I don't know if we're also compiling projections or implications based on what's been gathered regarding ST sensors, but if so I offer the following:
Most Star Trek
civilizations appear to be Type I-II Kardashev scale
civilizations (the Federation appears to be somewhere around a Kardashev scale Type ~1.5 - their starships appear to tap into 1e19-20 W individually and mid-level Type I's display power consumption in the 1e20-24 W level - Earth is around a Type 0.7 civilization). As Dr. Saxton notes here
the enormous waste heat (even if most is emited in the form of neutrino radiation by highly efficient disposal mechanisms) makes a STAR WARS version of the Prime Directive impossible for post-industrial societies. Telescopes would be illuminated with waste radiation like our satellites can trace modern cities by street light.
This begs the question regarding Star Trek
- does the Federation have unusually poor conventional telescopes and sensors? If their telescope technology is as sophisticated as alleged, then the Borg couldn't possibly be a great power for more than seventy-thousand years, which puts yet another cap on the grandiose claims of Borg age and scale. If the Borg have existed for thousands of years - as often claimed - why hasn't the waste heat, even from their relatively primitive past been detected? And if subspace telescopes can observe locales light-years away in real time, there must be rather local limitations on this technology from an astronomical perspective, given how little that Star Trek still knows about their galactic neighborhood, to say nothing of the occassional planet within their own borders. If subspace is such a powerful technology, why did the extreme heavy-use of associated technologies by the Borg not manifest on subspace sensor or telescope gear long before they arrived? This puts definite fixed limits on the reach of such technology, even such emplacements as fixed subspace telescopes
And what of gravitational sensors which frequent references to "gravitons" necessarily imply? Massive disturbances in space-time like Borg transwarp hubs and conduits should presumably manifest somehow to such sensors, even at great range. Right now we're at work observing gravity waves from binary stellar corpse systems and other sources. Why is this not more useful at distance?
Peculiar subspace sensors and technology seem to have use as active sensors, or passive ones for subspace-using vessels in relative astronomical proximity. But on the galactic scale their observations appear to be nearly as limited as our own by c
. And place probable limits on the age of interstellar civilization in the Star Trek
And refering to the earlier analogy to a situation pointed out in STAR WARS by Dr. Saxton, it seems to cast doubt on the wide-eyed idealistic ideology of the Prime Directive regarding pre-warp
civilizations. Post-industrial, pre-warp civilizations - Earth level civilizations, especially those within Federation borders - should easily observe the artificial characteristics of UFP power generation.
I hope this is useful or falls under the limits of this discussion.
Are we going to start doing these type threads for STAR WARS as well?