Re: [GZG] Not So Small thought re: Orbital Assault
From: "KH.Ranitzsch@t..." <KH.Ranitzsch@t-online.de>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 15:09:45 +0100
Subject: Re: [GZG] Not So Small thought re: Orbital Assault
> Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 12:15:57 +0100
> On 11/25/05, Zoe and Carmel Brain wrote:
> > Now a reasonable "firing arc" for weapons is 1 arc, 60 degrees.
> > Otherwise, I dunno, the thickness of the atmosphere gets in the way,
> > whatever. Firing arcs SMs stay at 180 degrees, the things can "bunt"
> > after a vertical launch. Similarly, a PDU can only be fired at by
> > things in that arc.
> True. But the firing arc question assumes that PDUs are on smooth
> spheres. But most planets are bumpy. Anywhere you put your PDU is
> going to involve compromises and you will need secondary installations
> to cover air corridors which may not have a good LOS to the PDU that
> would be defending that sector.
My impression was that Zoe was basically thinking in terms of FT scale
games. At a scale where a planet is the size of a tennis ball, even the
Himalayas are "smooth" :-)
And he could argue that his 60 degree arc accounts for any geographical
restrictions to defence effectiveness
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