Originally posted by NWtoHide
If they transported something ten miles is it that much harder to go to mars? And after that what about other solar systems? I guess my question
really is do they have to have some sort of receiver or "stargate"? If a habitable planet was found could they just pick a spot under a tree and
send someone there?
One of the great errors of the Star Trek Transporter technology — and I know, because Jimmy Doohan himself explained it to me in 1979 — was the
idea that matter was broken down
and converted to energy
and then beamed
to a remote location. BTW, the ST transporter had a
limited range of only 16,000 miles.
The main problem is that converting matter to energy
can have some rather nasty side-effects. See Hiroshima and Nagasaki for more on that.
The only way a ST Transporter could even theoretically
work would be if there was, indeed, a highly sophisticated receiver unit
destination... Otherwise, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and the rest of the landing party would have to hit the ground running
...at roughly the speed
Theoretically, the nonlocal simultaneity teleporter process would be entirely possible, without
a "receiver" unit. The only "receiver" is
the quantum particle matrix
that exists at the destination point. The human "transporter" subjects would simply coalesce
out of the
existing matter at the destination.
Meaning, believe it or don't, that the original human subjects could remain on Earth
as their doppelgangers
explored another world!
Then, and this is what's really
incredible, the doppelgangers could teleport their accumulated knowledge
back to Earth, directly into
the minds of the original subjects.
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 5/20/2010 by Doc Velocity]