A number of users of this site will remember that are some major contradictions - thousands of light years - about where the Caretaker Array was in the Delta Quadrant and thus the straight line route from there to Earth in Star Trek: Voyager. Yesterday, 17 January 2019, while in the thread "First in the Delta Quadrant" I thought of a new solution to the problem of Voyager's voyage. https://www.trekbbs.com/threads/first-into-delta-quadrant.297783/page-2#post-12762043 First I explain the problem in detail and then I describe my solution. Those already familiar with the problem can skim or skip the first part. Part One: The Problem of Voyager's Voyage. As many fans know, in TOS space was divided up into volumes called "sectors" and "quadrants". And as far as I know the sizes of TOS "sectors" and "quadrants" were not defined on screen. There was no statement whether a TOS "quadrant" was defined as being 10 light years wide or 100 light years wide or 1,000 light years wide or 457 light years wide or any other dimension. In "The Trouble With Tribbles" a region disputed between the Federation and the Klingons is described as a quadrant: And: Clearly Korax's definition of the quadrant they are in does not include the location of the main Federation battle fleet or any region patrolled by other starships, since the military capabilities of the Enterprise would not be so important to the defense of the quadrant if that was the case. In science fiction space operas it is quite common to use sectors and quadrants for various regions of space, often without any definition of those sectors or quadrants. But TNG introduced the use of galactic quadrants which seem very much like actual quarter circles or quadrants of the entire Milky Way galaxy, in the third season episode "The Price". And: Picard sends Data and LaForge in shuttle 9 to traverse the wormhole, and Ferengi Daimon Goss sends Dr. Arridor and Kol in a pod on the same mission. And after they arrive on the far side of the Wormhole: This shows that at the time of "The Price" the border between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants is defined to be somewhere in the less than 200 light years between where the Barzan probe exited the wormhole and where the two manned craft exited the wormhole. LaForge tries to warn the Ferengi that this side of the womhole is not stable: Leaving the Ferengi stranded in their little pod in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light years from home. The galactic disc of the Milky Way galaxy is a few thousand light years thick and about 100,000 light years, more or less, in diameter, thus having a radius of about 50,000 light years, more or less. The Solar System and Earth are about 26,400 light years, give or take about 1,000 light years, from the galactic center. Presumably galactic quadrants would have the central point where all four quadrants meet be at the center point of the galactic disc, and that is what all maps of Star Trek quadrants I have seen show. If the quadrant system was designed by Earth Humans, there would be two logical arrangements of the borders between quadrants. The first would be to have the line between the Alpha and Beta Quadrants pass through Earth's solar system and go on to the center of the galaxy, and then continue on past the galactic center as the line between the Gamma and the Delta Quadrants. The second would be to have the line from Earth to the center of the galaxy be in the center of the quadrant that Earth was in, and then continue on the other side of the galactic center down the middle of the opposite quadrant, whether that opposite quadrant was called the Gamma or the Delta Quadrant. And it is always possible for there to be a different and less Earth centric orientation of the galactic quadrants than those two suggested arrangements, even in a system designed by the Federation and not by aliens. In "Emissary", the first episode of DS9, Sisko and Dax search the Denorios Belt in the Bajoran system and enter a wormhole. On the other side: In the third season episode "Fascination": Regulus is Alpha Leonis A, about 79.3 plus or minus 0.7 light years from Earth. If the Bajoran System, on the border between the Federation and the Cardassian Union, is less than 400 light years from Regulus III it should be less than 480 light years from Earth. In "Caretaker" the first episode of Voyager, the starship Voyager stops at Deep Space Nine, which is in the Bajoran System, on the border between the Federation and the Cardassian Union, and thus less than 480 light years from Earth - possibly as much as one or two hundred light years less. The mission of the starship Voyager is to search for a missing Maquis vessel in the Badlands near the Federation-Cardassian border. Since the Badlands are near or on the border between the Federation and the Cardassian Union, and because the starship Voyager stopped in the Bajoran System en route to the Badlands, it is logical to assume that the Badlands are probably less than 200 light years from Bajor, possibly much less. Thus the Badlands should be less than 680 light years from Earth, possibly as much as 100 or 200 light years less. While in the Badlands, Voyager is caught and pulled to the Caretaker array: And: And: In the third season episode "False Prophets" Voyager finds a wormhole that leads to the Alpha Quadrant but jumps around in the Delta Quadrant too fast for Voyager to catch up with the Delta Quadrant mouth of the wormhole. They also find two Ferengi on a nearby planet: As we all know, in the fictional universe of Star Trek habitable planets are very common and easy to find (except when the plot requires otherwise, of course). So Arridor and Kol shouldn't have had to travel far in their small Ferengi pod to find a habitable planet with a native population to exploit. Probably just a few dozen light years. So that planet was probably quite close to the point where they were stranded by the wormhole, which was, if you remember, less than 200 light years from a point in the Gamma Quadrant, and thus less than 200 light years from the line between the Gamma Quadrant and the Delta Quadrant. So if Voyager headed straight from the Caretaker array toward Earth and the Federation, and passed probably less than 200 light years from the border between the Gamma Quadrant and the Delta Quadrant a couple of years later, the Caretaker Array should not be much more than 200 light years into the Delta Quadrant from the Gamma Quadrant border. So obviously after "False Profits" all Star Trek fans would draw maps of the voyage of Voyager showing the route passing very, very close to the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants. And any official artist would certainly draw maps, especially maps that appeared in episodes, that showed the Caretaker Array and the route of Voyager to be very close to the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants. There would be two logical ways to map the voyage of Voyager after "False Profits" was broadcast. One way would be to show Earth in the middle of the Alpha Quadrant 45 degrees from the quadrant borders to either side. On the opposite of the galaxy would be the Delta Quadrant. The position of the Caretaker Array would be in the Delta Quadrant, but not opposite to Earth in the center of the Delta Quadrant. Instead the Caretaker Array would be near the border between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants, so that Voyager would find the two Ferengi about 200 light years from the border of the Gamma Quadrant after traveling for two years. After more travel the straight line route of Voyager would take it into the Gamma Quadrant which it would cross for decades before entering the alpha Quadrant and travelling for decades in the Alpha Quadrant and finally reaching Federation Space. The other logical way to map the voyage of Voyager would be to have the line between the Alpha and Beta Quadrants pass through the central regions of the Federation close to or actually through our solar system, and reach the center of the galaxy. The line would extend beyond the center of our galaxy into the other side of the galaxy where it would be the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants. The position of the Caretaker Array would be in the Delta Quadrant, but very close to the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants. The straight line route of Voyager from the Caretaker Array to Earth would be almost exactly parallel to the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants but would slant in toward the line between the two quadrants very, very slowly. And eventually the path of Voyager would continue into the Beta quadrant and would be almost parallel to the line between the Alpha and Beta Quadrants but would slant in toward the line between the two quadrants very, very slowly. The path of Voyager would reach the line between the Alpha and beta quadrants at about the same time that Voyager reached Earth. Note that in that type of a map the Caretaker Array would be much closer, tens of thousands of light years closer, to the Gamma Quadrant mouth of the Bajoran Wormhole than it was to the Federation and Earth. And the maps of the quadrants in the Star Trek galaxy show that type of arrangement, with the line between the Alpha and Beta Quadrants passing through or very near Earth and through the center of the galaxy and then becoming the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants on the other side of the galaxy. But most of the maps that I have seen that give the route of Voyager put the Caretaker Array and Ocampa deep into the Delta Quadrant, tens of thousands of light years from the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants and thus making it impossible for Voyager to ever pass through a region less than 200 light years from the border of the Gamma Quadrant if it's path even remotely resembles a straight line directly toward Earth. Even if Voyager headed straight toward the border of the Gamma Quadrant from the Caretaker array for some reason it wouldn't have enough time to get close enough before "False Profits" anyway, according to the typical maps. Part Two: A Suggested Solution. And today, or rather yesterday as I write, January 17, 2019, I thought of a solution. Maybe the Federation changed the definition of the borders between the galactic quadrants between the time of the TNG epissode "The Price" and the Voyager series a few years later. According to the galactic mapping conventions used by the Federation during "The Price", Earth and the Federation would be in the center of the Alpha Quadrant, with the Delta Quadrant on the opposite side of the Galaxy to Earth. The line between the Delta and Gamma Quadrants would slant out from the center of the galaxy at a 45 degree angle. And the Caretaker Array would be just on the Delta Quadrant side of that line between the Delta and Gamma Quadrants. The exit point of the Barzan wormhole would wander around a region on the borderline between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants, so that the Barzan probe exited in the Gamma Quadrant and the two shuttles in "The Price" exited about 200 light years away in the Delta Quadrant. Then, sometime before the beginning of the Star Trek: Voyager TV series, and possibly before the beginning of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series, The Federation decided to shift the borders of the galactic quadrants in its mapping conventions by 45 degrees. The line between the Alpha and Beta quadrants now passed through Earth and now continued as the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants on the other side of the galaxy. The Caretaker Array was now near the central line of the Delta Quadrant, and the straight path of Voyager toward Earth now never got anywhere near the new border between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants. At least half of the galaxy would now be in different quadrants than they used to, but since the inhabitants of the vast majority of the galaxy didn't know or care anything about Federation mapping conventions that wouldn't mean anything to them. So this solves all the problems with the route of Voyager. Except... Except that a number of Star Trek maps show the Caretaker Array and the route of Voyager thousands of light years deep into the Delta Quadrant, but much less than halfway into it. Therefore according to those maps the old border between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants must have been much less than 45 degrees from the new border. Possibly about ten to thirty degrees from the new border. I can think of reasons why the Federation might want to shift the quadrant borders by 45 degrees and shift from having Earth in the middle of the Alpha Quadrant to having Earth on the line between the Alpha and the Beta Quadrants, but I can't think of any reason to shift the border by about 10 to 30 degrees. So anyone who created a map showing the Caretaker Array about 10 to 30 degrees within the delta Quadrant, instead of either almost on the line between the Gamma and Delta Quadrants or 45 degrees into the Delta Quadrant, will have to think of some reason why the Federation might shift the quadrant borders by about 10 to 30 degrees, or else his maps will seem rather silly and implausible to those who read this post.