Shan Revan Posted July 5, 2011 Report Share Posted July 5, 2011 (edited) [size="7"][u][b]THIS THREAD IS ENTIRELY CONFIDENTIAL UNLESS EXPLICITLY STATED.[/b][/u][/size] A large steel vessel stood majestically in front of the two men clad in white. The large bundle of fibreoptic cables emerging from its base dwarfeved bt the massive pipes emerging from the side. These pipes, light pipes in fact served as a low-tech backup for the electronic and fibreoptic recording systems built into the vessel, and would continue to operate after they had been destroyed with heat. They rose upward through the long shaft to the surface. before snaking their way to a bunker several kilometres away. With the final preparations completed, the men closed the hatch and evacuated the facility. _________ The next day large crowd had gathered in a several large bunkers near the site. Scientists and engineers with a select few military officers made up the crowds. They were here to observe the procedure that was about to take place. This was not the first such experiment. Recently they had performed many, but this would be the first test to attempt to employ some of the old technologies. _________ Location: Jia, several hundred km away from the test site. "There it goes again. It never used to have tremors like these" "Don't be silly, we must be on a fault line or something" "No, I tell you these don't feel like earthquakes." "well then what do you think they are? I tell you Jia is just prone to these tremors" It was indeed prone to these tremors, but as suspected, they weren't of natural origin. In fact these tremors, although small enough not to be felt too far away, could certainly be detected by the nation's Neighbours in Ceylon, Cochin and the UFE and in all probability they had a good idea what it meant - after all they had each performed similar tests in the past. ________ [center][IMG]http://i.imgur.com/60kuP.jpg[/IMG][/center] By most standards the explosion it had created was quite small. The warhead had been rated to 20kt but the final results were estimated it closer to 23.5kt. This was all well and good but such small explosions were not what they were here testing. After all, such a weapon was quite small by thermonuclear standards, and having inherited the knowledge of the old Omniscient empire they had the knowledge for weaponised designs in excess of 500MT. What this test was actually about was recreating a much more difficult technology the empire had access to. "Vectored Energy Release" was the name it used to be called by. It relied on an advanced material that interacted on a sub-atomic level with the nascent explosion, and could be used, to a limited extent, to direct the energy of the fission-fusion reaction along an axis. The simplest implentation of this was used in the stoneburner, a simple design which directed all of the energy along the axis of the warhead. It was capable of blasting long trenches, canals or tunnels. In fact their effect was so potent they were restricted to less than 3MT in power to prevent a possible breaching of the Earth's crust. Originally it had been capable of efficiently directing between 60% and 72% of the weapon's energy towards the forward axis but in these tests they would have been satisfied if it worked at all. The more advanced design, the Mountain Buster achieved a lower efficiency than a stone burner in directing its energies, but it was much more resilient to impacts and damage, and could alter the angle of its conical output. These were typically ensconced within deep penetrating warheads for removing bunkers buried deep within the earth or levelling mountains. However, the technology relied on a material that was exceedingly difficult to manufacture and very expensive. This technology was a closely guarded secret, one that had not been replicated in the decades since its invention by other powers. Without the advanced facilities once available to them, not even Lumière had successfully replicated it to perfection, but they had made something that was close. It was somewhat more fragile, the question at hand was, would it be strong enough to withstand the heat contained within the first nanoseconds after the device was activated? Would it be destroyed before the subatomic interactions could occur? Edited July 5, 2011 by Shan Revan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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