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Old February 3 2009, 04:36 AM   #29
Captain Robert April
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Re: Why place warp cores away from nacelles?

I don't think the conduits do much in the line of accelerating the plasma (for one thing, what would that accomplish? It's already moving at near lightspeed, which in the relatively short distance from the reactor to the nacelles is essentially instantaneous), but they do direct the plasma in the right direction(s).
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