Q:3 and 17! The Star Trek question thing!
Thank you, Anon!
3. If you could have any position on a starship, which would you choose?
I would most likely enjoy being (obviously) the captain or the First Officer. But in reality, I know I would be an Archaeologist or Historian. Of course, the Chief Archaeologist or Historian.
17. You and two crewmembers are stranded on a class-M planet. None of you are particularly valuable members. The planet has many dangerous animals that will, given time, kill you. The starship you serve on has just been called to deliver medicine to a colony in dire need. Because of the nature of this particular class-M planet, it will take some time to rescue you. However, the colony will be completely wiped out if the starship doesn’t haul ass halfway across the quadrant. Do you demand that they waste precious time, and lives, rescuing you, or do you sacrifice yourself and your two teammates to save the colony?\
Because of my personality, I would demand they rescue myself and my fellow crewmembers. I know that the proper, more moral choice is to sacrifice one to save the many, but I’m valuable to me, so I say save me. Besides, one never knows when a Historian may come in handy. Also, what if I were a Trill or a Changeling? A rare species.
NASA scientist and Advanced Propulsion Team Lead Harold White has the kind of job thousands dream of and few achieve — he’s in charge of the space agency’s efforts to determine if a faster-than-light warp drive is actually possible and, if it is, how we might create one. Now, in conjunction with artist Mark Rademaker, White has unveiled a new starship model that illustrates how our consideration of the concept has evolved over the decades. Rademaker designed the first theoretical warp ship concept to consciously echo the Matt Jeffries design for the UEV-47; the first faster-than-light version of the Starship Enterprise. This new version of the ship is chunkier, more compact, and according to Harold White, a better match for what the mathematics of an Alcubierre warp drive currently predict.
And of course, she’s called the IXS Enterprise.
Have we found any proof a warp drive can exist?
While a pretty concept design is nice, it still isn’t clear if a warp drive can actually exist. NASA’s current experiments are an attempt to measure whether the warp bubble Alcubierre theorized could exist can exist in our universe. There’s an enormous gap between saying “Mathematically this doesn’t violate any of the known laws of physics,” and saying “We’ve detected an actual warp bubble in the real world.”
The inferometer experiment White oversees is designed to measure such an effect at nanoscale. Currently, data is inconclusive — the team notes that while a non-zero effect was observed, it’s possible that the difference was caused by external sources. More data, in other words, is necessary. Failure of the experiment wouldn’t automatically mean that warp bubbles can’t exist — it’s possible that we’re attempting to detect them in an ineffective way.
Nonetheless, the fact that we’re struggling to even discover if a warp bubble can form is evidence of how much work remains until we could plausibly tap the effect for space exploration. This new ship is as much a PR move as a demonstration of capability — but the implications of a warp bubble that allowed for even fractional light-speed travel are enormous. The ability to move at 1% the speed of light would put the entire Solar System within our reach; 0.1% light speed would make exploration and colonization of Mars or the Moon a much simpler problem.
One good piece of news is that early fears that a hypothetical warp drive could be a star system-annihilating event have been disproven by a better evaluation of the mathematics. New data suggests this is unlikely to be an issue, though vessels observing the warp drive ship in close proximity could still be at risk. Energy requirements have also come down sharply, from Alcubierre’s initial calculation that planetary-sized power sources would be required to more recent data that suggests we could build a ship with a power source the size of Voyager 2 — if we can create the necessary effect at the appropriate scale. [Read: The hunt for alien, star-encompassing Dyson Spheres begins.]
For now, a warp drive remains science fiction — but if we can ever build one, the impact on human civilization could rival the invention of fire. Despite some bombastic reporting in other places, it’s not a “real-life” Enterprise — not yet — but the fact that news of warp drive research continues to grab headlines is an example of just how exciting this technology could be.
- 1. Do you believe that the logic behind the Prime Directive is sound? Discuss.
- 2. If you were in a situation where following the Prime Directive would kill millions, but abandoning it would save a planet, would you keep to the Prime Directive?
- 3. If you could have any position on a starship, which would you choose?
- 4. Which Captain (that has been given a series) would you want to serve under?
- 5. If you had the choice between captaining a small science vessel and captaining a large battleship, which would you choose?
- 6. Which of the 5 categories (Engineering, Command, Medical, Science, Security) interests you the most?
- 7. If you were the Captain of a starship in the same position as the Voyager (stuck in an unexplored sector of the galaxy, 70 light years from home), would you keep to the Prime Directive, knowing that you would not be alive when the ship reached civilization, or would you abandon the Prime Directive, and embrace the possibility of reaching home far quicker?
- 8. Would you prefer to live planetside, or in space?
- 9. If you were on an away mission, and your communicators suddenly went dead, what would you do?
- 10. How patient would you be able to remain in the face of a being that believes itself to be a god?
- 11. If there was a war on a planet that you could end with no further casualties, would you end it? Even though doing so would violate the Prime Directive?
- 12. Do you believe that the Prime Directive should have elasticity?
- 13. If you were not in a position of command, and several officers began exhibiting violent xenophobic tendencies toward non-human members of the crew, what would you do? How about if you knew that neither the Captain nor Starfleet would do anything to stop it?
- 14. Would you prefer to be a Captain in a very corrupt government, or an Ensign in a relatively uncorrupted government?
- 15. A species on the brink of destruction due to a genophage that harms only that race asks you, the Captain of a starship, for medicine. You can help them, but you know that if you do, in 200 years, they will enslave and kill another race. Do you give them the medicine?
- 16. You are far from the Federation, and on a planet, when you receive a transmission. The transmission informs you that 50 armed and dangerous savages have taken one of your away teams consisting of 8 people hostage. The savages demand your ships CMO in exchange for your away team. If you do not comply, they will execute their hostages. What do you do? Does your answer change if their hostages are not your crewmembers, but natives to that planet?
- 17. You and two crewmembers are stranded on a class-M planet. None of you are particularly valuable members. The planet has many dangerous animals that will, given time, kill you. The starship you serve on has just been called to deliver medicine to a colony in dire need. Because of the nature of this particular class-M planet, it will take some time to rescue you. However, the colony will be completely wiped out if the starship doesn't haul ass halfway across the quadrant. Do you demand that they waste precious time, and lives, rescuing you, or do you sacrifice yourself and your two teammates to save the colony?
- 18. What improvements do you think could be made to the way the Federation runs? Do you consider the Federation to be corrupted and xenophobic, given that most high-ranking officers are human males originating from a certain area of Earth?
- 19. Would you trust yourself with the Captaincy of a starship carrying over 1,000 crewmembers?
- 20. Given the existence of non-hostile aliens, do you believe that an organization akin to the Federation would appear between said aliens and humans?
NASA today released schematics for a new space station to be completed by 2021.
The new station, called ISS2, will be the first nuclear powered space station and will house nearly 37 individuals. It will also house the first space hadron collider, which will free experiments from the limitations of gravity.
The station’s exotic design results from the inclusion of famous architects Rick Sternbach and Doug Drexler. Said Drexler, “Please don’t do this, we designed it to look cool, I don’t think it’s even spaceworthy. You’ll be killing dozens of astronauts if you do this!” NASA has however ignored these warnings in favor of the superior aesthetic.
The new station is temporary, and is expected to last seven seasons.
look at this space egg
#space dragon though#black with thin membrane wings that sparkle with stars#eyes like blazing suns#and when they go to breathe fire their bodies light up like the northern lights#[clutches chest]#SPACE DRAGONS
Ghost Drifting is said to be an unanticipated consequence of the Neural Handshake. Pilots are said to find that their link remains somewhat active, though muted, after they’ve disconnected from the hardware. Pilots who Drift with one another long enough begin to adopt certain personality traits of their partner, but their own core personality and consciousness remains intact.
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