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Old June 5 2013, 10:38 PM   #116
Re: New Treknology Into Darkness

Crashing into a ship in orbit takes a lot of doing - like you say, space is big, and if ten thousand starships parked on low Earth orbit today, warping into their midst blind should still be statistically quite safe. You really need to crash into a hostile starship's death rays, or to the dense debris field created by same. And this only happens if the hostile starship knows beforehand where you are going to warp (which Nero has every right to know, as he seems familiar with Starfleet procedure and isn't exactly facing their best and brightest).

It's pretty consistent that things on or near planets are obscured from long range sensors, whereas things seen against the background of deep space are somewhat detectable - and things actively glowing with warp energies can be both spotted and identified far more easily than things not doing so.

Timo Saloniemi
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