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Report this Mar. 12 2005, 11:49 am

I can sympathise with Dr McCoys fear of transporter, imagine beaming into a restaurant and materialising inside the bar counter ! Eek

Now I want to say Discuss, which is stupid, how many transporer accidents have there been and more importantly how were the people restored again?

Are there any species who can walk through solid objects?

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Report this Mar. 12 2005, 1:25 pm

i don't know the exact track record, but since they did some major fix in between the TOS and TNG its track record is better then a shuttle.

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Report this Mar. 12 2005, 2:06 pm

I am sure there are inbuilt safeties to prevent what I thought from happening, the transporter probably detects a solid object and then finds the default side on which to materialise the person / individual.

My feet havr gone numb at the thought.

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Report this Mar. 15 2005, 3:33 am

Oops, sorry. :( :honorable:

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Report this Mar. 15 2005, 6:43 am

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Report this Mar. 15 2005, 5:25 pm

Quote (ssmukhi @ Mar. 15 2005, 11:43 am)
Check this link

Notable Transporter Mishaps

Please do not cross the threads, I now know from experience that this will balls the board up.

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Report this Mar. 15 2005, 8:50 pm

That wasn't a thread, it was an article from the Startrek.com library and it was a direct answer to your question.

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Report this Mar. 16 2005, 1:42 pm

Well since you asked for transporter mishaps, and not to Star Trek there has been a few in the "Fly" movies :P

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Report this Mar. 16 2005, 2:37 pm

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Well since you asked for transporter mishaps, and not to Star Trek there has been a few in the "Fly" movies :P

I beg to differ and yet I shall for I have made no request.

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Report this Mar. 16 2005, 3:48 pm

there was an episode about TELEPORTATION in Earth Final Conflict, which is fundamentally different than the transporters in Star Trek.

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Report this Mar. 16 2005, 4:49 pm

Quote (AquamonkeyEG @ Mar. 16 2005, 8:48 pm)
there was an episode about TELEPORTATION in Earth Final Conflict, which is fundamentally different than the transporters in Star Trek.

In what respect?

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Report this Mar. 16 2005, 6:00 pm

There has been a quite a few.
The technology of the transporter has been a huge boon to the Federation, but it has not been without its problems.  As with any emerging technology, the transporter has often been tested to the limit by extreme conditions and unusual situations encountered by its users.  As a consequence, mishaps, accidents, and misuse of transporter hardware have continued to occur from its earliest days in service at the beginning of the 23rd century through the mid 2370's.

Despite its record of millions of flawless operations, transporter technology still creates fear in some of its users.  Some have suggested that this extreme anxiety about transporter use is a medical condition known as transporter psychosis, while others argue that this early condition has been nullified by the advances made in transporter technology.  Originally diagnosed on Delinia 2 in 2209 - only a few years after transporters had been introduced into the Federation - transporter psychosis was a condition that existed in subjects who suffered from an error in materialization.  This led to a neurochemical breakdown in the brain and subsequent psychotic episodes, including tactile and visual hallucinations.  Later transporter designs increased the accuracy of their molecular imaging technology with the development of the multiplex pattern buffer and solved this problem.  The kind of psychosis experienced by some people later years is purely psychological.

At its most basic level, the transporter radically alters the structure of its subject, transforming them into a matter stream destined for reintegration in another location.  This process, when disrupted or subjected to unusual outsie interference, can create unforeseen side effects that are both astonishing and radical.  In 2266, on Stardate 1672, Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 was the unwitting victim of a malfunctioning transporter that nearly cost the lives of a landing party.  Returning from a geological mission on the surface of the planet Alfa 117, an Enterprise crewman exposed the transporter to a foreign mineral compound that adversely affected its pattern buffer and imaging scanners.  When kird was beamed aboard, the malfunctioning buffer corrupted and duplicated his pattern, leading to the materialization of an extra Kirk.  Fascinatingly, the erroneous patterns in both men emerged as polar opposites in behavior and personality.  A similar incident occured in 2361, when the then-Lieutenant William Riker was the last to transport up from the surface of planet Nervala 4.  The mishap was not discovered until eight years later, as it appeared that Riker had been successfully beamed up to the orbiting U.S.S. Potemkin NCC-18253.  In order to compensate for a distortion field present in the planet's upper atmosphere, the transporter chief had established a second containment beam.  However, this proved unnecessary and the beam was accidently reflected back to the surface, where it created a second Riker.  

Unlike the 2266 incident, Riker's duplicate was an exact copy in every way, and was rescued after eight years from Nervala 4 by the visiting crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, among them Commander William Riker.  As to the question of which is the 'real' Riker, no definitive answer can be forthcoming.  Another biological effect accidently caused by a transporter mishap was the process known as symbiogenesis.  In 2372, a malfunction aboard the U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 was caused by the presence of a botanical specimen in the matter stream; this melded together the DNA of two crew members from distinctly different species:  the Vulcan Tuvok and the Talaxian Neelix.  The resulting life form, a hybrid that named himself Tuvix, was a fully cognizant being with the combined knowledge and experience of both men.  Tuvix argued his right to continue existing in his merged state, but Voyager's Captain Janeway made the decision to return Tuvok and Neelix to their original forms, using the transporter to reverse the process.  An example of a transporter accident at its worst occured in 2271, just before the launch of the newly-refitted U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.  A faulty series of power modules caused the death of two crew members, among them the science officer Commander Sonak, when the system overloaded and the materialization process caused a fatal malformation.  A non-fatal, but still serious, error in materialization caused a major physiological alteration to several crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D in 2369.  When beaming to the ship, the patterns of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Ensign Ro Laren, Keiko O'Brien, and Ten-Forward bartender Guinan passed through a molecular reversion field that caused them to rematerialize as children.  Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge eventually isolated the problem, discovering that the field had caused several key riboviroxic-nucleic structures to be blanked out of the subjects' patterns.  An emended pattern, fed into the buffer, resulted in the restoration of the original forms after a second transport attempt.  It is also known that certain forms of non-sentient life can actually exist within the matter stream of a transporter system.  On stardate 46041, Enterprise engineering officers Geordi La Forge and Reg Barclay discovered the presence of a number of microbes from a plasma streamer in the ship's transporter buffer.  Because the microbes existed as matter and energy simultaneously, the biofilter could not detect them.  The microbes had infected four crew members from the U.S.S. Yosemite, who had then tried to reprogram the biofilter.  In the process, they pushed molecular dispersion beyond the integrity point, trapping their patterns in the beam.  The procedure was perfected by the crew of the Enterprise and the microbes returned to the plasma streamer.

It seems that the transporter is capable of duplicating living matter, even to the point of cloning and turning back the aging process, but tests have never managed a viable sucess rate, and it appears that these miraacle applications of transporter technology can only be applied in the most unusual circumstances.  One example of a transporter being deliberately used for something other than its intended purpose was to cure Dr. Katherine Pulaski.  She was suffering from a virulent aging virus cultivated on Darwin Station in 2365, but the effects were reversed using a transport pattern modified with a sample of Pulaski's original DNA.

Early transporter signals were very susceptible to interference and blockage, but while the problem can never be completely removed, design modifications into the 24th century have overcome most of these difficulties.  The transporters in use in the mid-2260's were still subject to ill effects from spatial disruptions such as ion storms; in 2267, a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 was caught in a transdimensional interphase while beaming up from the surface of the Halkan homeworld.  During a severe ion storm, the transporter interphase accidently broke down the barriers between dimensions.  This resulted in the Enterprise officers being exchanged for their barbaric counterparts from a paralled universe, where the viscous Terran Empire ruled in the place of the United Federation of Planets.  Captain Kirk and his officers managed to return home with the help of Science Officer Spock's alternate self, but the denizens of this other dimension would return on several occasions to plague the crew of space station Deep Space Nine in the 2370's.

Inadvertent interdimensional travel is not the only form of displacement malfunction caused by transporter systems.  In 2371, on Stardate 48481, Captain Benjamin Sisko, Lieutenant Jadzia Dax, and Dr. Julian Bashir found themselves caught in a predestination time paradox while beaming from the U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205.  A buildup of chroniton particles in the transporter system, caused by the use of a Romulan cloaking device, sent the officers back to the year 2024.

Trapped in the past, Sisko found himself forced to take on the identity of Gabriel Bell, instigator of the Bell Riots - a significant event that caused a historical social change in North America.  Once the problem discovered, Major Kira Nerys and Chief Miles O'Brien had to duplicate the accident a number of times before eventually locating their captain and the others for rescue.  Another displacement accident occured in 2368, on Stardate 45892, but in this instance the subjects were phased on a quantum level rather than moved to another time or place.  When the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D responded to the distress call of a Romulan Warbird engaged in an experiment, crew members Ro Laren and Geordi La Forge were inadvertently exposed to the effects of a malfunctioning Romulan interphase generator.

This piece of experimental machinery comprised elements of a traditional Romulan cloaking device and transporter technology.  The device caused a molecular phase inversion in Ro's and La Forge's quantum states which placed them out of sync with normal matter and rendered them invisible and intangible to the Enterprise crew.  This meant they were unable to communicate to their fellow officers the threat posed by the conspiring Warbird crew.  Presumed dead after transport, Ro and La Forge eventually managed to leave clues as to their existance.  Fellow officer Lieutenant Commander Data bombarded them with high-energy particles and phased them back in tune with everyone else.  The technology of the transporter has also been modified for uses not originally considered by the designers and creators, with often questionable results.  In 2294, the Sydney-class starship U.S.S. Jenolen NCC-2010 was caught in the gravitational influence of a Dyson Sphere and crashed on it surface.  All of the escape systems were severely damaged.  Survival seemed impossible, but one of the Jenolen's passengers, noted Starfleet engineer Captain Montgomery Scott, attempted a radical solution:  using the ship's transporter.  He placed himself and another survivor, Ensign Matt Franklin, in the transporter matrix, and altered the device's hardware to maintain the transporter patterns in suspension in the main buffer by looping the diagnostic cycle.  After 75 years in this state, Captain Scott was rescued by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, but Franklin's pattern was unfortunately lost to degradation.  A similar process, but on a much wider scale, was attempted in 2371 by scientist Ma'Bor Jetrel, on the Talaxian moon Rinax in the Delta Quadrant.  He had created the deadly metreon weapon during his people's war with the Talaxians, causing the death of more than 300,000 people, and now sought to put right this awful deed.

Using the transporter systems of the U.S.S. Voyager, Jetrel attempted to instigate a process of regenerative fusion; in this operation, Jetrel posited that the transporter system, set to a wideband scan, could gather up the molecular components of Rinax's population, which had become atomized by the metreon cascade, and reintegrate them back into living beings. Sadly, the process proved flawed and the fusion reaction did not occur.

On the whole, transporters are one of the safest ways to travel in the 24th century.  There are those, however, like Dr. Leonard McCoy or Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, who would argue that having your every molecule scrambled, turned back into energy, and then put back in the right order, often thousands of kilometers away, can never be entirely safe.


Here is a link to a website, http://www.homestead.com/Federation_Archives/files/accidents.html

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Report this Mar. 17 2005, 12:21 pm

Quote (BetaAnn @ Mar. 16 2005, 4:49 pm)
Quote (AquamonkeyEG @ Mar. 16 2005, 8:48 pm)
there was an episode about TELEPORTATION in Earth Final Conflict, which is fundamentally different than the transporters in Star Trek.

In what respect?

the teleporter completely converts matter to energy and back again.

a transporter breaks down the matter and energizes it b4 shooting off the matter stream. it doesn't convert it energy.

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