Captain Picard's Hair wrote:how would the Romulans (e.g.) approach evasive tactics in battle?
Tsukiyumi wrote:Captain Picard's Hair wrote:how would the Romulans (e.g.) approach evasive tactics in battle?
In the D'Deridex?
"Evasive pattern Falcon!"
"Helm, I said evasive pattern Falcon!"
"I know, sir! I started the maneuver five minutes ago!"
Good analysis, though, CPH.
Mikey wrote:The D'deridex may look to us like it steers like a cow, but remember two important points:
a) the medium is space, i.e. vacuum, and
b) the steering is coming from appropriately-places thrusters, not the main impulse engines. The D'deridex should, like any other starship, be able to turn on a dime.
Captain Seafort wrote: lack of any obvious sublight engines
Tsukiyumi wrote:Good analysis, though, CPH.
Tholian_Avenger wrote:Warp Engines could be used to move an object at a speed less than light's.
Mikey wrote:Really? Are you maintaining the idea that a D'deridex has no STL propulsion?
Captain Seafort wrote:Mikey wrote:Really? Are you maintaining the idea that a D'deridex has no STL propulsion?
No, I'm maintaining that it has no obvious sublight engines, as can be seen (or rather not seen) just by looking at the thing. Compare this lack to the GCS's rather obvious impulse engines. This suggests that its mass to thrust ratio is going to be much poorer, as it's trying to accelerate a significantly greater mass (more than four times that of the GCS, assuming equal density) with the equivalent of RCS thrusters.
Mikey wrote:Seems rather a stretch to me to assume that Romulan impulse drives are inferior to UFP ones simply because they don't look like "ours".
Remember that according to TOS: "Balance of Terror," all of the operations of a Romulan BoP could be adequately powered by the impulse engines whereas a Sarfleet ship requires a warp core for more than nominal or emergency-level functionality.
Mikey wrote:Indeed. We're taking for granted an extra-large shitload of implausibilities, if not impossibilities, by just discussing Star Trek technology. Who's to say that Romulan STL drive doesn't involve some techno-magic material that allows the passage of thrust-producing particles, or some such thrust which doesn't require a human-typical vent or nozzle? For that matter, maybe Romulan thrust vents are in fact much smaller but their drives are more efficient... or their mass-reducing technology is more powerful... or [technobabble of the week.]
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