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Old June 8 2013, 12:41 AM   #162
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Re: What's Up with the Warp Core (SPOILERS Into Darkness)

CorporalCaptain wrote: View Post
I'd buy that the impulse engines (always described as conventional rockets in the 1960's and 1970's tie-in material, by the way, and very strongly suggested as such in TOS) are fully effective only when a low-level warp field is also used, but not that the impulse engines themselves reduce the ship's mass.
So they are more effective when the warp engines are also online. This might explain why the 1701-D's nacelles were always on.

Another reasonable alternative would be that inertial dampeners are required for high impulse acceleration. Or, I could by that inertial dampeners are implemented via a low-level warp field.
The incredible G forces that the inertial dampeners deal with should mean that weapon hits on the hull have no effect on the crew. Alas, drama rules.

However, the very term "impulse engine" implies propulsion via Newton's third law.
I always thought it meant they were a type of nuclear pulse propulsion.
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