— Group Shield Linker module
Each ship closer to the module range that has the same module, get’s the protection of a group shield.
For example, using GSL modules with range 100, four ships in a straight line 300 units long could link together.
The shield has a maximum number of linked units.
The idea is that the GSL give about 75% the usual shielding but distributes the unstability and damage between all linked ships.
Thus, if four ships with four standard shields have:
N, N, N and N shield.
Four with a linked shield would have.
0.75N, 0.75N, 0.75N and 0.75N but they’d force any attacking enemy to destroy all 4 shields (3N power) before being able to hit any single ship.
Of course, the ships could have both linked and unlinked shields; in which case, the linked shield would fall first, leaving each ship with its personal shields to go on.