reply to post by imeddieone4202003
Even our aircraft go down more often than we would like.
There is a reason most militaries will refuse to look at a military aircraft with any fewer than two engines.
The number of man-hours required to keep an aircraft operational is astounding, especially when you get into the more corrosive environments
(ocean/water - extremely hard on all organized materials) and abbrasive environments (deserts - sandy/dusty climates). Not to mention the extremes of
temperatures - aircraft being a hundred plus degrees fahrenheit on the ground in Texas, then being 50 below zero when the plane gets up to
Of course - space comes with its own extremes. You have cosmic dust, solar flares, radiation (which translates to temperature extremes), tidal forces
(which can play hell on your hull structure), and all sorts of things.
We also do not know what numbers of "ET craft" visit us - so it's impossible for us to figure in what is or is not a reasonable failure rate.
Not to mention - these ships may not be developed for combat or environmental extremes at all. We may be looking at the Chevy Pickup of the galaxy -
readily configured by all different cultures to be everything from a Technical combat vehicle to transport, research, and any other goal imaginable.
Though it may not be your first choice for any of those operations.
That, or we may be dealing with a completely different culture that does not see the need to develop robust means of preserving life (the loss of
their own members is not a primary concern of theirs). Thus, it would stand to reason that we may not be seeing anything intended to be very reliable
or combat worthy (to fend off our weapons).
One could say we are no match for them, militarily - but I would say that it is apples and oranges. Comparing our military weapons to their vehicles
we've encountered (reportedly) is like comparing the effectiveness of a hand grenade against an Indy Car. At the right place, and right time - a
hand grenade will blow an indy car to splinters.... but the indy car covers a lot of space in a very small amount of time (and is nothing you would
choose to use when confronting a platoon, anyway).
We just don't know enough to do much more than speculate as to why or why not they would crash. We do know, however, that our current splendors of
technology succumb to many of the same forces of nature that our generations-old technology did. I'm not inclined to believe we will separate
ourselves from the concept of maintenance and mechanical failure.