|MadSci Network: Physics|
A high-explosive missile or shell, fired at a target combat vehicle on Earth will generally blow it to pieces. But consider the weaponry of our future space combat vehicles. How effective would explosive weapons be in the near vacuum of space, considering that a major component of explosives damage comes from the shockwave that is generated upon detonation in an atmosphere? I'm asking this because I'd like to know how off the mark are films and games concerning explosive weapons in space. Will space-based weapons be limited to non- explosive missile and radiation types such as railguns and lasers?
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