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Old February 3 2013, 05:21 AM   #47
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Re: Is it smart to have families on the Enterprise-D?

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I believe that the "idea" is that the saucer has "sustainer" engines that allowed it to "coast" at a warp speed for a short-while before dropping to impulse.
That's right. It's the same principle that allows photon torpedoes to be fired at warp. They sort of pinch off a bit of the warp bubble, carry it along with them, and sustain it for a little while before it collapses.
AMOF I think that this is pointed out in "Brothers" where the crew try and to devise a way to regain control of the ship -presumably seized by Data on the bridge." One of the suggestions is to detach the saucer where it's said it'll coast out of Warp after a few minutes.
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