posted on Oct, 20 2011 @ 10:17 PM
I've given this a great deal of thought in the past.
1. Martial combat in a zero gravity environment would require some very specific training. Nothing inside the confines of a gravitational body would
be a suitable training location for combat outside of a gravity well or in a weightless environment. The only purpose would be to weapon-train for
combat inside gravity wells. Medieval weaponry tended to be heavy and cumbersome. A long-sword or broadsword would not be an effective weapon
against a rapier, but if the rapier weighed the same as a long-sword, then medieval weapons training would be effective. Say, trying to wield a
rapier in 10x gravity or during a craft acceleration that required a great deal of time to complete. So either it's to train them for a higher
gravity or so that they can perform combat maneuvers during a massive acceleration phase of... let's say... an interstellar acceleration that
requires lengthy accel time to reach a specific speed using conventional propulsion.
2. If you are going to use a weapon in space, a bladed weapon should take preference over a ballistic weapon for craft security. Bullet holes
through the hull wouldn't be a good thing. Also, depending on the environmental variables, there's no guarantee a charge would detonate inside the
chamber. A sword doesn't have to be fired so the atmosphere isn't much of an issue beyond weight.
3. It is quite possible that the training will lead to sparring tests aboard the ISS. The use of a bladed weapon is fairly refined into the
catagories of cutting or jabbing. Whatever the intended target is, it has to be made of material conducive to cutting or jabbing or it wouldn't be
sensible to use such a weapon.