Hello everyone, I am designing a ship for my sci fi story and I need input regarding the shield. I am trying to make my story as hard sci fi as I can get away with. The story takes place a few centuries from now and details the first expedition to Alpha Centuri. The ship will have a cruising velocity of 12-15%c and I am currently trying to figure the best way to protect it from collisions with dust and other schpleh it encounters along its merry way. Would the shape of the shield have any baring? Lately I have wondered if it was possible to construct the shield in such a shape that it deflected impacts rather then absorbing them. would this work or would it not make any difference when you are moving at those speeds? Any other ideas for the shield? I am open to ideas.