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Wajeb Deb Kaadeb
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
Because X-Wings and Imperial air support vehicles were not adapted for extended combat in the cold.


Cold? X-Wings operate in space!
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wajeb Deb Kaadeb wrote:
Whill wrote:
Because X-Wings and Imperial air support vehicles were not adapted for extended combat in the cold.

Cold? X-Wings operate in space!

Here are a couple sources that don't get too sciency.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SpaceIsCold

http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/light_lessons/thermal/differ.html

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Heat is energy... Temperature is not energy, but a measure of it... If we add heat, the temperature will become higher. If we remove heat the temperature will become lower... If we take two objects which have the same temperature and bring them into contact, there will be no overall transfer of energy between them because the average energies of the particles in each object are the same. But if the temperature of one object is higher than that of the other object, there will be a transfer of energy from the hotter to the colder object until both objects reach the same temperature.

Heat is not the same issue in space that it is in an atmosphere because space is mostly empty. There aren't a lot of molecules to give or take energy from a ship in space. The atmosphere of Hoth is loaded with very cold molecules that absorb heat from warmer matter such as airspeeders, X-Wings and TIE Strikers.

In space, ships don't have hardly anything to transfer their heat energy to. In an extremely cold atmosphere, they do. So it is actually plausible for ships that can operate in empty space to not operate as well in extreme cold matter environments like cold air or water. But what is much less plausible are ships doing heavy combat maneuvering in space not overheating because they don't have any matter to transfer excess heat energy to. There's probably technobabble that addresses that.
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