Disaster ... and Beyond ... Jun 17, 2017 8:29:07 GMT
Post by Carl Torek on Jun 17, 2017 8:29:07 GMT
EVENT DAY SEVENTY TWO - Six hours to cloud penetration ::
On board the Raven, now taking her turn inside the dome of the space station, Carl was listening intently to the conversation ...
His opinion tallied with Commodore Savot's first suggestion, that they bring all vessels inside and reinforce shielding to the entire base, rather than the more risky option. Admittedly he hadn't come up with anything constructive so was ceding to the options available.
"Admiral, I think we should be out there adding our scans to information being received." Lysia T'Seng said from Tactical.
"Oh ?" Carl said, eyebrows raised.
"Yes Sir .... I think if we drop below the El Salvador, Enzio, and the Maracanda we could concentrate our scans on the region we're going to be passing through."
".... and you believe the other ships will not be doing that I assume ?"
"They will, Sir." Lysia conceded.
"I know your eager to get out there Commander, we all are, but someone has to stay in reserve, so to speak. Let's keep monitoring the readings the Starbase is receiving and see if we can't offer our own opinion to the mix ... OK ?" he said, sympathetically, knowing they should be out there but Gheskori had assigned tasks and as the Raven had only just returned she needed turn round time. He stood, roaming around the Bridge like a prisoner, eye's landing on panel after panel, taking in every reading and statistic the computer was providing. Harry Wedlerson too was looking at every byte of information and was attempting to work out how much the Starbase would be slowed if they entered with maximum shielding in place. He turned his seat to face Torek, who was now at the back of the Bridge:
"I don't have precise readings as yet Admiral, but it looks like if we go with the first option and use everything we have on forward shields throughout the length of the Starbase, and allowing for no major failures in shield emitters, we could be looking at scrubbing a substantial amount of our speed."
"How much ?" Carl asked, making his way to the Science Station the Operations Chief was currently occupying.
"Well, we would need more readings, especially the depth of the dark matter cloud where we are going to be passing through, but preliminary calculations show we could be loosing over ninety percent of or forward motion. There's a bonus too ... " he said, pointing to several readings, "As you can see here, we are currently almost one point four million kilometers below Zee, the cloud is aligned at an angle of approximately twenty one degrees, rising from our entry point, so as we slow we should begin to climb back towards the Galactic Plain, might even end up close."
"Ninety percent ?" Carl asked.
"At least Sir. I also believe that with some 'creative' shield modulation we might be able to determine that final velocity. If we're slowing too fast we could configure the shields in an arrow head, which should lower the rate we slow, likewise as we reach the far side we could put everything into hitting the cloud head on, so to speak, which will increase our speed quicker ... This is all speculation Admiral, I've only run preliminary tests on the computer thus far, but the results look promising."
"Enough to allow us to begin bringing the Starbase to a complete stop ?"
"Yes Sir ... it would take time, but if we decrease to say half impulse, it shouldn't be difficult to decide where we want to come to rest." Wedlerson confirmed.
Carl sat in his seat and spoke to the Starbase, the Enzio, and the El Salvador:
=^= Gentlemen .. Did you hear our discussion ? =^= each one confirmed they had been listening with interest to the somewhat unique proposal.
=^= Good .. I am sending everything Commander Wedlerson has so far .. Please look it over and see what you come up with =^=
He got up and placed a hand on Harry's shoulder for a second before continuing his circumnavigation of the Bridge ..........