I'm still hoping for a new Windows release. Any progress?
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Well, to be fair, by the time Red Clover got underway a sizable percentage of the former Balcrusian Empire's officer corps was either KIA from the civil war, or had defected or been purged after the BPR took over. And during the op the Ruling Council was too busy consolidating its power to pay much attention to the fact that what was left of the navy was being led on a wild goose chase. The Galactics had no such problems. Once the BPN got their act together a couple years later they managed to largely stalemate the UGN, which is partly why the Galactics were unable to render assistance to the rebellion in 968 GSD.
The other thing is, Creedmore I was basically a MacGuffin in that the BPR didn't really have any practical use for it: the transuranic element that made it valuable had been dug up already, and it didn't offer any strategic advantages at the time. They claimed it because they wanted to show strength to their larger neighbor, who basically gave them the finger. Hence the unofficial name "Operation Raspberry" (given by one of the fighter pilots who took part in the operation). As well as several other unofficial names that can't be printed here.
EDIT: Although I should note that in totalitarian systems of government, the ability to curry favor with the higher-ups has always been more important than actual competence.
This post has been edited by StarSword : 05 January 2012 - 10:51 PM
Radiators in space work by literally radiating heat (as you point out)- they do not use heat transfer.
Meaker's got it, Kasofa. Galactic shipwrights have various tricks for maximizing radiation, one of the most popular being nanoscale texturing of the hull to increase surface area. Meanwhile the hull and bulkheads are honeycombed with microscopic channels for liquid cooling agents that bring heat from the interior to the exterior. The bigger ships also use waste heat for additional power generation, turning it into electricity.
'Course, you can go too far with cooling, like our early space program did. I remember reading that (I think it was) the Apollo capsules were so well-cooled they had to add heaters for the crew's benefit. Most of the factions in EVN:UGF have been at it for so long that maintaining a balance is pretty straightforward to them.
I've gotten back to work on placing the Balcrusian planets. It's slow going, but a system name I threw in randomly gave me an inspiration for a planet DESC (and more worldbuilding). The Creedmore System is located on the southern perimeter of Balcrusian space, and has exactly one rock worth mentioning, Creedmore I.
Creedmore I landing DESC said:
Creedmore I is uninhabited now, but for just under 400 years it was a colony of the Milky Way Union, which settled it in late 503 GSD for its sizable kanium-445 deposits. The next year it was the site of first contact with the Balcrusian Empire, with which the MWU managed to work out a power-sharing agreement on Creedmore. Fast forward four centuries, and the Emperor was deposed by left-wing extremists who proceeded to annex the planet in its entirety. But the nascent UGF had the last laugh, as the best Ka-445 deposits had petered out long ago. The colony's sixteen million inhabitants were evacuated in Operation Red Clover (unofficially "Operation Raspberry"), the first major operation the United Galactic Navy undertook, leaving the now basically worthless Class M to the Balcrusians. It was never settled again.
Operation Red Clover basically consisted of the Fourth and Seventh Battle Groups leading what little was left of the Balcrusian space forces after the civil war on a run-and-gun chase for a month. Meanwhile the entire rest of the mobile UGN and several major shipping companies destroyed any usable equipment and evacuated the population, whether Galactic or Balcrusian in nationality. It was an incredibly successful campaign, and it gave the People's Republic a black eye their upper leadership never really got over.
I've also decided that the Axe-tails, having a slightly more advanced technological base than the other factions, don't bother with external radiators on capital ships (you'll notice they have no wings) because they've discovered how to dump waste heat into hyperspace.
Haven't done much lately, but I did come up with a canonical reason for capital ships to have wings despite not being designed for atmospheric flight: they're for cooling.
Yes, they're big fat radiators to get rid of waste heat. Contrary to popular belief, keeping a ship cool in space is not easy. This page explains the physics better than I can, but the upshot is, while on average (averaged across the entire observable universe, mind you) space is only about 3 Kelvin (unbelievably freezing cold, though not quite absolute zero), there's a hell of a lot of variation. Particularly in a star system's habitable zone, where in direct sunlight it can actually be quite hot outside. And heat transfer by radiation is inefficient, so you need big fat radiators to get rid of the heat generated by the ship's operations alone, never mind heat from external sources. Hence, the wings.