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filter that removes particles and contaminants from the
air. Primitive scrubbers to remove CO2 from a vessel's air
supply have been in existence since the days of ancient
submarine warfare. Modern scrubbers use biological agents
to turn CO2 into oxygen and defensive nanobots to repel
enemy nanobot attacks (see Technology, Nanotechnology).
The rate at which an operational cycle is completed. Highly
dependent on the C4I architecture, datalink latency and
the experience of each individual commander and an AIE.
The goal of battlegroup operations is to maintain combat
initiative by maximizing the speed of command.
The natural integration of individual starship operational
cycles into the operational cycle of a battlegroup. This
is achieved primarily through interaction between AIEs.
The apparent size and geometry of a target on a sensor scope.
Bullets, which act like tiny guided missiles, using sensors
to home in on targets.
Extended-range, high-endurance missiles that rely on a combination
of ship, drone and organic active/passive sensor systems
to find targets and destroy them. At kill speed, smart missiles
can achieve upwards of 90 PSL. Smart missiles are most effective
at less than one AU, but special variants can extend that
range to 3 AU when combat operations permit missile control
"handoff" from platform to platform. Smart missiles can
be called back or neutralized in flight.
The area of space covered by an active or passive sensor
Device used by smaller ships in a battlegroup to masquerade
as a high value asset, usually a Heavy Cruiser. The suicide
switch mimics the sensor cross-section of the high-value
asset, making the user a more attractive target for incoming
virtual sensor aperture that is created by the motion of
the sensor platform through space. As the platform changes
position, the sensor system builds detailed imagery over
a wider scanning area. Highly effective for charting the
location and composition of stationary targets.
An extremely powerful (200-500 megawatt), but short range
(4 light seconds maximum) type of laser.