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NameUp Description Episode
SIF1 Structural Integrity Field, a forcefield which holds the structure of a Starship in an extremely rigid state, allowing it to resist great forces. Structural Integrity Fields can also resist weapons fire to a significant degree.1 Tin Man
Safety protocols2 Set of programming included into most holoprograms which prevent persons within the program from experiencing any harm.2 Star Trek : First Contact
Sarium micro-cells3 Energy cells used aboard the NX class starship for charging torpedo weapons. The Vissians used the same basic technology for their much more advanced photonic warheads.3 Cogenitor
Saucer separation4 Term used for the separation of a Federation Starship into two parts - the Saucer section and Engineering section. For some ships this is a relatively catastrophic act, requiring a Starbase to reconnect the two parts. For others, such as the Galaxy and Prometheus classes, separating and reconnecting is a relatively mundane procedure.4 Encounter at Farpoint
Scanner5 Name used for any device which collects information by directing emissions towards the subject and analysing the return. Scanners are distinct from sensors, which gather information by detecting the emissions the subject gives off itself.5 Generic canonical information
Secondary phase modulator6 An element of the power system on Deep Space Nine. Problems with a secondary phase modulator may have been responsible for a malfunction in Dax's laboratory in 2369.6 Babel
Secondary plasma vent7 System on board an NX class starship.7 Minefield
Selenium isotopes8 Naturally occurring substance which can disrupt sensor systems and impulse engines.9 Dawn
Self-sealing stem bolt10 Device used in the construction of reverse-ratcheting routing planers.11 In 2369, Nog and Jake made a deal with a Lisseppian ship's captain in which they bartered five thousand wrappings of Cardassian Yamok sauce for a hundred gross of self-sealing stem bolts. They then bartered the bolts for seven tessipates of land on Bajor. They then made a deal with Quark to sell the land to the Bajoran government.10

In 2371 Quark had another hundred gross of self-sealing stem bolts in a cargo bay on Deep Space Nine. He tried to sell them to a buyer Emi for ten bars of gold-pressed latinum. Emi was pleased with the trade, as the bolts would allow her family to greatly increase their production of reverse-ratcheting routing planers. Unfortunately for Quark, the Grand Nagus told Emi where she could buy the bolts wholesale.11

Whilst Bashir was being held in captivity in a Dominion prison camp in 2373, a guard who discovered a makeshift metal tool the prisoners had made asked him what it was. Bashir responded that it was either a self-sealing stem bolt or a reverse ratcheting router.12

In 2375 O'Brien joked that he was taking a post at Starfleet academy so that he could teach the officers the difference between a warp matrix flux capacitor and a self-sealing stem bolt.13

In 2265 Cervantes Quinn falsely claimed that his cargo included stem bolts, though they may not have been of the self-sealing kind.14
Progress
Semi-fluidic alloy15 Substance used in the construction of 31st century vessels.15 Future Tense
Sensor16 Name used for any device which collects information by detecting emissions given off by the subject. Sensors are distinct from scanners, which gather information by directing their own emissions towards the subject and analysing the return.16 Where No Man Has Gone Before
Seofurane17 A material used to make bio-sample containers.17 A Man Alone
Shields18 The primary defensive system of a Starship. Also known as a deflector shield.18 Arena
Shuttle bay19 Facility on board a space vessel which is dedicated to storing, launching and landing shuttlecraft.19 Most Federation shuttle bays are equipped with a forcefield which allows shuttles to pass through whilst holding the atmosphere inside, thus allowing the bay to operate without having to depressurise.20 Standard practice is to bring shuttles aboard via a tractor beam rather than under their own power, although this can be done in an emergency.21 The Galileo Seven
Shuttlecraft19 A small spacecraft carried by most Starships. Smaller shuttles generally carry people down to planetary surfaces in situations where transporters are not available, but larger or more modern ones can undertake interplanetary or short interstellar journeys.19 The Galileo Seven
Sickbay22 Name given to the medical facility on a Federation Starship or Starbase.22 Various Original Series episodes
Slingshot effect23 A method of time travel employed by the Federation which involves a close approach to a large mass such as a star whilst at high warp velocity. The course must be precisely calculated in order to ensure success.23 The Naked Time
Soliton wave24 A technology which allows objects to travel at warp speeds without having a warp drive on board. A soliton wave generator produces a large energy wave which impacts the vehicle, accelerating it to warp speed. Another generator at the opposite end of the trip disperses the wave to bring the object back to rest. Unfortunately, the first test of the system went disastrously wrong when the wave grew massively in energy, to the point where it threatened to devastate the planet on which the second generator was mounted.24 New Ground
Sonic screwdriver25 A tool used by the Federation in the 2260s. In 2265 Cervantes Quinn falsely claimed that his cargo included sonic screwdrivers.26 Star Trek : Vanguard, Book 1 - Harbinger
Space frame5 The structural support members of a Starship.5 Generic canonical information
Space suit27 A suit which protects the wearer against the hazardous environment of space.27 Star Trek : The Motion Picture
Spatial compression index28 Factor which had to be taken into account when starting up the warp drive of an NX class starship. The output of the core had to be within 300 and 312 millicochranes unless the spatial compression index was greater than 5.62%.28 Doctor's Orders
Spatial discriminators29 Part of the stabilisers of a J class cargo vessel.29 Horizon
Spatial gradient30 A feature of warp flight which became distorted when the quantum variables of the Cochrane equation were not as expected.30 Anomaly
Starbase31 A Federation facility which serves as a centre for scientific research, trade, Starship manufacture or maintanence and military strength. Starbases can be located on planetary surfaces, in orbit, or in deep space.31 Court Martial
Stardate16 A system of time in use within the Federation.16 Where No Man Has Gone Before
Starship22 A Federation Starfleet vessel capable of undertaking interstellar missions. Most Starships are more than 100 metres long; smaller vessels tend to be classed as Runabouts or Shuttlecraft.22 Various Original Series episodes
Subdermal transceivers32 Communications device used by the Military Assault Command Operatives in the mid 2150s. The device was an implant which was placed under the skin to allow covert communication.32 Stratagem
Subquantum imprint33 A characteristic 'fingerprint' of materials. Matching subquantum imprints from two different samples proves that they have the same origin.33 The Shipment
Subspace34 A type of spacetime which is outside our own. Much Federation technology is based around the properties of subspace, most especially warp drive.34 Force of Nature
Subspace Compression35 Effect which results when an object is partially encased in a subspace field. Subspace compression can cause forces sufficient to tear such an object apart.35 Deja Q
Subspace Field36 A field generated by the warp coils of Federation starships and related to subspace. Subspace fields allow objects to circumvent the Einsteinian limitations which normally apply within our universe. They are measured in Cochranes; a subapce field with a value of 1 Cochrane or more is known as a warp field.36 The N'th Degree
Subspace Field Distortions36 Effect which is generated by active warp drives.36 The N'th Degree
Subspace Funnel37 A link through subspace which connects two distant points together in a manner similar to a wormhole.37 Interface
Subspace Instabilities34 An area in which warp drive has caused damage to the fabric of space. In extreme cases this can lead to a subspace rift.34 Force of Nature
Subspace Interphase Pocket38 An area of overlap between our universe and one of the others normally separated from it by the phase difference between them.38 Playing God
Subspace Radio39 Method of communicating at faster than light speeds. Subspace radio allows virtually instantaneous communication over long ranges if the signal is sent via relay stations. Without relay stations, the speed of a signal drops to approximately 50,000 times that of light.39 A Piece of the Action
Subspace Rift34 A break in the fabric of space through which the fabric of subspace can intrude into our universe.34 Force of Nature
Subspace Rupture40 An anomaly which behaves in a manner similar to a whirlpool, sucking matter into it over a large area.40 If Wishes Were Horses
Subspace Sandbar41 A region of space in which a warp drive will not function.41 Bride of Chaotica!
Subspace Shockwave42 A blast effect produced by certain types of explosion which propogates at a velocity greater than that of light.42 Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country
Subspace Tear43 A rip which can be caused by an isolytic subspace weapon which allows subspace to protrude into our own universe. The tear is strongly attracted to warp cores.43 Star Trek : Insurrection
Subspace Transition Rebound44 An effect which is associated with dimensional shifting.44 The High Ground
Subspace Vacuole45 A link between two points through subspace. Similar to a subspace funnel.45 Emanations
Subspace Vortex46 A method of transport used by the Xindi.46 The Vortex allows them to take 'shortcuts' through subspace, covering large distances in a very short time. It is limited to ranges of a few light years.33 It is also known as an energy portal.33 Rajiin
Subspace implosion47 In an alternate timeline, Denobulan specialists suggested this as a method of killing temporal parasites infecting Captain Archer. Creating the implosion involved overloading three of the plasma injectors so as to send a feedback pulse through the warp reactor. Unfortunately the procedure involved vapourising the captain as well.47 Twilight
Subspace phase inverter48 A device not normally carried aboard Galaxy class starships as of 2365. A subspace phase inverter can produce Eichner radiation.48 The Child
Subspace transporter49 A form of transporter which sends the matter stream through subspace, thus extending the range from the normal few tens of thousands of kilometres to at least several light years. The Dominion transporters may well be subspace devices.49 Bloodlines
Subspace weapon43 Any weapon which causes destruction via damage or disruption to subspace. Subspace weapons are illegal under the second Khittomer accords, though some species still use them.43 Star Trek : Insurrection
Sultritium25 A chemical which, when enriched, was known to be a component of Tholian-made demolition explosives. In 2265 an Enterprise landing party was caught up in an explosion when they activated a Tholian booby trap on Ravanar IV which contained enriched sultritium.25 Star Trek : Vanguard, Book 1 - Harbinger
Sweet Spot50 A point on Earth vessels half way between the gravity generator and the bow. Gravitational fields acted in strange directions at the sweet spot.50 Broken Bow
System taps51 Element of the warp drive of the NX class starship. In theory, re-routing the system taps would compress the antimatter stream before it reaches the injectors, stabilising the warp field and allowing higher speeds to be achieved.52 Similitude

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References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 TNG 3 Tin Man
2 Star Trek : First Contact
3 ENT 2 Cogenitor
4 TNG 1 Encounter at Farpoint
5 Generic canonical information
6 DS9 1 Babel
7 ENT 2 Minefield
8 ENT 2 Dawn
9 ENT 2 The Catwalk
10 DS9 1 Progress
11 DS9 3 Prophet Motive
12 DS9 5 By Inferno's Light
13 DS9 7 What You Leave Behind, Part 1
14 Star Trek : Vanguard, Book 1 - Harbinger Perhaps non-self-sealing stem bolts are from an earlier, more primitive era?
15 ENT 2 Future Tense
16 TOS 1 Where No Man Has Gone Before
17 DS9 1 A Man Alone
18 TOS 1 Arena
19 TOS 1 The Galileo Seven
20 Various Next Generation episodes
21 Star Trek V : The Final Frontier
22 Various Original Series episodes
23 TOS 1 The Naked Time
24 TNG 5 New Ground
25 Star Trek : Vanguard, Book 1 - Harbinger
26 Star Trek : Vanguard, Book 1 - Harbinger The sonic screwdriver is, of course, an homage to the British show Doctor Who, whose lead character has used one of these handy devices for decades
27 Star Trek : The Motion Picture
28 ENT 3 Doctor's Orders
29 ENT 2 Horizon
30 ENT 3 Anomaly
31 TOS 1 Court Martial
32 ENT 3 Stratagem
33 ENT 3 The Shipment
34 TNG 7 Force of Nature
35 TNG 3 Deja Q
36 TNG 4 The N'th Degree
37 TNG 7 Interface
38 DS9 2 Playing God
39 TOS 2 A Piece of the Action
40 DS9 1 If Wishes Were Horses
41 VOY 5 Bride of Chaotica!
42 Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country
43 Star Trek : Insurrection
44 TNG 3 The High Ground
45 VOY 1 Emanations
46 ENT 3 Rajiin
47 ENT 3 Twilight
48 TNG 2 The Child
49 TNG 7 Bloodlines
50 ENT 1 Broken Bow
51 ENT 3 Similitude
52 ENT 3 North Star
Series : TNG Season 3 (Disc 5)
Episode : Tin Man
Film: Star Trek : First Contact
Series : ENT Season 2 (Disc 5)
Episode : Cogenitor
Series : TNG Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode : Encounter at Farpoint
Source : Generic canonical information
Series : DS9 Season 1 (Disc 2)
Episode : Babel
Series : ENT Season 2 (Disc 1)
Episode : Minefield
Series : ENT Season 2 (Disc 3)
Episode : Dawn
Series : ENT Season 2 (Disc 3)
Episode : The Catwalk
Series : DS9 Season 1 (Disc 4)
Episode : Progress
Series : DS9 Season 3 (Disc 4)
Episode : Prophet Motive
Series : DS9 Season 5 (Disc 4)
Episode : By Inferno's Light
Series : DS9 Season 7 (Disc 7)
Episode : What You Leave Behind, Part 1
Novel : Star Trek : Vanguard, Book 1 - Harbinger
Comment : Perhaps non-self-sealing stem bolts are from an earlier, more primitive era?
Series : ENT Season 2 (Disc 4)
Episode : Future Tense
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode : Where No Man Has Gone Before
Series : DS9 Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode : A Man Alone
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 5)
Episode : Arena
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 4)
Episode : The Galileo Seven
Series : TNG Season (Disc )
Episode : Various Next Generation episodes
Film: Star Trek V : The Final Frontier
Series : TOS Season (Disc )
Episode : Various Original Series episodes
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode : The Naked Time
Series : TNG Season 5 (Disc 2)
Episode : New Ground
Novel : Star Trek : Vanguard, Book 1 - Harbinger
Novel : Star Trek : Vanguard, Book 1 - Harbinger
Comment : The sonic screwdriver is, of course, an homage to the British show Doctor Who, whose lead character has used one of these handy devices for decades
Film: Star Trek : The Motion Picture
Series : ENT Season 3 (Disc 4)
Episode : Doctor's Orders
Series : ENT Season 2 (Disc 5)
Episode : Horizon
Series : ENT Season 3 (Disc 1)
Episode : Anomaly
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 5)
Episode : Court Martial
Series : ENT Season 3 (Disc 4)
Episode : Stratagem
Series : ENT Season 3 (Disc 2)
Episode : The Shipment
Series : TNG Season 7 (Disc 3)
Episode : Force of Nature
Series : TNG Season 3 (Disc 3)
Episode : Deja Q
Series : TNG Season 4 (Disc 4)
Episode : The N'th Degree
Series : TNG Season 7 (Disc 1)
Episode : Interface
Series : DS9 Season 2 (Disc 5)
Episode : Playing God
Series : TOS Season 2 (Disc 5)
Episode : A Piece of the Action
Series : DS9 Season 1 (Disc 4)
Episode : If Wishes Were Horses
Series : VOY Season 5 (Disc 3)
Episode : Bride of Chaotica!
Film: Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country
Film: Star Trek : Insurrection
Series : TNG Season 3 (Disc 3)
Episode : The High Ground
Series : VOY Season 1 (Disc 3)
Episode : Emanations
Series : ENT Season 3 (Disc 1)
Episode : Rajiin
Series : ENT Season 3 (Disc 2)
Episode : Twilight
Series : TNG Season 2 (Disc 1)
Episode : The Child
Series : TNG Season 7 (Disc 6)
Episode : Bloodlines
Series : ENT Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode : Broken Bow
Series : ENT Season 3 (Disc 3)
Episode : Similitude
Series : ENT Season 3 (Disc 3)
Episode : North Star


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