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miklamar

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Report this Dec. 14 2012, 1:12 pm

I was reading a novel by Jeffrey Lang, STNG: Immortal Coil (2002), and he mentions 2-person escape pods that had a warp core int them.  But, I can't seem to find much information about such pods on the regular sites.


Does anyone know anything about them?


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Sora

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Report this Dec. 14 2012, 3:34 pm

The show never really went into any major detail about the escape pods, but they always gave the vibe that they were very limited. I would assume they only have thrusters or can maybe go Impulse. I'd be surprised if they had warp engines.

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Report this Dec. 17 2012, 1:01 pm

Quote: Sora @ Dec. 14 2012, 3:34 pm

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>The show never really went into any major detail about the escape pods, but they always gave the vibe that they were very limited. I would assume they only have thrusters or can maybe go Impulse. I'd be surprised if they had warp engines.

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You are right.  It seems like the pods would be too small for warp engines.  But, several sources say they have them, and some pods are supposedly equipped to hold 6-8 people for several months!  They don't seem as much like pods as shuttlecraft.


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Report this Dec. 17 2012, 3:36 pm

Quote: miklamar @ Dec. 17 2012, 1:01 pm

Quote: Sora @ Dec. 14 2012, 3:34 pm

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You are right.  It seems like the pods would be too small for warp engines.  But, several sources say they have them, and some pods are supposedly equipped to hold 6-8 people for several months!  They don't seem as much like pods as shuttlecraft.


It would probably depend on the type of ship and its expected use/location. I would expect a "local" ship's escape pod, say in the Terran system, would be less powerful because survivors could easily communcate with and be rescued by emergency response personnel within the system. A ship that services deep space would not be guaranteed "immediate" help and would have more powerful engines/supplies/resources to improve survivability over a longer period of time.


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Report this Dec. 17 2012, 11:20 pm

I just got to thinking that since escape pods are generally used for dangerous situations, lacking a warp drive would mean that they also lack a warp signature, and would therefore be less detectable to enemies. They are like the cosmic version of longboats -- which although they have oars, are still essentially designed to drift until they are discovered.


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miklamar

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Report this Dec. 18 2012, 12:01 pm

Quote: OtakuJo @ Dec. 17 2012, 11:20 pm

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>I just got to thinking that since escape pods are generally used for dangerous situations, lacking a warp drive would mean that they also lack a warp signature, and would therefore be less detectable to enemies. They are like the cosmic version of longboats -- which although they have oars, are still essentially designed to drift until they are discovered.

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Good points.  Except, sometimes you might have to use an escape pod in a natural emergency, rather than a combat situation.  Then, having warp capacity would be a huge benefit.


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Report this Dec. 18 2012, 3:18 pm

It would be -- I was thinking more of what might be a part of the reasoning behind not having warp tech. on board.


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