Along for the ride

Danger Room: Launch Commandos in Cruise Missiles

Makes shooting guys out torpedo tubes look like child’s play.

Pucker factor: 9.3 out of 10.

Comments

  1. As I recall, that was how Heinlein’s infantry deployed from orbit…in capsules that were fired from essentially a huge gun. Course, you had the benefit of super spiffy body armor and tons of gizmos to get you around after…

  2. The Kinunir-class battlecruisers from oldschool Traveller each carried a squad of Heinlein-esque jump troopers, as well. Jump Trooper pucker factor: 10.8 out of 10. Geronimo!

  3. Shipmates, Warhammer 40,000. Marines in drop pods. Armour delivered in Thunderhawk gunships. It could happen. Respects,

  4. Launch out of cruise missiles? You first, Poindexter. Murdoc – I have that Traveller Adventure somewhere. The Kinunir’s computer went all HAL and killed the crew.

  5. Murdoc, Hmm…. cyber-enhanced Marines deploying by cruise missle/drop pods might well be the answer for those pesky zombie hordes. Keeping the Marines aloft on lighter-than-air transport carriers would keep them away from the infections and the ‘zombie taint’, thus preserving their natural bodily fluids.. oh wait, wrong movie… But seriously. Drop-pod Marine anti-zombie quick reaction/strike force. there’s a future in that! Zombies, Taliban, AQ, and other brain-dead types need a special treatment and this just might be the ticket, especially if’n you give the Marines those ‘Rocky the Squirrel’ flying suits as well. Damn, but I was born too soon.

  6. Haven’t the special forces guys been using suits like these for years when HALO jumping? I’m sure I saw that on some TV show or something. It gives them a better glide ratio so they don’t have to jump directly over the country of interest to get in. I recall a guy I once worked with was asked by one of the special forces commands to come up with one of these ‘pods’ things you’ve been talking about that could be dropped out the back end of a cargo airplane and flown with an even better glide ratio than one of these suits. He didn’t get to far. He was investigating some of Goodyear’s research into inflatable aircraft, I believe. I later came up with a concept but never went anywhere with it. It seemed like it might be a lot of fun for nuts like these guys, though.

  7. Haven’t the special forces guys been using suits like these for years when HALO jumping? I’m sure I saw that on some TV show or something. It gives them a better glide ratio so they don’t have to jump directly over the country of interest to get in. I recall a guy I once worked with was asked by one of the special forces commands to come up with one of these ‘pods’ things you’ve been talking about that could be dropped out the back end of a cargo airplane and flown with an even better glide ratio than one of these suits. He didn’t get to far. He was investigating some of Goodyear’s research into inflatable aircraft, I believe. I later came up with a concept but never went anywhere with it. It seemed like it might be a lot of fun for nuts like these guys, though.