I wasnt desputing the FTL's name. I was disputing why the Atlantis would be outfitted with a Hyperdrive when a FTL (whatever it may be) was put on the Destiny far before Atlanstis was created. They said it in the first episode, they dont know what it is and never seen anything before that before. which tells us this is a new propullsion device. But a device the Ancients created pre Atlantis.
It always bugs me to pull apart posts like this, but it's only for clarity.
anyway, Atlantis is big. And while FTL drives may be able to move a lot of mass, a city is a bit much, don't'cha think? Destiny has an old drive. the reason that they hadn't seen it before is because it was phased out, much like how you don't see the USS Silversides sailing the oceans anymore (it's a WWII submarine, now an exhibit). unkown doesn't neccesarily mean new. just unkown. We still don't know what Greek Fire was, but that's not exactly new.
Also the Asgard core was meant to be passed on so that the Asgard legacy would live on, Humans wouldnt take that kindof Tech and leave it in one ship when they have hordes of Ori running a muck in the Universe, especially when the Ori can smash a Human Ship with just one or two shots. While the Asgard core gives the Humans the ability to kill the Ori ships with one shot. Also the Hammond sat their fighting the three motherships for atleast 10 minutes as they waited til the Iciarus base dialed out. The Hammond then beamed all SC pilots on board and boggied out of there. The fact is, If the Asgard can take down the Ori with ease, and the Ori can take down the Goa'uld with ease, and now Humans have Asgard Tech youd think the Goa'uld even with three ships wouldnt be a match.
1) PLANET GO BOOM-BOOM! PLANET KILL HAT'OC SHIPS! (sorry, couldn't resist)
2)An Asgard Core, if I remember right, requires a lot of power. ZPM lot. and ZPMs are in short supply anyway. no point adding the mass of an Asgard Core if you can't power it. excess mass=less maneuverability and less room.
3) they couldn't maneuver until they had beamed everyone out. when they could, it was too late to kill the ships.
4) they knew the planet would kill the ships for them. why waste the ammo if you wouldn't be able to kill them before that?
Now my point about the 9 chevrons, I kindof get that it was a code. Im saying though, It sounded like they just thew it together as a halfass answer. I doubt the Ancients would waste a 9th Chevron on just a code, just seems to simple for a very complex race.
sometimes, the simplest code is the hardest to crack. and it's not like it was an encryption, meant to deter. it was different because:
1) they were gating to a moving object. so the address changes otherwise.
2) to keep it from being accidentally dialed.
3) there's a specific power requirement anyway. address tells the gate how much power to use.
now, explaining the first point on the 9th chevron, the address system works based on six points in space. each of those symbols represents a coordinate on a face of a cube map. to plot a path to that coordinate, you need an origin point. the 7th chevron. when dialing a different galaxy, the 8th becomes what the 7th was in a normal combination. the 7th (or 1st) becomes the galaxy code. much like an area code for a phone number. now, similarly, in a 9 digit address, you need a point of origin, a gate address, and an "area code". in this case, the "area code" is replaced with a special symbol, and a 9th is added to designate that the ship moves, and the path it takes. (maybe not the path it takes, but instead like an e-mail, which is centralized, but connects from that location to wherever you are. the 9th means that the gate is a remote connection, probably either through a relay or it is continually updating its position with the rest of the gate network [after all, the gate network does update the positions of the oter gates automatically])