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Subject: Battlestar Galactica poorly designed?
slowball    2/15/2005 3:37:59 AM
After watching the new Battlestar Galactica series I cruised by some fan websites. I saw a facetious comment that the landing bays of the Battlestar Galactica have giant signs on them saying 'attack here'. It went on to say that this major design defect should have been corrected from the original series design. I smiled at first having thought the same thing for years but upon further thought believe the design to be both sound and innovative. My take is that the design, with the landing bays being on struts away from the main hull, allows for the isolation of damage. Much like the engine pod design of the A-10. Landing bays/decks are always going to be a prime target no matter where you put them. They will always be more vulnerable than the rest of the hull since they need to allow access for fighters to land. By isolating the landing bays from the rest of the ship (and each other) you provide greater protection for the main hull and the other landing bay. Better to have fuel and munitions kept away from the main hull. This also allows guns on the main hull to cover the landing bays and flight path of fighters on final approach.
 
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eon    RE:Battlestar Galactica poorly designed?   2/23/2005 9:56:42 AM
The basic problem with such a bay is depressurization in combat. Without internal partitions (fixed or emergency-droppable) a hit that opens one end to space makes the entire volume a very large wind tunnel, with everything inside going out in a hurry. Not a good thing for your flight deck crew.......
 
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JohnBarry    RE:Battlestar Galactica poorly designed?   2/23/2005 10:20:10 AM
The hanger bays would most likely always be depressurized. If you had to work on a fighter you would bring down(or up, or sidewise)into a pressurized maintaince bay. From the show it looks to me like all the shots of the fighters on ship are in these smaller areas. I don't remember any shots of people working on a big long hanger bay.
 
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Eagle601    RE:Battlestar Galactica poorly designed?   3/23/2005 7:55:57 PM
The reason we see a lot of high speed landings is that they are combat landings. You don't want to slow down too much on your approach in that situation. Also, aren't the bays at least partially retractable?
 
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ker       6/25/2007 6:10:08 PM

It looks cool.

I can see a use for a roomy hanger bay, but you don't need a flightdeck for high speed landings and takeoffs. The problem may be in the way they show nothing but high speed landings, just like an aircraft carrier landing. In space you don't need a certain speed to keep the airflow over your wings to prevent gavity from crashing you into the ground. There is no air, gravity or ground. You could land as slow as you wanted(relative speed). I don't think there is anything wrong with the design itself. It's just a big hanger to store the fighters.
Combat landing all surviving vipers just befor jumping to hyperspace requires big landing bays.  And brave and crazy viperjocks.

 
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Treadgar       6/26/2007 12:03:30 PM
I love the series only because I love the way the plot twists and turns. I think the use of fighters doesn't suit space combat operations. As for the design of the Galactica, to be sure it looks cool. I don't think it's a bad design, but like someone else said, I wouldn't want to make radical manuvers in it. I see the fighters as being remote controled, and the fighter pilots stay in the relative safety of the Galactica, but those Cylons can seriously gremlin computer control systems. I also don't see humans as a serious threat to the Cylons. I think the whole series is moving to the point that the Cylons are just playing with the humans in some kind of evolutionary experiment. They make life tough so the humans get tougher. There may be some nostalgic sentiment involved with the Cylons since the humans did create them.

Treadgar 
 
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Yimmy       6/26/2007 1:19:04 PM
I liked the first series or two, but now things have just got a little weird.


 
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andyf       6/27/2007 1:43:52 AM
ahhh, all we need is the galacticans to get to earth and give us their engine technology
then we'd kick the cylons asses for them
imagine a starfury type design ,- 2 metalstorm 30mm pods, 4 missile pylons
and the cylons wouldnt be able to fritz our computers- they wouldnt be compatible!
 
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Ehran       6/27/2007 11:54:42 AM


and the cylons wouldnt be able to fritz our computers- they wouldnt be compatible!

i wouldn't want to bet on that state lasting long.  the cylons have demonstrated a considerable capacity to adapt and overcome.

 
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Treadgar       6/28/2007 9:37:54 AM
Yeah BG is getting weird, and where will they go from there? I'll stay tuned to see. They have a new series coming out with Buck Rogers, or is that a movie? That might be interesting.
Treadgar
 
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Jeff_F_F       6/29/2007 9:42:13 PM
Buck Rodgers? That rocks. I remember getting a kick out of it when the year really *was* 1987 and there weren't *any* manned deep space probes.  Heh.
 
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