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A torpedo launcher was a term that was applied to the hardware that was used to deploy torpedoes, probes, and other projectiles from a starship or base. Torpedo launchers have been used by many powers across the galaxy, including the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire, the Cardassian Union, and the Dominion. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptations: The Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country)


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Galaxy-class forward torpedo launcher.

The torpedo launcher, is a systems utilized onboard starships which is designed to use magnetic acceleration principals, at least in part, to launch different types of ballistic projectiles such as probes, spatial torpedoes, photonic torpedoes, photon torpedoes, and quantum torpedoes.

History

First torpedo launchers shown are those found on the NX-class, Enterprise (NX-01) around 2150. They are used to launch spatial torpedoes and later photonic torpedoes. These launchers were partially manual.

Photon torpedoes were common from the mid-23rd century, which used a new type of launcher. Probes (modified torpedo casings with sensory equipment and no warhead) could be also launched with the same machinery.

Quantum torpedo launchers were introduced around 2370.

By the mid to late 24th century Starfleet deployed two main types of launchers aboard its full sized deep space vessels. Both versions are capable of firing type six through nine photon torpedoes as well as the newer quantum torpedoes.

The first model is a light torpedo system, equipped with a single loader and small launch assembly. This system can launch only a single torpedo at a time, though it can be followed immediately by one other torpedo if the loader has had time to prepare one. These launchers are deployed aboard most deep space vessels such as the Defiant-class, Miranda-class, and even starships as large as the Excelsior-class.

Heavy torpedo launchers are found only aboard the largest Federation starships, such as the Galaxy-class, Nebula-class and Sovereign-class. (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom", "Redemption, Part II", Star Trek: First Contact) These large assemblies are thirty meters long and equipped with four loaders, a single large chamber and magnetic launch assembly. Given adequate arming time, this system can fire a salvo of up to ten torpedoes simultaneously. Like the light launchers, this can potentially be followed immediately by four more torpedoes, corresponding to the number of loaders.

A number of supplemental launcher designs are incorporated into a variety of other types of equipment for use in the field. These include advanced torpedo turrets for starbase type facilities, and micro-torpedo launchers for runabouts and special shuttles equipped for tactical missions.

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Torpedo launcher article at Memory Alpha, the canon Star Trek wiki.

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