Why no orbital habitats

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by COPE, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. COPE

    COPE Ensign Newbie

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    So how come in none of the series no one faced a pre-warp civilization without gravity plating zipping through space. I would think orbital habitats should have been included generating centrifugal force.
     
  2. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

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    I suspect a pre-warp culture wouldn't be zipping much through space and besides by the 24th century the Prime Directive would generally forbid them from making contact with a pre-warp civiliastions
     
  3. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    On the other hand, if a civilization limited to centripetal-gravity starships were to live next door to folks who don't have a Prime Directive, it's unlikely they would get to launch those starships before the neighbors came a-knocking...

    We don't know if Earth ever sent sublight ships to other stars; there would certainly have been the opportunity to do so between the 1990s and the 2050s, with at least one ship demonstrably (even if clandestinely) going interstellar as seen in "Space Seed". However, Earth at that point already had artificial gravity down pat (even thought that Mars ferry in "One Small Step" had its gravity turned off for some reason when the camera visited it). Apparently, inventing AG is easy and cheap, and everybody can do it before going interstellar. Perhaps AG is also a required intermediate invention in the path of developing an interstellar engine, meaning nobody ever builds a starship without AG?

    Timo Saloniemi
     
  4. COPE

    COPE Ensign Newbie

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    Good points. However, i think star trek should run into a civilization without AG at some point assuming it is necessary step before building star ships.
     
  5. COPE

    COPE Ensign Newbie

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    By the way, never stopped any of the captains to avoid contact with even the most primitive civilization. Perhaps, the worst was Enterprise and the least was Deep Space 9 which by the way is my favorite. I thinking the reason could be that it would remind the viewer how far our current technology is from our imagination.