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11th Nov '15 4:28:52 PM Saber15
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* ''Videogame/EliteDangerous'' allows starships to enter silent running by closing all their heat radiators. The ship will quickly [[OverHeating begin to overheat]], requiring that most systems including the ''life support'' be shut down to keep heat output low. Low heat levels will ''significantly'' reduce your radar signature, though enemies within 300 meters can still pick you up.
11th Oct '15 1:04:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* Referenced in ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' in a table of short words and abbreviations used by submariners to conserve oxygen. It contains the term "SR" for Silent Running mode. It claims that the term comes from the movie ''SilentRunning'', because it is the sub-mariners' favorite movie.
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* Referenced in ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' in a table of short words and abbreviations used by submariners to conserve oxygen. It contains the term "SR" for Silent Running mode. It claims that the term comes from the movie ''SilentRunning'', ''Film/SilentRunning'', because it is the sub-mariners' favorite movie.
9th Aug '15 10:01:17 AM Saber15
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* Possible, but rarely used in ''VideoGame/{{Mechwarrior}} 4''. Mechs could shut down completely to remove themselves from electronic detection. This wouldn't make you invisible, but a good observation point could let you set up an ambush.
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* Possible, but rarely used in ''VideoGame/{{Mechwarrior}} 4''.the ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' series. Mechs could shut down completely to remove themselves from electronic detection. This wouldn't make you invisible, but a good observation point could let you set up an ambush. ''Mechwarrior 4'' and ''Living Legends'' also allows players to flip their EnemyDetectingRadar from "Active" to "Passive"; passive results in a massive reduction in detection radius and prevents MissileLockOn, but also makes it harder for enemies to detect you. In ''Living Legends'', passive radar can be augmented by standing in an active Angel ECM bubble, which makes the user ''completely'' invisible to radar.
7th Aug '15 5:55:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/ArkRoyal'', the titular ship engages in this tactic occasionally with mixed success. The first time, it helps that the fleet also uses drones to mimic the signatures of carriers to fool the enemy. However, the alien stealth systems are ''much'' more effective, although humans quickly figure out how to, at least, approximate their location by certain weak emissions.
7th Aug '15 5:16:54 AM ChronoLegion
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** Later, the [[spoiler:Mesan Alignment]] develops ships that use a new type of propulsion that is completely invisible to gravitic sensors, the so-called Spider drive (it uses incredibly powerful {{Tractor Beam}}s to pull itself towards the [[SubspaceOrHyperspace hyperspace]] wall (which is everywhere). These new types of ships are, essentially, this 'verse's equivalent of submarines. Slow and fragile (no impeller wedges or [[DeflectorShield sidewalls]]), but hidden and capable of dealing great destruction without advance warning.
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** Later, the [[spoiler:Mesan Alignment]] develops ships that use a new type of propulsion that is completely invisible to gravitic sensors, the so-called Spider drive (it uses incredibly powerful {{Tractor Beam}}s to pull itself towards the [[SubspaceOrHyperspace hyperspace]] wall (which is everywhere). These new types of ships are, essentially, this 'verse's equivalent of submarines. Slow and fragile (no impeller wedges or [[DeflectorShield sidewalls]]), but hidden and capable of dealing great destruction without advance warning. Being GenreSavvy, the [[spoiler:Mesans]] also make sure the ship is as invisible to non-gravitic sensors as possible.
7th Aug '15 5:15:56 AM ChronoLegion
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** Later, the [[spoiler:Mesan Alignment]] develops ships that use a new type of propulsion that is completely invisible to gravitic sensors, the so-called Spider drive (it uses incredibly powerful {{Tractor Beam}}s to pull itself towards the [[SubspaceOrHyperspace hyperspace]] wall (which is everywhere). These new types of ships are, essentially, this 'verse's equivalent of submarines. Slow and fragile (no impeller wedges or [[DeflectorShield sidewalls]]), but hidden and capable of dealing great destruction without advance warning.
5th Aug '15 6:08:22 PM Lopiny
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* Somewhat roundabout, but manageable in ''Videogame/SunlessSea'': Pull back the speed to half-march, and turn off the lights, and it'll be a lot easier to sneak around sea monsters and pirates. The main problem is, going around in complete darkness creeps the hell out of the crew, resulting in [[SanityMeter Terror]] climbing particularly fast.
22nd Jun '15 3:30:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Balance of Terror." A virtual [[RecycledInSpace remake]] of the 1957 film ''TheEnemyBelow''.
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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Balance of Terror." A virtual [[RecycledInSpace remake]] of the 1957 film ''TheEnemyBelow''.''Film/TheEnemyBelow''.
11th May '15 7:27:56 PM jamespolk
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* Done in ''Film/RunSilentRunDeep'' by both the crew of the USS ''Nerva'' and, later, by the Japanese submarine that was hunting them. This sets up a suspenseful sequence in which both the ''Nerva'' and the Japanese sub go quiet and even cut their engines, eventually drifting just past each other underwater.
29th Apr '15 6:30:00 AM MadCormorant
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** However, while a diesel sub can be quieter, it has to run at no deeper than periscope depth to run the diesel and recharge the battery, and can only run at depth for a limited time, until it becomes necessary to go back to periscope depth to charge the battery again. Nuclear submarines can operate submerged until the crew runs out of food, so despite being noisier than diesels, they have replaced diesels in the most advanced navies of the world.
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** However, while a diesel sub can be quieter, it has to run at no deeper than periscope depth to run the diesel and recharge the battery, and can only run at depth for a limited time, until it becomes necessary to go back to periscope depth to charge the battery again. Nuclear submarines can operate submerged until the crew runs out of food, so despite being noisier than diesels, they have replaced diesels in the most advanced navies of the world. Newer diesel designs featuring various modes of air-independent propulsion (e.g. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_212_submarine hydrogen fuel cells]]) have stretched their underwater operating time, however.
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