So many Gatling-guns. Why do people insist that they’d be a good thing to use in space?
Some nice looking ships with some very silly looking tech in that universe. I don’t get it. Why would anyone ever want a see-through screen or display other than when it was switched off or needed to show something behind it at that specific time?
To spread out the radiation spectrum of the barrels by Doppler shift of course! By rotating them the radiation of the barrels is shifted slightly, superimposing with the radiation from just before and cancelling each other out.
Honestly though, I probably could design a water-cooled rotating barrel gun that works in space. If it should be fancy we could make the casing out of transparent aluminium so it looks like a fancy air-cooled version.
You could get your BRRRRRRRRRRT with regular cannon so long as you could feed them ammo fast enough and had a fast enough firing mechanism to cope. Maybe a flexible pneumatic feed system and laser-ignition? Will think on this further.
Funny thing is about being picky: With today’s tech to look to, lasers are the only viable weapons for space combat. End of story. The problem with that is they won’t ever miss and can’t be seen other than on the spot they damage (and by them heating any clouds of gas/debris they throw out,) so that’s no fun for most people. It’s just that Gatling weapons are particularly pointless that peeves me.
Gatling guns are used to destroy the super-thermal-resistant super-cooled mirrors put on a ship for ‘armour’. Also, those mirrors change can change the color of the reflective material, which lessens the effect of the laser. Which also means that space battles would look like disco parties.
I’ve never understood the argument against a Gatling gun. Find me a 20mm cannon that can fire at 4500 rounds per minute that isn’t a Gatling design (let’s assume that we’re excluding the expendable bullet box). For reference, CIWS is such a Gatling design that can attain that rate of fire. It has six barrels in a small area, meaning it can fire six times the rounds before needing cooling.
Of course, ballistic rounds are silly at any significant range, but so are piloted craft.