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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 13
02-02-2010, 03:57 PM
remember that Star Trek is Science Fiction, not Science Fact!

To get a good idea of what newtonian physics in space looks like watch some babylon 5 with the Fury figters swivelling about but not changing the course of their motion.

It is of course non-sensical that an inetial dampening system capable of coping with longitudinal accelerations, to the degree that they do in Star trek, would be that much worse at coping with vector changes.

The reason they've done it is to make cruisers feel meaty and ponderous, like oceon going super-tankers. You are entirely correct in thinking that it will make flying the them much less immediate and responsive.