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How Fast Do Blaster Bolts Travel At?

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How Fast Do Blaster Bolts Travel At?

Xezr's Avatar

04.09.2012 , 11:07 AM | #21
I keep thinking the cold vacuum of space eventually cools down the bolt enough for it to vaporize. Though this is why you use targetting computers in space-combat; to try and minimalize stray projectiles
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04.09.2012 , 12:05 PM | #22
blasters or not lasers, they shoot supper headed plasma so it not the speed of light
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04.09.2012 , 12:23 PM | #23
Quote: Originally Posted by Fyurii View Post
Not even a particle beam could travel faster than light.
Hell, firing the thing would launch you back as far as it could fire.
No, Force = Mass * Velocity so it wouldn't launch you back as far as it could fire unless the projectile had the same mass as the firer. If it's firing energy there is no mass and therefore no recoil. It's the same reason turning on a flashlight doesn't launch you backward across the room because it does send photons out at the speed of light.

Clearly, blaster bolts don't travel anywhere near c since we can see them.

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04.09.2012 , 12:28 PM | #24
Quote: Originally Posted by Krelios View Post
No, Force = Mass * Velocity
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04.09.2012 , 01:30 PM | #25
Quote: Originally Posted by Krelios View Post
Clearly, blaster bolts don't travel anywhere near c since we can see them.
Everything you said before that was solid, but you can see visible-spectrum lasers even though they go at exactly c. I realize that in a vacuum, with no particles to reflect any photons back at you, you wouldn't be able to see it. Just that, as a litmus test ... wow, I'm being super-pedantic. Gonna stop now before I get into weird thought experiments about general relativity, and what happens if a station wagon going at the speed of light turns on its headlights.

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04.09.2012 , 01:30 PM | #26
Trying to apply physics to Star Wars has been known to cause migraines. Just a word of caution, here.
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04.09.2012 , 01:32 PM | #27
I personally prefer mass driver cannons to blasters. :P They are fun!
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04.09.2012 , 09:52 PM | #28
Blasters do not fire light speed bolts. Blaster bolts move at the speeds you see in the films (absolute canon) which puts them around the speed of bullets that are fired from modern day firearms. Slower in some cases.
Also, Force users do not move or react at anywhere near the speed of light.
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04.10.2012 , 08:22 AM | #29
Actually bullets dont travel all that fast, theyre just really small so you dont see them. (unless theyre tracers)

have a look at some videos on youtube where someone is firing a pistol at a long(er) range target and its zoomed in on the target, most of the time you can actually see the bullet traveling downrange and it seems to be going at about the same speed as blasters do...
theyre just not huge glowing bolts :P
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04.10.2012 , 01:08 PM | #30
Simple, use the scene where Han Solo shoots at Vader in Episode 5. Roughly calculate their distance, you a stop watch to time how long the blaster bolt takes to refract off Vader's hand. Multiply the 2 and should have the speed in MPH..I think
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