Rincewind wrote:kzt wrote:Ships in the honorverse are not going to fold up. Merchant vessels will run at 400g without a compensator for hours. Warships are much stronger. They are massively overbuilt. So they are essentially 747's where flying through skyscrapers without any damage was part of the design requirements.
I did NOT say fold up. I said RETRACT. And as we have already HAD one example of that in the Honorverse in On Basilisk Station where the PMSS Sirius's Nodes retracted into the hull because they were outsize it is not beyond the bounds of possibility.
Sure, but it could do that because on a modified merchant hull it had lots of internal void space to build the retraction mechanisms into.
A LAC is stuffed almost entirely full of things (to the point where much of the maintenance has to be done from the outside because there aren't maintenance passageways from the interior to many of the systems. The only way to create the voids for the impellers to retract into would be to remove systems from the LAC or to make it bigger in the first place. (And if it can do without some systems better simply to remove them and build a slightly more compact design rather than add the overhead of node retraction).
And of course retracting the nodes doesn't really help you cram more LACs into a given volume because those aren't the wide point of the ship. Impeller rings, we're told and can see on the HoS diagrams, are smaller than a ship (or LAC)'s maximum beam. So even if you retract the impeller nodes you're making a narrower part of the hull yet narrower by a few meters - but the widest part, which dictates how wide (and tall) the docking bays need to be, is unchanged.
(Now if this was the Kris Longknife universe and the LACs were made of smartmetal it'd be different. Then you could take the crew aboard the CLAC and eliminate all internal passageways, as reconfigure other major system positions for the most compact storage configuration)