Boarding action in space

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Yes i know, with realistic space travel it is quite a stunt at best. However i wonder about a situation, when they really want to capture someone alive, and they can take a similar course disguised as a civilan cargo ship.
My question is, could it be reasonable, that the attackers need to leave their ship and rely on a small assault boat, since their ship cant stay at the ship meant to be captured due to course difference? The boat couldnt have fusion reactor unlike the ship, however, chemical rockets can have big acceleration, they can make 5km/s course change in a short time. On the other hand, although the ship has fusion but it can only maintain acceleration on the order of miliGs. (few hunder MW reactor output, mass 100 ton, exhaust velocity at least 10 km/s)
How they board is solved, the boat melt the way in. Alternatively they could use the ship laser and manueverable space suits. However, in the first case, they couldnt request laser cannon support from their ship, once on board.
 

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they really want to capture someone alive
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How they board is solved, the boat melt the way in.
You don't see any contradiction here?
 
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You don't see any contradiction here?
No. There are many security doors inside. the boarding dont unair the whole ship. Also there are spacesuits and spare oxygen.
 
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Your previous thread was about shooting down fast missiles. My humble opinion is that compared to missiles any boarding spacecraft would be just a big, fat sitting duck for elementary shooting practice.
 
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Your previous thread was about shooting down fast missiles. My humble opinion is that compared to missiles any boarding spacecraft would be just a big, fat sitting duck for elementary shooting practice.

Missiles dont have a MJ laser unlike the ship that has the boarding party. And laser focusing apparatus is a pretty big target. (Focus energy to a smaller area than the whole lens/mirror, or take double heat, first from own laser, second from enemy laser and they are ruined quickly)
Also the target isnt exactly warship but a yacht serving diplomatic purposes.
 
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Also the target isnt exactly warship but a yacht serving diplomatic purposes.
Then it is a 'maybe'. Matter of amount of support vessels and decoys in escort (escort of the target and the boarding party too).
If boarding parties exists in a story then it is unlikely that an important ship would be without any anti-boarding equipment, troops and escort.
Spacesuit based boarding is unlikely, but cutting through the hull or an airlock based on a special ship which can lock onto the target feels good enough.
 
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Then it is a 'maybe'. Matter of amount of support vessels and decoys in escort (escort of the target and the boarding party too).
If boarding parties exists in a story then it is unlikely that an important ship would be without any anti-boarding equipment, troops and escort.
Spacesuit based boarding is unlikely, but cutting through the hull or an airlock based on a special ship which can lock onto the target feels good enough.

It has escort ships (one of them will be sabotaged, the boarding is part of a coup d'etat) lasers, troops armored like a tank, but i think its strongest defence is that it has the flag of Earth, attack it is the same as attack Earth. (Asteroid warlords fight only each other)
 

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