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Frequently Asked Questions about Star Trek Tech.

This FAQ about Star Trek Tech was compiled and written by Joshua Bell inexorabletash@hotmail.com with numerous contributions by others.

-01 "How does it work?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
A Holodeck can create simulations in the following ways:...
-02 "What about eating on the Holodeck? Does Troi do it to keep thin with all that chocolate she eats?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Any food consumed on the Holodeck would be replicated. If it were ...
-03 "What is this 'meat puppet' description I've heard used?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
A 'meat puppet' is a old term resurrected to describe a ...
-04 "So can you take things off of the Holodeck?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Yes. Any object replicated on the Holodeck may leave. Unfortunately,...
-05 "Didn't Picard lie to Moriarty (in "Elementary, Dear Data" [TNG])?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
According to various reliable sources, that was Gene Roddenberry'...
-06 "What about beaming things off the Holodeck (ala "Ship In A Bottle" [TNG])?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
This has never been tried, as explained in the episode, which is ...
-07 "Now wait a second. How come something simple like the chair in "Ship In A Bottle" [TNG] wasn't replicated?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
They were testing beaming something composed of the 5th type ...
-08 "What's this about 'HoloSex'?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
If current trends are a pattern for the future to follow, then ...
-09 "What if you urinate/defecate/excrete whatever on the Holodeck?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
One would hope the Holodeck is smart enough to clean up after you. ...
-10 "Can you get hurt on the Holodeck?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Yes. Even when it isn't malfunctioning, the simulation can't ...
-11 "But the replicators can't even make unhealthy food!" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Replicators can (within limits of technology and energy) ...
-12 "What happened to the "arch" they used in the first season?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Its intended use was as a way to program the Holodeck and access ...
-13 "How do they manage to keep walking for hours and hours?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
The Holodeck has a force field treadmill. If its occupants get ...
-14 "But what about the walls seen in "Encounter at Farpoint" [TNG] and "Ship In A Bottle" [TNG], demonstrated by Data?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
In Encounter at Farpoint [TNG], Data threw a Holodeck-generated ...
-15 "What happens if two real people enter a Holodeck and start running away from each other?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
The simplest answer is that the Holodeck compartmentalizes, ...
-16 "What if they take a real rock in with them, walk away from each other (past the physical limits of the Holodeck) and then toss the rock back and forth?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
This one is too easy. The holodeck could treat the rock in just ...
-17 "So what if two people take a long rope, and start walking away from each other?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
The answer in this instance could be that the Holodeck hides part ...
-18 "Can you go swimming on the Holodeck?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Yes. Cliff diving has been mentioned as a recreation sport aboard ...
-19 "How about a Holodeck within the Holodeck?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
This is done in Ship In A Bottle [TNG]. They end up with a ...
-20 "Can you get the Holodeck to simulate someone?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Yes. Although done numerous times, including Ship In A Bottle [TNG]...
-21 "Could you simulate the Enterprise bridge from the Holodeck, and use it to take over?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
The simulation would not be a problem - the Enterprise computer ...
-22 "Why not just have single-person Holodecks? For interaction, the computer could just link them all together!" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
According to the TNG Tech Manual, there are four primary Holodecks ...
-23 "Why do people get dressed up before going to the Holodeck? Can't it provide the period costumes?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Yes. In First Contact Picard has clothing simulations created ...
-24 "How do you fit two entire baseball teams (real people, not holographic extras) into one of Quark's Holosuites?" "Take Me Out To The Holosuite" [DS9] (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
We do know that Quark's holosuites come in various sizes. If you'...
-25 "Wasn't there a Holodeck on the original Enterprise? I'm sure I remember...." (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Not in TOS. However, in The Practical Joker [TAS] the ...
-26 Holodoc - Voyager's Holodeck technology
Phage [VOY] describes Voyager's medical holographic technology ...
-27 "So tell me about the computers." (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
According to the TNG TM, the Enterprise has three main computers. ...
-28 "Why do the displays and touch pads work when the computers are down?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
The displays use nanoprocessors - cell sized mechanical computers -...
-29 "Why aren't the computers distributed?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
The three main computer cores are equipped with low level ...
-30 "Why the redundancy in the primary hull? Shouldn't the cores be in the secondary hull?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
We're not sure. The TNG Blueprints have the secondary hull ...
-31 "How big is a kiloquad?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
This hasn't been answered, and in the Encyclopedia, it says:...
-32 "But a quad is a unit of energy!" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
Words can have more than one meaning....
-33 "In "The Nth Degree" [TNG] when Barclay was taking over the core, why not just disconnect that core and use one of the other two?" (Holodeck and Computers - Star Trek)
I can't remember the details, but presumably he took over the ...
-34 Credits (Holodeck and Computers)
* Michael M. Welch, mwelch@netcom....
-35 References (Holodeck and Computers)
See the Reading List FAQ for more details on the reference ...
-36 Episode Guides (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
While Vidiot and Hackman have on-line (free) episode guides for ...
-37 Official Technical Manuals p1 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
These are generally accepted by the .tech community as being ...
-38 Official Technical Manuals p2 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION INTERACTIVE TECHNICAL ...
-39 "The Making Of" and Other Licensed Works (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Making Of books are valuable to Treknical discussions because ...
-40 Official Technical Manuals p3 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
STAR TREK PHASE II: THE LOST ...
-41 Pretty Pictures p1 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
These books range from behind-the-scenes photographs of studio ...
-42 Pretty Pictures p2 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
JACKILL'S STAR FLEET REFERENCE MANUAL: SHIPS OF THE ...
-43 Pretty Pictures p3 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
STARFLEET
-44 Pretty Pictures p4 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
U.S.S. ENTERPRISE OFFICER'S ...
-45 Blueprints p1 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Paramount has only ever officially endorsed three sets of blueprints,...
-46 Blueprints p2 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Blues
-47 Blueprints p3 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Galaxy Class Cruiser Interior & Exterior ...
-48 Blueprints p4 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Regula 1 Space ...
-49 Blueprints p5 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Publishers and Blueprint ...
-50 Blueprints p6 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
FEDERATION ...
-51 Blueprints p7 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Other
-52 Gaming Materials p1 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Last Unicorn ...
-53 Gaming Materials p2 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
-54 Gaming Materials p3 (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
-55 The of Star Trek (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
While not necessarily related to Treknical discussions, there's been ...
-56 Clubs and Periodicals (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
The last purely tech clubs I had listed (the Galactic Engineers'...
-57 Isn't There... (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
* There are no official maps. Bummer....
-58 Where Can I Get Them? (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
Most of the Pocket Books-published books which are still in print ...
-59 Contributors (rec.arts.startrek.tech reading list)
-60 Ship Statistics AbsolutelyNonCanon Mini-FAQ
(updated January 19, 1994)...
-61 Bird Of Prey Klingon Empire (Ship Statistics AbsolutelyNonCanon)
-62 Oberth Class United Federation Of Planets (Ship Statistics AbsolutelyNonCanon)
Introduction:...
-63 D-7 (?) Class Klingon Empire (Ship Statistics AbsolutelyNonCanon)
-64 K'T'Inga Class Klingon Empire (Ship Statistics AbsolutelyNonCanon)
Introduction:...
-65 Constitution Class (pre-2270) United Federation Of Planets (Ship Statistics AbsolutelyNonCanon)
Introduction:...
-66 Constitution Class (post-2270) United Federation Of Planets (Ship Statistics AbsolutelyNonCanon)
Introduction:...
-67 Galaxy Class United Federation Of Planets (Ship Statistics AbsolutelyNonCanon)
Introduction:...
-68 "How does the transporter work?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
While there is no absolute canonical answer, we can piece one ...
-69 "Excuse me, Annular Confinement Beam?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
Yes. The ACB is where the phrase Beam me up, Scotty! comes from. ...
-70 "How does the transporter know what to take and what to leave?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
In The Enterprise Incident [TOS], the ship's scanners are able ...
-71 "So what is this pattern thing?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
The pattern buffer is a cyclotron-like tank (TNG:TM) which holds ...
-72 "So what is a Heisenberg Compensator?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
As Mike Okuda said when asked by Time (28 Nov 1994), How do ...
-73 "How does that Biofilter gadget work?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
The Biofilter is a good clue as to how the transport patterns work....
-74 "What is pattern degradation?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
The pattern is probably highly complex. Pattern degradation ...
-75 "Where are you during transport?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
Inside the ACB. Realm of Fear [TNG] shows what it looks like - ...
-76 "So was Scotty conscious for 75 years?" ("Relics" [TNG]) (Transporters - Star Trek)
Nope, or he would have starved - if your brain is working, your ...
-77 "What happens to the air when you beam in or beam out?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
It is likely that during the beam-out process, air simply ...
-78 when beamed in?" ("Tomorrow is Yesterday" [TOS]) (Transporters - Star Trek)
Something similar happened in Bloodlines [TNG] when Picard's ...
-79 "How can you transport without a transporter at the receiving end?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
According to the TNG Tech Manual, the Enterprise hull sports ...
-80 "So why in TOS episodes/classic films did they beam from transporter room to transporter room?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
Intra-ship transport in the TOS era was not very reliable. (Day ...
-81 "What happened at the start of Star Trek: The Motion Picture then, if it's so safe?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
When the power on the receiving end of the transport failed, ...
-82 "And why can't Trills be transported?" ("The Host" [TNG]) (Transporters - Star Trek)
Odan said that transport would kill him. However, in The ...
-83 "Can you transport through subspace?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
In Data's Day [TNG], the use of a subspace carrier wave ...
-84 "Why can't you be transported through shields?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
If you could be transported through shields, they'd be pretty ...
-85 "But what about the time O'Brien used the shield frequencies..." ("The Wounded" [TNG]) (Transporters - Star Trek)
Shields must allow some energy through to allow sensors to operate. ...
-86 "What about in "Relics" [TNG] - they didn't do anything special!" (Transporters - Star Trek)
One would imagine that shield and transporter technologies are in ...
-87 "Could surgery be performed with a transporter?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
It all depends on the surgery. For example - could I suspend you ...
-88 "What about souls?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
Heh. Well, if you've already decided that Star Trek transporters ...
-89 "Can you transport while in Warp?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
Yes. According to the TM and Best of Both Worlds, Part II, if you'...
-90 "What happened in "The Schizoid Man" [TNG] ?" (Transporters - Star Trek)
The Enterprise dropped out of warp for a fraction of a second, ...
-91 And in the transporter weaponry category: (Transporters - Star Trek)
Transporter Scramblers: (from Nor the Battle to the Strong [DS9] &...
-92 "How do replicators work?" (Replicators - Star Trek)
Replicators are based on transporter technology. A sample object ...
-93 "Can replicators transmute elements?" (Replicators - Star Trek)
Yes... sort of. There have been occasions on the show where ...
-94 "What about gold-pressed latinum?" (Replicators - Star Trek)
In Who Mourns for Morn? [DS9], latinum is described as a clear,...
-95 "What happens to the glasses when they're done with them?" (Replicators - Star Trek)
The empty glasses, plates, etc, are put back in the ...
-96 "Why don't they use replicators to do instant ship repair?" (Replicators - Star Trek)
For minor repair, it might be feasible, but we rarely see any sort ...
-97 "Can you make two Datas with the transporter?" (Replicators - Star Trek)
No. It is not possible (with 24th century technology, at least) ...
-98 "Hey! What about "The Enemy Within" and "Second Chances" ?" (Replicators - Star Trek)
For better or worse, no such device has been intentionally created ...
-99 "What about the time when... ?" (Replicators - Star Trek)
Star Trek has broken the rules of transporters a number of times....
-100 Phasing (Star Trek)
What is phasing? It seems to be mentioned everywhere these days!...
-101 Credits (Transporters, Replicators and Phasing)
Tom ...
-102 References (Transporters, Replicators and Phasing)
See the Reading List FAQ for more details on the reference ...
-103 A Wrench in the Works (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
NOTE: There are two distinct problems to be solved when describing ...
-104 "Well, so how does warp work?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
A powerful, asymmetric subspace field is established around the ...
-105 "But, but... that's just what it does! How does it work!!!" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Alas, there is no canonical answer. The Relativity and FTL ...
-106 "So what stops the ship from accelerating and getting faster and faster?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Warp travel is non-Newtonian. Without a constant influx of energy, ...
-107 "What about 'continuum drag' ?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
This was an idea proposed in the forgotten past to explain the ...
-108 "So how'd the Saucer travel at warp speeds (in "Encounter at Farpoint" [TNG]) ?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
The Tech Manual states that the subspace field generators coupled ...
-109 "This Warp 5 speed limit - what's up with that?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
In Force of Nature [TNG] it is discovered that within the ...
-110 "What is subspace?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
According to the Encyclopedia, it is a continuum with different ...
-111 "What are Tetryons and Verterons?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Subatomic particles mentioned in Force of Nature [TNG], and a ...
-112 "What are 'warp particles'?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
These were mentioned in Parallax [VOY], and used to open a ...
-113 "What is subspace radio?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
A means of sending a signal through subspace, so that it is ...
-114 "How fast is subspace radio?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Under ideal conditions, Warp 9.9997. (TNG TM, page 99) This is ...
-115 "Why is it instantaneous in the movies?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
No ad breaks....
-116 "What is a cochrane?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
According to the Tech Manual, it's a measure of subspace ...
-117 "What's TransWarp?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
According to the Star Trek Chronology, the Excelsior was ...
-118 "Transwarp Frogs in Space?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
And then there's Threshold [VOY] in which Voyager - a ship ...
-119 "What about Transwarp drive?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Okay, now that the Star Trek writers are back to using this [TECH]...
-120 "What is Quantum SlipStream Drive?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Article by Jeremy H. ...
-121 "Besides TransWarp and Quantum Slipstream, what other alternate forms of FTL travel have we seen?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Where No One Has Gone Before [TNG]...
-122 Nitty Gritty (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
FASA says the Enterprise-D uses UltraWarp, so nyeah!...
-123 "Some Starfleet ships use 3 nacelles!" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
In 2269, Starfleet attempted ships with 1 and 3 or more warp ...
-124 "Ha! Three nacelle ships are canon!" ("All Good Things..." [TNG]) (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Note that a number of things have changed by the time we see ...
-125 "But the Ferengi/Borg/Klingon Bird of Prey don't have nacelles!" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
The Borg probably have subspace field generators (redundantly)...
-126 "Why do ships always meet the same way up?" (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
I know it's been proposed as a joke, but the idea that warp ...
-127 Contributors (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
Eur van Andel, eur@xs4all....
-128 Glossary (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
-129 References (Warp and Subspace - Star Trek)
See the Reading List FAQ for more details on the reference ...
-130 In all of the formulas in this FAQ, the following hold (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
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-131 "Who the heck is Mike?" (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
Mike is Michael Okuda, a member of the Star Trek television ...
-132 "So who's Rick?" (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
Rick is Rick Sternbach, the other author of the TNG ...
-133 TOS-era: The Original Series (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
The original series warp equation is generally accepted to be:...
-134 TNG-era: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
By the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the warp scale ...
-135 AGT-era: "All Good Things..." (TNG final episode) (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
Quoted in the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in ...
-136 VOY-era: Transwarp Frogs In Spaaaaaace! (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
As you may have guessed, the .tech community was less than ...
-137 Speed limits (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
What's this about a Warp 10 barrier?...
-138 "What causes fractional warp speeds?" (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
As you can see from the above chart, travelling at integral ...
-139 "Why not use impulse drive within the warp field to create a higher velocity?" (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
There's no reason to think that a Newtonian drive (Impulse) ...
-140 "What about "The Corbomite Maneuver" [TOS] or The Voyage Home?" (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
Kirk and Sulu use a combination of warp drive and Impulse to ...
-141 "Whoah! Hold on! They must be moving faster - look at the stars that shoot past while they're in warp!" (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
Joseph Haller offers:...
-142 Contributors (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
-143 Glossary (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
-144 References (Warp Velocities - Star Trek)
See the Reading List FAQ for more details on the reference ...









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