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Starship Technology
Warp Core Ejection
The warp core is the most dangerous object carried on a starship, capable of destroying the ship in under a second. Starfleet has designed several safety procedures into all ships to keep the warp core from destroying the ship.

When the warp core takes damage from an outside source, usually during a battle, a series of safety precautions are implemented. First the fuel supplies are cut off from the core. Second a series of force fields are created to contain the core. If these measures fail and the warp core still threatens the ship, the core can be ejected manually or by automatic computer control. The core is dropped out the bottom of the ship by explosive charges, the anti-matter storage tanks can also be jettisoned when the core is ejected. The core will only be ejected automatically if the computer determines there is no other option to keep the core stable, this is a last resort option since it leaves the ship incapable of warp flight unable to get home and highly vulnerable to enemy attack. In combat situations the core can be detonated once it is clear of the ship, or the core can be left to cool down and repaired later if the situation permits.

Although very undesirable ejecting the warp core will save the ship
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