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emergency situation contingency plan

miklamar

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Report this Nov. 07 2012, 6:50 am

Recently, I was reading about the possible scenario in which a starship’s warp core—for some unspecified, unknown reason—was stuck at full speed, and no one was able to slow it down safely.  My first thought was to consider venting some plasma from the nacelles, safely and gradually.


Another possibility would be to use tractor beams –and possibly connect shuttlecraft into the system, so they could use their antigravity thrusters—to project antigravity beams, to push the ship away from large celestial objects; hopefully, that might slow down the vessel.


Then, another thought occurred to me.


If this has not already been done, may I suggest that Starfleet engage some of our brightest mathematical minds to develop a program that will enable (hopefully) a starship to use a gravity well, to safely slow down its speed.  By developing a program whereby a ship could skirt the edges of such a gravity source, without danger of being pulled into it, the ship would be able to slow down gradually and thus not need to perform any drastic maneuvers or measures.


Although I am just guessing, this proposed program might involve geodesics and differential geometry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affine_parameter).  This program could just be a mathematical model, since the affected ship’s sensors might need to input the required specific data into the formulas, to make the program work.  The ship’s computer could be effectively involved in this process, helping to make the calculations and adjust the results, perhaps several times a second.


Once such a program has been debugged, it could be tested, using a small vessel or perhaps a mothballed obsolete vessel.


After sufficient practical testing this way has occurred, the correct program could be installed on computers throughout Starfleet, especially on ships.  That way, should anyone need to perform such maneuvers, the well-tested program would be available.


To prevent potential sabotage, however, I would like to suggest that this program also be stored on numerous PADDs aboard ships and locked securely away, so they are not connected to the ship’s main computer.  That way, if the main computer were ever damaged or sabotaged in any way, this important program would not have been compromised on the PADDs.  A level-7 security code could also protect it from unauthorized access.


I would suggest giving these PADDs to the ship’s main officers, for storage in such diverse places as:  the Bridge, the Battle Bridge, the Captain’s Ready Room, the Conference Room, the Security/Tactical Officer’s office, the Science Officer’s office, the Chief Engineer’s office, Sick Bay, the Armory and Stellar Cartography/Astrometrics.  Each of these PADDs, with this priority program encoded on it, should then be locked safely away, out of sight, in each of these locations.


What do you think?


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

heronymous

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Report this Nov. 09 2012, 1:02 pm

Great Ideas , Miklamar ! I have the feeling that some of these problems have been addressed in TNG , but I'm not the expert on episodes . I think I will have to consult the encyclopedia's on these !

miklamar

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Report this Nov. 15 2012, 9:46 am

A ship’s navigational sensors—connected to both the ship’s computer and flight control systems—can detect increases in gravitational fields and help to adjust the vessel’s course.  If the gravimetric density exceeds a certain threshold, the flight control system could automatically steer the ship away from that gravitational source.


http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Sensor


Control algorithms are computer programs that receive data from vehicle sensors and derive the appropriate commands to the actuators to rotate the vehicle to the desired attitude. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attitude_dynamics_and_control


See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithms


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actuator


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

miklamar

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Report this Nov. 19 2012, 7:58 am

Another way to drain the warp engine's plasma would be to send it through the ship's navigational deflector.


http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Navigational_deflector


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

miklamar

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Report this Nov. 21 2012, 11:03 am

Perhaps the Theoretical Propulsion Group (TPG) could help develop the mathematical formulae. Then, each ship's sensors could input the real-time data into these equations, for that ship's navigational computers.


The TPG is an advanced engineering group working in Drafting Room 5, at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yard's Mars Station, when they worked on the Galaxy-Class Starship Development Project.  The TPG has extensive design experience with this class of starship engines, especially the matter-antimatter reaction assembly.


http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Theoretical_Propulsion_Group


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

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