Plasma torpedo

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==Nature==
 
==Nature==
During a briefing following the initial attacks on Neutral Zone outposts, Spock described what was known about the Romulan weapon.  According to [[Starfleet]] researchers, the weapon was an "enveloping plasma" that caused its targets to implode.  One plasma torpedo was sufficient to destroy the shields and weapons of a Federation outpost, and a second torpedo shattered the asteroid on which the outpost was built.  One torpedo also damaged the fully-shielded ''[[Enterprise]]'', even though much of the torpedo's energy had dissipated due to range.  The weapon's power is certainly impressive: the destruction of a nickel-iron asteroid of at least two miles diameter could easily require hundreds of megatons of energy,<ref>Estimated using the [http://stardestroyer.net/Resources/Calculators/AsteroidDestruction.html SDN Asteroid Destruction Calculator] for a 3200m diameter nickel-iron asteroid.</ref> which would certainly be an achievable energy yield for a space-faring civilization.<ref>Trekkies often inflate this estimate to '''gigatons''', for no substantial reason.</ref>
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During a briefing following the initial attacks on Neutral Zone outposts, Spock described what was known about the Romulan weapon.  According to [[Starfleet]] researchers, the weapon was an "enveloping plasma" that caused its targets to implode.  One plasma torpedo was sufficient to destroy the shields and weapons of a Federation outpost, and a second torpedo shattered the asteroid on which the outpost was built.  One torpedo also damaged the fully-shielded ''[[Enterprise]]'', even though much of the torpedo's energy had dissipated due to range.  The weapon's power is certainly impressive: the destruction of a nickel-iron asteroid of at least two miles diameter could easily require hundreds of megatons of energy,<ref>Estimated using the [http://stardestroyer.net/Resources/Calculators/AsteroidDestruction.html SDN Asteroid Destruction Calculator] for a 3200m diameter nickel-iron asteroid.</ref> which would certainly be an achievable energy yield for a space-faring civilization.<ref>[[Trektard]]s, however, often inflate this estimate to '''gigatons''', for no substantial reason.</ref>
  
 
Even though it is capable of overtaking a [[Constitution-class|''Constitution''-class]] starship in full retreat, a plasma torpedo has a relatively limited range.  Only [[cloaking device|cloaking]] technology enabled the [[Romulan Bird of Prey|Romulan ship]] to get into effective range of its targets.  As noted above, a plasma torpedo lost so much energy pursuing the fleeing ''Enterprise'' that when it finally struck, it no longer had enough energy to destroy the target.
 
Even though it is capable of overtaking a [[Constitution-class|''Constitution''-class]] starship in full retreat, a plasma torpedo has a relatively limited range.  Only [[cloaking device|cloaking]] technology enabled the [[Romulan Bird of Prey|Romulan ship]] to get into effective range of its targets.  As noted above, a plasma torpedo lost so much energy pursuing the fleeing ''Enterprise'' that when it finally struck, it no longer had enough energy to destroy the target.

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