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Telepedo Cutaway View

Cutaway diagram of a telepedo, showing a slightly simplified view of the internal components.

Telepedoes are prototype anti-capital ship weapons designed by the weapons developers of the Enceladus Aerospace Fleet.

Overview

Telepedoes are outwardly very similar in appearance to other large missiles such as MCMs and are designed to be launched from the same silos, but function much differently. Instead of exploding upon impact like a conventional missile, the telepedo damages targets by using its internal warp drive to cleanly remove a large section of the ship it hits. Telepedoes are extremely powerful against heavily armored targets since their method of dealing damage is entirely unaffected by the amount of armor an enemy ship has, but this comes at a cost; they are also some of the most expensive missiles around due to the integrated warp drive.

Components

Telepedoes consist of five major components; the guidance system, shaped charge, capacitors, warp core, and propulsion system.

The guidance system is laser based and mounted in the nose of the missile, allowing it to home in on specified targets.

Behind the guidance module is the shaped charge. This is a high explosive device designed to direct its blast in a tight forward-facing cone, meant to create a sort of improvised tunnel into the enemy ship so that the telepedo can deal as much damage as possible.

Further back is the first set of capacitors. These store large amounts of energy, and are designed to deliver a massive, brief power surge which is sufficient for a single activation of the warp drive. This also destroys the warp core in the process due to the amount of electricity passing through it. There are two sets of four capacitors in a telepedo; one set directly ahead of the warp core and one immediately behind it.

The warp core, set between the two capacitor modules, is equivalent to a conventional missile's warhead. It requires tremendous energy, as with any warp drive, which is supplied in a one-time burst by the capacitors, destroying the warp core in the process. The warp core can be calibrated in different ways depending on the specific use of the telepedo, but the default settings result in a warp field 150 metres in diameter and a jump of five kilometres directly forward.

The propulsion system of a telepedo is fairly standard for a air/space missile, consisting of a single liquid fuel rocket capable of providing significant amounts of thrust attached to a fuel tank large enough to allow a full burn for thirty seconds. RCS jets are also installed at the front and back of the missile, allowing it to adjust its angle in space.

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