Running the numbers, I came up with a CANON-BASED figure on the power of Star Trek vessels.

1. In TMP, Captain Will Decker "it would take thousands of starships" to generate the power displayed by the "12-power force-field" of the type created by V'ger (ST:TMP (M)).

2. The term "thousands" can be approximated as being 3000><9000

~ 6000.

3. The context of the term "starship" as used by Captain Decker (As with Captain Merrick), was in reference to a standard TOS Constitution-class vessel ("Bread and Circuses (TOS), (ST:TMP (M)).

4. According to the novelization of "The Motion Picture," V'ger's "12-power" force-field was narratively said to be "powerful enough to stop the Earth's sun from rotating!" (ST:TMP(N),

Exclamation point in original).

5. The Enterprise 1701-refit was narratively stated to have engines "six time as powerful as anything ever taken into space." (ST:TMP (N))

6. The Enterprise-D is over 8X the mass of Enterprise refit, with presumably =<8x power.

7. Combining 5 and 6, a Galaxy Class Starship can generate over 48x that of the Enterprise NCC-1701, which calculates to 6000/48

~1/125th of the power required to halt the sun's rotation.

8. Calculating for this energy figure:

Solar mass = 1.98892 E+ 30 kilograms

Solar radius = 6.95E+8m

Rotational period: ~27 days = 2332800 seconds

solving for spherical torque:

I = mr 2 = 9.60698083E+47kg·m^2

L=Iw~ (9.60698083E+47kg·m^2)(1rev/27days)(2pi * rad/1 rev)(1day/86400s)

L= 4.11821881E+41 kg·m2/s (joules)

Dividing by 125, we arrive at a grand total power-generating capacity figure for a Galaxy-class starship of:

(drum-roll please):

~3.29457505E+39J

for a Galaxy-class starship!

This is consistent with Kirk's canon statement that the Enterprise 1701, equipped with phasers and torpedoes, was capable of "destroying a planet-- which is likewise consistent with the statement in "The Cage" that the Enterprise's power, when used in a simple DET weapon of mere lasers, could destroy "half a continent."

This also justifies the Scotty's confidence that the self-destruction of the Enterprise would destroy even something the size of V'ger by simply "putting that much matter and anti-matter together" (i.e. DET without any sort of special means to increase the yield).

Even taking for granted Mike Wong's claim for a Star Destroyer's maximum reactor power of 200 trillion gigawatts ( =2.0E+23 watts), it would have to produce this much power for 1.64728753E+16 seconds = (522,351,449 YEARS!!!)

to match the power capabilitites of a Galaxy-class cruiser.

However, this is quite impossible for a SD to operate at this stated maximum output for this length of time (or ANY length of time over one second), due to the Mass-energy ratio of only .0038 for hydgrogen-fusion reactions.

What's your take on this?

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