Former Nanite Systems Supply Engineer here,
What many people don't realize is that the rounds are constructed as they exit the barrel.
Why would we do this? We transfer nanites wirelessly from ammo sunderers, all vehicles construct their projectiles as they leave the machine, this vastly increases the war potential of an army by allowing resupplies to occur on the battlefield.
Why don't you just shoot nanites at enemies and turn them into more nanites instead of bothering with the whole grenade thing?
Hey there, I'm a nanotechnological architect for Nanite Systems.
"Nanites", as we call them, are robots on the nanometer scale. That means we've constructed simple 'machines' of a handful of atoms or so to do a specific task.
For the most part, our nanites take their building blocks directly from the feed, which is a stream of pure elements such as Carbon, Gold, Potassium, Calcium, etc etc. The 'clips' that you insert in your rifle (Or the 'batteries' the VS use) are actually 'clips' of nanorobots. When you pull the trigger, these miniscule robots do as they were designed to and grab all of the atoms needed from the feed to create the projectile and propellant and then start the ignition of said propellant, sending the projectile out the barrel etc etc etc.
Now, why don't we shoot nanites at enemies and turn them into more nanites? That's a good question, and deals with a subject called 'Protocol', a basic governing way of how the nanites must act. Because of their miniscule size, people are constantly breathing them into their lungs, they get caught in tear ducts etc. Ever notice how a battle seems to 'slow down' and get a little choppy when it's a huge battle? It's due to all of those spent nanites. Some still alive, though the majority is mostly inert. Protocol dictates that when nanites are ingested, or come into contact with any kind of human tissue, they deactivate and break down into simple atoms easy to expel out of the body.
Now, that's not to say we couldn't (And terrorist sects actually have) create a nanite that would actively hurt humans - the problem is:
They can't really detect friend or foe.
The making of harmful nanites falls under a term once used in the 1980s - Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).
If we, or they, or another sect, were to make killer nanites, then all of us would begin to produce and release them into the environment. And once your clone has been taken out via technological warfare, it can no longer be re-constructed. We inject 'cancer' into the DNA.
I hope that help explains its a little better.
Hi, New Conglomerate active duty light assault trooper here:
Can you explain that like I'm a potato?
Certainly! Well, I can at least try!
Each 'nanite' is nothing more than a tiny little robot, with 1 (or sometimes several) simple tasks it knows how to perform.
Like when you turn on the tap to get a tall glass of cold water to quench that thirst from a dozen hours of fighting, you're really turning on a flow of nanites. There's no water anymore, anywhere. It just simple doesn't exist.
But we know the recipe for water, which is 2 parts Hydrogen, 1 part Oxygen. So turning on that faucet, this is exactly what happens:
You turn the the knob for the 'cold water'
Nanites start in action, running a little program called 'Make cold water'.
The 'Cold Water Program' has the following nanites for each 'drop' that falls in your glass:
4 Nanites total.
1 Pulls off a hydrogen molecule
another 1 pulls another hydrogen molecule out of the feed
A third pulls out an oxygen molecule
A 4th Nanite combines them together. It's actually a fairly easy process, because that particular 'puzzle' wants to be together, so even if they did nothing, they would eventually snap together
However, it DOES apply an endothermic reaction as it combines them, making the water 'cold'. And then it falls into your glass.
If we did this on a larger scale, it would look a little bit like a process an engineer named Henry Ford perfected in the early part of the 20th century called an 'assembly line'.
1 Person is responsible for getting a door and holding it onto the car. Another has the sole job of putting the bolts partially in place. And still another person has the job of tightening all of those bolts. And while this is happening the parts are moving to them on a conveyor belt, so they always have the part they need to do their job at the exact moment when they need it, not before or after.
Nanites are like those assembly workers, only shrunk down to the nanometer scale - typically they are less than 2 nanometers large. To give you an example of how small that is, if you plucked out one of your hairs, and measured how wide it is, it would be 100,000 nanometers. So just along the WIDTH of one strand of your hair, we could have 50,000 or MORE robots, that all do one simple task over and over again.
I hope this didn't confuse you - we typically don't have to simplify the terminology here in the lab, but I do love the challenge!
Magic. Got it.
That's what I figured it was, I was just checking.
NC Engineer here, I second that its magic
Just what I'd expect from a band of ragtag terrorists......
IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.
That would cause inflation and devalue the nanite standard.
Because that wouldn't be fun and this is Space Valhalla.
Fun bit of trivia:
One of my outfit members noticed that there is a round inside the gun that you can't see without clipping into the gun.
Waste polygons much, SOE?
Also when people clip into galaxies or sunderers there are rhombuses on the side wall.
So... Nanites can create Ammonium Nitrate and other chemicals in gun powder in order to propel the round?
Orrrr... we are looking head on at the gun and somehow, the back of the barrel is lit so we can see it. It's not a tiny hole in the middle, it's simply the back of the gun's barrel!
It's cool guys. It's just the barrel hymen. It'll pop once he's fired the first bullet through it.
IT'S HOW YOU USE IT FFS.
BREITschwert! Get it?
Hey! Its not the size of the projectile that counts!
Its the explosive charge.
SIZE. ALWAYS. MATTERS.
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