posted on Feb, 26 2007 @ 12:30 AM
Well first off a space navy would also have the addition of space fighters later on... Think about it, something small, fast, agile and gets up so
close you cannot aim with larger guns... On the whole battles would take place closer than most would think because of the TIME it takes a shot to
REACH that target miles away... If your 100 miles away you have TIME to move around and dodge, unless you fire weapons in many directions all at once
like a scatter gun you have to get in closer. Missiles will be the only thing that allows long distance shots since you can guide them to a degree,
then again they can pop it from a good distance to boot. Problem is: unless you have darn good armor or shields, the shrapnel will tear you up even if
you "stop" the missile.
Space navy would require (as others have said) a space port of some kind, and a space shipyard. One for building, one for maintance. As far as
humans, you would HAVE to have humans INSIDE the ship, the time it takes signals to reach their target are too long, the enemy would be all over you
before you got the "turn right 0.02 degrees" halfway typed out or sent. It is better to have someone ONBOARD and SITTING there with a joystick
acting ON THE SPOT with direct and 0 lag interuption when in combat rather than a 10 minute delay for orders, or in some cases: DAYS or WEEKS
depending on how far away you are.
What would they look like? If smart: oval shaped to allow 0 problems with moving around, easy to cut through space (yes there is small particles
in space) and also if you had to take it down to a planet you COULD. Also attacks are deflected...
What would we call them? I dont know, how about taking a chapter from Star Trek? Call it the Enterprise for all I care. Call them Battleships,
Destroyers, Cruisers, so on.
Speed: WARNING! PROBLEM! You HAVE to be able to hit 10-20 times the speed of light or else you are stuck in our own solar system for a VERY,
VERY,`VERY long time! Hit 25x the speed of light and we might actually make it to Alpha Centari before hitting 50,000 years of age. Show up nice and
fleshy not a shriveled prune or pile of dust.