Assault on ARX-351-5B : A Bolo Fan Fic



leave Standby Alert status as my Battle Reflex and General Awareness circuits are fully engaged. Current Situation input on Strategic and Tactical status has been updated to within 15 seconds of current time per standard pre-engagement schedule. I run a 50000 point subsystem checklist on myself. Maintenance, power and armaments are at 100% I am fully armed and ready.

I review the current situation and the approved order of battle. It is an audacious plan requiring split second timing and precision navigation. My review of historic battle plans that require a high degree of precision also show a high degree of failure. Using the given data I run 10000 simulations of the upcoming battle to find that the best result has a 27% chance of victory with loses of over 70% of the brigade. The time limit on this operation is the main factor that significantly increase the chance of failure.

The plan is predicated on a unique opportunity for a hyperspace insertion against the heavily defended Deng world designated ARX-351-5B, colloquially known as the Briar Patch. This world is heavily defended with fortifications on its three natural satellites as well as 7 battle stations formed from M type asteroids in orbit about the planet. Our target is the largest and outermost moon. That moon is 812 km in radius and has enough heavy weapons to destroy three squadrons of Concordiat battleships.

I network with other members of the Dinochrome Brigade to compare observations about the plan of battle. Of course we will strive to achieve victory, but the general consensus of the brigade is that this is what our human commanders, who I note are not on board any of their units, commonly describe with a venerable expletive “FUBAR”.

We are now at 22 seconds from breakout.

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Rocketship X-M – Design and Performance of the RX-M


n May 26, 1950 the Rocketship X-M expedition to the Moon was launched from the planet Earth.


Although frequently over shadowed by the flight of the Rocketship Luna that occurred a month later, the RX-M was actually the first attempt to reach the moon in 1950.

In the intervening years most of the technical specifications of the RX-M has been lost or destroyed. This post is an attempt to use publicly available historical documentation about the RX-M and attempt to derive some performance and flight data as well as address the controversy surrounding this early attempt to reach the moon.

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