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Old June 4 2013, 04:15 AM   #97
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Re: Into Darkness and the novelverse [SPOILERS]

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Anyway, it's pretty easy to imagine how transwarp beaming across 100+ lightyears has an exponential energy cost curve; beaming one person takes a lot of energy, but beaming even ten people takes a LOT of energy, such that it becomes unfeasible. This would mean that transwarp beaming would be pretty useless for exploration: you just can't explore strange new worlds with a single landing party.
Not to mention that it makes no sense to beam someplace you haven't been able to get a detailed scan of; it would be far too dangerous and impractical. Although it could perhaps be used to send robot probes out first.
Plus you can't take a transporter with you so if there isn't one where ever it is you are going, you're pretty much stuck there.
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