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Old December 4 2010, 06:00 PM   #313
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Re: Star Ship Polaris

Herkimer Jitty wrote: View Post
I'm not quite sure about the tailfins. They feel like the ol' "slap airplane bits on spaceships that never enter the atmosphere" idea, and kind of look akward viewed from the front.

They look very cool from the back, though.
I dunno. I think the fins are cool. And what's more there could be a technical reason to have them. Most sci-fi ships totally laugh in the face of the laws of thermodynamics. These fins could be something related to the ship's heat dissipation system. Contrary to popular belief, hard vacuum is a wonderful insulator. A ship like this, that is continually producing power would necessarily also be producing a bunch of heat, and external radiators are pretty much the only way to dump it out of the ship to avoid baking the crew to a nice golden crisp.

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