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Enterprise lieutenant with trident scanner

A lieutenant using a trident scanner

Scott with trident scanner

Scotty repairing the Constellation

A trident scanner was a 23rd century piece of Federation technology that was used for repairing power relays. (DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")

Spock used a trident scanner while he attempted to repair the Galileo, after the shuttlecraft had been brought down to Gamma Canaris N. The scanner, however, was short-circuited and destroyed by the Companion when Spock attempted to make physical contact with it. (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

In 2267, Ensign Harper used a trident scanner to connect the M-5 multitronic unit to the USS Enterprise's main power plant. He later attempted to disconnect M-5 with a trident scanner, but was vaporized by the advanced computer for his troubles. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

The same year, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott, leading a repair party aboard the USS Constellation, employed a trident scanner to cross-connect the warp drive control circuits to those of the impulse engines. (TOS: "The Doomsday Machine")

Another model of the trident scanner was still used aboard the USS Enterprise-A in 2287. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

The scanner appeared in the first bridge scene, held by a crewmember.

Background information Edit

According to the September 1968 Star Trek reference guide, The Making of Star Trek, this device was described in production photos as a "(Spock built) ray generator and energy neutralizer."

The scanner units appear to be a reuse of the sonic disruptors fabricated for "A Taste of Armageddon".

The term used here, "trident scanner," comes solely from the script for "Trials and Tribble-ations," where the device is apparently named after its general shape, which resembles a trident.

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