To Push ONE Button!
Posted on Tue Jan 2nd, 2018 @ 9:02pm by Lieutenant Junior Grade Kira Shiryankin
Location: Warp Control Room - USS Eclipse
Timeline: Current Mission Day
Location :: Warp Control Room
Ltjg. Kira Shiryankin stood at the main controls for the warp engines, specifically the controls for the matter and antimatter flows, studying the readouts. The port warp nacelle was misaligned by about 1%, a minute amount, but still enough to throw any warp field created out of whack, so to speak. As a result, the Eclipse would not be able to
reach her maximum speed, if she needed to use emergency warp power.
The problem was, Kira could not find the problem. She put the engines into a test mode, and ran the flows. A miniscule amount of pure matter and antimatter seeped into the system, just enough to diagnose any problems ... but nothing showed up.
"Well," she said aloud to herself, "that just means that it's not either of the flow valves." She then checked the warp field controls, and determined that if needed, the warp field could be generated, and it WOULD function, but with the error, it would still would not be at peak effeciency.
"Damn," she muttered, thinking that it would be her luck that the admiral would order the ship to use emergency speed while the engines were not able to give it ...
She then spotted the mistake.
With the comission of the newest classes of starships, a swivel system had been put in place at the base of the nacelles, where they sit on the nacelle struts. These are never used while the warp drive is in use, in order to keep the warp field constant, but while at sublight speeds, the nacelles are allowed to swivel a very small amount. This allowed the nacelles to take a bare amount of rough use, or even damage without compromising them. This idea was based on the "bend, but don't break" philosophy.
Kira remembered that there had been an issue with the recent baryon sweep, specifically that an area on the port nacelle had been missed, and the engineering techs had gone in, to correct the mistake. Once their project was done, they'd simply forgotten to lock the swivels down, which could be done with the touch of a button. Kira reached over, and tapped the appropriate button. She was rewarded with: "System activated," from the computer, and the appropriate indicators all lit up red with activity.
Heading out of the room, Kira thought: "Now let's hope no one left the phaser couplings unattached ..."
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Ltjg. Kira Shiryankin
ACEO - USS Eclipse