Talk:Photon torpedo

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"Pulleys"? There was a solid arm lowering the torpedo and the conveyor took over from there. Also, the torpedo bay in TWOK looked vastly different from the one in TUC; perhaps it was a deliberately primitive system to give the trainees hands-on experience? --Bounty 05:42, 16 November 2007 (EST)

  • Primitive is fine if it does the job. A glass container could do the job rather than a forcefield. A conveyor belt is a pulley, one of the simple machines along with wheel, axle, wedge, screw. If the article is not enough of a NPOV or if the wording isn't quite right, feel free to change it. The idea wasn't to "diss" older starships for using a mechanical solution more than point out its inherent flaws. I think a mechanical solution is a lot better than a site-to-site transport or storing torpedoes live, for example. If you have a better idea for why the torpedo bay takes up a huge amount of space I'd like to hear it. I've always thought there was a lot of physical machinery in the older starships --User:brianeyci

Stargazer: The claim regarding the Mutara Nebula was that shields would be useless, not that they wouldn't exist, so I'm not sure if the argument you're making is valid. It's quite likely that shields are a standard feature of photon torpedoes, given their need to transition through the launching ship's shields, so they would be active on the torpedoes fired by the Enterprise and Reliant in the Mutara Nebula, even though they weren't really doing anything useful. --Ted C 13:46, 11 April 2012 (EDT)

  • Khan orders Joachim to raise the shields after they enter the nebula, and he responds "As I feared, sir. Not functional." You can't even raise the them, so no, they would not exist. The point is that the glow remained while shields should not be present, so the glow is not indicative of shields. Stargazer 13:22, 12 April 2012 (EDT)
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