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So...the Enterprise runs on fire?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:13 pm
by LaughingCheese
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?

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

PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:20 pm
by Captain Seafort
LaughingCheese wrote:So starships don't run on electricity but basically fire directly?


More on hot air than fire, but essentially yes.

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

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:52 pm
by Jim
That is how it ends... according to Kosh...

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

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:13 pm
by Sonic Glitch
I guess that kinda explains all the explosions....

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:29 am
by RK_Striker_JK_5
Good lord, no one use any hair spray!

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

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:16 pm
by alexmann
Ionized hot air, but essentially yes.

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

PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:47 pm
by Tholian_Avenger
I thought it was Helium and Deuterium instead of air.

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

PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:50 pm
by Captain Seafort
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.

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

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:53 am
by Tholian_Avenger
Did any of the shows ever state it was chemically atmospheric air in a plasma state? I apologize for this is nitpickery.

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

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:17 am
by Mikey
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.

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

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:24 am
by Mark
Unless its something completely different that for one reason or another they decided to call plasma :?

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

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:39 am
by Tholian_Avenger
I just asked a chemist, she told me to go catch lightening in glass jar and let her know what I find.

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

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:40 am
by Mark
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.



Aside from a charred hand? ;)

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

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:09 am
by RK_Striker_JK_5
And one of those comical 'singed' expressions of your hair blown back and dark smudging on your face? :lol:

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

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:08 am
by alexmann
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:And one of those comical 'singed' expressions of your hair blown back and dark smudging on your face? :lol:


:happydevil: :happydevil: