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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 18
06-06-2012, 01:47 PM
Originally Posted by Xautos
was gonna state before the post above that starships are air tight, meaning they can survive space, they can survive water without any trouble. but there are themal limits to even subs, so working on the tech factor, even starships have thermal limits that they can not withstand very cold conditions for too long or gravity for very long if it was travelling to the deepest area on earths ocean, it may implode crushing everything and everyone onboard. considering water is on the surface on the planet and there are several layers and then the core, starships can not withstand it forever obviously.

the original answer is yes, they can fly in space without springing a leak, then it can survive water.
The problem isn't a matter of being air tight. Obviously they have that covered.

The real problem is that star ships are designed to keep air in, not to keep water out. They are designed to withstand weapon hits, but not for constant pressure beyond one atmosphere (if that) and constant higher gravity.

Most star fleet ships cannot land. This suggests they would have considerable difficulties under water. Shields are designed to keep the ship together, not to keep constant pressure out, and we know that gasses can permiate shields, so liquids may well be able to as well.

I also wouldn't want to be in the ocean anywhere near where the shield and water interact. I doubt it would be a good place to be.

So some ships might be able to handle it. Most would likely not.

Fluidic space is an interesting situation. Since the entire dimension seems to be fluid, it is not clear what the pressure situation is or how gravetic effects work. If it extends far enough that you are effetively 'near the center' no matter where you are, it might even function similar to a dyson sphere, with the gravity (and thus the pressure) offsetting in all directions.