RE: Real life space war weaponry

Billy Brown (
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 08:07:04 -0600

Max M wrote:
> Any kind of radar guided machine gun would probably be a good
> guess. There
> is not much reason to use explosives at space velocities..

Right now that would be an effective weapon, but by the time we can build an interplanetary warship that will have changed. Your missile defense lasers will pick off those bullets at whatever range you can detect them at (probably at least a few thousand miles). Also, even at 10-20km/sec they won't penetrate diamondoid armor very well.

That's why I tend to expect directed energy weapons of some sort to dominate - they are difficult to defend against, and most types don't run out of ammunition.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I