<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>One - that the BS has it is likely, but not certain; it could also be just a nice paint job.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Why not give it the look of the Sharlin/Nial/Flyer texture though, bio-armour is easily spotted as a fractal noise.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>Two - if they can do it with the BS (which I personally believe), then the question is When? The BS didn't show up until "SiL", that'd be around 2281...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
As I said in another topic, most military technology available and discovered is not put into production until some 2 decades later. Without the Vorlons help, things would be taken a lot more carefully as not to screw things up. They may be able to replicate the tech easily enough, but they'd want to work out how it works before building all their ships with em. As you could run into problems later down the road. Like the bio-armour getting an infection, you not knowing how it works can't fix it and pretty soon your fleet is worthless.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>Three - in the fifth season Sheridan and Delenn Did talk about "running out of WhiteStars"...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I know, but the Minbari don't have infinite resources. They can't keep production up all the time, they were meant just to fight the Shadow war after all. That's what they were designed to do, they didn't take into account what would happen afterwards no doubt (most likely asusming the Vorlons wanting the technology back). The whitestars weren't designed for what they're being used for, hence needing a proper destroyer class to replace whitestars. The whitestar is good for it's role, but they needed something new.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>Four - the Excalibur has No self-repair system, EM-shield or adaptive armor. The crystalline armor is nice, but we don't know if it is something completely new, or just standard minbari armor, or just an improved version of minbari armor (my opinion - the crystralline armor is the latest in minbari armor technology, they Do have this thing for crystalline stuff...)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Repair system - The technology was dumbed down for EA technology, obviously the repair system couldn't be dumbed down enough to be incorperated into the ship. But it was ALSO a prototype. As I said earlier, technology like that isn't generally put into production until a few decades later. Prototypes being what their name states. It may have been coming later, but were waiting for researchers to finish up.
EM shield - Erm... how do you know this? Matheson states in the well of forever that the Exclaiburs shields block his abilities from going outside the ship. My theory being as ENIDH shows, the by-product of the engines being harvested and re-directed over the ship. Like the field spread out the kinetic energy of Lochley's fighter, it'd do the same to other weapons. Unless it's light, it's gonna have a kinetic effect as a weapon, so it's a good system since the armour would refract light easily.
Adaptive armour - As with the auto-repair, this is JUST a prototype. If they were rushing the project along, they'd leave out the more complicated technologies until ready, then incorperate it into the prototypes for testing.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>Now, if the ISA could still make all these nifty vorlon systems in 2262, why "three" and "four" above?
It's more likely they needed some time before they could resume production on vorlon stuff - say, around 2270 or so. Until then - No New WhiteStars.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Easily explained as above.
The bio-armour can obviously be replicated, but the knowledge of how it works seems to be superficial at best. Figuring out how it works in order to produce their own, for their design purposes would take time. Sure they could slap it on and pray it worked but that's not how any military likes to do things in a time of peace.
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