Howard Tayler wrote:
The Bushranger wrote:
Remember that the terapods had been a recently-refitted afterthought, therefore not being thorougly tested or explored, and that, given these were battleplates, there wasn't very much if any expectation of the things ever being actually used. After all, everyone knows that a battleplate is indestructable...
This, plus the fact that there's a military bureaucracy with the population of modern India attempting to manage the new technology on a dozen or more facilities the size of Lower Manhattan (but only the population of Idaho Falls. But that's in each one...)
I guess with modern fabber technology, and the ease-of-installation for a terapod, I assumed that ALL UNS lifeboats were now terapods, and the Battleplate just had lifeboats installed for the first time after everyone else got some, because terapods would actually work in something that size, as opposed to previous lifeboat designs.
And if the order came down to install teraports on all current lifeboats in frigates, cruisers, and carriers throughout the fleet, that the order would also specify what destination the teraports should be pre-programmed for.... presumably an unused military exercise zone in the outer Sol system, outside the teraport denial zone. That would be the best place to dump a frigate's worth of survivors in a hurry if you needed to, there wouldn't be any TAD zones to argue with, and the rescuers or combat patrols would be right there anyway.
Naturally, if battleplate pods had the same design, they'd have the same destination set.
Of course, it's entirely possible that no-one ever seriously planned for an entire battleplate's worth of survivors to arrive simultanously. If they picked a different solar system, away from the jovian shipyards, first responders could easily have been overwhelmed.
Especially if doctrine called for first responders to be qualified as psychologists and incident report interviewers.... On a small scale disaster, that would allow for all survivors to be quickly comforted, placed in a stable enviroment, and solicited for useful information on what wrong and what the UNS needs to be worrying about right now.
and the UNS probably has the resources to make that work, for small scale disasters. I could easily see some bureaucratic idiot blocking assistance from armor squadrons, assault shuttles, and AI-managed terapedos, on the grounds that they weren't 'qualified' to help, and every battelplate survivor must wait to be rescued by a 'properly trained' rescue interview team.