Posted - 2011.09.03 23:54:00 - [2
Edited by: Tau Cabalander on 04/09/2011 00:07:36
You do realize that wormholes have a variable mass, and it is possible others have gone through it.
As long as it is still open, say only 1 kg left, you can put the max transit mass through of millions of kg, then it will collapse. Keeping a scanning frigate on the far side is a good idea. A scanning frigate typically will not be enough mass to close the wormhole, so it can come back just before the last ship jumps back through.
It is more important to note when the wormhole shrinks while closing it, rather than guess at its current mass.
If the wormhole shrank a second time early, we'd use a 100 MN Drake to close the wormhole. If the wormhole shrank late, the Orcas would use a 100MN MWD on the return trip (both trips was rare, but sometimes done if the first shrink was late).
However, nothing is a sure bet. We've had the wormhole collapse unexpectedly, once stranding an Archon (no probe ship on his side, oops we didn't follow protocol, self-destructed), and a Revelation (probe ship on his side, so got out eventually).