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The '''impulse drive''' was a [[sublight propulsion]] system used on [[starship]]s, including, but not limited to, relativistic speeds.
 
The '''impulse drive''' was a [[sublight propulsion]] system used on [[starship]]s, including, but not limited to, relativistic speeds.
   
:''The term "impulse drive" was allegedly derived from "internally-metered pulse drive" ({{novel|TOS|Final Frontier}}), though in real life, this was probably a retronym.''
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:''The term "impulse drive" was allegedly derived from "'''i'''nternally-'''m'''etered '''pulse''' drive" ({{novel|TOS|Final Frontier}}), though in real life, this was probably a retronym.''
   
 
The first significant use of an impulse drive was on the ''Lewis and Clark'' expedition to [[Saturn]] in [[2018]]. ({{novel|TOS|The Rings of Time}})
 
The first significant use of an impulse drive was on the ''Lewis and Clark'' expedition to [[Saturn]] in [[2018]]. ({{novel|TOS|The Rings of Time}})

Latest revision as of 18:50, June 25, 2012

The impulse drive was a sublight propulsion system used on starships, including, but not limited to, relativistic speeds.

The term "impulse drive" was allegedly derived from "internally-metered pulse drive" (TOS novel: Final Frontier), though in real life, this was probably a retronym.

The first significant use of an impulse drive was on the Lewis and Clark expedition to Saturn in 2018. (TOS novel: The Rings of Time)

At least by the 2360s, impulse drive created an low-level subspace field around the vessel. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)

This was contrived to explain why the impulse engines on Galaxy-class explorer's primary hulls were off the fore-aft axis of the ship -- and the starship didn't tumble.

Stoneship-class starships could fly at 3/4 of the speed of light at full impulse. (Star Trek: The Stoneship Files: "Highly Illogical")

TechnologyEdit

Impulse drive was essentially a fusion-powered rocket, usually powered with one or more fusion reactors. These reactors created plasma, who was then exhausted outside the ship, propelling it. (Star Trek: The Stoneship Files: "Dilithium Dance")

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