Sunday, November 15, 2015

The necessity of technology in star trek

Space. The final frontier. These are the technologies used aboard the Starship Enterprise. It's a one day assignment: to look at the strange and futuristic technologies aboard the Enterprise, where many men have gone before.

To boldly go where no man has gone before... really slowly.
Okay, with that obligatory reference out of the way, lets get down to business. So the warp drive aboard the Starship Enterprise is pretty important, as it allows all the crazy adventures .. the crew of the Enterprise get themselves into. So let's take an example from the movie we just saw. It took only a few minutes for the Enterprise to reach Vulcan from Earth's orbit. If the Enterprise traveled at the speed of light, the ship would reach Vulcan at the same time earth saw Vulcan be destroyed. And that would take sixteen long years, since Vulcan (according to the not reliable source of the Star Trek Wiki) is sixteen light years away from earth. By that point the Romulans would have destroyed Vulcan and been long gone in their extremely scary looking mining vessel. Not that they'd be going anywhere all that fast either, but...

Dammit man I'm a doctor, not a munition's expert!
Next, the transporter. Standard issue on all Star Fleet ships, the transporter converts a person or object into an energy pattern, and then transports them to the target where it is reconverted into matter. So instead of flying a shuttle all the way down to a planet, finding a place to land, then walking to your destination, you can just be beamed down to exactly where you want to go. How convenient! Also you can apparently warp someone from a planet several light years away from your location, while the ship is moving at light speed. So that's pretty nifty too. But there are some short comings of course. Most of the time the person has to be standing still, unless Pavel Chekov is there to use his skills to warp you back to the ship before you hit the ground. Also, if you're hand is stuck in a missile, you can't warp just the person up. The missile is coming with you.

1 comment:

  1. Nice blog post. Entertaining and (mostly) accurate. I would have liked a bit more on the physical plausibility of each technology.