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Questions tagged [space-combat]

Questions about space combat in a work of science fiction or fantasy.

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Old story about an officer put in command of a museum ship to fight in an important space battle against an enemy with a surprising new weapon

Searching for an old story about an officer put in command of a museum ship to fight in an important space battle against an enemy with a surprising new weapon. He wins, because it turns out the new ...
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Late 80s book with a militaristic space faring civilization where protagonist is an alien entity possessing a commander of the civilization

Trying to find the name/author of a book I've read a while ago. As far as I recall, this was a single book published in the late 80s (maybe 1987). Published in English. I want to say the cover had a ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

The films clearly demonstrated the Millennium Falcon can take on multiple TIE fighters in a dog fight and emerge victorious. Plus the Falcon can survive direct hits from Imperial Star Destroyer guns, ...
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What is “Shield Modulation”?

In Star Trek: Generations, the Duras sisters rig Geordi's visor with a camera so that they can find out the ship's "Shield Modulation". Once they have this number, they can set their torpedoes/...
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In The Force Awakens, why were X-Wings so much more accurate than TIE fighters?

In The Force Awakens, we see two instances of starfighters shooting at ground targets. On Jakku, two TIEs try and fail to shoot the fleeing Finn and Rey. On Takadona, Poe Dameron shoots the ...
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How many X-Wings were sent out and lost in the final battle in “The Force Awakens?”

I’ve seen the film once, but my impression of this last battle from the X-Wing perspective was this: We are shown about 12 (?) X-Wings arriving at the target location and going in for the attack. ...
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What is the offensive distribution between the stardrive and saucer section on a Galaxy class star ship?

I am wondering about the combat effectiveness of the saucer section of a Galaxy class starship is compared to the stardrive section. I know that the saucer section can sustain a warp field but not ...
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Naval Engagements in the Warp

Is it possible for vessels to engage in combat while within the Warp? I can find many bits of information relating to the fighting of daemonic incursions while in the Warp, so presumably weapons must ...
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If starships can raise and lower their shields at will, how do they fail in battle? [duplicate]

The question is this: Starship's can materialize their shields instantly, when there were no shields (or no more than navigational deflectors) to begin with. However, when there were some shields, ...
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Looking for a Sci-Fi book that I read in the late 80's

(I know it's not the Ender's Games series) From what I remember, The book is about a young adult/teenager that is used to fight against enemy spaceships. They have him wear a 'space suit' that has ...
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FTL combat in Newton's Wake

Some setup is necessary before I can get to asking my question. In Ken MacLeod's Newton's Wake, FTL is possible. There is a form of chronology protection: Say ye try tae send a signal intae the ...
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Science Fiction book about a present day military man on a future spaceship

A present day (1950s) military man finds himself in control of a future warship called Master Cruiser 12 12 12. The ship had a holographic control system is in the guise of a young woman called 'The ...
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According to canon, what is the primary style of hand to hand combat utilized by Kirk in Star Trek TOS?

The hand to hand combat prowess of STNG Starfleet's security personnel is lauded by Tasha Yar in the accepted answer to this question. Tasha: I think you should know that there is no physical ...
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Which vessels in the Star Trek universe have beaten a Galaxy Class starship in one-on-one combat?

The Borg Cube ship is obviously one such ship that has beaten a Galaxy class in single combat. Another is the Tamarian cruiser, TNG 5x02 'Darmok'. Also, the Husnock Warship (recreated) beat a ...
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How does time dilation affect Honorverse missiles?

The Honorverse is pretty good at telling us how long voyages take for "the universe at large" versus people on the ship. Their ships are limited to a speed of .8c, or slower in hyper-space. This ...