Looks like we will need to do some consistency checks between all the laser entries.
The Laser Rifle is very technical, almost to the point of being out of place when compared to the other laser texts. The Laser Defense Facility entry is similar in tone, but has a definitive “Star Trek” mood.
The Laser Pistol entry introduced the idea of “core breakdown,” which effectively meant that it had 10 shots of ammunition. The Laser Rifle CT mentions greater ammunition capacity, but not why this is the case. The Heavy Laser Rifle text mentions nothing about ammunition, and the Laser Cannon text here mentions it having “effectively more ammo than a [rail] cannon.” No mention is made of core replacement for the Laser Cannon, and no reference to core breakdown is made in the “Laser Weapons System” thread (this isn’t in the Asset List!
) nor the Laser Base Defense Facility entry. We need to come to a consensus on laser weapon ammunition/cores.
On a side note, the word “pinnacle” is also used in the first sentence of many other text entries… we might want to change it up a little.
Also, the concept of a series of capacitors is mentioned in the laser texts. The “Laser Weapons System” thread says this is an innovation to improve rate of fire, as does the Laser Pistol CT. The Laser Base Defense Facility implies this as well. The Laser Pistol and Heavy Laser Rifle also attribute additional capacitors as a safety “buffer.” The Laser Rifle and the Laser Cannon texts both imply that all the capacitors are working in tandem to produce the laser beam. Further, most entries suggest that the capacitors are storing “laser energy” and not “electrical energy,” like mentioned in the Laser Cannon text. Is this correct? The reasons behind the series of capacitors should be uniform across the CT’s.
The Heavy Laser Rifle is the only one to mention multiple cores, and it says that the secondary core is used when the first overheats, or is damaged. Don’t know if this is even a gameplay issue; suggest deleting the dual-core setup from that entry.
I feel that the “Laser Weapons System” CT should contain the most technical theories, allowing the other derivative entries to focus on practical matters rather than theory.
Additionally, there also needs to be a consensus on hydrogen fuel cells/tanks. The Sidewinder and Titan texts don’t mention hydrogen at all, but this Laser Cannon entry claims that they used hydrogen as fuel. This also begs the question: when was the hydrogen fuel cell developed? It was “first used” in the XC-1 Gryphon, but if it was already in use in the Sidewinder and Titan… you see the chronological discrepancy. Also, this Laser Cannon entry claims that hydrogen fuel cells converted energy directly to electricity without combustion… This differs from what I remember in the XC-1 Gryphon text.
Anyway, on to the Laser Cannon entry.
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Despite the successes Confusing word choice. Like the Titan missile entry, rail-cannons were described as being “only accurate within miniscule ranges.” I don’t think rail-cannons would qualify as a “success.” Perhaps use “military applications” instead? of the rail-cannon and the Titan and Sidewinder missiles, they both had major limitations. The cannon had was extremely short-ranged and limited accuracy inaccurate, rendering it ineffective against medium and large UFOs. And both of the missile systems had low firing rates, and could carry very little ammunition, while the missiles themselves were expensive and bulky, requiring large amounts of storage space.
After designing more and more powerful lasers, x-corps X-Corps scientists realized that laser systems were becoming effective enough to be practical in air-to-air combat due to their superb armor piercing capabilities. A powerful enough lasers would effectively have more ammo than a cannon, be more powerful than a Sidewinder, and would be as accurate as a one without the need for guidance systems, primarily because there is no need to lead the shot. "it's like shooting fish in a barrel compared to the old cannon system" says veteran pilot Jim Lumbeck, a pilot.
One feature that was used in previous designs but proves most effective in heavy laser weaponry is the diamond lense focus system. In smaller laser weapons, the change in size of the beam is negligible. On a larger laser, these diamond lenses are needed to focus the laser beam to pierce heat resistant UFO armor, and the radius of the laser can vary up to 5 centimeters. The system can also adjust for attack at different ranges. This paragraph is confusing. Suggest: In smaller, man-portable laser weapons, beam dispersion is virtually negligible at the ranges required. In the larger craft-mounted version, the laser beams must travel many times further, and focal imperfections would result in the energy being scattered long before the beam reached its target. By using finely-ground diamond lenses in our craft-mounted [laser cannons], however, beam dispersion is kept to a minimum: at XX kilometers, the laser beam’s deviation is still within five centimeters.
The [laser cannon] stores hydrogen in a similar way to the Titan and Sidewinder missiles, however, rather than burning the hydrogen the [laser cannon] uses a stack of fuel cells to directly produce electricity from the hydrogen. The electricity is then fed to the capacitors which eventually discharge and the lasers fire (see [laser concept]). In field trials, the [laser cannon] has been able to burn 10cm holes through 15cm steel plates with only a 25th of a 0.04 second burst, and depending on the length of the burst, holes up to a meter wide have been burned out of steel. The problem is that lasers are supposed to be tightly focused, right? Burning through a greater area displays the power of the laser, but not its ability to focus tightly. "Dr. Sklodowska locked herself in the lab for three days after word came back about what happened in Krakow, you know, just after that new guy from the RAF RAF? Shouldn’t it be X-Corps Air Force or somesuch? missed that big ship. Then this morning, I wake up with a hole a meter in diameter in the wall next to my bed. I could see clear to Hanger 1 through it!"- the base captain. Add a name to the quote. Also, I don’t really understand the relevance of this quote. The scientist makes a more powerful laser in response to a pilot’s inaccurate shooting?
x-corps X-Corps pilots and maintenance crews alike can't wait to install this new weapon system on all x-corps X-Corps fighter craft. However, there have been complaints from x-corps X-Corps operatives. "First they make a laser more powerful than my gun, then they tell me I can't use it, what's the deal with that anyway?" -Sam Dodge, X-Corps marine (pilot?) I don’t see the relevance of this quote, either. When and where did “they” say operatives can’t use lasers?
Edited by Astyanax, 02 February 2005 - 12:11 PM.