# Original Enterprise Systems Diagrams

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by uniderth, Nov 9, 2019.

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The perfect time to dive back in, I say!
At which point I'm going to withdraw my assertion that the mass-reduction power of the nacelles was still in operation - your subsequent posts show that this is simply not necessary

What we are talking about now is Newtonian physics which I usually avoid in Trek talk because let's be honest; starships do not operate according to those principles! The amount of fuel required for a thruster style engine to push a vessel to even 10% of lightspeed alone is MASSIVE - probably far more than the mass of the ship itself!
Owing to that I think the presence of sub-spacey mass-reduction units (likely housed in the nacelles) is a foregone conclusion - at least under normal circumstances.

In this episode, the Enterprise could easily have spent a certain portion of her impulse fuel in matching the asteroid - a tiny percentage of lightspeed true, but without the mass reduction field of the nacelles it would nonetheless be a major drain on the fuel supply. However, since we are dealing with Newtonian physics for a change, this would be the most economical solution available. I assume enough fuel was kept in reserve to slow the ship down again once it reached the planet.

For an asteroid to become a meteor requires it to hit a planet though, which is why the speed can vary so much (depending on the angle of attack). https://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-faq/#3

In open space, the fastest asteroid on record is the recently discovered "2019 AQ3", zipping round the sun at a whopping 13,975 mph!
https://www.space.com/43263-fastest-orbiting-asteroid-found-2019-aq3.html
https://www.spacereference.org/asteroid/2019-aq3
This is a speed of approx 38.8KM/S or 0.00013% of lightspeed
A typical asteroid moves at 25KM/S or 0.00008% of lightspeed

The issue of speed is a crucial one and was discussed at some length in this old thread