Very Dangerous Array
"It's not astronomy ...It's Proactive Target Acquisition" 2003-06-28
The Very Dangerous Array (VDA) is a high-resolution sensor net built using a number of terapedoes. Analogous in function to The Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, it uses a large number of relatively-low-resolution sensors to create a high-resolution composite. Unlike New Mexico's VLA, the VDA has the ability to generate a significant amount of "blam".
A VDA can also help get around the pesky speed-of-light limit on the distance from which traditional missiles can be detected (as expanded upon in a footnote 2005-03-13.
Basic Technologies used
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- Teraport (not strictly necessary; non-FTL torpedoes could, in principle, be used, but would be much less effective)
Other notable appearances
- VDA Node 42 was instrumental in the events of Resident Mad Scientist, in particular part 5 2005-04-01.
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The Very Dangerous Array name was re-used in the Troy Rising series, except as a distributed array of mirrors used for solar-pumped laser power.