Atmospheric Weapons

Aron Transatmospheric Fighter
Image from Steve Bowers

Atmospheric weapons are weapons systems designed to operate while flying in a planetary atmosphere or habitat's air. Atmospheric weapons include remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), atmospheric fighters (both crewed and automated), and flying weapons platforms of various types including militarized synsect swarms and other classes of aerial robotic combat drones.

  • Aron Tech VX12 Trans-atmospheric Fighter  - Text by Thorbjørn Steen
    Popular nanotech fighter first created by Aron Tech.
  • Boombooster  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Modified application of ACER technology used to rapidly launch or redirect automated weapons or other devices.
  • Boostbomb  - Text by Todd Drashner and Adam Getchell
    Total conversion bomb.
  • Ceres Astrospace Delta  - Text by Grant Thomas
    One-man long-range exoatmospheric fighter used for planetary and orbital defense. Designed and built by Ceres Astrospace and later manufactured under license.
  • Disassembler  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, updated by Steve Bowers
    A system of nanomachines able to take an object apart a few atoms at a time, while recording its structure at the molecular level. Often employed as a swarm or part of a swarm. This could be used for uploading, copying objects (when used with an assembler system), a dissolving agent or a weapon.
  • Exoatmospheric Fighter - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A small planet- ship- or orbital- based hybrid air- and space-craft, usually short- to very short range and armed with lasers and automatic cannon. Crew may include one or two bionts and several dedicated ai, or the whole vessel may be ai controlled. Propulsion is via jet or nanobank turbine for dense or slow atmospheric flight, ramjet or scramjet for hypersonic flight, and chemical, fusion or amat rocket for vacuum propulsion.
  • Goo  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    General term for nanomachines or bionano swarms, especially dangerous replicators. Types include Grey Goo (mindless replicators converting matter into more goo), Red Goo (weapon or malicious goo), Khaki Goo (military goo), Golden Goo (dangerous accidental goo), Green Goo(out of control bionano) and Ultraviolet Goo (ai-equipped goo). The most common defence is Blue Goo (immune nanodevices).
  • Goo, Grey  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, with additions by Steve Bowers
    Self-replicating nanomachines spreading uncontrollably, building copies of themselves using all available material.
  • Goo, Khaki  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Many novel and advanced species of military nano have appeared over the centuries, a constant test of blue goo defences.
  • Goo, Shadow  - Text by Peter Kisner
    Nanotech that's hard to trace or detect.
  • Gunboat/Gunship  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generally, a heavily armed and armoured, short-range military vessel, capable of operating in a hydrospheric, atmospheric, and exoatmospheric (vacuum-capable) environment for prolonged periods of time.
  • Limitations of Nanoweapons  - Text by Michael Walton
    Nanoweapons have a number of inherent limitations which mean that, in practice, countermeasures can be devised to slow down or stop many or most forms of nanoattack.
  • Military Spore Technology  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Spore technology is a common defence and self-preservation strategy employed by many devices operating in hostile environments. A spore device, typically a bot or vec, periodically releases numerous small "spores" that quickly conceal themselves and then go dormant for some period of time or until they receive an activation signal or, conversely, cease to receive a signal. At this point, the spores begin to rapidly and often stealthily replicate and then construct a duplicate of the original combat unit.
  • Optical Phased Arrays  - Text by Luke Campbell and Steve Bowers
    An optical phased array (OPA) uses phase technology to produce a wide range of optical images and emissions.
  • Weather Machines  - Text by Steve Bowers and Todd Drashner, with additional material by J. Storrs Hall
    Atmospheric devices designed to affect the energy flow of the atmosphere
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Development Notes
Text by Todd Drashner

Initially published on 31 December 2007.