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A fictional device in the Star Trek Universe that is used to beam or "transport" persons or objects from one place to another by dematerializing them and then rematerializing them at their destination. Use this tag with the [star-trek] tag.

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Is there precedent for this transport in Picard S02E06 "The Watcher"?

In the Season 2 episode of Star Trek: Picard "The Watcher", The Sirena has limited power and uncalibrated systems. Yet there are two instances of use of the transporter: one to beam ...
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How can a transporter clone have the same mass?

From what I know, transporter beams simply transfer the pattern as an analog signal from point A to point B. However, we see in at least 2 instances (Star Trek: Lower Decks S02 E02 Kayshon: His eyes ...
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Stargate teleportation vs Star Trek's: very different technology?

It is my impression from what little I know of Stargate is that their method of teleportation does something like warp space: there is no disassembly and reassembly of objects and beings and this ...
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In the Star Trek universe, are transporter effects visible and/or audible? [duplicate]

Are the visual and sound effects that we see in the show visible/audible to the individuals within the show itself? Do they ever react or mention either of them? Or are they simply for us, the ...
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Who created the Multidimensional Transporter Device?

In Through the Looking Glass, we see the first use of the Multidimensional Transporter Device (MTD), when Smiley kidnaps Sisko to bring him to the mirror universe. We see the device again when ...
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Transporter inconsistency in the episode Justice

In the TNG episode Justice, there seems to be a problem with the way the transporter is being used, and I was wondering if it's an error in the episode or my misunderstanding. Picard, one of the Edo ...
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Transporter controls -- can a mistake be made?

Seems like there is a lot of manual adjustments to be made when beaming someone up (maybe fewer when beaming someone down) -- the transporter chief seems to eyeball the subject and move controls ...
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Why do medical emergency teams not beam?

When there's a medical emergency on the Enterprise, is there a reason that the response teams don't beam directly to the injured? Would transporters not allow for quicker response and give patients a ...
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How do Star Trek transporters stop you from being merged with stuff? [duplicate]

In The Wrath of Khan, Chekov beams down to a planet with a raging sandstorm. How do the transporters stop the sand from being inside him as he materialises?
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Does anyone in Star Trek have this fear about transporters?

I remember part of an episode of the Big Bang Theory where Sheldon speculates that matter transporters like those used on Star Trek wouldn't so much move a person from one place to another as kill the ...
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Can the transporter reposition you?

In Tomorrow is Yesterday USAF Captain John Christopher was sitting in his pilot seat when he dematerialized, but materialized standing with his back to Captain Kirk. This happened when the Enterprise ...
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How can holograms be transported?

Star Trek: The Next Generation, S6E12, "Ship in a Bottle", makes it quite clear that holograms cannot be beamed with available Federation tech at the moment. In Star Trek: Voyager, S5E13, the EMH is ...
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Was Tuvok bluffing when he said that Voyager's transporters rendered the Kazon weapons useless?

In Star Trek: Voyager 2x07 "Maneuvers", Voyager beams several Kazon Majes off their ship. Tuvok and a complement of security officers are in the transporter room waiting for them, and the Majes draw ...
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Has this ever been shown in the Star Trek before?

In the most recent episode S02E12 of Star Trek: Discovery, we saw that Pay attention: There's no transporter pad available on either side which seems rather advanced capability to be handled from a ...
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Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek universe when they have replicators?

Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek stories? With replicator technology and FTL communication, there is no need for cargo ships. You can just transmit the computer files on how to replicate ...
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Are the transporters linked to the main computer or separate?

I have not been able to find any data on this. Are the transporters on a starship linked to the main computer, or are they separate and have their own processors to carry out the transport functions?
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Does transportation really make a sound in-universe? [duplicate]

The various technologies featured in Star Trek make a variety of sounds, not all of which are diegetic. For example, exterior shots in space battle scenes commonly show phasers and photon torpedoes ...
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Can a Star Trek transporter transport a precise volume of space?

Examples: Could it remove a cubic inch of material from the center of a bowling ball? Could it remove and replace a single electrical component from the circuit board (which would require a complexly ...
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Transporter Displacement [duplicate]

I'm aware of the "Heisenberg compensator" plot device to explain how transporters get around the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. However, it occurs to me that there is an even more basic (i.e., in ...
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Can the Star Trek transporter separate two people who were in close proximity?

Spoilers ahead for the newest ST:Discovery episode! In DIS: What's Past is Prologue we see that gets teleported from together with Originally, the ship had begun transporting only the first ...
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Why Not use transporters as generators?

So from what i know transporters can convert matter into energy(or a stream of sub-atomic particles) before re-assembling the matter elsewhere using the same energy. why not simply take that ...
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How was Carol Marcus able to be (successfully) beamed while moving? [duplicate]

When Marcus was beaming his daughter on board she was running while it was happening. How did she not die if you're supposed to stay still when you're energizing?
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Why beam something dangerous into space? [duplicate]

When the Enterprise crew are dealing with an explosive situation (literally), they sometimes beam the bomb, overloading phasor, maniacal android, etc into space (example). Why do this? I mean, why ...
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Why can Discovery transport the tardigrade at the end of the show when at the start the shielding prevented them?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E3 Context is for Kings we see the USS Glenn, which contains the mycelial plane experiments and dead crew. We learn (from Saru) that it is not possible to transport the ...
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When is site-to-site transport perfected in Star Trek?

In the Star Trek: Discovery Episode S01E05 Choose Your Pain we see Saru order that Captain Lorca be transported back from the Klingon vessel. In Star Trek: Enterprise transporter technology is still ...
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How did the transporter malfunction in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"?

In TMP, Kirk beams up from Command to an orbital base because the Enterprise's Transporters are broken. Minutes later, they decide to go ahead and beam up the science officer directly, and the ...
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In Star Trek, why not use the transporter to extend life expectancy?

In the Star Trek franchise, why do they not use the transporter to extend life expectancy or even cure diseases? We have seen it done before. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Unnatural ...
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Does transporting (beaming out) leave your troops vulnerable to enemy attacks?

When beaming up out of a dangerous situation, I can only recall a few situations in Star Trek when characters were subject to enemy fire during transport. In Star Trek VI, Kirk and Bones beam up after ...
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Why aren't transporters used more often in Star Trek Enterprise?

I am watching ENT for the first time. I have watched most of TOS, TNG, and all of Voyager. I am wondering if anyone can tell me why the crew didn't use the transporters more often? It would seem to me ...
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What is the explanation for the use of 'transporter sites' in Star Trek? [duplicate]

In various episodes (such as Voy: State of Flux) 'transporter sites' appear to be used for transporting people to and from planets. Is there any particular explanation for this? From other series, ...
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Star Trek emergency beam back

Several times on board a "Star Ship" the hulls have been compromised expelling crew members into space. Why not have an emergency system whereas when a person is ejected into space a transporter ...
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Vacuum or shock wave cased by beaming [duplicate]

Is anyone aware of it ever having been addressed that for a technology such as beaming to remove an object from an environment that is not a vacuum, that on removing it, there would be an instant ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

One of the many notable devices in Star Trek is the transporter, which can beam people to any set coordinates. Has there ever been an instance in any Star Trek story where someone was beamed into ...
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Is inanimate mass transported at molecular resolution between point A & B in some way lesser than it was prior to beaming?

I was revisiting this question and found @Valorum's comment interesting. That's covered in the excellent (and fully canon) Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. I quote; "These units are ...
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In Star Trek: the Original Series, does the original die in transportation?

As seen in the answers to In Star Trek, does the original die in teleportation?, transporter technology in The Next Generation reconstructs a person at their destination using, at least in part, their ...
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When and why did policies concerning captains and away teams change?

In TOS Kirk joined away teams fairly regularly but by Picard's time it was frowned on captains doing so (mentioned in TNG episode Time's Arrow pt 1, as well as in the film Nemesis)- was there ever ...
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What's with "It never occurred to me to think of space as the thing that was moving"?

When I saw Star Trek (2009) I noticed something very weird. There is a scene in the movie where Scotty gets the specs to configure the transporters so that they can beam people between ships during ...
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What are the in universe telltale indicators of an away beam down or beam up? What do witnesses experience?

As a long time fan, I'm familiar with the tell tale sound effects that indicate when the beaming process is taking place. What do residents of the Star Trek universe witness from the ground when ...
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Is the number of personnel transported via Transporter restricted to the number of transporter pads?

I seem to remember seeing emotionally split Kirk cradling himself on a singular transporter pad before beaming out and beaming back as a whole. I think I've seen another two on one pad scene as well. ...
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How much did transporter risk decline over time?

The Star Trek transporter appeared in the original pilot, The Cage, as a cheaper effect (ex-universe) than having the Enterprise land. - Transporter (Star Trek) Somewhere around one hundred years ...
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How far did Scotty beam himself and Kirk?

According to this answer: During the 22nd century, standard Earth transporter systems had a range of 10,000 kilometers In the Star Trek reboot, Scotty manages to transport himself and Kirk aboard ...
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Transporting of whales in The Voyage Home: what happened to the air in the tank?

When transporting the two whales and seawater into the tank in the Star Trek movie The Voyage Home, what happened to the air in the tank? I've read the question and answers about regular ...
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In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, how did Kirk and Gillian successfully beam aboard the Klingon ship together?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, whale biologist Gillian grabs onto Kirk while he is beamed aboard the Klingon Bird of Prey. They both are successfully transported on to the ship, fully intact. In-...
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How many episodes were there where a transporter accident was an integral part of the plot?

In all iterations of Star Trek, (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT and the movies) how many transporter accidents or incidents, integral to the plot, have there been?
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Did the Transporter room have to be part of the trip, or could it beam items from pt A to pt B w/out beaming the targets aboard during the trip?

We've seen the Transporter beam things to sites without transporter equipment, and we've seen Transporter's retrieve things from sites without Transporter equipment. Say Scotty wanted to beam ...
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At what point and why does it become (almost) impossible to transport through shields in the Star Trek Universe?

In all of the other series besides "Enterprise" the transporter only works with the shields down. I'm not going to quote the multitudes of episodes but it's a given to any Star Trek fan that shields ...
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How did Worf's adoptive father know O'Brien's rank?

In "Family", Worf's adoptive father, Sergey Rozhenko beams aboard and is instantly buddies with Chief O'Brien (from his point of view). WORF: They still have not signalled? O'BRIEN: No sir. ...
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How did they make it look like Agent Sloan from Section 31 was disintegrated in front of the Romulan council?

DS9 "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges": NERAL: It is the finding of this Committee that Senator Cretak has conspired to commit treason against the State. Sentence to be determined at a later date. ...
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How exactly did the prisoners escape the Jem'hadar prisoner camp?

DS9 "By Inferno's Light": MARTOK: He wired the message and the transmission coordinates directly into the system circuitry. That way all he had to do was connect the transmitter to the power ...
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Transporter capability of Danube-class runabout

What was the capability of the transporter of a Danube-class runabout? I am aware there were only two pads, but on multiple occasions we see more than two people being being beamed onto one pad (ST: ...
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