Simple image depicting the launch of a Vanguard-Class battlecruiser from the planet she was built on. Here, heavy lift counter-gravity repulsers push the hull into orbit while a pair of Dagger-Class corvettes stand guard.
There are a good number of compelling arguments against building spaceships anywhere except space. But if you're gonna build spaceships on a planet anyways, this is the way to get 'em into orbit! Very cool.
Very interesting concept. I like the idea of additional counter gravity repulsers to get the ship in space. Personally I would mix the ground based and space based construction for my ships. Most components manufactured planet-side then combined in space.
Its not absurd when you A) have the technology to effortlessly launch it from orbit, B) put the construction site near the workforce and fabrication yards and C) Have protection provided by treaties which limit the attacks that can be taken against habitable planets and consequently your shipyards.
i must say a brilliant idee, so difrant from the standard scifi stuff where all the ships seems to be build in orbit from a planet. and this grey tone you use is that gone be the new standard color for the fleet?
Look awesome, though one has to wonder what kind of mess you would get of those counter grav units failed. Not sure how explosive the power cores are in your universe, but in most SFI universes it would make a nice bang so to speak.
Actually, with access to counter grav technology, it actually might make more sense to do fleet construction on the ground rather than in orbit. Some of the logistics are much simpler, such as enviromental considerations for the construction crew (no spacesuits required) and easier access to manufacturing facilities assuming that they are primarily ground based.
That's exactly why I chose it. It makes major construction easier and puts yards near fabrication centers. Furthermore, given treaty conventions regarding the amount of firepower that can be used against a habitable planet, it means your shipyards are actually safer.
Your arguments for planet side construction make sense, except for the treaty argument.
In a serious war, would an enemy care about treaties? Consider that in WW2, cities were carpet bombed as well as destroyed via nuclear bombs.
The only "treaty" or better guide line, which may be adhered to by the combatants is - no indiscriminate planetary bombardment. And that is only because once one side starts it, the other will do it as well, resulting in a bloodbath on an unimaginable scale.
This means that precision strikes on ground based ship yards would be perfectly fine. As such it does not matter, where the shipyards are - in space or on the ground. Once an enemy is in range, both types are dead.
Consequently, the easier construction ground side, is perfectly fine as an explanation. You do not need treaties as an additional argument.
If you want your yards secure, build them in deep space, outside of solar systems, where the enemy cannot find them.
That answers my question before I could even ask it. Never looked at it that way. Thanks for broadening my horizon. Looks awesome by the way. I especially like the flags and ribbons. Great launching ceremony. Wish I could have been there.
Planetary construction is standard policy and yes it is more effective and easier to build ships planet side. There are fewer considerations with regards to moving workforces. Furthermore, because of treaty conventions regarding the amount of firepower that can be used against planetary targets, ground based construction is actually safer during wartime.