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Old February 16 2013, 05:14 PM   #20
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Re: Aircraft carriers & realism in space

Christopher wrote: View Post
Yes, but that's where you use missiles instead of fighters.
Missiles are single use drones.
Multiple use drones have many advantages over single use missiles in a space battle.

Over very large distances - as in space -, in order to be effective, both missiles and drones need capable AI (eliminating humans from the command chain - which presents disadvantages) or remote control (which can be jammed).
Manned fighters don't have this problems - but have others, which can be summed up as higher mass.

A heavily shielded/cloaked station, housing the humans, and multiple drones operating at close range (minimizing the AI and jamming problems) could be the best solution.
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