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Old April 1 2014, 11:31 PM   #14
drt
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Re: Warp-power-scaling data point

I'd assume it's some kind of normal matter, but it seems inefficient to use hydrogen isotopes, when there are more dense materials that could be used. Or perhaps it's a dark matter/energy type of reaction as you alluded to above.

It's also worth mentioning that no matter how dire the power situation was in the original series, there never seemed to be concerns about the reactors or their reactants exploding for some reason (later to be the ubiquitous "warp core breach" in later shows), indicating that the power systems were much more robust and the reactants perhaps more stable.
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