So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

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So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby LaughingCheese » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:13 pm

That's basically what plasma is, right? In a highly simplified sense.


I was just thinking about what the "Electro Plasma System/EPS" actually is and its basically a bunch of pipes for shuffling around plasma right?


So starships don't run on electricity but basically fire directly?
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Captain Seafort » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:20 pm

LaughingCheese wrote:So starships don't run on electricity but basically fire directly?


More on hot air than fire, but essentially yes.
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Jim » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:52 pm

That is how it ends... according to Kosh...
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Sonic Glitch » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:13 pm

I guess that kinda explains all the explosions....
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:29 am

Good lord, no one use any hair spray!
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby alexmann » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:16 pm

Ionized hot air, but essentially yes.
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Tholian_Avenger » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:47 pm

I thought it was Helium and Deuterium instead of air.
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Captain Seafort » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:50 pm

Tholian_Avenger wrote:I thought it was Helium and Deuterium instead of air.


The warp core uses deuterium and antideuterium as reactants, but the power distribution network uses plasma as a medium. Aka ionised gas - hot air.
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Tholian_Avenger » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:53 am

Did any of the shows ever state it was chemically atmospheric air in a plasma state? I apologize for this is nitpickery.
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Mikey » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:17 am

Tholian_Avenger wrote:Did any of the shows ever state it was chemically atmospheric air in a plasma state? I apologize for this is nitpickery.


They said "plasma" plenty of times. Ergo, it was either the liquid component of blood or ionized gas. I could be wrong, but I suspect that the show referenced the latter. Probably not air - I'd guess it was an elemental gas or a simple compound. I'm not even sure you could make a plasma out of a multi-compound mixture like air.
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Mark » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:24 am

Unless its something completely different that for one reason or another they decided to call plasma :?
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Tholian_Avenger » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:39 am

I just asked a chemist, she told me to go catch lightening in glass jar and let her know what I find.
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby Mark » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:40 am

Tholian_Avenger wrote:I just asked a chemist, she told me to go catch lightening in glass jar and let her know what I find.



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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:09 am

And one of those comical 'singed' expressions of your hair blown back and dark smudging on your face? :lol:
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Re: So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

Postby alexmann » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:08 am

RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:And one of those comical 'singed' expressions of your hair blown back and dark smudging on your face? :lol:


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