Questions tagged [cloaking]

A term used to describe technology that makes items (such as spaceships) appear invisible. Most frequently used in the context of Star Trek, and in particular in conjunction with Klingon Birds-of-Prey (warships).

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Was General Chang's ship ever duplicated?

In Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, we learn that General Chang has a unique Bird of Prey with the ability to fire while cloaked, something that up to that point was considered impossible. But ...
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Why do Klingons use cloaking devices?

Inspired by Why don't Starfleet ships use cloaking devices? I thought a better question is, why do Klingon ships use cloaking devices? It seems we're always told about Klingon honour and their ...
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Why aren't stealth field generators more common during the Clone Wars and Galactic Civil War?

The fan-favourite RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was the first to introduce a device known as a stealth field generator - a small and portable cloaking device that can be worn as a belt. ...
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Are all cloaking devices in the MCU based on the same principles?

Several factions in the MCU seem to have access to vehicular cloaking devices. For example, they include at least: S.H.I.E.L.D. (Helicarrier in Avengers 2012) Avengers (Stark's cargo aircraft in ...
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Why was the Millennium Falcon too small for a cloaking device?

In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon is reported as being too small for a cloaking device: TRACKING OFFICER: Captain Needa, the ship no longer appears on our scopes. ...
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Why didn't Voyager make a cloaking device?

Voyager is lost and has to pass through some pretty hostile territories. So a simple question: wouldn't a cloak have made their journey easier and safer even if it's only used sometimes? We know the ...
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How was the lab in Æon Flux hidden?

At some point in the Æon Flux movie, the titular heroine discovers what seems like a library. By means of a device, the library environment changes into a lab secretly used by Trevor Goodchild to find ...
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In Star Trek Discovery “Into the Forest I Go” is the Klingon ship arriving at Pahvo cloaked?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E9 "Into The Forest I Go," Captain Lorca tells the Admiral they are three hours away by warp from Starbase 46. (They are leaving the Pahvo System). Then they ...
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Is it known if the Scimitar can charge and/or fire its thalaron weapon while cloaked?

The Remus Warbird Scimitar had what is commonly referred to as a "perfect" cloaking device which is one that allows the vessel to fire weapons while cloaked. It also had an additional unique armament ...
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Are there any (canon) differences between Klingon and Romulan cloaking devices?

In Trek lore, the Klingons originally obtained cloaking technology from the Romulans (during their ill-fated alliance, IIRC). My question is, are there any official/canon sources that would ...
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Why did the Romulans loan a cloaking device to the Federation in DS9?

All through TNG, the Romulans were locked in a cold war with the Federation. Then at the end of Season 2 of DS9, they suddenly loan the Federation a cloaking device for use in the Defiant. This felt ...
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Are there any Federation citizens who own/operate cloaked ships?

Starfleet is forbidden from having cloaked ships but are civilians forbidden from having one? It seems that a cloaked ship would be a great asset for say a smuggler. The tech seems to be widely ...
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Was it ever explained why ships can't fire when cloaked? [duplicate]

In Star Trek the Undiscovered Country, Scotty says: "raving lunatics they'll call us, willing to say anything to exonerate the captain" - all in regards to claiming that a Klingon Bird of Prey can ...
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Why would Data say that a cloaking device on the surface of a planet would have visible distortion?

In the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Defector" Data States: RIKER: A cloaking device of some sort, to hide the entire base? DATA: A cloaking device operating on the surface would be given away ...
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Why (in universe) does the use of a cloaking device cause a 'wobbling' effect of light?

Whenever a ship uses cloaking technology (well, at least in terms of the Romulans and Klingons in TNG), there is a 'wobbling' effect of light as they activate/deactivate the cloak. Now, I know that ...
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Was the Federation observation station using cloaking technology?

I was reading some old questions about cloaking and that the Federation had agreed not to develop cloaking at the Treaty of Algeron. However, in TNG : Who watches the Watchers the Federation is ...
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Wouldn't active cloaking devices violate the law of thermodynamics - or be very hot - in Star Trek?

It's been established that cloaking devices such as those used by the Romulans or in the USS Defiant require a great amount of energy to sustain. But wouldn't the energy have to go somewhere or end ...
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In the Star Trek Universe, can a non-cloak capable ship hide within another ship's cloak?

According to 'Star Trek: Klingon Bird-of-Prey Haynes Manual', the cloak works by generating a quantum phase bubble around the ship. It's been demonstrated that non-warp ships can in fact 'borrow' ...
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Why don't they cloak the jumpers before entering the gate?

On several occasions our heroes in Stargate Atlantis worry that their gateship may have been detected between exiting the stargate and activating the cloak. Why don't they just cloak before they go ...
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Why doesn't the Enterprise use stealth/invisibility technology like the Romulans and Klingons?

The stealth mode of starships plays a huge role in many Star Trek films and episodes and is a strong advantage in combat. I remember an episode revealing that the Federation developed a secret stealth ...
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Is there anything to stop cloaked ships from colliding?

In the Star Trek universe, Klingon and Romulans have cloaking technology. They can make their ships almost entirely undetectable using this technology. If there are several ships that are cloaked ...
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Cloaking the USS Enterprise [duplicate]

While the Romulans and Klingons have cloaking technology, do any of the Federation ships have it? It seems that the USS Enterprise more than once is surprised by a cloaked ship. But why have they ...
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Couldn't you use systematic phaser fire to find a known cloaked enemy?

In Star Trek VI, the main Klingon baddie captains a prototype Bird of Prey that can fire torpedoes while it is cloaked (normally, cloaked ships cannot fire and have no shields, due to a combination of ...
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Why can't cloaked vessels shoot?

What prevents ships firing phasers and photon torpedoes through a cloak? I have yet to see a episode where this is brought up. It may have been mentioned in The Undiscovered Country, as I know there ...
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How did the Klingon race acquire cloaking technology?

I was wondering how a warrior race like the Klingons managed to acquired such an advanced technology, for the Star Trek universe, as cloaking?
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How come cloaking devices in Star Trek allow the cloaked ship to continue to observe its surroundings?

Related to Invisibility should cause blindness: how does hard sf cope?, I'm wondering whether the cloaking device implementation in Star Trek includes an explanation as to why cloaked ships can still ...