a device or system that partially negates the effects of inertia, used especially to protect those on board a spaceship from the effects of rapid changes in acceleration
Apparently coined by Star Trek writers. Memory Alpha: ‘According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (2nd ed. , p. 205), inertial dampers were “invented” by Star Trek writers to explain how the crew avoided becoming “chunky salsa” when starships accelerated or decelerated.’
The inertial dampers shouldn’t fail without kicking in the automatic bypass. I want to know what went wrong.
Look how fast they start, stop, and accelerate… They must use inertial dampers, too, to quickly achieve sub-relativistic velocities.
Kirk felt a slight tug of centrifugal force as the Enterprise spun around on its axis, then leaped forward at warp speed, pushing the limits of its inertial dampers.
The ship’s artificial gravity field and inertial dampers compensated for the buffeting.
With a gentle lag of the inertial dampers, he felt the St. Lawrence bank to port.
What I wouldn’t give for a Starfleet-issue inertial damper right about now.
any evidence 1992
"Cost of Living", an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Ralf Brown located non-Trek cites in etexts of the following works:
Anderson Gentry, "The Crider Chronicles" (2005)
John Ringo, "When the Devil_Dances" (2002) and "A Hymn Before Battle (2000)
E.S. Strout, "Blue Shift" (in Planet Magazine #33, March Quarter, 2002)
We would like to get cites from printed editions of these works (and any others not listed).
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