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    Default Battlestar Galatica tech.

    I don't think BGS's technology is that far ahead of our. The only things they have that we don't is the FTL drive, their engines, and their power source. I think their only 100 or 200 years ahead of us judging by the scenes on Kaprina.
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    That is exactly what the show wants. The colonials are in an odd situation, where they have to discard a couple of hundred years of technology but there are some technologies like artificial gravity or the FTL drives that are still possible. Its discribed as retro futuristic technology, buy the season 1 DVD Ron Moore explains it allot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsmytheiii
    That is exactly what the show wants. The colonials are in an odd situation, where they have to discard a couple of hundred years of technology but there are some technologies like artificial gravity or the FTL drives that are still possible. Its discribed as retro futuristic technology, buy the season 1 DVD Ron Moore explains it allot.
    Yup. I watched/listened to the commentary on "You Can't Go Home Again" last night, and they were talking about how on Star Trek, this would never happen the same way. Because the technology is so advanced, they'd have to spend most of the episode explaining why they can't use such and such equipment. Otherwise they could just magically find her using the sensors and beam her out with the transporters and there wouldn't be a story to tell.

    I like the fact that they're technology isn't that advanced. It gives it more of a realistic quality, and lets the show be more about the characters rather than the equipment.
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    We have no way of knowing where the Colonials technology level is. They seem to have purposely downgraded their technology because of the Cylons. Also they have some very advanced technology other than just a jump drive. Anti-gravity and inertia dampeners are perhaps less flashy than a hyper jump but probably just as important in actual space travel.
    The Galactica is 3 things. 1 it's a warship not a cruiseliner. So it's going to be rougher looking by it's very nature. 2 it was a ship that was purposely downgraded to avoid Cylon hacking. And 3 it's OLD and was ready to be retired. The Colonial fleet wouldn't have bothered updating the Galactica just to turn it into a museum ship.

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    Who knows. The Colonials may have revolutionary alloy and materials technology. Also, engine technologies as well.

    Computing seems severely hampered. As you can see, they have LCD screens and other such devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skrip00
    Who knows. The Colonials may have revolutionary alloy and materials technology. Also, engine technologies as well.

    Computing seems severely hampered. As you can see, they have LCD screens and other such devices.
    The colonials certainly have revolutionary materials technology. The fact that the Galactica can withstand multiple nuclear detonations very near its hull testifie to that. Oddly, the mull plating which can withstand a multi-megaton nuclear explosion doesn't seem to be that effective against conventional explosives and impacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skrip00
    Who knows. The Colonials may have revolutionary alloy and materials technology. Also, engine technologies as well.

    Computing seems severely hampered. As you can see, they have LCD screens and other such devices.
    I've had a CRT screen since 1997, however the screen tells me nothing about how advanced the computer operating it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by hyzmarca
    The colonials certainly have revolutionary materials technology. The fact that the Galactica can withstand multiple nuclear detonations very near its hull testifie to that. Oddly, the mull plating which can withstand a multi-megaton nuclear explosion doesn't seem to be that effective against conventional explosives and impacts.
    Probably because in Space, a nuclear explosion is mostly just a big flash and some radiation.

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    My favorite 'gadget' that I've seen on the show is the 'safe-atmosphere' tester that Kara uses after she crashlands. It's good to see such a simple looking physical tester rather than some fancy electronic sensor that computes whether the atmosphere is safe or not.

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    a lot of the tech seems near our like the rocket engines on the raptors and any of the weapons they use but any civilisation that can create sentient ai must be very advanced

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    Quote Originally Posted by dosed150
    a lot of the tech seems near our like the rocket engines on the raptors and any of the weapons they use but any civilisation that can create sentient ai must be very advanced
    Therein lies the point. Sentient AI units are extremely advanced and are things we haven't come properly close to. Based on that alone, I'd say that the Colonials are extremely advanced, but circumstances have forced them to place most of that technological expertise under a taboo heading.

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    Not necessarily... the "lord of kobol" may have given them the technology to build cylons. To make their lives easier among the new colonies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyzmarca
    The colonials certainly have revolutionary materials technology. The fact that the Galactica can withstand multiple nuclear detonations very near its hull testifie to that. Oddly, the mull plating which can withstand a multi-megaton nuclear explosion doesn't seem to be that effective against conventional explosives and impacts.
    Though explosions were from the inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apollokiev
    My favorite 'gadget' that I've seen on the show is the 'safe-atmosphere' tester that Kara uses after she crashlands. It's good to see such a simple looking physical tester rather than some fancy electronic sensor that computes whether the atmosphere is safe or not.
    I like that, too. I think we have something like that in reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SG-1ssm
    Though explosions were from the inside.
    True, but hull plating ca[pible of surviving the heat produce by a nuclear explosion should be able to survive the overpressure of a small conventional explosion.
    I suppose that the water storage tanks may have been less armored then the rest of the ship. It isn't like their damage exposed any crew to a vaccume. However, it doesn't make sense to make something that is so vital to the ship even more vulnerable to attack.

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    Probably because in Space, a nuclear explosion is mostly just a big flash and some radiation
    Explosions in a vaccume don't produce any overpressure, but they do release a great deal of energy in various forms, including heat. Certainly, a nuclear explosion produces enough energy to severely damage any nearby materials even without the advantage of overpressure. It really becomes a matter of how far the ship was from the detonation. The Sun is just a bright flash and some radiation. That doesn't mean that I would want to fly into it. Anything that gets too close will soo melt. Correct me if I am wrong, but I remember Cylon nuclear warheads impacting on the Galactica's hullplating.


    Logically, an anti-ship nucks would be equiped with shape-charge style liquid penetrators to take advantage of the massive amount of energy released by the reaction. Extreme pressure within a warhead would serve to propel molten metal at very high velocity. The molten penetrator would have a very might probability of defeating the hull armor. Unfortunatly, the cylon warheads don't seem to have been designed specifically to defeat battlestar armor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyzmarca
    Logically, an anti-ship nucks would be equiped with shape-charge style liquid penetrators to take advantage of the massive amount of energy released by the reaction. Extreme pressure within a warhead would serve to propel molten metal at very high velocity. The molten penetrator would have a very might probability of defeating the hull armor. Unfortunatly, the cylon warheads don't seem to have been designed specifically to defeat battlestar armor.
    I think the Cylons were relying on their greater computing power ability. Lets face it, if not for the older Vipers the Raiders from the mini series could have just pecked away at Galactica and Galactica couldn't even have maneuvered. Hell, they could have taken more control over the Battlestar's computer systems and forced galactica to open her flight pods and fired directly into the ship itself.

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    BattleStars are too massive to die from minor impacts. They are like 10 times larger than a Nimitz class Aircraft carrier, and a Nimitz can survive a 600kg missile hit. Granted it will float, but it probably cant fight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyzmarca
    The colonials certainly have revolutionary materials technology. The fact that the Galactica can withstand multiple nuclear detonations very near its hull testifie to that. Oddly, the mull plating which can withstand a multi-megaton nuclear explosion doesn't seem to be that effective against conventional explosives and impacts.
    the hull plating wouldnt have had to be made of some miracle material to survive that. the nuke was probably not multi-megaton. although adama said an h-bomb was used over caprica city, most of the bombs we saw on caprica appeared to be multi-kiloton nuclear explosions, not thermonuclear, so those probably composed the majority of the cylons arsenal. and the result of a nuclear explosion for the most part is heat and radiation. the explosions we see on the ground are a result of the massive pressure wave. the pressure is strong enough to knock down buildings but i doubt it would have that much of an effect on whatever material makes up the galactica's hull

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyzmarca
    True, but hull plating ca[pible of surviving the heat produce by a nuclear explosion should be able to survive the overpressure of a small conventional explosion.
    I suppose that the water storage tanks may have been less armored then the rest of the ship. It isn't like their damage exposed any crew to a vaccume. However, it doesn't make sense to make something that is so vital to the ship even more vulnerable to attack.
    The explosion that took them out was from the inside. What do you know about the dambusters?

    Explosions in a vaccume don't produce any overpressure, but they do release a great deal of energy in various forms, including heat. Certainly, a nuclear explosion produces enough energy to severely damage any nearby materials even without the advantage of overpressure. It really becomes a matter of how far the ship was from the detonation. The Sun is just a bright flash and some radiation. That doesn't mean that I would want to fly into it. Anything that gets too close will soo melt. Correct me if I am wrong, but I remember Cylon nuclear warheads impacting on the Galactica's hullplating.
    The heat would be very quickly dissipated throughout the length and breadth of the hull, and thus the effect wouldn't be all that great.

    Logically, an anti-ship nucks would be equiped with shape-charge style liquid penetrators to take advantage of the massive amount of energy released by the reaction. Extreme pressure within a warhead would serve to propel molten metal at very high velocity. The molten penetrator would have a very might probability of defeating the hull armor. Unfortunatly, the cylon warheads don't seem to have been designed specifically to defeat battlestar armor.
    Nuclear warheads with shaped charges? Shaped charges are a component of precision weaponry, a nuclear warhead is not precision at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Three PhDs
    Nuclear warheads with shaped charges? Shaped charges are a component of precision weaponry, a nuclear warhead is not precision at all.
    They aren't, but they certainly can be. There is simply no practical use for such an weapon on Earth. Amongst the Cylons and the Colonials there is.

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    I like this discussion. It's about time we had some serious talking on these boards. And I agree on several accounts. The Cylons were using sheer computing power against the Colonials. Also, Galactica is simply too big to be injured by the explosions, which I also agree were probably not multi-megaton. To agree once more, I also think that a nuclear warhead can be precision-engineered. It would take some time and a little ingenuity, but it can be done.

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