reply to post by Wayfarer
A. Some one is pulling your leg
B. Some one is pulling everyone leg
C. Someone is really bored at NASA.
I used to do heavy weapons fighting in the SCA,
Whacking some one in the head with a stick is more fun than you think
Until I tore up my rotator cuff and blew out an elbow and the bruises started taking weeks to go away.
This may be hard to believe but when NASA was first designing space suits they actually did take a serious look at how medieval armor was built.
There's a lot more technology in a Gothic suit of armor than you think.
T-slot's, sliding rivets etc. Some of those ideas I think were introduced into the first prototype Space suits which were similar to hard shell
diving suits. Needless to say they didn't go down that road.
But think, Have you ever thought about how would you go about fighting in space?
Seriously you can't use a gun, problems with recoil, handling of ammo etc.
Maybe a electrically fired gun system like the Metal storm. Still have a problem with recoil.
And you don't want the bullets flying around making holes you'd have to patch up later.
Lasers? Portable as a refrigerator and require too much energy. Not enough bang for the buck.
In the book "The Forever war" by Joe Haldeman, they use a type of Chainsaw sword with small attached rockets to get around how to fight in Zero G.
The rockets are used the remove the sword from the the errr...subject.
So maybe some at NASA finally asked "Uh.......so how do we fight in space?"