Nah...the subspace rift on the exit point only opens exaclty before the ship arrives, not when it departs it's previous location.
Completely irrelevant to my point.
Also, when a ship is comming it's allways command who tells you that (and it got that info from the ships near hte blockade). If the Psamtik could detect incoming ships why doesn't it inform you of that? It's the same in every other situation - you are never informed by a ship that's near you.
Who says that it is the Psamtik alone doing the detection though? Perhaps intrasystem tracking is reliant on having two ships and detecting the differences in subspace between them. It could work like this. A ship jumps out and command notifies all ships to go to active tracking mode. Command then detects the differences between all the locations it has ships and uses that to generate a vector for where it thinks the enemy ship is going.
It could easily be that if you don't have a ship within a set distance of the arrival location your readings simply aren't good enough and therefore tracking is useless. As the central node in the tracking net it would be Command who knew where the ship was going. The Psamtik's data would be completely useless on its own.
Also, the thing about the Beleth having no where else to go - that's pure rubbish. GD is a big system - it vcould have jumped anywhere, attacked any otehr GTVA ships in the system. OR it could have jumped on the other side of the system and start launching fihgter/bomber attacks - no need to come up close and personal without an abdundant fihgtercover.
And now I use your own argument against you. When have we ever seen a Shivan vessel jump away in order to launch fighters? Your argument is that the Shivans are such xenophobes that the sathanas would never run away from a fight except to go to another one so why on Earth would they do something as unlikely as jumping away from a battle to launch fighter cover?
And if you're saying they'd do that, jumping away to repair beam cannons suddenly becomes a lot more likely doesn't it?
As for there being other places to go. Why? Why on Earth would Command have ships in GD that weren't guarding either node? They put everything they had into the blockades.
You might also notice that it doesn't follow hte Sathanas - if you don't destroy it it will jmp out, but not at the node - thus it jumps somewhere else in the system.
Haven't got time to test that in game but from the looks of it in the mission file V just missed the centre of the node by about 700m. That should still be just within the jump node. The debriefing certainly speaks against your theory that it didn't jump to Capella. Look at the recommendation for the Beleth.
Disabling the engines of the Beleth would keep it in system.
Seems like the Beleth isn't in system. Are you seriously telling me that command are telling you that it's returned to the nebula?
you also might notice the working of the messages sent by command - there is no doubt or insecurity about where the Beleth will go. That's not guesswork.
Command frequently are certain about things that were ****ing idiotic to be certain about. Besides if as I said there is nowhere else to go they could be pretty certain that it was going there. It's you who keeps insisting that there were other places for it to go. There quite easily could have been nowhere else for it to go.
How does taking a guess qualify as being well informed? Getting a lot of accurate information (from any source) is being well-informed.
But this wasn't a random-assed guess. You want to make out it was. But I'm saying that Command had logically figured out that there was nothing else of value to the Shivans in the system and that their only target of interest would be the Capella node. If that turned out to be true I would quite happily say that it was an example of Command being well informed.
The Vasudan sounded very impressed that Command had got it right. Reading data off of a subspace tracker is not impressive.