This has been bugging me for days now. I was wondering, why do ships need a constant push when they're traveling at warp? I thought that there wasnt much gravity and friction in space. I thought when an object is pushed in zero gravity theres nothing that can stop it like air, friction or gravity. Also, if engines are stopped at warp, why do the ships stop? Its not like anything is there to stop it. Its not like shutting off the engines to a car. Sorry for asking you guys, ive been looking around the site for days and asking other people. but no one can answer. Thank you– The preceding unsigned comment was added by Dudebroman (talk • contribs).
- We don't know how warp drive works in terms of physics, so I don't think your question can be answered. In terms of the production, I'm sure it is just a plot device.--31dot 10:16, February 20, 2010 (UTC)
- The reason that the ship fell out of warp when the engines were shut off was that the engines generated the warp field which allowed the FTL travel. That was covered in a number of episodes. No warp field == no warp travel. -- sulfur 13:13, February 20, 2010 (UTC)
- The engines really are powered by plot, and there are many theories on how they work, but none have been mentioned in canon. That said, I've always thought that the ship itself wasn't actually moving much per say, that for the most part the engines are actually moving/warping space around the ship so that it just appears to be moving. This way, if the engines turn off, the ship "stops". Now there's some pseudoscience for ya. - Archduk3 14:44, February 20, 2010 (UTC)