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The Barbapiccola was in a low orbit to make it easier to shuttle the Lithium ore up from the settlement. It exposed them to more atmospheric drag than ideal, so the velocity gradually dropped without thrust. Yeah, the Barb's orbit is decaying ... we've all been keeping pretty low (Alex Kamal) They talk about hitting atmosphere, which is fairly ...


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Actually, they both get the collision itself completely wrong. Let me elaborate. In the novel, Wylie and Balmer describe the collision of Earth and Bronson Alpha as "decillions of tons of mass colliding in cosmic catastrophe". A little later, they describe shattered fragments of the Earth assuming stable orbits of their own around the Sun. First of all, ...


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A photon torpedo is a matter/antimatter warhead. The staple of fedeation/starfleet weaponry for nearly 200 years. The quantum torpedo was the next upgrade. It derives it's name because it works on the quantum level (below subatomic). According to the DS9 technical manual relies on rapid energy extraction from zero-point vacuum. This is established from an 11-...


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