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Old December 18 2012, 02:21 PM   #25
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Re: Did the Auto-destruct partially malfunction in TSFS?

Chemahkuu wrote: View Post
Ships blow up a lot with antimatter still onboard and it never creates all that big a bang.
Well I'd have thought it depends what you try to do.

If the antimatter is simply released into space when the pods are destroyed, or magnetic containment loses power, it would need to come into contact with matching particles of matter to release energy.

Whenever antimatter has been created in a lab it has lasted only a tiny fraction of a second, in our universe it isn't very stable - so when containment goes maybe it simply disappears, unless, like Scotty, you are going to release the whole lot in one go into the reaction chamber, creating a whacking great reaction that would wipe out everything within a few thousand miles.
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