Do you prefer physical windows on your space ships or screens that pipe video back that simulate a window?
As a feloow no fun realism fag, I don't see radiation as the main reason for not having windows. The bigger issue is that a window represents giant hole in the side of your ship. And having a window for your control room means putting your control room right up against that hole.
> I'm a no fun realism-fag
Not as much as I am. People that want screens are dumbasses trying to waste precious power and people that want windows are romantic dipshits that don't understand what a "structual weakness" is and should be gassed accordingly.
Unless they're on the bridge, my crew better get used to nondescript grey walls. Efficiency>All
well there's plenty of magical "superstrong" clear materials like transparent aluminum and what not that can hand wave the window as bing just nother piece of hull plating that just happens to be see-through.
...Which, come to think of it, means someone can have ultra awesome "minovsky glass" that absorbs or reflects ALL radiation except JUST the visible spectrum... somehow. Hell, make it a two way mirror so you can just shoot lasers outwards yet nothing else can get in but the pretty, pretty stars.
So it all evens out.
Pretty sure letting your crew have a few places on board where they can see space (assuming this isn't realistic where everything is 99% blackness) to offset the claustrophobia and cabin fever is worth the minimal power it requires.
It's better to have a solid welded hull and not change around materials like that. And that's not how radiation works.
>fellow no fun realism fag
>what if they had SUPER glass that shoot gamma radiation but they're invincible because the lasers don't hurt it?
Real sci-fi is based on science, it doesn't use it to justify space magic.
Okay, you need to become aware that a person can assume two positions in a discussion. If you need me to stay hard sci fi at all times, just ignore the magic space glad post. Otherwise, try to enjoy the thought experiment.
Or whatever, I'm cool in any case.
Enough about cruisers. On your personal skiff or what have you, would you use a windowed cockpit with overlays? I figure that if you're hit in something that small and underarmored you're going to be facing a vacuum anyway. Only other option would be to have the cockpit at the center of gravity in order to be more armored and face fewer Gs.
Well, the way I see it, my eyes aren't really the best sensor system for space combat. A single pair of passive sensors with such small aperture size and limited wavelength sensitivity aren't going to do much good at picking enemy ships out of the background. So I'd probably have screens just so I could get the sensor feed from all my radar and IR cameras and what not. I might compromise and use a window with optical elements embedded in it so it can overlay the readouts over my field of vision and still leave me with some vision if I lose power, though.
Windows, real or simulated would be a waste of time.
If you wanted to ease any feelings of claustrophobia you'd be better of just letting the crew use VR in their spare time rather than looking out into an empty void.
This. It makes more sense to have a dedicated recreation room, like that one room in the Zeta gundam movie, than it is to have windows all over the place. It's better to have that sort of thing concentrated in one place.
Orbital cruiser/space station: real windows
Deep space liner: video windows
Reason being that while in deep space, there wouldn't be a whole lot to look at. Maybe a some stars, but it would be mostly a lot of dark nothingness. With video windows, you could at least switch up the feed to something else like a various landscapes, city scapes, ocean views, etc.
You must only get the kind of sci-fi you like in novels, because that's pretty much the only place I ever see ships that are basically just flying tin cans nondescript inside and out.
Which is too bad because I love that shit.
lol look at this unrealistic bullshit. NASA actually thinks they know how space fucking works? What a bunch of autistic dumbass manchildren.
Crew with psychic powers who use
-clairvoyance to see what is happening
-psycho-kinetic powers to steer and control the ship.
in a dark, dimly lit huge gothic hall, around a poll with magical pony symbols.