ground.
> I'm sure that enough PSB applied to the problem will produce some kind
> workable solution.
> Eric

It must work, we do have EMP missiles after all :)

On a more serious note.  Now, please be kind.  I am in no way a
"scientist" and so I hope I don't sound too stupid.  But, the other
I was watching a show that detailed NASA plans for a Mars mission. 
the program the mentioned the danger of solar flares injuring the crew
(who seemed to be easily protected) and even more likely damaging
ship equipment.  The show mentioned that craft such as the space shuttle
didn't need to worry about this as they are close enough to the Earth to
be protected.  Perhaps an EMP missile generates this same effect. 
also that the EMP missile will only do 1d6 damage and the Standard
(Nuclear detonation) does 2d6 (with no EMP).  Makes me think that there
something going on besides a simple nuclear blast.  Just a thought is

Chad Taylor 

(who is afraid his ignorance is about to be exposed :)

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