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# 1 Flight of the Phoenix
10-14-2010, 05:25 PM
I'm sure quite a few of you have seen "Star Trek: First Contact" and you'll be familiar with how the eponymous ship was mankind's first warp capable which enabled first contact and mankind march into utopia. The year is 2063 and mankind is reeling from the aftermath of the third world war, resources are very scarce and as stated in the film, it took a long time to salvage enough scrap metal just to build the cockpit. Clearly the most critical component of the ship is the warp drive and in particular the dilithium crystals needed for the warp core. Here's the thing. Did Zefram Cochrane manage somehow to find dilithium crystals? Did he use a substitute? In the "Star Trek" universe, is dilithium abundant on many planets/planetoids, including the Earth/Luna?
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# 2
10-14-2010, 06:32 PM
To the best of my knowledge, dilithium is pretty hard to find. Not exactly rare, but not at all common.

I'd guess that his ships didn't use/need them, because it wasn't advanced enough to be able to use them even if he did have some.
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# 3
10-14-2010, 07:08 PM
Well it used a warp core so It had to have something that is like Dilithium to regulate the matter / anti matter reaction...


On April 5th, around 11 am, the Phoenix was launched. First-stage shutdown and separation were performed in orbit. The nacelles were extended, the warp core and plasma injectors were brought on-line, and the nacelles were charged. It took several seconds to accelerate to critical velocity. Light speed was then achieved by the craft. The second stage of the craft had chemical engines


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# 4
10-14-2010, 08:35 PM
From what I understood about Star Trek Tech,which isnt much but ...Dilithium was used to amplify excisting antimatter power so Earth ships could probably get to warp 2 without it. I read a great Klingon centered book decades ago called 'Final Reflection' that it explained it better.
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# 5
10-15-2010, 12:19 AM
Plexicorp maybe?
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# 6
10-15-2010, 12:30 AM
Perhaps the Phoenix used lithium like Constitution-class ships did before they were converted to dilithium.
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Constitution-class starships continued to use crystallized lithium until the mid-2260s, before switching to dilithium.
http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Dilithium
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# 7
10-15-2010, 03:00 AM
Perhaps he used magnetic fields since the idea of useing matter as a mediator for a matter/antimatter reation is frankly hilarious and one of the dumber things in Startrek.
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10-15-2010, 03:06 AM
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