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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 22
02-02-2010, 01:56 PM
Originally Posted by brickbat View Post
Not to get all sciency here, but how the hell does a ship traveling faster (or even orders of magnitude faster) than the speed of light get hit by a projectile weapon?

We've seen how hard it is to implement an anti-ICBM missile defense shield because the ICBM is moving faster than any missile is capable of intercepting.
According to "trekkie" science, A torpedo fired at warp grabs a handoff warp field generated by the launcher and the ship and continues on with the use of it's onboard sustainer engine. Its not powerful enough to enter warp on its on though, but can reach high-sublight speeds when fired out of warp.

All from the TNG tech manual.