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Machspeed and Flashpoint find their next rescue is a very dangerous one. Saving the crew of a B-2 Spirit bomber isn't that hard, dealing with an active nuclear weapon most certainly is! They have to find a way to get rid of it safely without the others on-board falling into hostile hands, and their solution leads to a fantastic adventure for Flashpoint...

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I don't have a clue if anyone on site can answer this or would be allowed to if they knew, but. when the one armed device detonated I do know that there would be an intense burst of x-rays , gamma rays and fast neutrons. the question is this, would that "cook off' the other devices or would they vaporize too fast?

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Actually, there's two armed devices amongst those Flashpoint sent soaring off into space. The one that was causing the problem, making it impossible for the Spirit to land, and the one set to go off on the timer. From the research I've done into the devices the Americans exploded in space back in the Fifties, being that close to two detonating devices would be enough to shred the others at the least, maybe trigger them off competely at the worst. So I'd say they'd be either shredded or would vaporise before they were triggered.

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They have to detonate in a very controlled and specific way. It would just create more radioactive shrapnel.

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Most likely not. When a nuclear device goes off they also release an Electromagnetic pulse frying the arming a detonating mechanism. Nukes are built in a way so that if it were to detonate, the arming and firing mechanism need to happen in a specific order. If done incorrectly, the safeties activate thus disarming the weapon. They would most likely just vaporize if exposed to the blast, and add to the radiation. If they're in their Silos however, they will be exposed to the EMP, and be unable to fire forever until either the fissle material decays and leaks, or someone replaces the fried electronics.

The only part I had issue with is WHY OH WHY were they flying with an armed bomb. Some of the other parts were a bit of a stretch but not impossible.
Why didn't they at least look the plane over?
Anything that disabled both manual and electronic opening of the Bombay why didn't it affect the landing gear? The bomb release is more likely at least to me.
The bombs electronics refusing to respond without anything else on the plane be8mg affected

The other weapons will not have time to detonate before the blast reduces them to their component ions. Seeing as they were all duct taped together, the one going off should vaporize the other five.

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The only part I had issue with is WHY OH WHY were they flying with an armed bomb. Some of the other parts were a bit of a stretch but not impossible.

The bomb wasn't armed when they were flying in the past. They only found it was armed after they appeared in the future.

Why didn't they at least look the plane over?

They were caught up in the moment of their arrival. Samantha was going to see what the problem was, but she got distracted by an old dream that she ended up very close to (and yet still too far). She will remember later, though.

Anything that disabled both manual and electronic opening of the Bombay why didn't it affect the landing gear? The bomb release is more likely at least to me.

The problem wasn't what they thought it was at first. It's not a problem with the aircraft itself, but something external.

The bomb's electronics refusing to respond without anything else on the plane being affected?

I'm afraid you'll have to wait to see what really happened. There might be a follow-up to this (if things go the way I want them to). It won't be another chapter, but another story.

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The other weapons will not have time to detonate before the blast reduces them to their component ions. Seeing as they were all duct taped together, the one going off should vaporize the other five.

That's the most likely outcome. There is a very small chance (About 0.7%) that the already active device will actually detonate, rather than be vaped, but it's a very small chance.

8431382. I wasn't referring to the planes crew but the rescue squad. They might of not had a changeling to hang on the craft but that wouldn't stop them from looking

Wouldn't the O2 tank be hot due to unfiltered solor radiation?

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I wasn't referring to the planes crew but the rescue squad. They might of not had a changeling to hang on the craft but that wouldn't stop them from looking

If they'd had an experienced pegasus with them, they might have been able to. But this time around, it was Machspeed and Flashpoint by themselves. What happened will be revealed later...

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Wouldn't the O2 tank be hot due to unfiltered solor radiation?

It can get hot, but conduction (lying on the cold surface) will cool it much faster than solar radiation will heat it up. Besides, Flashpoint is right in not risking it. A thermal sleeve for the tank will keep it from getting too hot or cold when she brings it back to Earth again.

8433519 8433013 It would be a matter of degree too long and it would be hot in 2 senses. Actually both thermal and various types of hard radiation are potential concerns.. In lower orbits there is still some shielding from the Earth's magnetic field

8433516 I'm sure you'll explain in time but they have Flashpoint with them along with radio communications. Getting a Pegasus to the plane to examine the outside would be a minor matter. Literally as one of the character says they are flying a computer without the computer the B-2 won;t fly

I really really hope Flashpoint did a lot of mental math that you haven't told us about when she realized she released the nuclear weapons within the moon's gravity well...

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I really really hope Flashpoint did a lot of mental math that you haven't told us about when she realized she released the nuclear weapons within the moon's gravity well...

Nah. At the speed the assembly is travelling, the Moon's gravity has no hope of capturing it. The final speed of the assembly is 142.2 km/s, way above even Earth's escape velocity (40 km/s). There's no danger of them ending up anywhere except maybe taking out a passing Grey saucer. :pinkiehappy::twilightsmile:

This story was great fun to read, and it invokes a lot of great emotions, all while having an inanimate object as its antagonist.
It reminds me of a Miyazaki film in a lot of ways.

Thank you for writing and sharing! :twilightsmile:

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Rojer?

I can't believe you defined a common initialism like "MPH" but not "ARRS". If this was a direct sequel to something, you really should have noted it in the story description.

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I can't believe you defined a common initialism like "MPH" but not "ARRS".

You mean I didn't put the stops in A.R.R.R.S. somewhere? Bugger, I thought I got all of them...

If this was a direct sequel to something, you really should have noted it in the story description.

Well, I would have, but the prequel hasn't been written yet, so I don't know what I'm going to call it. That's why it isn't noted at this time.

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...That's just really confusing @_@ I basically had no idea what was going on throughout the entirety of this story.

And can you really just duct tape multiple nukes together like that?

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...That's just really confusing @_@ I basically had no idea what was going on throughout the entirety of this story.

It is a stand-alone story, set in Goldfur's A.R.R.R.S. Universe. The 'prequel' will simply tell the story of why only Machspeed and Flashpoint answered the call to rescue the crew of the Spirit, and not other members of the squad (they were busy elsewhere at the time). I thought the storyline was pretty straight-forward: B-2 bomber returns with a live nuke on-board, and can't land without setting it off. Attempts to shut it down fail and, rather than have it and the others fall into evil 'hands' (i.e., Charybdis or others), they use Flashpoint's teleporting abilities to get rid of all of them into space. She lands on the Moon for a short time (because it's there, and she's there too), then returns to Earth and, when Machspeed and the B-2 land, there's a welcoming party for the new Ponies it brings with it.

And can you really just duct tape multiple nukes together like that?

Sure you can. I've seen two cars duct-taped together and lifted off the ground, the lower one hanging from the top one. The duct tape is only to hold the six bombs together while they're being transported, so Flashpoint doesn't lose contact with them all. Once they're in space, there's no weight, so handling them isn't a problem.

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I mean, the major story beats are there, but there's also a whole ton of slice of life stuff you did with other side characters that had nothing to do with the main story. And it took me a while to get used to the characters to begin with.

I'll just have to take your word on it for the duct tape then!

Since you mentioned Charybdis is passing, does this mean that “Along New Tides” is becoming closer to canon in the Ponies After People setting?

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