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A log buoy or recorder-marker is a device that is carried aboard starships, and should the starship face a situation in which destruction seems imminent, the buoy is launched and directed towards the nearest allied base. Log buoy's are built to withstand the completed destruction of a starship and many other external forces that could act upon it.

During the USS Enterprise's encounter with the Fesarius in 2266, Captain James T. Kirk had a log buoy launched with all the log entries when destruction seemed imminent. (TOS episode: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

Later that year, Captain Kirk ordered Yeoman Janice Rand to prepare a buoy for launch during the Enterprise's battle with the ChR Gal Gath'thong. (TOS novelization: "Balance of Terror")


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A log buoy downloads all pertinent data from a starship or starbase under threat and stores it for future analysis by investigators. This device can withstand the total destruction of a starship or starbase with minimal damage, or can be launched in a last-ditch effort before destruction or capture. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

The log buoy can also be called a recorder-marker, recorder marker, mission recorder, data recorder, flight data recorder (sometimes known as FLIDAR) and flight recorder amongst other things.

The USS Enterprise had encounters with at least two recorder-markers within the first few months of their mission under Captain James Kirk's command. In 2265, the SS Valiant's recorder-marker from 2065 was brought aboard, surprisingly in working order. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before") Months later, in 2266, the Enterprise launched a recorder-marker when threatened by Fesarius, but it was destroyed. (TOS: "The Corbomite Manuever")

During Lieutenant Saavik's Kobayashi Maru simulation exam in 2285, one of her last actions was to order the log buoy be sent out. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

In early 2295, during a shakedown cruise of USS Denpasar, officers from the starships USS Ajax, USS Jemison and USS Corregidor joined a Shadowstar expedition to determine the fate of the UNSS Jutland, whose flight data recorder was found 10,000 light years from its last reported position, 140 years previously. (Star Trek: Shadowstar Station: "Morituri te Salutamus")

A Special Operations team using the USS Koru as a base of operations were responsible for recovering the USS William Hamilton's flight recorder in 2372. The USS Cantabrian engineering team attempted to recover data from several Starfleet starships destroyed by the Myhr'an around the same time in the same year. During this time, chief engineer Ethan Arden called one flight recorder "a right little tart". (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Catalyst, Part Two")

The USS Swiftfire's log buoy was delivered to the USS Southern Cross by the Klingon warship, IKS Wo'tang as evidence to the ship's destruction for violating Klingon borders in early 2372. (Star Trek: Swiftfire: "The Darkness Within")


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