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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 20
02-02-2010, 01:39 PM
Originally Posted by brickbat View Post
Not to get all sciency here, but how the hell does a ship traveling faster (or even orders of magnitude faster) than the speed of light get hit by a projectile weapon?

We've seen how hard it is to implement an anti-ICBM missile defense shield because the ICBM is moving faster than any missile is capable of intercepting.
The torpedo would not be fired from a stationary position. If that were the case then yes, the torpedo would need to go faster than the target ship (or on a well-aimed intercept trajectory). However, the two ships moving at the same velocity basically creates a stationary system. They're moving, but relative to each other they're not, so from the perspective of the system, a torpedo is traveling from one stationary object to another at its normal velocity.

Explained another way, the torpedo is traveling at its own velocity plus the velocity of the ship it was fired from. Assuming the ships are traveling at the same speed, it is now moving faster than the target ship and will be able to catch it.