posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 11:49 PM
If you're set on the idea of getting an Enterprise into space, remember that Enterprise is merely the name. Wether it's Archer, Picard, Kirk, or
Garrett in command, they were simply captains of ships. A more logical choice would be to have something round the size of the Defiant or even
Voyager. Might be able to actually get it out of the atmosphere. Something as large as the 1701's would have to be built in a space dock, as the
inertial forces of transporting it from surface to space would probably destroy it.
Anyways, the technology for the 'warp' drive is already here. You can feel the force of the next generation (pun intended) of zero-g propulsion
systems every day, and, as a race, we've been able to feel it from the moment our minds could register it. Why in the world no one's ever used
Gravity for propulsion is beyond me. Ender had it right, 'The enemy gate is DOWN'. Why push ourselves to solar system when we can just fall to it.
It's my experience that anything mankind can measure and quantify, we can manipulate. All forces are included. We can break the speed of sound.
We can stop light. We can accelerate objects beyond the speed of light. (For you Einsteinians that believe it's impossible, consider the fact that
the LHC accelerates particles in opposite directions. At some point just before collision, the two beams are right next to each other, travelling at
relativistic speeds away from each other. That's nearly twice the speed of light. Anyways, we stick a ship between two objects of mass and find a
way to link the ship into their gravity wells, then manipulate the gravitational forces to increase the weaker pull and decrease the stronger. Sure,
that's over simplifying things, but it's what must be done to achieve interstellar travel. Gravity is a concept we understand. Inside the link,
inertia wouldn't be an issue as the median pull of the two stars would remain constant, so inertial dampeners wouldn't be necessary. Anything
caught inside the gravity link would be rubber-banded through it and away, so a deflector wouldn't be necessary either. Broussard Collectors would
be irrelevant unless you found a way to configure them to pull charged particles to power the ship. An engine with that capability would have no
limits to distance. I'm not quite sure how time dilation would affect such a propulsion system, but I'd think time would remain a constant from the
viewpoint of the observers on stationary and travelling ends.
And what of weapons? A a crude base-form of this engine could also be used for ballistics in space that would allow kinetic weapons to be used. I
wouldn't think lasers would be effective due to power requirements and instability in areas of space that have particulate mass (Nebulas for example)
which are big and pretty and probably the first place we'd go.
Space is big. The computer systems and tracking systems (Sensors...?) would have to be far beyond what we're capable of today. I've figured out a
way to lock onto far away stars that would transcend time dilation caused by lightwaves in space. It involves needles, the ability to extrapolate
based on observation, and a very intense data storage and retrieval system. Perhaps the Quark system, once it's developed will be enough. It would
also allow for long and short-range scanning of planets and objects in space.
Food replicators... not sure we can do this one. The atmospherics are easy, but a harmonic system will be difficult to maintain. Food in liquid or
solid form requires storage space. I like Star Trek's idea in having a base of material then simply transporting material out, configuring the
patern of material in a buffer, then transporting the end-product to the crewman requesting it. I think it's possible, but people won't be putting
their heads together to figure out how, Not any time soon, at least.
Anyways, I've given alot of thought to this over the years. It can be done, but humanity will never pull it together to make it happen. Money and
power are too important. IF people could voluntarily leave the planet to live in other solar systems, what would be the point of it all? A whole new
are of problems become involved.