posted on Jan, 9 2008 @ 04:14 PM
The "Best" carrier would be one with unlimited supplies, capable of appearing and disappearing to/from anywhere in the world instantly, and have
shields that protect it from any conceivable weapons system. It could also manipulate space-time to allow crews to work normal shifts (still get
sleep) and conduct full-scale flight operations. An all-seeing sensor array would be nice, too.
On the more practical side - you want something highly mobile, independent and self-sufficient, survivable, aware, and to also 'hide', when
To my knowledge - the last objective, there, goes against all of the others. Hiding a floating city is rather difficult (unless you were to try and
put it under water.... which is a good idea... but we lack the structural materials to make that a reality).
Also, I don't ever see carriers becoming obsolete. True, we will move to aerospace platforms, and what I hope to be involved in designing some day -
but carriers are still incredibly economical by comparison. With some 70+% of the planet covered by water, that is a LOT of space that is available.
I could see carriers or fixed oceanic installations being used to launch supplies from the equator into orbit to support aerospace operations.
We will still have a very powerful Navy that still plays around in the water. But, yes, we will move to a Navy that is playing around in the Vacuum
of Space. But the "normal" Navy will never be obsolete in function.