IanKennedy wrote:Really? You know where every sensor is? I think you'll find you don't. You know where the major components are but not down to the individual sensor devices.
Well we know where most of the sensor devices are located (and depending on how generous you are regarding the techmanual even the smaller ones) and since we never hear about a systemwide ship spread out all over the ship in an aztec pattern it seems to me that it falls to you convincing me that it actually exist. Differently coloured panels laid out in an exact pattern might be a clue, I just find it not a very convincing one, sorry.
IanKennedy wrote:You are thinking on the wrong scale. I'm not talking about major components I'm talking about smaller parts like sensors. We know that they can sense all sorts of different types of radiation. Do you think that is possible, over the entire surface of the ship, with just one small box located in a fixed location? No real system could do that. You would have to be looking through the ship to see things on the other side. The sensor array must be distributed around the surface of the ship. Thus my comment.
I get what you are saying but I stand by that if that where the case it would not lead to an aztec pattern. You build a system and if you have to distribute it over the ship it would lead to an even pattern, like if every aztec were the same from panel to panel, however they are completely inverted. Now you can try to explain that away it does however get ever more unlikely imho. Here is the pattern:
As you can see it's exactly the same from panel to panel, just inverted. Now who would build a system that way?
IanKennedy wrote:Again you are thinking too large scale. Rooms etc are not the issue, every room need pretty much the same sort of shielding.
Actually I think I am thinking on to small a scale. After thinking about it a bit I think your idea HAS merrit however it needs a bit modification, please bear with me a bit.
When thinking about why they would either paint their ships in this aztec pattern or make slightly different panels I couldn't really come up with a good reason for it, your idea of shielding certain ship-systems seems flimsy because noone would build a system according to this shape. However then I thought how does it look like? Well, it looks like a bit like cameouflage. Cameouflage in space? In white? Well scratch that. But then I thought maybe it actually is some sort of cameouflage.
So instead of shielding certain ship systems, sensors in your example, maybe the pattern helps to actually reduce the signature of the ship by passivly canceling out/scattering certain forms of radiation or heat or other waveforms, helping to reduce the radiation profile of the ship making it harder to detect. So basically a bit of an inversion of your idea. What do you think?
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