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Old January 6 2009, 05:38 PM   #1
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How do transphasiac torpedos work?

Hey, guys,

Thread going on over in Trek Lit about transphasiac torpedos. How do they work? And are they only effective against the Borg?

As seen in Voyager's "Endgame", one t-torp took out a Borg cube. That being the case, certainly only one would take out a Romulan Warbird, a Negh'var, a Sovereign, pretty much anything. The discussion in Trek Lit sparked discussion about a new arms race in the quadrant, but for some reason I'm thinking the t-torp phases through the Borg multi-adaptive shielding and targets the cube's transwarp coils, causing a massive chain reaction of all of the cube's t-warp coils, and destroying the cube.

Hence, though devastating against cubes and spheres, it wouldn't be much more than a photon torpedo's-worth of explosives (maybe even less, if the phasing mechanism takes up much of the torpedo's interior space) against non-transwarp-equipped ships.

Is there discussion, whether in a previous thread or a novel, in which this is shown? I am led to understand it is discussed in "Greater Than The Sum", and while I have the book, I am leaving it alone for the time being while I finish some other ones in chronological order.

Thanks in advance
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Old January 6 2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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Old January 6 2009, 06:00 PM   #3
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Re: How do transphasiac torpedos work?

They require a highly sophisticated plot device that is made out of rarefied balonieum-lanthanum sulfide crystals that channel the reaction through the unobtanium-chloride reaction chamber. The power-source is the collected rage of all the canon-wankers across the internet amplified by a pseudo-galvanometric thermometric-particle generation matrix. The reaction must be started by generating a radiation-field with cyanoacrylate below absolute zero.
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Old January 6 2009, 06:07 PM   #4
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Old January 6 2009, 06:11 PM   #5
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Re: How do transphasiac torpedos work?

I'd say that there's something in the torpedo that puts it out of phase with normal matter, allowing the torpedo to pass through shields. The warhead is probably a standard photon torpedo warhead, maybe even cut down to make room for the phasing majigger. The torpedo sails right through shields, its full yield being unleashed on a protective target, and the force from the detonation might bounce off of the inside of the target's shields, resulting in a sort of blastback.

That, and Voyager's writers wanted a magic torpedo.
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Old January 6 2009, 06:14 PM   #6
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Well look at the name: transphasiac They most like phase in an out alowing them to get past sheilds and there explosive yeald probaly gets is power from pahsing matter somehow.
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Old January 6 2009, 06:26 PM   #7
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Re: How do transphasiac torpedos work?

I thought about this while I was reading Destiny. Maybe transphasic technology is something that most powers would have a relatively easy time altering their shields to compensate for. The Borg aren't able to do actual research, just assimilate it, so blah blah blah.
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Old January 6 2009, 08:58 PM   #8
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Re: How do transphasiac torpedos work?

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I'd say that there's something in the torpedo that puts it out of phase with normal matter, allowing the torpedo to pass through shields. The warhead is probably a standard photon torpedo warhead, maybe even cut down to make room for the phasing majigger.
This. Plain and simple.

Most people keep adding MORE and MORE to the "output numbers" because they have no idea how powerful 20 megatons really is. I used to cut inches of steel plate with a 2.5 kilowatt laser, not a 250 megawatt one.

You set off a 20-50 megaton explosion inside a structure it is fucked. That's all there is to it. There is heat, there is electromagnetic radiation, there is particle radiation, you set up a shock-wave from all this energy being released....



The "magic bullet" aspect could come from some kind of radical new understanding of phasing technology or better control over it. At the minimum you'd need a way for the torpedo to sense when it is inside the target in a location where rephasing won't embed a delicate part of the mechanism in a wall. You'd want to rephase in an open chamber like a cargo-bay or shuttle-bay or main engineering. You'd want to time the rephase and detonation so there is close to zero possiblity of someone reacting quick enough to slap a stais field around the torpedo or lock on to it and beam it into space. The "magic bullet" aspect would have to include this as well.

You could do this by having the torpedo shift in and out of phase rapidly to take sensor readings as it flies twords the target or you could have the firing vessel use a phase-thingimagigger to send telemetry from the ship's senors to the torpedo.

Shall I keep going or should I go torment the sushi thread some more?
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Old January 6 2009, 09:08 PM   #9
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*ponders* I just had a talk with Plecostomus, and he made a remark that was meant to be funny
Maybe that's part of the magic of the Transphasic system. it only phases in the explosion not the rest of the torpedo.
We had fun over it, but then it hit me: if there's no machine to keep "stuff" out of phase... wouldn't that then mean that once a small part of the explosion rips away the Transphasic generator, the rest of the blast shifts back to "normal" space?
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Old January 6 2009, 09:10 PM   #10
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I can't fucking BELIEVE I'm discussing matters of Federation Security with the fucking BORG.

GET OUT OF MY THREAD! SECURITY! DETAIN THAT DRONE!
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Old January 7 2009, 12:34 AM   #11
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I always assumed it was an outgrowth of the way the interphase cloaking device from the Pegasus (of the TNG episode of the same name) worked... Surely Starfleet Security and Section 31 would eventually take up working on such technology again at some point, if they ever stopped? And if it was developed by Starfleet while Voyager was still some light years from Earth, why couldn't they have transmitted the plans to them for construction and use against the Borg? Admiral Janeway was rather vague on that point - her talk of 'in my time we've developed defenses against the Borg' could have meant Starfleet or could have meant the Voyager crew.)

I also always assumed as pretty much all of you have suggested - some small component in the torpedo allows it to pass just enough out of phase to pass through the target's outer extremities into the target's heart - be it warp core or whatever - where it instantly de-phases and goes off.

Borgman,
you do make a good point, but perhaps millisecond timing allows the torpedos to 'dephase' almost simultaneously as the explosive is triggered?
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Old January 7 2009, 02:21 AM   #12
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Assuming that it's a standard photon torpedo with an ability to phase through matter is bogus.

Technology evolves, and given the fact that SF churned out quite powerful torpedoes in TNG era throughout a relatively short period of time alone, I would say there is a very good possibility the explosive yield of torpedoes was increased as well ... especially 26 years down the line.

Yes, the name 'transphasic' does allude to the possibility the torpedo utilizes aspects of phased cloaking technology to phase through matter, but at the same time, you'd be a moron not to improve the torpedoes in ever possible way and just use technology from 30 years ago and slap on some phasing generators.
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Old January 7 2009, 03:33 AM   #13
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Re: How do transphasiac torpedos work?

The Klingons did have a weapon that could go through shields in Starfleet Command 3, the polaron torpedo. It was their answer to the quantum torpedo, and it carries a device which creates a rapidly cycling polaron burst. That allows it to pass through the shields on many conventional enemies and hit the hull armor directly, but the downside is that it's only marginally more powerful than a standard photon torpedo. The polaron emitter consumes enough space that the warhead can't be increased.
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Old January 7 2009, 06:06 AM   #14
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Assuming that it's a standard photon torpedo with an ability to phase through matter is bogus.

Technology evolves, and given the fact that SF churned out quite powerful torpedoes in TNG era throughout a relatively short period of time alone, I would say there is a very good possibility the explosive yield of torpedoes was increased as well ... especially 26 years down the line.

Yes, the name 'transphasic' does allude to the possibility the torpedo utilizes aspects of phased cloaking technology to phase through matter, but at the same time, you'd be a moron not to improve the torpedoes in ever possible way and just use technology from 30 years ago and slap on some phasing generators.
Well of course the torpedoes would be improved, but we're talking about Voyager, a ship with limited resources. Meaning, they would have been able to build it with existing resources and equipment.
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Old January 7 2009, 03:26 PM   #15
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Uhm ... you are forgetting that the technology in question came from the future.
The ship was in full contact with SF prior to Endgame and had numerous advanced tech schematics (incl. Borg tech) at their disposal in their database from their original 7 years of trip, not to mention the extra 16 years in an alternate time-line.
SF could have analyzed that data as much as Voyager crew did and use their own resources to devise new weapons which Voyager's crew would only need to duplicate it as the techs were made to work with SF tech to begin with.

Remember that Seven of 9 mentioned that the stealth tech was incompatible at this time with their systems ... but the armor and weapons were compatible, meaning that their advanced tactical superiority would not be downgraded from being duplicated using Voyager's present day tech.

In the alternate future, Voyager was updating the ship likely with SF's aid so they can keep up.
And given how Voyager acquired technology to triple their replicator efficiency with only using 50% of power than what they were using in the 'Void' (which was a considerable power drain to begin with as far as the anomaly is concerned), there is no reason to think Voyager would have suffered the same issues of being extremely limited with resources as fast as they were in the past.
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