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Quantitative comparison of Star Wars and Star Trek power generation capabilities.
 
Quantitative comparison of Star Wars and Star Trek power generation capabilities.
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==Star Wars Power Generation==
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The Galactic Republic and Galactic Empire use a variety of power generators.  The most powerful of these generators is the [[hypermatter reactor]].  Information on how these reactors work is scarce, but how much power they can produce is easier to calculate.
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The most extreme example of a hypermatter reactor's power-generating capacity is the [[Death Star]].  A single shot from the Death Star's [[superlaser]] unleashes 1E38 Joules of energy; more than the [[Sol|Sun]] radiates in 8,000 years.  The Death Star's hypermatter reactor is capable of recharging this weapon for another planet-destroying blast within a day, indicating that it produces power on the order of 1E33 Watts, meaning it produces more energy every second than the Sun radiates in a month.
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==Star Trek Power Generation==
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The United Federation of Planets and most other Star Trek civilizations use [[nuclear fusion]] and [[matter-antimatter annihilation]] to power their [[starship]]s.  The primary fusion power supply is the [[impulse engine]], and the primary matter-antimatter reactor is the [[warp core]].
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The Romulan Empire does not use matter-antimatter reactors on its starships.  Instead, they collect energy from the decay of an artificial [[singularity]].
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The actual power produced by a Federation warp core is unclear.  [[Williarm Riker|Commander Riker]] once stated that the ''[[Enterprise-D|Enterprise]]'' could not generate a terawatt of power, but subsequent events have suggested greater power generation.  The ship's warp core is known to have undergone some modifications and upgrades following Riker's statement<ref>TNG "Booby Trap"</ref>, and the [[Geordi Laforge|chief engineer]] subsequently said it could generate power "into the terawatt range".  Despite these statements, a plan to use the ship to stabilize the orbit of a small moon<ref>TNG "Deja Q"</ref> suggests substantially greater power generation.
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==References==
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[[Category: SW Technology]]
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[[Category: ST Technology]]

Revision as of 20:45, 4 December 2007

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