sleek fighters by Accelerando

sleek fighters

Accelerando

30 January 2017 at 19:36:09 MST

some ruminations on space fighters/drones - I’m rethinking the Lancer designs i’ve done earlier, in light of two particular factors: sloped armor, and damage cross-section.

armor sloping helps absorb damage with less material, and you’ll want to keep a small profile presented to the enemy in order to minimize impacts/amount of stuff exposed to lasers. this design consideration opens up room for more nuanced designs, with pointier/knifelike vessels and sleeker, semi-”aerodynamic” armor.

(absolutely minimal cross section is not always desirable, either. pointier vessels have low cross section, but less forward-facing room to mount weapons.)

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    Feels...aerodynamic, yet nimble soft and secure.