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(The Week)   Space Marines are about to become an actual thing thanks to the Pentagon's SUSTAIN (Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion) Program   (theweek.com) divider line 46
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2014-07-10 03:59:19 PM  
Well, it took them long enough, dammit:

epguides.com
 
2014-07-10 04:02:54 PM  
On the bounce.
 
2014-07-10 04:24:59 PM  
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
 
2014-07-10 04:30:53 PM  
Would be a very expensive way to move a very small number of troops somewhere VERY quickly, but as the first week of the Afghan war proved, a few dozen special forces with laser target designators can very quickly turn the tide of a war.  The fact we farked it all up later notwithstanding
 
2014-07-10 05:24:03 PM  
"I am the Hammer, I am the point of His Sword. I am the tip of His Spear. I am the gauntlet about His Fist, I am His sword as He is my armour. I am His wrath and He is my zeal. Let us be His Shield, Let us speak His words as He fuels the fire of devotion. Let us fight His battles, as he fights the battle at the end of time, and let us join him there, for duty ends not in death. I am the bane if His foes and the woes of the treacherous! I am the end!"
 
2014-07-10 06:06:43 PM  
They better watch out for those cuddly little grey beasts in the shuttle
 
2014-07-10 06:12:36 PM  
Psh. Real Space Marines call their transport ships Thunderhawks.
 
2014-07-10 06:19:12 PM  
Only a matter of time:

img.4plebs.org
 
2014-07-10 06:20:19 PM  
If sub-orbital means space, it means any marine on earth is a space marine.

Just say'n
 
2014-07-10 06:32:38 PM  
I thought about this in 2012 after the Curiosity Rover touched down on Mars using a jet-powered skycrane, because wouldn't it be awesome to send people into battle on something called a jet-powered skycrane?

Alas, I'm not the DOD.
 
2014-07-10 06:54:37 PM  
Small unit insertion?
 
2014-07-10 06:57:04 PM  
If they re-enter in these than they are real space marines.

i.kinja-img.com

Or maybe if they have power armor
 
2014-07-10 06:57:26 PM  
hold on now Mr. Military the name "Space Marine" belongs to some video game company, you are going to have to name your marines in space something else.
 
2014-07-10 07:14:17 PM  
img1.wikia.nocookie.net
The benefits of allying with the Volm.
 
2014-07-10 07:26:55 PM  
But how will they each carry a pistol, shotgun, chainsaw, plasma rifle, chain gun, med pak, AND a regulation BFG 9000 if it's a 'small unit'? I don't think the DoD thought this all the way through...


/RTFA, now I'm sad this has been back-burnered
 
2014-07-10 07:43:15 PM  
Sergeant Knox approves.
 
2014-07-10 08:02:22 PM  

Bossk'sSegway: If sub-orbital means space, it means any marine on earth is a space marine.

Just say'n


Sub-orbital describes velocity, not location.
 
2014-07-10 08:06:57 PM  
The US defense contracting process is the strangest most intentionally inefficient shiat in the world. I thought it was bad enough that fighter planes (is the USSR bombing us again? oh shiat) get all the money while NASA barely gets anything. But even DOD's own space projects don't get funded even when they have immediate real-world moose limb killing potential.
 
2014-07-10 08:13:36 PM  

tzzhc4: If they re-enter in these than they are real space marines.

[i.kinja-img.com image 636x459]

Or maybe if they have power armor


Those were for regular astronauts.
The Marines planned to arrive in style and comfort.

img.fark.net

/It was actually a pretty sensible idea.
/If you replace those wheels with airbags and add a rocket assisted landing system.
/Its not like the badguys will let you use their runway.
 
2014-07-10 08:42:02 PM  
Sounds more like a Mobile Infantry precursor more than anything else.

OtherLittleGuy: Well, it took them long enough, dammit:

[epguides.com image 320x250]


I loved the shiat out of that show but it seemed like they spent a lot of time outside of their fighters running groundpounder sorts of missions, especially for pilots.
 
2014-07-10 08:44:27 PM  

Fano: They better watch out for those cuddly little grey beasts in the shuttle


From a whole other franchise but seems the appropriate guy to say this

In any case beware ruthless terrorist organizations determined to rule the world
 
2014-07-10 08:45:06 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: Fano: They better watch out for those cuddly little grey beasts in the shuttle

From a whole other franchise but seems the appropriate guy to say this

In any case beware ruthless terrorist organizations determined to rule the world


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2014-07-10 08:45:27 PM  
Called Space Marines until Games Workshop issues the DOD a cease and desist ya mean.

Nobody farks with GW. Ask the Squats.
 
2014-07-10 09:14:27 PM  
Direct deployment with those "bat wing" or similar stealth terminal (end of the line) insertion is what's needed to make this a true Doorstep-to-AO anywhere anytime SF technology. Putting SF operators in any country without being seen in under 6 hours is a huge force projection capability.

Combine it with some laser and/or JDAM-type suborbital artillery and you've got locally-orchestrated precision fires like ninja fleas biting hard on an unaware dog's back.
 
2014-07-10 10:19:41 PM  

Friend_Computer: Called Space Marines until Games Workshop issues the DOD a cease and desist ya mean.

Nobody farks with GW. Ask the Squats.


These guys did (Warning: NSFW video, but it is hilarious):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4tmNhtf8ks


\and they won in court too!
\\I miss the squats too
 
2014-07-11 12:09:28 AM  
In the early 2000s a new civilian space-tourism industry was emerging, revolving around various designs for cheap, two-stage rocket ships, capable of carrying a small number of passengers to an altitude just below the orbital threshold.

[stopped_reading_there.jpg]
 
2014-07-11 12:13:31 AM  
Someone in the DOD finally getting around to reading this?
img.fark.net
/good books
 
2014-07-11 12:34:53 AM  

Kanemano: hold on now Mr. Military the name "Space Marine" belongs to some video game company, you are going to have to name your marines in space something else.


Maybe, Mobile Infantry - (Would you like to know more?)
 
2014-07-11 02:17:41 AM  

Evil High Priest: Small unit insertion?


Something that US marines have a lot of training, dedication, and practice with.
 
2014-07-11 03:14:06 AM  
We're Space Marines!
We're rough and tough,
And mean, and tried and true!
And if we do not like your face
Then this is what we'll do:

We'll nick your dog,
We'll nuke your school,
We'll stretch you an a rack!
We'll borrow all your garden tools
And never give them back!
 
2014-07-11 03:48:29 AM  
Personally I would have gone with Single Personnel Launched to Any Theater
 
2014-07-11 03:59:44 AM  
We got tactical smart missiles, phase-plasma pulse rifles,
RPGs, we got sonic electronic ball breakers!
We got nukes, we got knives, sharp sticks...

i60.tinypic.com
 
2014-07-11 04:25:45 AM  
I have a space opera setting. The earliest story in it takes place "In the near future of 2024" (I first wrote it back in like 2003/4). The concept for the setting then: Everything on the drawing-board is in workable deployable prototype phase.

It was actually a dualogy, the Promethiad (Experimental cold fusion reactor in Texas is sabotaged, world comes close to WW3, whodunnit/murder/mystery story), and the Icarissy (spelling always up for debate), which detailed the hot flash that almost became WW3 - and the focus were orbital-based space carriers that could project firepower force anywhere in the world at a moment's notice.

Story involved a double-mutiny and the main character ramming his fighter into a nuke-armed ICBM.

But anyhow, excited to know my unifinished science fiction of a decade ago is possibly coming reality :3

/The 'Phoenix Inheritance'. Covers a few ten thousand years of history.
 
2014-07-11 07:53:31 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, once again, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri!

i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-11 08:01:01 AM  
Bond did it.  Like over 30 years ago.  Moonraker.
 
2014-07-11 09:08:36 AM  
No one going to post the image of Xmen sentinal program?
 
2014-07-11 09:40:49 AM  
Available for straight-up fights and bug hunts,
 
2014-07-11 10:05:29 AM  
This thread is unclean...
 
2014-07-11 10:43:51 AM  

Burr: Ladies and Gentlemen, once again, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri!

[i.imgur.com image 590x455]


Blast you.  Now I have to go replay that game this weekend.
 
2014-07-11 11:16:54 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-11 12:27:54 PM  
Finally I won't feel like an idiot showing off my Death From Above Tattoo.
 
2014-07-11 01:44:30 PM  

studebaker hoch: In the early 2000s a new civilian space-tourism industry was emerging, revolving around various designs for cheap, two-stage rocket ships, capable of carrying a small number of passengers to an altitude just below the orbital threshold.

[stopped_reading_there.jpg]


Well, if you aren't planning to actually go into orbit, you don't have to go so high. There actually is a point below which orbit is no longer feasible, due to atmospheric drag.
 
2014-07-11 03:47:22 PM  

Burr: Ladies and Gentlemen, once again, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri!

[i.imgur.com image 590x455]


so much this

\actually drop probe teams were best
 
2014-07-11 04:52:43 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-11 09:34:06 PM  

Tobin_Lam: studebaker hoch: In the early 2000s a new civilian space-tourism industry was emerging, revolving around various designs for cheap, two-stage rocket ships, capable of carrying a small number of passengers to an altitude just below the orbital threshold.

[stopped_reading_there.jpg]

Well, if you aren't planning to actually go into orbit, you don't have to go so high. There actually is a point below which orbit is no longer feasible, due to atmospheric drag.


Orbit is a velocity, not an altitude.
 
2014-07-11 10:57:08 PM  
Yes, I pointed that out earlier in the thread but there is also basically a minimum altitude, too. For instance, if you circularize at 150km, you aren't going to stay in orbit for more than a few hours before drag brings you back down.
 
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