Rodrick Su (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 13:32:41 -0800
At 01:03 PM 1/12/99 , Enigma298@aol.com wrote:
>The discussion about the fleet composition got me thinking...
>There doesn't seem to be any disadvantage to me of using modified
>to act as, at least short-term MS carriers. If you think about it,
>the requirements for an MS to launch in zero-G conditions ? Unlike an
>carrier, an MS in space doesn't require a runway. Assuming a largish
>open to space, the MS could literally just step out of the door before
The launch catapult helps because it speeds up the rate in which MS can
be launch, without having to worry about running into each other.
>As far as refuelling and re-landing is concerned, if the pilot could
>the MS into the cargo bay, there isn't anything to stop the transport
>having some refuelling trucks or vehicles on board, and at least
>sort of refuelling capacity that way. Unless MS require any kind of
>docking procedure to land, this should surely be feasible, and the
>times pilots manage to land their suits totally unassisted in the
>seem to suggest that this is feasible.
There is a lot more to a carrier than just a launch pad. MS maintaince
is a non-trivia process, and you surely cannot expect to do that when all
of the MS are packed like sardine in a cargo hold.
>Certainly, you wouldn't be able to carry out any long term maintenance
>in the way that a dedicated carrier could, but as a short term measure
>as ferrying MSs into battle at A Bao A Qu on Columbus-class
>shouldn't be a major disadvantage ?
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