Posted by Captain Emmeline Davis (Commanding Officer) in Main Sim - Arrival
Posted by Lieutenant Keval Vras (Chief Engineer) in Main Sim - Arrival
“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)
Meanwhile, Keval started turning back to his Engineering station. “I’ll meet you at the shuttle bay in a moment, Commander. Let me see if if I can get information on what to expect at the mining station.”
The Andorian pulled up whatever information the computer had the station’s layout, to be transferred to the runabout and his tricorder. He knew it wouldn’t be much - this was a private enterprise, and who knows how often they updated the public records, but anything would help.
-Lt. Keval Vras, CE
With the away team preparations in full swing, Emmy refocused her attention on her XO’s attempts to get around the communication barrier that the storms posed. “We’ll still need our own people at the station to investigate the situation,” she observed. “Better communications will allow us to keep them safe, however. See what you can do.”
The layout of the station was pretty sparse and rugged. Looking at a surface map, there were three groups of buildings: An emergency shelter, a hab-unit, and the headframe of the mine.
The hab-unit was made of modular components and sat to the south of the mine itself. It was a ring and spoke type lay out with airlocks between each section, so that if one part ruptured, that module could be isolated from the rest of the station.
The headframe consisted of the lift in and out of the shaft itself, along with storage facilities for the raw ore.
The emergency shelter was only a little bit bigger than a 21st century shipping container, but was anchored to the surface and shielded from everything. It was designed as the last refuge for miners should something bad happen that would require leaving the hab-unit or the the mine itself.
The mine was a shaft mine with a main shaft and three branches outward. The top side shaft was longer than the one at the bottom. The rock and ice was dense enough that phaser tunnelers had to be used to get through it.
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