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Enterprise-E Windows

Sehlat123

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Report this Sep. 13 2012, 12:28 pm

So I was just thinking about how in First Contact, Picard said that the Enterprise E had force field windows. (Lilly: There's no glass on this windows!   Picard, tapping on it: It's a force field) 


I though this was weird. I don't remember any other ships having that. Didn't the rest all have Transparent Aluminum windows? Also, it seems dangerous. Whenever main power goes out, wouldn't the force fields go out, blowing everyone into space? And if they were a backup system that can't be blown out in a fight, what happens if there's a malfunction?


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Report this Sep. 13 2012, 7:49 pm

I am under the impression that the room they were in had a special port with a force field, perhaps some sort of airlock.  Earlier in the film when we see Picard listening to opera in his cabin, we see his reflection in the window.  I don't think we've ever seen a reflection in a force field before, so I assume that most of the windows on the E are transparent aluminum like other Federation ships.

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Report this Sep. 14 2012, 6:23 am

Without doubble checking I'd have to agree wit C-753 on that, but have you evder seen one of those movies where the ship gound too deep underwater and the windows begin to crack, I'd guess being that they have to be both withstanting 1/4 light speed at full impulse and staning still in the vaccume of space windows would sound dangerious to me, I don't even like leaning against them in skyscrapers, or especially in Bronx and Harlem Apt buildings; but I'd actually guess that they afre not glass but something simmilar to TOS' transparent aluminium, which as explained in Star Trek IV "The Voyage Home" is like plexiglass but (at least in the case listed there) can be 1/6th as thick and do the same job.


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Report this Sep. 14 2012, 6:54 am

Caesar753 is correct. Picard led Lily into a room and opened a hatch that had the forcefield "window" behind it. They never explained if it was an airlock or what it was, but it was the size of a window. The actual windows in the ship are made of transparent aluminum, but it's possible by the time the Enterprise-E was constructed, they may have invented something stronger. It's also possible that the windows are reinforced with some sort of forcefield technology when the ship goes to warp, although that's never mentioned.


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Report this Sep. 14 2012, 7:35 am

during warp tecknically they could be moving at a few miles per hour as far as the ship is concerned the warp bubble was initially concieved as a simmilar divice as the space folding teck in the Dune series, so if you can imagine you are driving a car and  the road you are driving on seems to be moving at 15-35 miles per hour, but the buildings alongside of you are moving much faster because the acual fabric of space time is being if not folded then tranversed sort of like Dune meet a wormhole; but at full impulse one of the Entiprises reaches a top speed of about 1/4 light speed.

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Report this Sep. 14 2012, 7:39 am

Well, as Scotty said in Star Trek '09: It never occured to me to think of space as the thing that was moving. lol At least, not when I was thinking about the windows. I have heard that discusses before. It would make it a lot easier on the ship and would explain how they can stand the stresses of traveling faster than light.


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Report this Sep. 14 2012, 7:42 am


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Report this Sep. 14 2012, 10:04 am

Why would you work in a tiny room that you enter through a tube? What if they had a major power malfunction? You'd be sucked out into space! Correction, that is blown out.

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Report this Sep. 14 2012, 12:41 pm

I think that by the time of the Enterprise-E, they had developed technology advanced enough to use force-field windows.  But, as some have said, what if your power went out?  I'd prefer the transparent aluminum windows, myself.


However, I think the warp bubble around the ship would keep any space-material from striking the ship.  So, I don't think you'd have to worry about that.


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