Space pirates

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Does that actually means that futuristic alloys, ceramites wouldnt make a spark? (no shave off iron powder) Otherwise i redesigned that scene, the defenders hide in a big garden. (VIP hates hybernation, so the ship has a big garden)
... MacGuyver managed to light a magnesium alloy bike frame ... once lit, it was a lighted bike frame.. magnesium is used for bike frames because it's lighter, which is probably what MacGuyver used to light it.
Once it had burned out it was a lot lighter.
 
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Not saying that isn't a possibility but I'd be disappointed in a setting in which that was universal. Fear of new technologies rapidly dies off. A status symbol is a possibility but to expand on that (and perhaps justify the park in spaaaace idea): if we posit a setting with cheap and easy space travel there are still economic considerations (unless we're going super cheap). Regular transports might be little more than suspended animation stacks. The 1% might instead travel in ships that have luxuries like large rooms, spas, entertainments like a cruise ship. The mass per passenger becomes horrendously large compared to regular (four or more orders of magnitude wouldn't surprise me) and given the more than linear fuel increase the price is likely to be astronomical. But the rich will be rich.

RE the park: how do you plan on fitting an entire park on a space ship? The only image I have so far is for the ship to be quite large and have multiple habitat rings perhaps a few hundred meters in diameter (spun for gravity). One of which is a park.

RE pirates getting on board the difficulties in that seem to stack up so much that it's hard to believe. They'd have to intercept from long distance without being intercepted during or later themselves. They'd have to dock with a spinning craft capable of moving around last minute. In a world where this is a risk it's likely regular vessels would have defences (particularly if cyberpunk megacorps are involved) so they'd have to risk being destroyed or fatally damaged when they get close, they'd have to survive a fight inside when they don't control the ships systems or defences etc etc etc. It all adds up to become a bit unbelievable IMO, at least as a regular thing. One big game changer is subterfuge and infiltration. If the would-be kidnappers could get one of their own on board pretending to crew that person could sabotage the engines, comms and weapons at the right time. Better yet smuggle multiple people on and just overtake the ship wholesale.

Fuel requirement isnt linear with growing speeds due to rocket equation, but as far as i know its linear with ship's base mass. Yes, i didnt plan to make a luxury ship with a garden common, that is why i introduced hybernation, to greatly decrease costs of manned flight.
Khatti explained quite well the spin ship i thought about.

The pirates will have inner help, VIP has a character like Nicu Caucescu or Udai Hussein, and really hated by younger brother. Escort cruiser will be disabled, they know in advance the flight plan, hide their vessels in a really big cargo ship. Since pirate ships usually light armed cargo ships, inside cargo bay a fast chem fuel boarding boat, probably an additional fighter to flank the enemy, escort frigates' back are vulnarable.
Due to my scientist character, pirate asteroid received superior plans, of course there will be trouble with experimental technology, i plan the space battle part something like - Coolant pipe leaks, seal it quickly! Replace that melt thingy!
Once they boarded, the pirate ship's lasers can still give fire support. (I introduced garden, spa thing to give hiding place to guards and make surprise attack, it is a long time to board ship due to space distances, they had time to make proper hiding place.)

Certain things work in my story for being unprecedented, like make a Trojan horse trick with big cargo ship. (Warring corps declared that one too dangerous, mine more ore and build more fleet is more reliable)
 
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And don't forget, somewhere in the asteroid belt someone is going to have to be raising a garden. Someone is going to have to have figured out how to do this reasonably economically or we're all going back to Earth. Humans living in the asteroid belt are not going to be living on rocks. What those people will have, that we by definition can't, is experience on how it is done. They may figure out dozens of ways to economize the process that we are just in no position to appreciate. It may also turn out that having some sort of garden on board a ship is a necessity, not a luxury. Just speculatin'.
 
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Off to see The Force Awakens!
 
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GTOM

This may be off the beaten path, but I thought I'd ask anyway. Of late I've become fascinated with the idea of McKendree cylinders and Bishops Rings. What kind of habitats were you planning to fill the Asteroid Belt with anyway?
 
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This may be off the beaten path, but I thought I'd ask anyway. Of late I've become fascinated with the idea of McKendree cylinders and Bishops Rings. What kind of habitats were you planning to fill the Asteroid Belt with anyway?

Well, i dont mind that.
I think too much exposure to micrograv would be pretty bad, also a good number of people spend 5-10 years there, then go back to Earth, and have a much higher living standard than average people living from unemployment aid. So they live in spin stations mimic 1g. (It is not common to spin up the whole asteroid, although not unprecedented)
I thought a usual construction would be two levels, low level (outer part) for lower class workers, cramped spaces, overlook minor crimes (recreational drugs, prostitution etc, not murder, firearms, my pirates can learn pretty much brawl - needed when a guard jump to my captian, with the thought, they cant use cannon against him if he is in brawl)
High level for executives, tourists, proved senior and white collar workers: parks, beaches, pretty much light, bigger houses and streets, small gardens etc.

Docks and mines and factories on the asteroid itself, shifts are done by chem fuel shuttles.
While there can be strip mining too, but i guess, in many cases they shaft into asteroid, eventually make it hollowed out like a 3d labirinth, with some shafts big enough for small manned spacecraft to manuever in it.
 
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(so much so that criminals can afford a craft and make enough of a profit to run it)
well to buy a tall ship would cost a couple of thousand pounds (a lot in modern money) when the tall ships were still in use and so pirates then could afford those then surely it would be a similar setting merely with space opposed to oceans and planets opposed to islands. it would also be by the nature of pirating very easy to start small in a little freighter and move up in size very quickly with out a issue of cost as a plundered vessel would be effectively the part of the loot allowing one to use it for further pirating.
 
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well to buy a tall ship would cost a couple of thousand pounds (a lot in modern money) when the tall ships were still in use and so pirates then could afford those then surely it would be a similar setting merely with space opposed to oceans and planets opposed to islands. it would also be by the nature of pirating very easy to start small in a little freighter and move up in size very quickly with out a issue of cost as a plundered vessel would be effectively the part of the loot allowing one to use it for further pirating.

Space is not an ocean: period.
 
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yes but in many ways it has similarities it is a vast boundary that is hard to cross dangerous and requires an entire branch of its own tech to move over it is vast and littered with small clumps of rock and one must take with them anything that they need or intend to use.
it is filled with mistery and rumour because it is hard to explore and very alian to us as a species
 
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well to buy a tall ship would cost a couple of thousand pounds (a lot in modern money) when the tall ships were still in use and so pirates then could afford those then surely it would be a similar setting

One of the ways pirates got ship in the Seventeenth Century was by (surprise! surprise!) stealing them. And Ryan is right in other ways. In space if you're hungry you can't drop a line out the airlock and catch a fish.
 
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Even in sea, it is not easy to board a submarine, while she is submerged.
 
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Even in sea, it is not easy to board a submarine, while she is submerged.

Sure it is. Just swim up and knock on the screen door!
 
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Even in sea, it is not easy to board a submarine, while she is submerged.

IMHO looting a big truck is a better analogy, nothing will sink or crash. Of course the scene is full 3d, so they have to prepare for things like in case of three attackers, one can get into the right position to attack the big radiator wings. That is why i considered an important thing, that an armed cargo ship should have fighters too.
 
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One of the ways pirates got ship in the Seventeenth Century was by (surprise! surprise!) stealing them. And Ryan is right in other ways. In space if you're hungry you can't drop a line out the airlock and catch a fish.
well i cant imagine anyone ever having the power or the resources to keep track of people that have a colossal galaxy hide in and be able to stop them just going into space ports/centres to buy food and drink in addition to other supply's and it is as easy to steal a good tall ship as to steal a good space craft.
i don't know if you have tried but it is surprisingly hard to fish of the back of a tall ship and so it is not much of an issue loosing all possibility of fishing. even if they had the ability they would rarely have the time to fish as being a pirate requires a lot of moving around and evading any form of justice, not exactly the best time to sit down and fish.
 
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IMHO looting a big truck is a better analogy, nothing will sink or crash.
No, but stuff will decompress.
 
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No, but stuff will decompress.

Then what? Even if the crates scatter, it is easy to capture them, leaks can be sealed easily, cargo ships usually unmanned, but if an armed cargo ship is manned, and the crew dont have spacesuits and die... the pirates get over it.

Capturing a space station while not dooming the people isnt that easy, I described, that the assault boats have plasma cutters, melt their way in, then seal the leaks with some kind of metallic foam.
 

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