Main Sim - Arrival

Posted March 27, 2020, 11:59 a.m. by Lieutenant Garth (Chief Science Officer) (Ben Z)

Posted by Commander Maxwell Harkness (Executive Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

Posted by Lieutenant Tija Aizala (Chief Medical Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

Posted by Captain Emmeline Davis (Commanding Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

Posted by Cadet Joseph Rainns (Security Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

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Posted by Lieutenant Keval Vras (Chief Engineer) in Main Sim - Arrival

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Posted by Captain Emmeline Davis (Commanding Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

Posted by Commander Maxwell Harkness (Executive Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

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Posted by Captain Emmeline Davis (Commanding Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

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Posted by Commander Maxwell Harkness (Executive Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

Posted by Captain Emmeline Davis (Commanding Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival

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Two days later the Challenger dropped out of warp space to impulse and slowly approached the moon. Sure enough it was a solid mass of rock and ice with ever shifting electromagnetic storms making contacting the surface difficult.

GM Wombat

Having received notification from the Bridge that they had arrived, Emmy strode onto the bridge from her ready room, waving her hand to silence the cadet that announced her presence. “Do we have a clear route to the mining station?” she demanded, realizing that they were likely not going to be able to handle this situation from afar.

Davis, CO

“How bad are the storms?” Max asked as he walked off the turbolift onto the bridge.

They had to get some sort of communication going with the planets surface, and fast.

Cmdr. Harkness - XO

The cadet at helm tapped a few buttons then looked back over his shoulder. “The storms are bad enough we can’t get a signal down. I wouldn’t recommend using transporters but a small group using a shuttle could probably get down without too much trouble.” He paused then give a knowing grin, “A few bumps of course…”

GM Wombat

Emmy glared at the cadet, his grin at the face of a difficult shuttle ride rubbing her the wrong way. She turned her attention to the XO. “You were a pilot,” she stated, matter-of-factly. “Can you pilot through those storms?”

Davis, CO

Max was about to come out with a witty reply when he saw the Captain’s look at the Cadet. Swallowing, he moved over to helm and looked at the map of the storms the cadet had.

“It would be a bit bumpy, not to mention we’d have to dodge thru the storms with the shuttle. But it can be done. I’d highly recommend anyone traveling with us not eat before the flight though.”

Standing at the science comm, working through several last second calculations, was a tired Anders Taurean. For two days, the science department had been working tirelessly on a method for safe communication and transportation through the EM storms throughout the moon’s orbit. Lt. Garth and he had spearheaded the main project, while the Tellarite heading the science division coordinated with other cadets on backup contingencies. Down in the lab, Lt. Garth was putting together some finishing touches, while the inexperienced Taurean once more took to the bridge.

“Captain,” Anders interjected, “Lt. Garth and the rest of our department has been devising a way to conduct safe travel down to the mining station. As I suggested prior, using an EM waveguide generated using auxiliary energy from the main deflector array should be able to cut through the surface interference like a kitchen knife peeling the skin from a fruit. With a waveguide pulse the dimensions of a shuttle, it should cut a swath large enough for that shuttle to pass through more safely than before. We’d also likely be able to send unfettered communication to the station, or keep the ship in contact with an away team via our comm-badges. I still wouldn’t recommend using transporters unless in dire need, but it should be potential.”

Taking a short breath, he once again looked to his comm, having received the latest correspondence and calculations from Lt. Garth.

“We hypothesize that each basic waveguide blast would use around ten percent of auxiliary power from the main deflector, though to do so using the dimensions of a shuttle would use approximately twenty-five to thirty. So each use would have to be highly measured and cautionary. Lt. Garth should be finishing with the department’s final calculations and recommendations any minute now.”

As confident as the cadet Taurean felt in his hypotheses, he was new to putting them to action, or having those actions overridden by a commanding officer. All he could do was hope his number was called, and that he could hit his shots.

(Cadet Anders Taurean, Science Division)

[OOC: Split thread fixed.]

Keval had been monitoring the situation from the bridge’s Engineering station. He spoke up as heard the science department’s suggestion. “That moon is putting out a lot of electromagnetic radiation to interfere with our sensors and communication equipment. We’re already using deflectors to keep that radiation from affecting Challenger and the crew. If those storms get worse while we’re in orbit, I would want to make sure we have full use of our deflectors to protect the ship.”

-Lt. Keval Vras, CE

“How would one of the shuttles fair Lieutenant? I don’t feel like it is worth the significant impact to the Challenger to drain off 25-30% of our reserves to get a shuttle down. So it would have to be able to do it on its own.”

Cmdr. Harkness - XO

Emmy listened carefully to the exchange between the three crew members as she began to map out who would be the best to join Harkness on the shuttle… although his response to her question had not left her feeling the most confident in his abilities as a shuttle pilot.

Davis, CO

Bump for Geoff

Keval turned to the XO. “If the storms stay as is, a shuttle will make it there and back, but it will be a very rough ride. I can see about enhancing the shuttle’s communication equipment to try to act as a boosting relay for comm signals, but I can’t guarantee if it will work until the shuttle is on the surface. Now, if the storms get stronger…”

Keval turned back to his terminal and pulled up any reports Starfleet had - either internally or from other sources - about the historical atmospheric conditions of the moon. A range of intensities should hopefully be straightforward for the computer to generate and compare with the structural integrity and shielding of Challenger’s shuttles.

(OOC: Does anyone actually know what types of shuttles Challenger is currently using? I can’t remember the last time we did a shuttle away mission.)

-Lt. Keval Vras, CE

Max nodded. “We could lose all communication if the storms get stronger,” he said finishing the chief’s thought.

=/\= Garth to Cadet Taurean. Circumstances of the storm have changed, our initial sensor readings underestimated the strength of the EM waves. It’s impossible to pinpoint the frequency necessary to initiate the waveguide from orbit. You’ll have to triangulate your position on the ground and use that to establish the link. Hopefully that will enable some sort of communication with Challenger from the colony and maybe even make the trip back up a little easier. Whatever shuttle the captain is preparing, I want you on it. I’m sending Cadet Douglas along with you. If you two don’t manage to get the calculations right from the surface, I won’t be able to help you, so don’t mess up. And eat light, it’ll be a bumpy ride down. =/\=

(Lt. Garth, CSO)

Turning around from his tactical post Rainns looked toward the rest the bridge crew. “Captain if the away team needs an extra body down on the surface I can join them. An extra body on the surface will be more helpful to the miners down there than on the bridge.”

Cadet Joseph Rainns- Security

OOC: “The Discovery class carries a compliment of 4 Type 12 personnel shuttles and 2 Valhalla class Runabouts located in the main shuttle bay.”

IC:

Emmy listened to the various input from the cadets and senior officers on the bridge and then reached for her comm badge:

=/\= Davis to Tavium. Report to the Shuttle Bay to lead an away team to the planet’s surface. Cadet Rainns has already volunteered to accompany you. =/\=

Looking to the CE, she nodded at him. “You go too.”

=/\= Davis to Garth and Tija. Select one to two cadets each to report to the shuttle bay to head to the surface. =/\=

That seemed like a reasonable breakdown of the various people who would be needed on the surface.

Davis, CO

=/\= Aye, Captain, =/\= came Tija’s reply through the ships intercom.

~Lt. Tija, CMO

“What if we launch a series of probes into low orbit? Could we use them to boost our comm signal down to the surface?” Max asked out loud, not to anyone in particular. He was a bit worried though, as there was no good backup plan if things went wrong. They could lose all direct communication with the surface, and not be able to beam the team out if things went sideways. It was not a good situation to be in.

Cmdr. Harkness - XO

Lieutenant Garth hobbled onto the bridge and waved a hand to dismiss Cadet Taurean to meet the away team in the shuttle bay. “It’s certainly worth a try, Commander,” he grunted in response to Harkness, “but the storms would likely disable any probes we sent down relatively quickly. I suppose we could just keep launching more if it comes down to it, but that seems like more of a temporary fix rather than a long-term one.” The tellarite took his position at the science terminal, pulling up schematics for any probes the Challenger might have aboard to see if they could be useful despite the raging storms below.

(Lt. Garth, CSO)


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