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(covers information from several alternate timelines)
Artificial gravity, or synthetic gravity, was a collection of systems designed to mimic the gravity of a planet so that working in low or no gravity was easier. One of the first uses of artificial gravity on Earth ships was in the 1990s on ships such as the SS Botany Bay and cryonics satellites. The field generated by artificial gravity has an interactive relationship with the warp field. (TOS: "Space Seed"; TNG: "The Neutral Zone"; TNG: "Booby Trap" okudagram)
Elaysians had difficulty adjusting to the gravity of other worlds because their home planet had such low gravity. Without surgery, they needed to utilize a special chair or braces to allowed them to move. (DS9: "Melora")
In the mid-24th century, Doctor Leah Brahms was the author of the technical manual Synthetic Grav Field Interaction Considerations. A copy of this manual was stored in the Galaxy-class USS Enterprise's Engineering Systems Database. (TNG: "Booby Trap", okudagram)
Artificial gravity was created using generators embedded in gravity plating on the floor. Gravity levels in corridors and crew quarters could be adjusted. (DS9: "Melora"; VOY: "Learning Curve") Shuttlebays were "variable gravity areas." (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Artificial gravity failures Edit
In 2152, the Enolians attacked and boarded Enterprise's shuttlepod, arresting Captain Archer and Commander Tucker and leaving the shuttle adrift. When Enterprise found it, the artificial gravity was off-line. (ENT: "Canamar")
In 2155, in the mirror universe aboard the USS Defiant, Jonathan Archer instructed T'Pol to increase the artificial gravity in a corridor to hold Slar immobile, so Archer could kill him. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")
After being attacked, the Kronos One's artificial gravity field failed, and the whole ship experienced weightlessness for several minutes while assassins boarded and killed several members of the crew, including Chancellor Gorkon. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
In 2376 when an electromagnetic lifeform was affecting ship's systems, Voyager temporarily lost artificial gravity on Deck 9. The only injury reported was that "Ensign Mulcahey bumped his head on the ceiling." (VOY: "The Haunting of Deck Twelve")
Parts of the artificial gravity system Edit
See also Edit
Background information Edit
Artificial gravity was one of the technological concepts invented for the original series. This allowed for actors to stand up and walk around normally instead of being flown on wires or anything else that would be costly to do on a weekly television series. It was rationalized that even if everything else had failed on the ship, it would be one of the last systems to go.