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Subspace transponder

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A subspace transponder is a device aboard Federation starships used to locate and identify objects in space, such as other starships or shuttlecraft.

Each starship sends out a unique subspace transponder signal. By comparing the signal sent from a moon of Mab-Bu VI with stored transponders signals from other starships, Data was able to identify the distress signal as originating from the Template:ShipClass starship USS Essex. (TNG: "Power Play")

While searching for the mission recorder of the Klingon Template:ShipClass attack cruiser IKS Toh'Kaht near Deep Space 9, Chief Miles O'Brien detected the weak subspace transponder signal from the recorder. (DS9: "Dramatis Personae")

The Doctor implanted a transponder in Neelix and Chakotay's palms before they infiltrated Quarra. It allowed them to maintain an open communications link and transport them through the Quarren shield grid. (VOY: "Workforce")

The Doctor calls this a subspace transponder, but it also has many similarities to a homing transponder.
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