Mikey wrote:There certainly are SIF's and the like; but nothing that would have to accommodate quite so many variables as variable-altitude atmo flight - the constant flux of gravity, pressure, shifting atmospheric conditions, etc., etc. It's a lot more complex than the comparatively straightforward SIF calculations necessary for space flight. Perhaps 'Trek-level automation could handle it, but since M-5 I don't think the UFP is willing to relinquish that much control to an AI.
GrahamKennedy wrote:Best I can think to suggest is that they did call it something like the most amazing implementation of anti gravity in the known galaxy. Maybe antigrav on that scale is one of those "prestige project" things that just isn't too practical to go around sticking in ships?
Mikey wrote:Jon's probably correct, too - I'd guess it's a lot easier to keep something where it is than to constantly adjust to a whole host of ever-changing conditions (such as with a moving and ascending/descending starship.)
Mikey wrote:No, the mass-reduction tech is part of the impulse drives.
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