Writing a near-future SF novel here. One character has to rescue another character from an enemy space shuttle (in orbit). Most hull breach scenarios sound really dangerous-- is there a method that would be non-catastrophic? Somehow containing the breach, or surrounding the shuttle with a giant bag before breaching it?

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    $\begingroup$ This might be a better fit at worldbuilding.stackexchange. (I might be wrong) $\endgroup$ – 0xDBFB7 Jul 13 '17 at 15:24
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    $\begingroup$ In not-so-near-future military SF, one sometimes sees dedicated boarding pods - basically a mobile airlock that seals itself against the hull of another ship, allowing an inner hatch to be opened and the target hull breached without major pressure drop. That kind of boarding action would have to be pretty commonplace for that pod to exist, though. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Jul 13 '17 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Russell Borogove Sealing the mobile airlock alone would not help, you need to fix the airlock to the hull to hold the enormous force of air pressure inside this airlock. Some strong nuts and bolts to mount a flange or something similar. $\endgroup$ – Uwe Jul 13 '17 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ You mean a shuttle as in a generic shuttle not yet developed or The shuttle, aka the american one that stopped flying (making it a near future alternate reality) $\endgroup$ – Antzi Jul 14 '17 at 5:03
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    $\begingroup$ Solely concerning fictional topics. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Jul 15 '17 at 17:33

Depends on the Shuttle mission. If it's carrying an airlock, wait for someone to go out the hatch and then sneak in.


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