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Old August 18 2013, 02:08 AM   #123
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Re: Dreadnought-Class Production Line (Spoilers?)

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Well, maybe the dark color is indicative of some sort of detection-resistant coating, similar to our modern-day stealth aircraft.
Stealth in space--[near magical] Klingon/Romulan cloaking device aside--would be damn near impossible. Unless you had a way of shielding thermal and EM changes (just off the top of my head, the warp core along has to bleed off a lot of exotic radiation types) in the local area, a ship would stick out like a sore thumb. Granted, distance is your friend, further out you are from the observer, the better the chance that you could bleed into the cosmic background noise.
It's not even that. Any given sensor device has a finite resolution for an object at a particular distance away; the farther away that object is, the bigger it would have to be for the sensor to detect it at all. For telescopes, the usual solution is longer exposures -- you point your sensors in a specific direction for several minutes or even hours -- so that small, dim objects would finally become detectable. A sensor device that's designed to sweep the entire sky on a regular basis and detect other objects would have a far more limited range and a more limited resolution.

But in the close up fistfights we see as the norm in Trek, forget about it.
Depends on what you mean by "up close." 500 to 1000km, active scans will probably detect anything big enough to pose a threat. Beyond that you need more powerful radars and a general idea of where to search.
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