What Does Kirks Radiation Poisoning Tell Us About The USS Enterprise?

Peter Daniel Jacob Weller, Leon Rozing


This paper calculates the power output of Star Treks’ USS Enterprise warp core if modelled as a uranium powered fission reactor using Captain Kirk’s radiation poisoning symptoms as seen in the movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. Kirk was said to have received a dose of >30 Gy and through subsequent calculations the power output was determined to be 32 MW.


Film; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Nuclear physics; Radiation poisoning; Health; Power-Energy; Spaceship; Star Trek

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