(K-O) (P-R) (S-Z)
of High Guard
The component of a missile that contains the actual explosive.
A unit of ship acceleration in space. 1 Kilo G is 98,100
meters per second squared, or approximately 1000 times Earth
gravity. Cargo ships accelerate at 3-30 Kilo G; Warships
accelerate at 45-170 Kilo G, fighters at 100-700 Kilo G,
defensive missiles at 6000-9000 Kilo G and offensive missiles
at 2600-4200 Kilo G.
The all-purpose term for High Guard ground troops. Affectionately
nicknamed "rock hoppers" by their ship-based comrades, Lancers
typically form the spearhead of any Commonwealth ground
action, with mobilized Home Guard units providing support
(AKA "time delay"):
Latency is a measure of the lag-time between transmission
and receipt of data. Partially a function of distance at
long range, also driven by processing speed, bandwidth availability,
message priority and transmission power.
unit of distance, approximately 18 million kilometers (11
million miles). The distance light travels in a minute.
The range at which ships can engage in combat (i.e. exchange
missiles) is typically 1 to 1.5 light minutes. The Earth
to the Sun is 8 light minutes.
A unit of distance, approximately 300,000 kilometers (190,000
miles). The distance light travels in a second. This is
considered very close range in ship-to-ship combat. The
range at which ships can engage in direct energy weapons
(and shoot down incoming missiles) is about 4 light seconds.
The Earth to the Moon is about 1.3 light seconds.
A passive countermeasure (also known in some cultures as
STEALTH). In achieving LO, warships attempt to make their
skins as non- reflective as possible across the EM spectrum,
and to prevent any excess heat from being radiated from
A pulsed sensor signal that detects moving targets by measuring
changes in the return signal doppler effect over time. Useless
against stationary targets or targets that are moving in
parallel to the sensor.
INDEPENDENT KILL VEHICLE:
A special warhead that contains several independently targetable
The main offensive weapon in ship to ship combat. This device
is about the size of an adult Human's fist and weighs about
1 kilogram. They move at 85 to 95 PSL and do atomic blast
levels of damage when they hit, due to the kinetic energy
of impact. Most have a range of 1 to 1.5 light minutes.
Observe, Decide, Act. The standard operational cycle for
any starship activity.