Modern high end ceramic parts are generally made through a much more high-temperature friendly process - the base ceramic material is powdered, then spray-dried with a light hydrocarbon wax. It is then pressed to shape, and baked, with a long soak at a low temperature to rid the form of the wax before its final firing at whatever crazy temperature it goes to. The process can be reasonably friendly to embedded materials. Go to Comment
Ceramite Armor Plate
Unlike most armors, Ceramite plate is baked in massive kilns in preshaped plates. a mold is made in the shape of the armor plate needed and then it is filled with layer after later of metal screening. This is generally a hybrid allow of tungsten, iron, and copper. The box of wire mesh is then filled with a metal enriched clay slurry.
This entire mixture is allowed to air dry to hand firmness before it is vibrated to ensure proper settling and lack of airpockets before it is introduced into the kiln. It is fired inside the kiln for 84 hours at nearly 1700 degrees before the baked slabs are done. If there are air bubbles in a form, the sudden release of superheated gas often shatters the plate in question as well as causing signifigant collateral damage.
While generally bulkier than traditional roll hardened steel armors, ceramite is lighter and offers roughtly the same ballistic protection. It really shines when dealing with energized and laser weaponry. The material dissipates intense heat with ease, reducing the effectiveness of lasers, while the copper and tungsten elements are able to groun dour the explosive electric charges of particle weaponry. Go to Comment
I have read a few reports of a new bullet proof material that some university has engineered. It is flexible kevlar and works far better than normal kevlar. it is the consitancy of cloth yet when an impact hits the cloth armor, the cells in the cloth harden to redirect the energy output from the hit so it doesn't penetrate the cloth. It is kind of sci-fi high tech but I'm sure it still hurts like hell.
This suit was made in response to the problems associated with ejecting out of an exploding dogfighter. Often times a pilot's suit would be torn or ruptured by shrapnel, and while many companies were making flightsuits that were harder to tear and exponentially more expensive, Akratek invested in lacing a small army of cheap nanites into a standard flightsuit. The results were well past what had been hoped for, and after nearly 2 centuries of use, this flightsuit is still used in quite a few navies, and by many a pirate due to it's relative cheapness and the fact that it can be worn under most other type of armor to provide a second barrier against suit punctures. Go to Comment
This powersuit produced by IDC is one of the finest legally available non-military suits on the market. Using high-density polymers for the joins, ceramics over the arms and legs, and high quality metal shielding, with a thin magnetic field to provide additional protection, as well as much more maneuverability than the competitors' powersuits. Go to Comment
Though rendered largely obsolete by powered armor, there are still a large number of these suits in use throughout the universe. Loosely molded to the intended user's body, this armor consists of semi-rigid, high-density polymers. Its designs are easy to modify, and it's highly resistant to both stresses and laser damage. Its adaptability and ease of use has lead this to be a favorite among those new to the trade of piracy or bounty hunting. Go to Comment
Ubiquitously worn by the ship's maintenance personnel, this jacket does little more than slow down heat loose (or gain) and protect from flying shrapnel. It has a small pouch over both the chest and the back where metal plates can be put to further chance of survival in case if something blows up, or you get shot with a projectile weapon. Go to Comment
This lightly armored suit is designed to save the wearer from flash fire and explosive decompression. It is made of fairly durable puncture resistent fabric(not bullet proof, however)and has a special rapid self-assembling helmet. Upon detection of severe heat or pressure drop, it will quickly throw a polymer hood over the head of the wearer and simultaneously inflate to pressurize both suit and helmet. Oxygen is not used for inflation to reduce chance of fire, but a breathing tube is also provided. The suit uses a Oxygen recycler to extend the limited supply to 15 minutes. Go to Comment
Soromon-Baphomet lucidfold field projecting battle suit
Rather than take the conventional approach to armor manufacture, the Soromon-Baphomet corporation decided to use their expertise in FTL technology to create the most advanced defensive system currently available. Using a small hyperdymensional Feinhleim fold engine, powered by the same powerplant as the Adamant Battle Systems Mark IV, it does not actually physically interact with the projectile. Instead, an on-board simultrex computer creates a localised hyperdimensional fold between the predicted point of impact and the predicted point of exit using the suit's sensor data, meaning that the projectile travels through hyperspace instead of through its intended target, leaving the other side without causing any harm to the lucidfold suit wearer.
Worn by the very best stealth operative, this suit can also be switched on to a super-low threshold mode, which deviates electromagnetic radiation through the wearer, in effect making him disappear, as no light is incident on the suit wearer.
The one downside of this technology is the energy requirements for every projectile deviated, which can easily mean that a careless operative could find himself with no armour in the intense heat of battle. because of this, the lucifold suit is often a grafted addition to a normal battlesuit. While it is powered, however, it makes the wearer completely immune to practically every attack. Rumours abound of the technology being deployed on starship, but no confirmation reports have ever been filed. Go to Comment
You can't 'step' with this on. It simply slide reality around you. If you had the velocity and turned the lucifold engine on, you can go straight through a meter thick concrete wall, through a hyperspace fold. Reality simply slides through the wearer. Its not invisibility per say, more like not being there at all. In atmosphere (and in fully transparent mode), the lucifold engine would works so hard to deviate all incoming particle that the power is drained in just a few short minutes. This is why the threshold is usually left at a high level, so the hyperspace fold is only deployed when the incident projectile/wavepacket reaches a particular energy level. This suit is rarely used for land-based operations, and far more often, it is worn in deep space ship boarding, by the heavy support troops, who blast through the hull, and then simply protect the breach. the stealth part comes in when these operatives are left around an incoming ship's path and ambush it, seemingly coming out of nowhere. because of their surprise, and the fact that they can often simply slide through conventional armour (at the cost of their power supply), you can often find that half a dozen operatives wearing the lucifold can neutralise a capital ship, simply by sliding into the bridge/engine room/weapon storage and planting charges. Go to Comment
A Fake Ghost weapon must be attuned to a certain species. By creating weak electromagnetic fields of chaotic nature, the neural system of any target of this species will generate feelings of 'the sensed presence', fear, and other experiences bordering on hallucinations. In theory, a sufficiently subtle and prolonged exposure can drive someone insane; more probable is panic and disorientation.
The technology, strictly banned for civil use, is used in mass warfare to freak out the other side, creating disorder in their ranks. There has been at least one major terrorist attack with a stolen prototype, used on a large crowd... in the stampede that followed, thousands have died.
Protection is possible by shielding as against any electromagnetic effect; the problem is to know when it is employed. Also, studies exist that hint at the possibility of destabilising a hostile ship's shields, creating exactly this effect in it, until the shields are lowered or changed to cancel the effect. Medical solution is still in development.
The instructions speak specifically of a bunch of tiny mines blocking a passage - if this was adapted to space, then obviously a key area would have to be mined. (And yeah, it's hard to block anything in space, but that's what ships are for as well - block some places to chose your areas of engagement). Go to Comment
The first military contacts with the Volians seemed fairly easy, their ships seemed to have comparable arms, but were few in numbers. Then their fleets arrived and showed the humans how war is waged in space.
One of the surprises was the "Handshake". The Volians are able to generate some kind of a stable subspace field between their ships. But what is normally not observed in our space, has here size and duration, most probably a few inches wide and upheld as long as necessary. Any matter passing through this field is disintegrated or sent elsewhere, who cares? And while the beam is by itself not likely to cause much damage, moving it - and the ships generating it will move - can cut apart the biggest ships, cause decompression and destroy anything in their path. No shields seem to be able stop them for now.
Worse, the Volians know their craft. They like to fight in large groups, spreading out, then initiate their beams as opportunity strikes. More than a few commanders have lost their nerve and retreated, once the beams started taking out everything left and right.
Luckily, they are not perfect. Only medium sized-ships have been seen to generate the beams, and not every time, there are conflicting reports on recharge times. They cannot seem to be able to create them on a distance of more than one or two miles, so the battle has to be compact. The powering up takes a few seconds and our scientists think it can be detected. With the known data, computers are able to calculate dangerous constellations of ships, and when they can be avoided. Lastly, taking out one of the ships will take out the beam as well. Good luck. Go to Comment