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Old February 1 2009, 08:11 PM   #8
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Re: Why place warp cores away from nacelles?

newtype_alpha wrote: View Post
On the other hand, the same could be said for the TMP Enterprise. There's certainly nothing in canon that suggests the intermix chamber MUST feed towards the nacelles and not the other way around. It's entirely possible the drive plasma is produced in the warp nacelles (where the bussard collectors are) and channeled down to the so-called "Engine Room" where it's converted to electrical energy or channeled into the impulse engines high above or the main deflector far below.
I've long thought about this possibility -- that the TMP ship's nacelles might have contained the matter/antimatter reactor, and the energy shafts seen in the engine room might be little more than power feeds leading from the nacelles to the rest of the ship.
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