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20th Jun '17 6:25:35 PM GiantSpaceChinchilla
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* In ''The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' it is stated that the Death Star fueled itself with a Ram Scoop for self sufficiency.
20th Jun '17 10:23:20 AM Piterpicher
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* ''Franchise/WingCommander'' mentions various forms of ramscoop drives across the games and tie-in novels. In the main series of games, some {{Space Fighter}}s are powered by {{antimatter}} engines that refuel via ramscoop [[note]]never mind that spaceborne antihydrogen particles would be even rarer than normal hydrogen[[/note]]. In game mechanics, this gives you an infinite supply of {{Afterburner}} fuel. In the various novels, all capital ships and fighters [[note]]''except'' the {{antimatter}} powered fighters mentioned in the games[[/note]] use ramscoops to gather hydrogen fuel; in a nod to real physics, the fuel collection rate increases with the velocity of the spacecraft. Thus, a ship that uses up its fuel supply without maintaining sufficient velocity may have to coast for days or weeks to get enough fuel to fire its engines back up.

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* ''Franchise/WingCommander'' mentions various forms of ramscoop drives across the games and tie-in novels. In the main series of games, some {{Space Fighter}}s are powered by {{antimatter}} engines that refuel via ramscoop [[note]]never mind that spaceborne antihydrogen particles would be even rarer than normal hydrogen[[/note]]. In game mechanics, this gives you an infinite supply of {{Afterburner}} VideoGame/AfterBurner fuel. In the various novels, all capital ships and fighters [[note]]''except'' the {{antimatter}} powered fighters mentioned in the games[[/note]] use ramscoops to gather hydrogen fuel; in a nod to real physics, the fuel collection rate increases with the velocity of the spacecraft. Thus, a ship that uses up its fuel supply without maintaining sufficient velocity may have to coast for days or weeks to get enough fuel to fire its engines back up.
4th May '17 4:00:17 AM SebastianGray
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* [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Demiurg]] capital ships, from the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' GaidenGame ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'', are equipped with electromagnetic force fields around their prows deigned to scoop up interstellar hydrogen that is then used to power their engines. This effect can also be reversed to produce a powerful, if short ranged, cutting beam that the Demiurg use for [[AsteroidMiners mining operations]], as well as to cut up enemy ships.

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* [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Demiurg]] capital ships, from the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' GaidenGame ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'', are equipped with electromagnetic force fields around their prows deigned designed to scoop up interstellar hydrogen that is then used to power their engines. This effect can also be reversed to produce a powerful, if short ranged, cutting beam that the Demiurg use for [[AsteroidMiners mining operations]], as well as to cut up enemy ships.
4th May '17 1:36:27 AM SebastianGray
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* [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Demiurg]] capital ships, from the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' GaidenGame ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'', are equipped with electromagnetic force fields around their prows deigned to scoop up interstellar hydrogen that is then used to power their engines. This effect can also be reversed to produce a powerful, if short ranged, cutting beam that the Demiurg use for [[AsteroidMiners mining operations]], as well as to cut up enemy ships.
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23rd Apr '17 10:21:43 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SwordOfTheStars'', the [[InsectoidAliens Hivers]], having no [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] capability except a PortalNetwork, can research Ramscoop technology that allows their ships to travel without expending fuel. However, unlike a "standard" Bussard collector, Hiver ramscoops are powerful magnets that do the same job.

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* In ''SwordOfTheStars'', ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', the [[InsectoidAliens Hivers]], having no [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] capability except a PortalNetwork, can research Ramscoop technology that allows their ships to travel without expending fuel. However, unlike a "standard" Bussard collector, Hiver ramscoops are powerful magnets that do the same job.
16th Jan '17 12:50:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* It's mentioned several times throughout the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' lore that helium-3/deuterium fusion reactors are the primary method of shipboard power generation. The most common commercial method of propulsion are called fusion torches, which vent the ionized gases produced by these power plants as reaction mass. The helium-3 for the reactors is stated to be "skimmed" from gas giants, presumably using the second variety of RamScoop described on this page. Almost every system that you visit in the games that have inhabitated colonies also have gas giants that are used for supplying helium-3, with one notable exception where it's mentioned that it needs to be expensively shipped in from another system.

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* It's mentioned several times throughout the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' lore that helium-3/deuterium fusion reactors are the primary method of shipboard power generation. The most common commercial method of propulsion are called fusion torches, which vent the ionized gases produced by these power plants as reaction mass. The helium-3 for the reactors is stated to be "skimmed" from gas giants, presumably using the second variety of RamScoop ramscoop described on this page. Almost every system that you visit in the games that have inhabitated colonies also have gas giants that are used for supplying helium-3, with one notable exception where it's mentioned that it needs to be expensively shipped in from another system.
14th Sep '16 7:36:57 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'' prequel novel, the kilometer-wide Bugger/Formic/Hormiga starship has an opening at the front designed to collect interstellar hydrogen (it's even mentioned that it would only really work when going at a high percentage of the speed of light) and use the collected "gamma plasma" as both reaction mass (i.e. expel it out the back) and fuel. Additionally, the ship actually collects ''more'' than it can use, and dumps excess "gamma plasma" periodically through "pores" all over the ship's hull. In a pinch, this system can also be used to destroy any meteors or asteroids in the ship's path or destroy enemy ships/stations within several a range of several hundred thousand kilometers. As a byproduct, the periodic bursts end up scrambling human communications ([[spoiler:which the Buggers don't know, as they don't have radio]]).

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'' ''Literature/EarthUnaware'' prequel novel, the kilometer-wide Bugger/Formic/Hormiga starship has an opening at the front designed to collect interstellar hydrogen (it's even mentioned that it would only really work when going at a high percentage of the speed of light) and use the collected "gamma plasma" as both reaction mass (i.e. expel it out the back) and fuel. Additionally, the ship actually collects ''more'' than it can use, and dumps excess "gamma plasma" periodically through "pores" all over the ship's hull. In a pinch, this system can also be used to destroy any meteors or asteroids in the ship's path or destroy enemy ships/stations within several a range of several hundred thousand kilometers. As a byproduct, the periodic bursts end up scrambling human communications ([[spoiler:which the Buggers don't know, as they don't have radio]]).
13th Sep '16 12:41:53 PM Ikibrod9000
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* The ''Odysseus'' uses a RAIR-type engine in ''Literature/JunctionPoint''.
11th Sep '16 10:04:25 PM PaulA
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* In OrsonScottCard's ''[[EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'' prequel novel, the kilometer-wide Bugger/Formic/Hormiga starship has an opening at the front designed to collect interstellar hydrogen (it's even mentioned that it would only really work when going at a high percentage of the speed of light) and use the collected "gamma plasma" as both reaction mass (i.e. expel it out the back) and fuel. Additionally, the ship actually collects ''more'' than it can use, and dumps excess "gamma plasma" periodically through "pores" all over the ship's hull. In a pinch, this system can also be used to destroy any meteors or asteroids in the ship's path or destroy enemy ships/stations within several a range of several hundred thousand kilometers. As a byproduct, the periodic bursts end up scrambling human communications ([[spoiler:which the Buggers don't know, as they don't have radio]]).
** It's never stated how the human ships in ''Ender's Game'' work, but considering that they were reverse-engineered from Formic technology it can be assumed that they use ramscoops as well. By ''Speaker for the Dead'' (3,000 years later) they seem to have switched to a ReactionlessDrive though.

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* In OrsonScottCard's ''[[EndersGame Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'' prequel novel, the kilometer-wide Bugger/Formic/Hormiga starship has an opening at the front designed to collect interstellar hydrogen (it's even mentioned that it would only really work when going at a high percentage of the speed of light) and use the collected "gamma plasma" as both reaction mass (i.e. expel it out the back) and fuel. Additionally, the ship actually collects ''more'' than it can use, and dumps excess "gamma plasma" periodically through "pores" all over the ship's hull. In a pinch, this system can also be used to destroy any meteors or asteroids in the ship's path or destroy enemy ships/stations within several a range of several hundred thousand kilometers. As a byproduct, the periodic bursts end up scrambling human communications ([[spoiler:which the Buggers don't know, as they don't have radio]]).
** It's never stated how the human ships in ''Ender's Game'' ''Literature/EndersGame'' work, but considering that they were reverse-engineered from Formic technology it can be assumed that they use ramscoops as well. By ''Speaker for the Dead'' ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'' (3,000 years later) they seem to have switched to a ReactionlessDrive though.
10th Jul '16 5:00:09 AM DavidCowie
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* Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/TauZero'' takes place entirely on a ramscoop ship.

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* Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/TauZero'' takes place entirely on a ramscoop ship. Anderson had clearly not received the news about the maximum speed, because the ship accelerates to a very large fraction of the speed of light.
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