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Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby Platonian » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:06 pm

Does anyone know how traffic control is managed in the ST universe (or any other, for that matter) in respect of cloaked ships?

I realize that the reason for cloaking is to travel undetected and that a cloaked ship can detect an uncloaked ship. How, though, would two (or more) cloaked ships manage to avoid colliding with one another? Space is big, but my understanding is that vessels tend to travel along relatively well-defined routes (if analogy with real-world air traffic holds) -- even more so when one considers phenomena such as the Indri VIII highway.

If this topic has been addressed elsewhere, I would appreciate a reference.

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Re: Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby Griffin » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:55 pm

Even with well defined routes space is enormous. Cloaked ship collisons would be so rare I'd imagine they'd just be seen as an unfortunate accident that just sometimes happens with cloaks, offset by the whole being invisible thing.
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Re: Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby Teaos » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:17 pm

Look at Earth in the movies, apparently the Enterprise is Earths only ship so I dont think traffic is much of an issue.
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Re: Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:10 pm

Yeah, space is frikkin' enormous. It'd be hard to collide accidentally at best.
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Re: Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby McAvoy » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:49 pm

Space is big. So collisions probably happen maybe when they dock if ever.

Cloaked ships I can imagine they carry like a transmitter when in or near heavy traffic zones. Though why be cloaked in orbit of Qronos for example.
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Re: Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby kostmayer » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:05 pm

Cloaked ships must have some way of detecting each other for fleet actions surely?
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Re: Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby Tholian_Avenger » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:06 pm

Didn't the cloaked Romulan D'deridexes have a friend or foe transmitter in that episode with Sela?
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Re: Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:44 pm

kostmayer wrote:Cloaked ships must have some way of detecting each other for fleet actions surely?

Maybe they have pre-determined flight paths for their ships?
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Re: Traffic Control and Cloaking

Postby McAvoy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:00 pm

That makes sense. In a heavy traffic area it would make sense to have a star base direct the flow the traffic cloaked or not.
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