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Old 04-07-2009, 01:47 AM
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Default stupid warp engine question

They use dilithium crystals to regulate the matter/anti-matter reaction needed to achieve warp, so how did Cochrance do it on the Phoenix?

I mean, they are not indigenous to earth, these crystals. Did he get them from some place in the terran system? Seems like he didn't have the capability of doing so in First Contact. How'd he get by without them?

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Old 04-07-2009, 05:24 AM
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Matter is entirely converted into energy without dilithium. I am not sure, but I guess that the form of energy might be similar to the result of nuclear fusion, a variety of EM radiation.

So dilithium might be the magic crystal which creates warp plasma, this neat substance you can send through the entire ship. Sounds more convincing than the idea that dilithium increases the efficiency of the process which is already perfect.

Don't forget that Cochrance had Barclay, the MacGyver of the 24th century.

Or his trick was much simpler, just say "let's rock 'n'roll!".
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:41 AM
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Dilithium can exist as a gas

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Old 04-07-2009, 10:25 AM
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Remember the problem with antimatter reactions is that 90-something percent of the energy is released in non interactive plasma. The likely role of Dilithium could be that like water it may be the only thing that neutrino's interact with. If you could harnest that unused energy you could do almost anything. The Plasma created from such interactions would be so powerful that few things could contain it.

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Old 04-07-2009, 01:32 PM
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:59 PM
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From what I read in the Star Trek Compendium 20-some-odd years ago, dilithium is NOT required for the matter/anti-matter reaction. What the dilithium does do is focus the power so that greater energies can be produced for higher FTL speeds. If anyone else remembers a ship called the Bonaventure which (from a source called "Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology" c. 1976) was the first starship to be built with transporters and the last to be built without dilithium crystal focus for the warp drive, resulting in a maximum speed of warp 5. The was long before Enterprise was televised.
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:27 PM
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He went to Autozone and bought a bunch of batteries. Sometimes the simplest answer can be the logical one.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:25 PM
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Gerbils, man .. it's all gerbils, wheels, and rubber bands. That's what I used when I invented warp drive last week in my basement. (Either that, or it's cold fusion in a glass.)
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I feel the need to tell you; the only stupid question is one not asked.
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:58 PM
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I got the idea that the Phoenix, along with the ECS ships, Intrepid-types and Warp Delta ships from ENT were all supposed to be fusion(impulse)-powered, and thus limited to Warp 2 or so.

That'd explain how the Romulans got an empire with 'simple impulse' power, and Arik Soong said the first ships to colonize the Solar System were nuclear-powered.
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