NuEnterprise Torpedo Tubes (spoilers, sort of)

Discussion in 'Trek Tech' started by Mister_Atoz, May 19, 2013.

  1. publiusr

    publiusr Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    In STIII, it might be nice to have someone indicate that these might be better termed drones (from SFB).
  2. gerbil

    gerbil Captain Captain

    Aug 27, 2001
    Marcus describes them as a new type of photon torpedo.
  3. Commodore Commodore

    Aug 17, 2001
    Atlanta, GA 30307
    So what, then, is the prominent launcher on the neck for? Firing torpedoes forward while at warp?
  4. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Aug 26, 2003
    Although I still haven't seen the movie, reviews would seem to indicate that the "new torpedo tubes" were pure obfuscation - they were part of the Marcus scheme to blackmail Khan into continuing to serve Starfleet interests. Their only actual function was to provide an excuse for Marcus to smuggle the 72 helpless Augments aboard the ship and then threaten to kill them unless Khan cooperated.

    The "old" tube in the neck probably always provided the usual range of services, including all the sublight and warp launches needed. The "new tubes" might have been sublight-only deployment chutes from the sound of it, superficially plausible for use in planetary precision bombardment (the role Marcus claimed they would serve in the Khan hunt), so Kirk would buy the lie easily enough.

    Timo Saloniemi
  5. Crazy Eddie

    Crazy Eddie Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 12, 2006
    Your Mom
    I prefer to think that Enterprise carries at least two different types of torpedoes on board, necessitating at least two different types of tubes. The side-mounted ones are probably used -- under normal circumstances -- to launch drones, mines, or short-range point defense interceptors.
  6. throwback

    throwback Captain Captain

    May 27, 2011
    The Enterprise has an additional launcher on the underside of the engineering hull. This launcher faces to the aft of the ship.