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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Why teleportation isn't the primary intra-ship transport mechanism?

As it seems to be possible to teleport people between two parts of the ship (e.g. TNG: Gambit, Part II), why the Transporter, instead of the Turbolift, isn't the primary mechanism to transport people ...
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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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Does Star Trek solve the Mind-Body problem?

For those of you who are unaware of the mind-body problem, it is basically trying to determine how the mind connects with the body, and can lead on to 'what is the mind' and whether it is a physical ...
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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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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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Why do people step to positions to be transported, even if there isn't a transporter pad?

After watching (I'm sure quite too) many Star Trek episodes, I've noticed a number of occasions where the characters seem to step away or onto a more specific location to get transported, even if they ...
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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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Has any Star Trek material had a serious in-universe discussion about the philosophy of transporter technology?

I was reading this question and it got me thinking. When someone gets transported, the original form is destroyed and either recreated or recycled into a new copy of it upon arrival. However, ...
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Can latinum be transporter beamed?

Latinum cannot be replicated via a replicator because < hand waving >. Replicators and transporters are based on the same underlying technology. Therefore, it seems reasonable that latinum also ...
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In the Star Trek universe, how do we know that the transporter didn't kill you and create a replicant? [duplicate]

One of the reasons I would personally never get in a transporter is that there is no evidence that the Real Me isn't just vaporized and a Copy Me created at the other location. The Copy Me might have ...
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Why don't Starfleet ships transport injured crew members to sick bay automatically?

There have been countless times when a Starfleet ship is not in battle and a crewmember has been injured and rendered unconscious. When someone says "Computer, locate X", the computer says where they ...
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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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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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Why transporters are not used during evacuation?

I was watching "The Reckoning" episode and I started to wonder why the transporters were not used during emergency. It looked like routine 1 Scan for life scans 2 Lock on them 3 Beam them out to ...
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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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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: 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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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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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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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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Have any crimes been committed using a Transporter?

By their very nature, Transporters could be used for a variety of criminal means, such as: distorting a person's appearance (for fraudulent or malicious acts) or even destroying a person. Is ...
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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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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 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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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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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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In Star Trek, does being transported cause your ears to pop?

I can't recall seeing any reference to this in any of the Star Trek series, but it seems inconceivable that the air pressure on board the Enterprise would always be the same as where the crew was ...
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Do transportees experience the passage of time?

In Star Trek when one is transported, does it feel instantaneous regardless of if there is a need to store the person's pattern in the pattern buffer for any length of time? Is the sensation of ...
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What produces the sound of transportation?

Whenever people transport in Star Trek, we hear a distinctive sound which seems to be unique for each Trek series. In-universe, where does this sound come from, what produces it and why is ...
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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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Do personnel get sterilized (body and clothes) before using the transporter?

In TOS (for example) you see Kirk, Spock & co. appear to go straight to the transporter, say from the bridge. Should we assume that they go through some sterilization process before being ...
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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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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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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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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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Capacity of transporter (Galaxy/Constitution class)

As far as I've seen (TOS and first seasons of TNG), only six people can beam elsewhere from the ship (as there are six pads). It seems that this limit doesn't apply vice versa: (TOS: Day of Dove, TNG -...
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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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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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Why does warp drive impact transporter?

I recall in the ST:TNG episode The Schzoid Man that they perform a warp-transport-warp transport. Counselor Troi notes that it felt like she was in the wall for a minute, which Worf replies: "That's ...
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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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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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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. ...