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23rd Aug '16 2:12:04 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' has Moray Space Mines, which can be homing or stationary.
** ''Halo: Ghosts of Onyx'' has nuclear HORNET mines.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' novels reveal the UNSC to have several types of space mines:
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''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' has introduces Moray Space Mines, which can be homing or stationary.
** ''Halo: Ghosts of Onyx'' has ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' introduces nuclear HORNET mines.
8th Aug '16 7:50:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDask'', it's mentioned that, after their defeat in the four long [[GreatOffscreenWar Void Wars]], the [[HumanAliens Faata]] occasionally lay traps for human patrol ships in the Void, including corrosion mines that rip ships apart. FridgeLogic comes into play, when you realize that the Void is a volume of space completely devoid of stars or planets between the Orion and Pegasus Arms of the galaxy, so it doesn't make much sense for the Faata to know exactly where to place such mines, unless the humans there are so stupid they always use the same exact patrol routes every time.

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* In ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDask'', ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'', it's mentioned that, after their defeat in the four long [[GreatOffscreenWar Void Wars]], the [[HumanAliens Faata]] occasionally lay traps for human patrol ships in the Void, including corrosion mines that rip ships apart. FridgeLogic comes into play, when you realize that the Void is a volume of space completely devoid of stars or planets between the Orion and Pegasus Arms of the galaxy, so it doesn't make much sense for the Faata to know exactly where to place such mines, unless the humans there are so stupid they always use the same exact patrol routes every time.
8th Aug '16 7:49:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDask'', it's mentioned that, after their defeat in the four long [[GreatOffscreenWar Void Wars]], the [[HumanAliens Faata]] occasionally lay traps for human patrol ships in the Void, including corrosion mines that rip ships apart. FridgeLogic comes into play, when you realize that the Void is a volume of space completely devoid of stars or planets between the Orion and Pegasus Arms of the galaxy, so it doesn't make much sense for the Faata to know exactly where to place such mines, unless the humans there are so stupid they always use the same exact patrol routes every time.
8th Aug '16 7:44:49 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'' has weapon platform space mines. During the first training mission, the flight instructor didn't know they were live, causing the pilot to be attacked.

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* ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'' has weapon platform space mines. During the first training mission, the flight instructor didn't know they were live, causing the pilot to be attacked. A news report later mentions this happening against with a bunch of rookie pilots. Luckily, the same flight instructor already knew (based on your experience) what to do and saved them.
8th Aug '16 7:39:27 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/TerreEnFuite'', as the {{Planet Spaceship}}s Earth and Venus are crossing the interstellar barrier between Etanor and Belul, they are attacked by homing fusion mines, placed there by the [[LostColony Telbirians]] to keep the Tilians (another LostColony) away from their system. Slightly justified by the fact that they're homing and are placed near the midpoint between the two systems (anyone traveling between them would likely take the most efficient route). Also, given the way sublight travel world in this 'verse, the only way to pierce the barrier between any two stars is to move at least 80% the speed of light, and the vessel has to be a PlanetSpaceship (at least Moon-sized). This makes it much easier to detect incoming ships, since it's hard ''not'' to detect fast-moving planets. The mines end up doing significant damage to one of the sealed [[MegaCity Mega Cities]] on Earth.
29th Jul '16 10:01:38 AM DelShiftB
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* ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'' has weapon platform space mines. During the first training mission, the flight instructor didn't know they were live, causing the pilot to be attacked.
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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** ** The Romulans have a Nuclear Space Mine based on the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Balance of Terror".



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