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(Star Trek Power Generation)
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Despite the officers' statements, a plan to use the ship to stabilize the orbit of a small moon suggests considerably more than one terawatt of power generation, but far less than 12.75 million terawatts.  Although it was never successfully completed (and the need to do so was eventually removed by [[Q]]), the proposed plan would require approximately 21,000 TW<ref>TNG "Deja Q" -- changing the velocity of a 6E13 kg mass by 4 km/s within 7 hours</ref> of power to work.  Attempting to move this moon pushed the ''Enterprise'' to its limits, but it would have been a trivial task if the ship could have applied even a small fraction of 12.75 billion gigawatts to the task.
 
Despite the officers' statements, a plan to use the ship to stabilize the orbit of a small moon suggests considerably more than one terawatt of power generation, but far less than 12.75 million terawatts.  Although it was never successfully completed (and the need to do so was eventually removed by [[Q]]), the proposed plan would require approximately 21,000 TW<ref>TNG "Deja Q" -- changing the velocity of a 6E13 kg mass by 4 km/s within 7 hours</ref> of power to work.  Attempting to move this moon pushed the ''Enterprise'' to its limits, but it would have been a trivial task if the ship could have applied even a small fraction of 12.75 billion gigawatts to the task.
  
That would be true, if the Bre'el IV moon was only 2.5 kilometers wide and mass out at 6E13 kg. However alternative scalings, using screen shots of the E-D in very close proximity to the asteroidal moon, shows it to be considerably larger. Also the moon had noticeable effects on it's primary Bre'el IV, raising the tides up to 10 meters while at orbital perigee.  
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That would be true, if the Bre'el IV moon was only 2.5 kilometers wide and massed out at 6E13 kg. However alternative scalings, using screen shots of the E-D in very close proximity to the asteroidal moon, shows it to be considerably larger. Also the moon had noticeable effects on it's primary Bre'el IV, raising the tides up to 10 meters while at orbital perigee.  
  
 
Tidal force is the difference in gravitational force between the edges and center of mass of an object, so we're trying to match the difference Gm/R^2-Gm/(R+/-r)^2.  
 
Tidal force is the difference in gravitational force between the edges and center of mass of an object, so we're trying to match the difference Gm/R^2-Gm/(R+/-r)^2.  

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