cthia wrote:My bold to call attention.Jonathan_S wrote:We know from RFC's posts that even current Apollo can be handed off within the same squadron because his post (saved in the Pearls) about keyhole platform survivability talks about how control of an Apollo salvo, launched from multiple podnaughts, will be passed from ship to ship to allow different Keyhole II's to take turns transmitting (to make it much harder to track them by their emissions)
With some pre-coordination they could probably be handed off to a Keyhole II equipped ship that's down-range - but setting up the engagment geometry would be a little dicy; you'd need the "forward missile controller" ship to be close to in-line between the launch points and the target.
And of course Mycroft is based on dotting the system with FTL fire control relays to let you control Apollo missiles out to at least as far as the hyper limit - they'd get handed off to multiple relays during such a launch.
So what specifically did you want to do with the hand-off capability? It might be possible now, or could be possibly with Mycroft. The main limitation, it would seem to me, is the relatively limited number of ships that mount the Keyhole II necessary to take handed off FTL fire control.cthia wrote:To further increase the range of Apollo and/or to decrease the FTL lag. And to augment/supplement/support ships that are much closer to the action that may have to shoot themselves dry.
Beowulf could use a moon base crammed to the hilt with Apollo missiles, which would significantly decrease the number of Keyhole II-capable ships needed in Beowulf space.
For he who failed the Crusher. The Crusher crushes. *shrugs*
If this notion is possible, what would be the best method of executing it? Would a Keyhole II capable ship that is closer to the action send FTL commands to initiate launch of the missiles from the moon base? Or would the moon base launch on its own accord?
I would guess the moon base would have to trigger the launch - though quite possible because the fire control ship's captain ordered the launch via FTL comm link.
I suspect (but don't know for sure) that in order to squeeze the FTL transceiver into the Apollo control missile they took some shortcuts - like only having the FTL receive arrays cover the aft quadrent -- so the missile would have to fly past a relay before it could take control of them. (Plus if they were omnidirectional that might make it easier for a targeted enemy to try and jam them with FTL "white noise".
So if you did a long shot manouver where a moon base or system defense pod fired but the terminal FTL control would be under a downrange SD(P) (or Mycroft node) I'd assume the missiles would be under the control of the launch platform, or under internal control, until they passed the fire control ship and it could establish links to them...