Main Sim - Fulcrum Runabout - Engine Tests!

Posted April 19, 2021, 2:29 p.m. by Fleet Captain Drudoc Andone (Commanding Officer) (Robert Archer)


The lights in the cabin dimmed only briefly as the runabout’s power systems effectively changed hands. Caelian watched both the ship’s readouts and his tricorder for a hard moment before nodding. “It looks like we’re ready, Lieutenant. You should have impulse power at your command. Once we’re ready, I’ll start scanning for energy pockets.”

After a moment of thought, he tapped a few keys and modified the deflectors as he had aboard the Ark Angel. While the runabout’s modifications operated on the same principle as the larger ship’s, the smaller system would be a touch more fragile and thus require closer attention. Being stranded in a duranium box was not his idea of a fun time. Let’s hope these energy pockets are nice and docile.

—Caelian Weir, Engineer—

Fayth nodded and turned to the pilot. “Let’s just experiment outside the nebula for now. En Asam and I have seen first hand what exactly those pockets can do, so let’s test the engine before we head back in.” If something went sideways, she didn’t want someone to think ‘hope it doesn’t blow up next’ and then the shuttle explode. “Nice and steady, take her through the impulse paces.”

Lt jg Fayth, CSO

With the convertors online and steady, the runabout soon was maneuvering pretty much as normal through its paces under normal conditions. No problems were showing up across the board. The power bands spiked a little higher than they expected but simply by avoiding overly taxing the engines of the runabout they were fine. For use on the Ark Angel likely the larger ship would probably not face this much due to the higher draws the ship in general produced. They might try next using the conversion system on other systems for powering them to ensure no other problems cropped up. Systems like, shields, transporters, weapons, etc.

GM CockRoach

Sharah was watching the runabout systems readings. Nothing triggered warning or alarms on the computer built-in warning systems, but she wanted to see what the engineers thought of the test runs. “What do you all think? Should we try seeing if this new design could operate other systems?”

While the engineers decided what they wanted to do, Sharah was scanning the surrounding area to see if she could learn anything more about the energy spheres than what they already knew. It was going to be interesting trying to contain one.

Lt jg Fayth, CSO

Frowning at some of the power fluctuations, Caelian queued up a quick diagnostic. The injection ratio is a bit off, he noted as he adjusted the hydrogen flow in the secondary systems. Going to have to watch that so we don’t blow an ODN conduit. After making a few notes in his maintenance log, he turned to Sharah.

“I think she can handle it, sir.” His voice conveyed his confidence in their work. “If we’re not detecting any potential hostiles, I’d like to prioritize shields and transporters over weapons. I didn’t think to bring along a test cylinder but we should be able to make sure the transporters work by putting it through a simple diagnostic cycle with a standard load.”

He turned back to his station and pulled up the readouts for the requisite systems, watching the data intently. “I don’t recommend trying to simulate battle stress, but I’m reasonably sure she’ll hold while we explore the area.”

—Caelian Weir, Engineer—

Once Weir had made the minor adjustments things settled down almost as smoothly as normal operations for the runabout were before the conversion. Otherwise things looked normal as could be mostly from where they were, and could proceed with whatever tests they wanted to do next.

GM CockRoach

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