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The Enterprise using her ventral thrusters

Thrusters were propulsion devices used aboard starships that generated very little speed, but were useful in various situations. It was possible to use maneuvering thrusters to alter a ship's course, to rotate about an axis, or to move short, precise distances without the use of impulse drive. It was possible to use acceleration thrusters to increase the speed of a ship. Starship personnel could manually use thrusters through thruster control.


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Upon landing near the Terra Nova colony for the second time, the thrusters of Shuttlepod 1 went down and the shuttlepod crashed below the surface of Terra Nova. (ENT: "Terra Nova")

The ignited thrusters of Shuttlepod 1

When Malcolm Reed and Travis Mayweather started the thrusters of Shuttlepod 1 on the surface of Archer's Comet in 2151, the thin ice ground broke and let the shuttlepod fell several meters under the surface. (ENT: "Breaking the Ice")

While captured by the automated repair station, Jonathan Archer ordered full thruster activation of Enterprise NX-01. Trip Tucker informed Archer that thrusters were ineffective and that activating the impulse drive would likely cause catastrophic damage to the primary hull. (ENT: "Dead Stop")

The shuttlepod piloted by Travis Mayweather in Vulcan's orbit in 2154 lost its thrusters after it was hit several times by two Vulcan patrol ships. (ENT: "Awakening")

In January of 2155 of the mirror universe, Commander Jonathan Archer alternated the port and starboard thrusters of the USS Defiant in order to shake its docking clamps loose. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")

In 2263 of the alternate reality, Captain Kirk and Ensign Chekov end up cornered against one of the thrusters of the wrecked saucer section of the USS Enterprise. Discovering the thrusters to still be primed, Kirk used a phaser blast to ignite them, creating enough of a distraction for Kirk and Chekov to escape. The thrusters being fired flipped the Enterprise upside down, killing Kalara. (Star Trek Beyond)

In 2285, Lieutenant Saavik ordered Commander Hikaru Sulu to activate the USS Enterprise's aft thrusters when the ship left drydock. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

The stress of a Romulan tractor beam caused sub-microscopic deformations in the structural integrity, specially the nose section and aft thrusters of the Type 15 shuttlepod Onizuka. (TNG: "The Mind's Eye")

A year later, forward thrusters of the Type 15 shuttlepod Campbell failed when the shuttle was trying to land on a moon of Mab-Bu VI. (TNG: "Power Play")

When Captain Jean-Luc Picard was under the control of the Kataan probe by means of a nucleonic beam, Commander William T. Riker slowly moved the USS Enterprise-D away from the probe, using thrusters only at 100 kph. (TNG: "The Inner Light")

In 2369, Jaheel fired his aft thrusters while the mooring clamps at Deep Space 9 were still locked onto his ship, which resulted in it being destroyed. (DS9: "Babel")

In 2371, Data rerouted the last available power to the lateral thrusters to slow the descent of the USS Enterprise-D. (Star Trek Generations)

Klingon Birds-of-Prey were equipped with bow thrusters. In late 2373, first officer Worf ordered bow thrusters ahead one half as he undocked the IKS Rotarran from Deep Space 9's docking ring. (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire")

Deep Space 9 was equipped with control thrusters. Kira Nerys ordered Miles O'Brien to utilize the station's thrusters in order to move the station from Bajor's orbit to defend the newly discovered Bajoran wormhole. (DS9: "Emissary")

When the USS Yangtzee Kiang was attacked by a network of artificial satellites while orbiting a moon in the Gamma Quadrant, the forward thrusters went down. (DS9: "Battle Lines")

Thrusters by location

  • Aft thrusters
  • Bow/Forward thrusters
  • Lateral thrusters (ENT: "Civilization")

Types of thrusters

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