|Manufacturer:||Species and organizations with acess to higher technologies such as Nanotechnology|
|Placement:||Usually the bow or other forward facing areas aboard a vessel|
|Weight:||Dependant upon material used|
|Affiliation:||Spacefaring species, both minor and major|
Ablative Armor is a passive armor that is designed to be absorb the kinetic and explosive energy from a weapon or interstellar object. It is designed to be destroyed in the process, but also does a good job at protecting whatever it is mounted on. Ablative armor is simple to manufacture, repair, and rebuild because of the materials and simple design, as it is usually just a slab of a basic material such as titanium, or ceramic; because of those attributes, Systems Commonwealth ships such as the Andromeda Ascendant and other large vessels use ablative armor. Smaller vessels utilize it because it is cheap but strong and effective.
Construction and DesignEdit
Ablative armor is usually made out of an extremely strong ceramic due to the simple fabrication of the plating. The ceramic covers a layer of high tensile alloy that is designed to reinforce the ceramic layer below it so that the ceramic takes as much of the impact energy as possible. When something hits the armor, the armor often turns into plasma because of the amount of energy focused in on one point. The plasma is thousands of degrees, and the transition that the solid armor makes from a solid to a plasmic state allows for much of the directed energy of the object hitting the armor to be absorbed. The plate of alloy shields the hull of the ship, and forces the plasma to flow over the section of exposed alloy and disappear into space. Thus, the alloy is usually able to completely dissipate the energy and plasma that comes from the weapon and protect the ship.