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Engineering - Post Warp

Posted Sept. 9, 2022, 3:54 p.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Katherine (Katie) Hobbes (Chief Engineering Officer) (S. Kimmel)

Posted by Ensign Kaden Buchanan (Engineering Officer) in Engineering - Post Warp

“I am indeed,” Katie said with a slight smile. She turned and directed the Ensign’s attention to Anang. “And this is Chief Anang. You will find that, even though he is not a commissioned officer, he knows more about these systems and their inter-relationships than almost anyone alive. Practical experience as opposed to school learning. You would do well to listen to him.”

“Lieutenant Hobbes is being generous,” Anang said holding up one hand in greeting. “It is my pleasure to welcome you to our team, sir.”

LtJg Katherine Hobbes - Chief Engineering Officer

Kaden looked at the Chief and said, “Nice to meet you Anang. I look forward to learning as much as I can from you about engineering on this vessel as I can. I also look forward to working with you.” Kaden then looked over to Lt Hobbes and said, “How would you like me to begin?” Kaden awaited a response. He was excited to get started but knew there were items that have to be taken care of first.

Ensign Buchanan
Engineering Officer

Katie suppressed what would have obviously been a wicked smile. “One option would be to start the way I did on one of my earlier assignments.”

Anang’s eyebrows raised abruptly with that. “I would suggest, Mr. Buchanan, that you pass on that option… though the assorted life support systems are essential to the operation of the ship.”

Katie sighed. “You are right, of course, Chief,” she said. “So let’s just throw him into the deep end, shall we?”

She paused a moment and then continued. “We’re going to investigate a system where the indigenous species has recently made a spectacular technological advance. If this technological advance was given to them by some outside group then there will be gaps in their technology. Consider, for example, the technologies that a species would have to make before developing a semiconductor chip. They would have to have developed a full range of electrical technologies and optics and the ability to produce materials of a high enough quality first. No species could possibly create a computer with stone knives regardless. If such a species did have computers then we would know that they hadn’t developed it on their own. I want you to begin to analyze what technologies are necessary precursors to developing a warp drive.”

LtJg Katherine Hobbes - Chief Engineering Officer


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