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7 Science and Remote Sensing Systems
7.1 Sensor Systems

The primary long range and navigation sensor system is located behind the main deflector dish, primarily to avoid sensor "ghosts" and other detrimental effects consistent with deflector dish millicochrane static field output, as well as provide a safe haven for the system within the engineering hull. An additional suite is located behind the saucer deflector dish, and although more limited, can be used in emergency situations should the primary system become damaged or fail. The two systems are not designed to work in concert, due to the complexities involved in maintaining a subspace field capable of allowing two independent deflector beams to pass through.

Lateral sensor pallets are located around the rim of the entire starship, providing full coverage in all standard scientific fields, but with emphasis in the following areas:
1. Astronomical phenomena
2. Planetary analysis
3. Remote life-form analysis
4. EM scanning
5. Passive neutrino scanning
6. Parametric subspace field stress (a scan to search for cloaked ships)
7. Thermal variances
8. Quasi-stellar material

Each sensor pallet (fifty in all) can be interchanged and re-calibrated with any other pallet on the ship. The storage of additional pallets is handled in the soft seal cargo bay, where adjustments and repairs can be made. Work Bees are used to remove and attach sensor pallets throughout the ship's hull. Additional sensor pallets are located on both the dorsal and ventral portions of the ship, allowing for greater coverage in the Z+ and Z- ranges.
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7.1.1 Warp Current Sensors

This is an independent subspace graviton field-current scanner, originally installed on the Sovereign-class. These sensors have been retooled to track ships at high warp by locking onto the eddy currents from another ship's warp field. The main computer can then extrapolate from a database the probable size and class of the ship by comparing warp field output to known archetypes. This provides a tremendous advantage when attempting to gauge the capacity of an inbound craft, allowing the Commanding officer to be apprised of a possible threat before it can even drop out of warp.
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7.1.2 Tactical Sensors

There are seventy two independent tactical sensors on each Intimidator Refit class. Each sensor automatically tracks and locks onto incoming hostile vessels and reports bearing, aspect, distance, and vulnerability percentage to the tactical station on the main bridge. Each tactical sensor is approximately 92% efficient against ECM, and can operate fairly well in particle flux nebulae. Each Tactical Sensor node is routed through a central TAC COM which prioritizes tactical information based on relevance, however the tactical officer can choose to bypass the TAC COM and access the raw tactical data.

The tactical sensors aboard the Intimidator Refit class are the most technically advanced suite of long range combat information reception systems found on any Starfleet vessel. With over seventy independent sensor arrays, backed by the processing power of her computer network, a Intimidator Refit class can not only wage battle, but conduct and lead other Starfleet and Allied vessels in tactical engagements. A Intimidator Refit Class vessel can track and maintain sensor locks on over 1000 threat and friendly vessels within its sensor envelopes.
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7.2 Stellar Cartography

The Stellar Cartography labs aboard the Intimidator Refit Class employ and advanced series of sensors designed to detect subtle gravitational eddies to more effectively map out large sectors of space in addition to using conventional sensor systems to plot out stellar bearing. While the intimidator refit is a combat driven vessel, the Federation still holds to its ideals of constructing research platforms.
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7.3 Science Labs

While the Intimidator Refit sacrificed a large number of its science labs when the Massive Phase Cannon was installed, it still has a respectable number of both specialized and general labs. There are twenty science labs on the Intimidator Refit Class which can be swapped out depending on the mission parameters.

In addition to conventional labs the Intimidator Refit houses a number of science centers and facilities which are designed to provide more rounded environments for scientific research.
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7.4 Probes

A probe is a device that contains a number of general purpose or mission specific sensors and can be launched from a starship for closer examination of objects in space.

There are nine different classes of probes, which vary in sensor types, power, and performance ratings. The spacecraft frame of a probe consists of molded duranium-tritanium and pressure-bonded lufium boronate, with sensor windows of triple layered transparent aluminum. With a warhead attached, a probe becomes a photon torpedo. The standard equipment of all nine types of probes are instruments to detect and analyze all normal EM and subspace bands, organic and inorganic chemical compounds, atmospheric constituents, and mechanical force properties. All nine types are capable of surviving a powered atmospheric entry, but only three are special designed for aerial maneuvering and soft landing. These ones can also be used for spatial burying. Many probes can be real-time controlled and piloted from a starship to investigate an environment that is dangerous, hostile, or otherwise inaccessible for an away-team or starship.

The nine standard classes are:

7.4.1 Class I Sensor Probe:

Range: 2 x 10^5 kilometers
Delta-v limit: 0.5c
Power plant: Vectored deuterium micro fusion propulsion
Sensors: Full EM/Subspace and interstellar chemistry pallet for in-space applications.
Telemetry: 12,500 channels at 12 megawatts. 

7.4.2 Class II Sensor Probe:

Range: 4 x 10^5 kilometers
Delta-v limit: 0.65c
Power plant: Vectored deuterium micro fusion propulsion, extended deuterium fuel supply
Sensors: Same instrumentation as Class I with addition of enhanced long-range particle and field detectors and imaging system
Telemetry: 15,650 channels at 20 megawatts.

7.4.3 Class III Planetary Probe:

Range: 1.2 x 10^6 kilometers
Delta-v limit: 0.65c
Power plant: Vectored deuterium micro fusion propulsion
Sensors: Terrestrial and gas giant sensor pallet with material sample and return capability; onboard chemical analysis sub-module
Telemetry: 13,250 channels at ~15 megawatts.
Additional data: Limited SIF hull reinforcement. Full range of terrestrial soft landing to subsurface penetration missions; gas giant atmosphere missions survivable to 450 bar pressure. Limited terrestrial loiter time.

7.4.4 Class IV Stellar Encounter Probe:

Range: 3.5 x 10^6 kilometers
Delta-v limit: 0.6c
Power plant: Vectored deuterium micro fusion propulsion supplemented with continuum driver coil and extended deuterium supply
Sensors: Triply redundant stellar fields and particle detectors, stellar atmosphere analysis suite.
Telemetry: 9,780 channels at 65 megawatts.
Additional data: Six ejectable/survivable radiation flux sub probes. Deployable for nonstellar energy phenomena

7.4.5 Class V Medium-Range Reconnaissance Probe:

Range: 4.3 x 10^10 kilometers
Delta-v limit: Warp 2
Power plant: Dual-mode matter/antimatter engine; extended duration sub light plus limited duration at warp
Sensors: Extended passive data-gathering and recording systems; full autonomous mission execution and return system
Telemetry: 6,320 channels at 2.5 megawatts.
Additional data: Planetary atmosphere entry and soft landing capability. Low observatory coatings and hull materials. Can be modified for tactical applications with addition of custom sensor countermeasure package.

7.4.6 Class VI COM Relay/Emergency Beacon:

Range: 4.3 x 10^10 kilometers
Delta-v limit: 0.8c
Power plant: Micro fusion engine with high-output MHD power tap
Sensors: Standard pallet
Telemetry/COM: 9,270 channel RF and subspace transceiver operating at 350 megawatts peak radiated power. 360 degree omni antenna coverage, 0.0001 arc-second high-gain antenna pointing resolution.
Additional data: Extended deuterium supply for transceiver power generation and planetary orbit plane changes

7.4.7 Class VII Remote Culture Study Probe:

Range: 4.5 x 10^8 kilometers
Delta-v limit: Warp 1.5
Power plant: Dual-mode matter/antimatter engine
Sensors: Passive data gathering system plus subspace transceiver
Telemetry: 1,050 channels at 0.5 megawatts.
Additional data: Applicable to civilizations up to technology level III. Low observability coatings and hull materials. Maximum loiter time: 3.5 months. Low-impact molecular destruct package tied to anti-tamper detectors.

7.4.8 Class VIII Medium-Range Multi-mission Warp Probe:

Range: 1.2 x 10^2 light-years
Delta-v limit: Warp 9
Power plant: Matter/antimatter warp field sustainer engine; duration of 6.5 hours at warp 9; MHD power supply tap for sensors and subspace transceiver
Sensors: Standard pallet plus mission-specific modules
Telemetry: 4,550 channels at 300 megawatts.
Additional data: Applications vary from galactic particles and fields research to early-warning reconnaissance missions

7.4.9 Class IX Long-Range Multi-mission Warp Probe:

Range: 7.6 x 10^2 light-years
Delta-v limit: Warp 9
Power plant: Matter/antimatter warp field sustainer engine; duration of 12 hours at warp 9; extended fuel supply for warp 8 maximum flight duration of 14 days
Sensors: Standard pallet plus mission-specific modules
Telemetry: 6,500 channels at 230 megawatts.
Additional data: Limited payload capacity; isolinear memory storage of 3,400 kiloquads; fifty-channel transponder echo. Typical application is emergency-log/message capsule on homing trajectory to nearest star base or known Starfleet vessel position.
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