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thoughts on away-teams

miklamar

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Report this Nov. 16 2012, 7:07 am

Greetings!  I was thinking about Away Team Missions, and I wonder what the rest of you think.


The three standard 8-hour shifts (Alpha, Beta and Gamma) probably work 5 days a week, each of them would need a relief crew on the other 2 days.  Therefore, the Delta, Epsilon and Zeta shifts would probably relieve them those two days and work their other 3 days—staggered, to have someone always there—in the Battle Bridge.  Since they would not be needed all the time, their 2 days off would not need to be covered by anyone, additionally.


The Away Teams could consist of some of the people manning the Battle Bridge, during that shift.  That would enable the regular Bridge crew to remain there, rather than have to shuffle personnel around (unlike on the TV shows).  The places of the Battle Bridge crew members who went on the Away Team could be filled by the next-most-senior person in that field (e.g., Security or Engineering), until the Away Team returned.


Each Away Team would be composed of whoever had the necessary skills to conduct that mission most successfully.


For the Away Team on an Exploratory mission—an uninhabited planet or moon, for example—a Command person (“red shirt") other than the Captain, should be in charge.  Assisting and accompanying him/her could be:  A Security Chief, with 4 enlisted Security personnel; 2 Engineers; 2 Scientists; and 2 Medics, for a total of 12.  They could either beam down in shifts (if the ship’s transporter room couldn’t send them all at the same time) or take a Type-8 shuttlecraft down to the surface.  (I like the shuttlecraft idea, because it contains survival equipment and weapons.)   The 4 Security people could take up a diamond-shaped perimeter (at each cardinal point of the compass), while their Chief accompanies the Mission-leader.  I would suggest 2, each, of the other type of personnel in order to corroborate their discoveries and findings, as well as being able to transmit more information faster back to the ship.  Plus, one might see what the other one misses.  The Medics could carry kits to take care of any insect- or animal-bites or plant-induced injuries (like poison-ivy).  Of course, anyone injured there should be beamed up to the ship as soon as possible, or at least shuttled back to the ship.


Obviously, the Captain or XO should be in charge of any “safe” Diplomatic-type of mission.  But, it is not a good idea to risk your leaders on potentially more-dangerous types of missions.


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."

miklamar

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Report this Nov. 16 2012, 12:14 pm

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>I think you're making the error that there is a whole lot of away missions. My opinion is that the travel on any US Enterprise are pretty dull most of the time. While we see highlights of their adventures, most of the time they would just be travelling through space, picking up officials, transporting cargo here and there. I think that the away mossions would be the icing on the cake.

>The CO and XO would always want to be on the away mission. Picard always wanted to and basically all the other captains always did go on the away missions. They would be the people with the skills to conduct the mission most successfully.

>While I don't think that the Captain or XO necessarily should go on every away mission, sometimes the Captain needs to see the 'lay of the land' to understand the problems/challenges of the mission.

>You know I don't think Captain Cook always stayed on the ship while others were the first 'white men' to step foot on Australia or Fiji. Then again Captain Cook was stabbed to death doing this.

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Away Teams may not be used all the time, but I thought it might be good to plan ahead, for such an opportunity.


The Daystrom Institute did a study, and I think they decided that the Captain should not go on an Away Team 90 percent of the time, because it could be too dangerous.


Yes, I think Captain Cook was actually eaten by natives!  So, discretion might be advised!


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

A.J.Dembroski

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Report this Nov. 18 2012, 8:36 pm

The exploration ships undoubtedly do not do the bulk of the planetory exploration. That is likely left to more suitibly equipped vessels working off the initial scouting that the Enterprises have done. 

Lewis and Clark didn't take a detailed survey of every somewhat suitable settlement area on their trip across North America... they took notes so later explorers could look more closely at the various areas they'd found suitable during the "eyeball test."

I can only presume that Starfleet would operate basically like that, although by TNG, it seems they've likely explored to the point that further exploration isn't as practical as it once was. In effect, they've covered what their technological level allows them, and it basically becomes an administrative and military fleet, with exploration becoming a less important aspect of their duties.

miklamar

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Report this Nov. 27 2012, 11:51 am

In addition to its two crew members (pilot and copilot), the Danube-class runabout could accommodate from between 12 to 40 passengers.  So it would be ideal for an Away Team, with its equipment and any samples they might collect.


 


http://techspecs.acalltoduty.com/danube.html


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


 


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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