History Main / SpaceMines

30th May '16 6:55:50 PM EryliaStarheart
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* Earth's ocean and sea terrain contains a lot of inlets, natural harbors, bays, straights and other types of terrain that make natural choke-points where the use of mines is a practical way to deny or substantially delay passage to unwanted ships. No such barriers or terrain exists in space to prevent ships from circumnavigating such a barrier. Even protecting a very small moon with a density of one mine every few thousand cubic km would require huge numbers of mines and logistical support to successfully achieve coverage. The same logistical resources would be of better use in improving detection and interception/quick reaction capability. Can be justified if there IS a conveniently narrow pathway to barricade, such as a local entrance to {{Hyperspace}} or the PortalNetwork, or if the object to be surrounded by mines is fairly small, such as an asteroid base.
* Laying mines takes time, and the larger area you need to cover, the number of mines you would need increase quadratically. To cover large or even moderate areas could take hundreds of years, even if it only took a few seconds to lay each mine. Justified if the mines have potential to locate and approach, or shoot, their targets from massive range, thus ensuring blockade functionality despite low minefield density, or can be all released in a single spot and relocate and organise autonomously. As for the matter of quantity, this can be explained by having automated manufacturing and minelaying facilities operating over lengthy time periods, or have the mines themselves be self-propagating Von Neumann machines.
* Sea mines are deployed under water, greatly complicating the task of detecting and clearing them. There is no such barrier to visibility for SpaceMines. Unless there were some sort of mitigating factor (sensory disruption, cloaked mines, etc.) space ships could just pick them off with long range guns/lasers/missiles/decoys/whatever. May be partially justified by the fact that, unlike enemy ships, they can be inert, dormant and undistinguishable from generic space debris until they're close enough to strike.

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* Earth's ocean and sea terrain contains a lot of inlets, natural harbors, bays, straights straits and other types of terrain that make natural choke-points where the use of mines is a practical way to deny or substantially delay passage to unwanted ships. No such barriers or terrain exists exist in space to prevent ships from circumnavigating space, and so such a barrier. barrier may be easily circumnavigated. Even protecting a very small moon with a density of one mine per every few thousand cubic km kilometers would require huge massive numbers of mines and logistical support to successfully achieve coverage. The While not completely impossible, the same logistical resources would be of better use in improving detection and interception/quick reaction capability.capability, or outright constructing more battleworthy spaceships. Can be justified if there IS a conveniently narrow pathway to barricade, such as a local entrance to {{Hyperspace}} or the PortalNetwork, or if the object to be surrounded by mines is fairly small, such as an asteroid base.
* Laying mines takes time, and the larger area you need to cover, for every increase in target area's radius, the number of mines you would need increase quadratically.exponentially. To cover large or even moderate areas could take hundreds of years, even if it only took a few seconds to lay each mine. Justified if the mines have potential to locate and approach, or shoot, their targets from massive range, thus ensuring blockade functionality despite low minefield density, or can be all released in a single spot and relocate and organise autonomously. As for the matter of quantity, this can be explained by having automated manufacturing and minelaying facilities operating over lengthy time periods, or have the mines themselves be self-propagating Von Neumann machines.
* Sea mines are deployed under water, greatly complicating the task of detecting and clearing them. There is no such barrier SpaceMines, however, are completely exposed, and easily detected since spaceships have to visibility for SpaceMines.be able to detect debris of sufficient size to cause damage by impact. Unless there were some sort of mitigating factor (sensory disruption, cloaked mines, etc.) space ships could just pick them off with long range guns/lasers/missiles/decoys/whatever. May be partially justified by the fact that, unlike enemy ships, they can be inert, dormant and undistinguishable from generic space debris until they're close enough to strike.
1st Apr '16 7:38:06 PM JackG
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** Unfortunately "Redemption, Part II" plays the 2-D minefield mistake straight.
19th Jan '16 11:17:35 AM nombretomado
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** The Cheka, a race appearing in the StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch, employ space mines during a battle in the novel ''This Gray Spirit''.

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** The Cheka, a race appearing in the StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch, Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch, employ space mines during a battle in the novel ''This Gray Spirit''.
18th Jan '16 3:55:35 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Romulans have a Nuclear Space Mine based on the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Balance of Terror".

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17th Jan '16 8:03:45 PM nombretomado
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* In the StarTrekNovelVerse, the Gorn Hegemony makes use of these, and fields specialized mine-launcher ships. One such vessel causes trouble for the StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers in the story “Where Time Stands Still”.

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6th Sep '15 10:31:58 AM SAMAS
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* Stewart Cowley's ''Spacecraft: 2000 to 2100 A.D.''. During the war with Proxima Centauri, the perimeter of Earth's solar system was seeded with nuclear mines. They would home in on the warp generators of arriving enemy ships and destroy them while they were recharging their power banks after the warp jump.

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* Stewart Cowley's ''Spacecraft: 2000 to 2100 A.D.''. During the war with Proxima Centauri, the perimeter of Earth's solar system was seeded with nuclear mines. They These were actually "pre-launched" missiles that would home in on the warp generators of arriving enemy ships in their sensor radius and destroy them while they were recharging their power banks after the warp jump.
22nd Aug '15 9:57:38 PM nombretomado
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* In ''AnotherCenturysEpisode'' (the original), one mission (loosely based on ''GundamWing'', mentioned above) has you clearing out a minefield so Relena Peacecraft can make a goodwill visit to the colonies.

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* In ''AnotherCenturysEpisode'' (the original), one mission (loosely based on ''GundamWing'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', mentioned above) has you clearing out a minefield so Relena Peacecraft can make a goodwill visit to the colonies.
22nd Aug '15 9:12:08 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Anime/GundamWing'', the area around the space colonies is seeded with mines to prevent any unauthorized travel. Trowa's first assignment upon enlisting with OZ is to help destroy the mines, as part of OZ's "kinder and gentler" facade.

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* In ''Anime/GundamWing'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', the area around the space colonies is seeded with mines to prevent any unauthorized travel. Trowa's first assignment upon enlisting with OZ is to help destroy the mines, as part of OZ's "kinder and gentler" facade.
28th Jun '15 4:52:25 PM nombretomado
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* In the pilot of the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'', the Galactica must pass through a narrow region of space in a [[SpaceClouds dense nebula]] that has been mined by the Cylons.

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* In the pilot of the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'', Galactica|1978}}'', the Galactica must pass through a narrow region of space in a [[SpaceClouds dense nebula]] that has been mined by the Cylons.
5th Jun '15 9:56:23 AM StarSword
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* In ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection'' the Terran Empire lays a minefield in the path of an oncoming Klingon/Cardassian attack fleet. The USS ''Bajor'''s Master Chief Wiggin spots the minefield and they're able to drop out of warp in time to avoid it, but much of the fleet runs right into it and the Klingon general is killed.
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