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Questions tagged [star-trek-transporter]

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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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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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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Can a transport in progress be blocked or stopped by the bridge?

In The Next Generation and Voyager (and maybe Deep Space Nine) it will semi-frequently happen that someone will use the transporter to escape the ship, and when the bridge detects this, someone will ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What happens to the air in the area, when things are transported or replicated?

A fundamental law of physics is, in short, that two things cannot exist in the same space at the same time. This is easily demonstrated by dropping a relatively large mass, such as pasta noodles, ...
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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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Why aren't transporters used for medical purposes?

If a Star Trek Transporter can remember the physical state of a person it transports from point A to point B, then why couldn't it heal an injured person it has transported back to their uninjured ...
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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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In Star Trek canon, what's the range of operation of Transporters?

By "range of operation" of the transporter, I mean "distance up to which it could transport" or "distance from which it could transport something to its own location". The range of operation would ...
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How much energy does the transporting of one person consume?

I don't know if a technical manual for TOS or TNG states this, but is there any reference to how much energy is consumed in transporting a person (I expect this would vary from person to person, so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between the transporter and the replicator?

What (if anything) is the difference between how the replicator creates objects from a stored pattern and the way a transporter rematerializes a transported object? Put a different way, why can the ...
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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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Why does everyone face the same way on the transporter?

When the away team prepares to beam down, they invariably assume the transporter formation: standing upright, usually with arms slack aside, all facing the camera. When they beam down, they reappear ...
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What produces the sound of transportation? (Out-of-Universe)

This question asks what in-universe phenomena produces a sound when transportation occurs. This is interesting, but it brings up another interesting question - what produces the sound, out-of-...
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Why didn't Kirk order NOMAD to be transported but not rematerialised?

During the classic Star Trek episode "The Changeling" Kirk and crew transport NOMAD on two occasions, once to bring it on board and once to put it outside of the ship so it can be destroyed safely. ...
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How does Data transport Picard back to the ship by combining his “energy” and his “pattern?”

At the end of in TNG : Lonely Among Us, Data states that Picard's... "...physical pattern is here....his energy has moved into the transporter relays by now." I've been reading a lot about how the ...
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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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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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In Star Trek - What's the Point of the Transporter Room?

I hope this isn't a silly question but I've been watching TNG and this bothers me. The transporter 'pad' area is relatively small. As a guess, maybe 12 people can fit on it. But the vast majority ...
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Why can't surgery be done by transporter?

In the era of Star Trek: The Next Generation (or even earlier), why isn't invasive surgery performed using the transporter? In theory, one could: dematerialize an individual and store the pattern in ...
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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 not use the transporter to beam enemies boarding the ship directly to the brig?

I am aware of this question (I anticipate people linking it to this one in less than 3 seconds since I hit "Post"), and I am asking something more precise and somehow different. When some enemy force ...
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Why can't Transporter technology be used as a weapon?

Seems like this is the most powerful weapon of all: transport your enemy into a bulkhead, planet, etc. Transport your enemy's ship inside a planet, etc. Is there some technical reason that it can not ...
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What's the Star Trek transporter like from the point of view of the person being transported?

This always bugged me about the transporter effect... ... we always see it from the point of view of an external observer (even if there isn't one). We never see it from the point of view of the ...
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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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How Common is Same-Planet Transporter Use?

I remember in an episode or two of Star Trek: Deep space Nine, either Benjamin Sisco or his Father used the transporter to travel from city to city, rather casually, while on Earth. How common is ...
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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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How does “three to beam up” work? [duplicate]

In many episodes of Star Trek: TNG, people on a planet (or somewhere away from the Enterprise) transport back to their ship by someone tapping his/her communicator and saying "3 to beam up" or similar....
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Delta Flyer Transporter Capability

Why didn't the Delta Flyer have a transporter pad? We know Voyager is low on energy, so why use site-to-site transports regularly (site-to-site uses more energy due to requirement of two transporter ...
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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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How much volume can a single transporter transport in a single transport?

It was demonstrated in the movie 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' that the transporter system aboard a Klingon Bird-of-Prey could be used to transport two adult humpback whales (George and Gracie) plus ...
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What was the largest object that the Enterprise-D could transport onboard?

According to Memory Alpha, the Enterprise-D was equipped with a cargo transporter. What was the largest object or amount of mass that the Enterprise-D could transport on board in a single beam up?
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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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Couldn't you just mass produce Captain Picard with the transporter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between the transporter and the replicator? Why can’t a Federation Starship’s transporter history be used to bring someone back to life? So if a ...
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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 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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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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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. ...