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Saga Changing Speed in Space

Discussion in 'Star Wars Saga In-Depth' started by darthbarracuda, Dec 15, 2012.

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  1. darthbarracuda

    darthbarracuda Jedi Knight star 3

    Nov 4, 2012
    So I know a lot of the dogfights and stuff in Star Wars are completely unrealistic, (ie having to make your starfighter do maneuvers to turn that are done in atmospheres but don't have to be done in space, like turns)

    But how do the starships, from fighters to capital ships, slow down in space? There's nothing out there for friction to once you enter hyperspace you can never slow down unless you have engines in the front of your ship. So how do they change their speed in space?
  2. Jordan1Kenobi

    Jordan1Kenobi Host of Star Wars Character Contest star 6 VIP - Game Host

    Sep 30, 2012
    You answered it in the first sentence. "So I know a lot of the dogfights and stuff in Star Wars are completely unrealistic". But apparently the thrusters get reversed and suck in instead of blowing out, which slows down the ship.
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  3. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 26, 2009
    The Force did it
  4. Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn

    Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 23, 1999
    You could imagine that the ships have small jets for maneuvering (as in the BSG reboot) and/or you could imagine that they are using exotic propulsion like the warp drive, which changes the properties of the space around the ship instead of propelling the ship through space.
  5. CT-867-5309

    CT-867-5309 Force Ghost star 6

    Jan 5, 2011
    Yeah, reverse or "retro" thrusters, or what we call a "reaction control system". These aren't fictional, our spacecraft have always had them.
  6. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 8

    Sep 2, 2012
    Problem is, we never see them firing, never see forward pointing nozzles, etc.
  7. Yunners

    Yunners Jedi Master star 2

    Mar 30, 2006
    Thruster jets couldn't accomplish the maneuvers seen in the movies, so I'm guessing it's gravity assisted. They obviously mastered artificial gravity, since they don't float around while in their ships, so it's not unreasonable for them to have developed a system that creates gravity fields in the direction they want ships to turn.
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