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Old February 4 2014, 09:49 PM   #30
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Re: Cause and Effect (??)

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You are aware that the maneuvering thrusters can also move the ship, or are you of the position that they generate four and a half million tons of thrust?
We don't know enough about how the thrusters or really how anything on the ship works. Presumably the thrusters are powered by the same fusion reactors the impulse engines are and aren't chemical rockets. It's also likely the thrusters are also aided by any mass-reducing technomagic on the ship.

The facts of the episode is that solely through venting the main shuttle bay the Enterprise moved far enough in the given time availible to avoid the collision.
And the facts of the entire series is that the ship can at it's best can move 2000 times the speed of light and converting matter to pure energy is done without much thought. What's your point?

In the episode the ship had a major ship-wide power failure and the engines and thrusters were not available to them. Apparently they had only, at the minimum, two options available to them. Decompress the shuttlebay or use the tractor beam.

And in a zero gee environmet you actually don't need one to one thrust to move something.
Mass and Zero-G have nothing to do with one another. Objects in space still have mass and it still takes mass/energy to move that mass and to do it you need an equal or greater force. Saying "you don't need one-to-one" thrust to move something is like saying that if the ISS stops moving an astronaut can just get out and push. And not really "push" but just get out and give the ISS a single, quick, instant tap with the slightest of effort and the ISS will go flying away from him.

And even if you don't need a 1-1 ratio I'm pretty sure a 1-750 ratio is giving them too much.
Just because it's futuristic doesn't mean it's practical.
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