6 Utilities and Auxiliary Systems
6.1 Navigational Deflector
While by most standards space qualifies as 'empty', in fact there is a significant amount of material of one sort or another within the interplanetary and interstellar medium. Most of this material is of atomic size, but a small fraction is comprised of micrometeorites and other such debris. All of this represents a potential danger to the unprotected vessel travelling at high relativistic or any warp speed; the kinetic energy of even a one gram object at 0.25 c is in excess of 2.8 Tera-Joules, sufficient to vaporize over a cubic meter of tritanium.
The navigational deflector is designed to protect a ship from this hazard. An offshoot of tractor beam technology, the navigational deflector uses graviton polarity source generator to feed a subspace field distortion amplifier in order to project a 'force beam' ahead of the ship. This is sufficient to deflect most material out of the path of the vessel well before impact would occur.
The navigation deflector is usually one of the largest components of a vessel, most especially so as it is usually combined with a large sensor cluster. On Federation starships the deflector is usually a large flat or concave area located to give it a clear line of sight ahead of the vessel - usually at the front of the engineering section. The deflectors are typically steerable to some 7o from the normal line of sight.
Subspace field coils are used to split the deflector output into two components. First, a series of five nested parabolic shields extend nearly 2 km ahead of the ship. Very low power, these shields are sufficient to deflect stray hydrogen atoms of the interstellar medium as well as any sub-micron particles than may have escaped the deflector beam. While the vessel is at warp speed any particles hitting these fields will travel rapidly across the surface of the shields, passing through the ships warp field. This causes them to fluoresce, creating a 'rainbow streak' effect as they pass the ship.
The navigation shields also posses another intriguing property; they are immune to attack from laser weaponry. This is due to the trans-static flux effect which occurs as a by-product of the deflection process; when laser light impinges on a deflector field, the effect creates a small portal into subspace, causing the laser beam to pass harmlessly into this domain. As the beam is not subspace encased, it will re-emerge into normal space within a few milliseconds, putting it several hundred light seconds away. Since the beam never actually impacts on either the deflector shield or hull the power of the attack is irrelevant to the effect. This process is not regarded as a serious defensive measure, since laser weapons are considered obsolete by most major powers.
The second part of the navigational deflector system is a powerful tractor / deflector beam that sweeps thousands of kilometers ahead of the ship. This pushes aside larger objects that may present a collision hazard.
Another advancement developed for the Intimidator Refit class was a new breed of navigational deflectors. The navigational array has a much higher stress tolerance to High-Warp and High-Energy discharges than any navigational array before it. This is, in part, to the increased number of graviton polarity generators, but also due to the amount of power provided to the assembly itself.
Vessels of the Intimidator Refit class make use of a single, large, main navigation deflector is located at the forward-most part of the engineering hull, with quad subspace field distortion amplifiers. Composed of molybdenum/duranium mesh panels over a duranium framework, the dish can be manually moved 8.5 degrees in any direction off the ship's Z-axis. The main deflector dish's subspace field and sensor power comes from six high-generating graviton polarity generators, each capable of generating two hundred megawatts which feed into the four 650 millicochrane subspace field distortion amplifiers.
A backup deflector is located on the ventral side of the primary hull, and in addition to its role as a backup, the secondary deflector serves to reinforce the ship's warp field at speeds exceeding Warp 9.5. Originally seen as a means to augment the warp field due to technological limitations in graviton field generation during the development of the pathfinder vehicle, the saucer deflector is actually identical to the primary deflector of the Defiant class and is more or less a carry-over in the design process.
When entering into Quantum Slip Stream speeds the Auxiliary deflector system plays a critical role in establishing a stable slip stream conduit through which matter can pass. The Ventral deflector contains a series of 4 graviton flux inverters which allow the near perfect stabilization of a slip stream conduit without the need for perpetual polaric modulation by the main deflector system. The entire deflector network is tied directly into the compute and NAV COM core which then ties into the slip stream generator and the Flight Control data processors. While slip stream speeds can be attained without the use of the secondary deflector is severely limits the vessels flight time to three minutes every six hours, and greatly increases the risk of slip stream collision.
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6.2 Tractor Beam
The tractor beam emitters aboard the intimidator refit are Multiphase subspace graviton beams, used for direct manipulation of objects from a submicron to a macroscopic level at any relative bearing to the Vessel. Each emitter is directly mounted to the primary members of the ship's framework, to lessen the effects of isopiestic subspace shearing, inertial potential imbalance, and mechanical stress.
Each tractor beam emitter is built around three multiphase 15 MW graviton polarity sources, each feeding two 475 millicochrane subspace field amplifiers. Phase accuracy is within 1.3 arc-seconds per microsecond, which gives superior interference pattern control. Each emitter can gain extra power from the SIF by means of molybdenum-jacketed waveguides. The subspace fields generated around the beam (when the beam is used) can envelop objects up to 920 meters, lowering the local gravitational constant of the universe for the region inside the field and making the object much easier to manipulate.
Effective tractor beam range varies with payload mass and desired delta-v (change in relative velocity). Assuming a nominal 15 m/sec-squared delta-v, the multiphase tractor emitters can be used with a payload approaching 116,380,000,000 metric tons at less than 2,000 meters. Conversely, the same delta-v can be imparted to an object massing about one metric ton at ranges approaching 30,000 kilometers.
In additional to the ability to attract and repel objects in space the tractor beams in used aboard the Intimidator Refit can be used to apply strenuous forces to another surface. Based on tractor beam technology recovered from destroyed Borg craft the powerful tractor emitters in use aboard the Intimidator Refit can apply tremendous shear force to an enemy vessels hull, allowing the ship to use its tractor beams to rip an enemy ships hull apart.
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The Intimidator Refit Class employs the standard Federation Type VI subspace radio transmission reception system developed by CTR Transmissions, allowing the vessel to maintain contact over a range of nearly 28 light years with a data stream of nearly 24.8 kiloquads per second.
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6.4 Fabrication Centers
Throughout the Borg war the Federationís logistical infrastructure was nearly completely destroyed. Often repairs needed to be made on the fly, requiring intricate parts which contained components which couldnít be replicated. In an attempt to allow vessels greater periods between station based repairs a number of fabrication centers were placed aboard federation starships.
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6.4.1 Industrial Replicators
All large Federation star ships carry some kind of industrial replicator. These larger units are designed to allow for the replication of massive amounts of material. While Industrial replicators still face the same limitations of normal replicators in terms of items that cannot be replicated, they can be used in conjunction with a vessels machine shops to construct complex components for use in vessel repairs, or to complete mission objectives.
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6.4.2 Machine Shops
Unlike Conventional machine shops the Intimidator Refitís machine shops are large automate facilities, which can take raw components directly from industrial replicators and machine components to desired tolerances and specifications. With this new technology in place a single trained engineer can do the work of 5 engineers in a conventional machine shop.
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6.4.3 Ammunition Fabrication Centers
Unlike the automated machine shops aboard the intimidator class the process of construction ammunition while aboard a ship is still an extremely labor intensive process. The Ammunition fabrication centers produce rounds for the conventional projectile side arms used by marine forces as well as replacement phaser cells for fighter and ship board use. If necessary torpedo munitions can be procured in severally limited numbers in AFCs however the production of even a single torpedo takes hours and is only carried out if resupply at a star base is not a viable option.
Generally AFCs are run by the deck crews of the vessel instead of the tactical or engineering departments.
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