the only soldier who can blow you away from muthafuckin' ORBIT! suck on that, sniper elite guy! you ain't got shit on this dude! though i can't think of a single instance where an 'orbital sniper' would be of any use.
That's a pretty interesting concept, I mean, we have all heard of orbital strike lasers/cannons/whatevers, but I have never heard, nor thought about orbital snipers, and suited human orbital snipers at that. Even the concept of this is refreshing, keep up the great work!
The mass of the planet, the composition of the atmosphere if any, magnetic fields if any, weather patterns and other factors could make either much easier or much more difficult to hit a target from orbit. I agree that a human sitting up there would be impractical, compared to an automated system, but the rule of cool applies.
Surprisingly yes, sun light does actually have a slight affect on bullets fired at distant targets. Also I was wondering, does this orbital sniper actual shoot targets in space? Or does he shoot targets that are planet side? Was curious as that wasn't specified.
Both of you are right. Sunlight doesn't have a direct impact on rounds under a certain distance, however, the rays of the sun carry energy none the less. This energy has an impact on bullet ballistics, though are technically negligible in most cases compared to round composition, bullet speed, barrel rifling, round deformation, conical angle, and ballistic discharge.
Also Shadowseer, I think he's multi-purpose. That's why it wasn't specified.
Well, you have to admit, a shot into the vacuum of space is much simpler than a straight shot to a specific target on the planet you are orbiting. That's why I was asking. Cause one, it determines what kind of marksman you are dealing with, two how well he can hit you, and not mention what kinda of rifle he is using to do that particular kind of marksmanship. Shooting at targets in space does't require high tech or high powered rifles. Shooting at something planet side requires a much larger weapon and many high tech firing aids.