2.4 Sensor Probes
Created by Captain Kate Banninga on 06 Nov 2014 @ 8:20pm
A probe is a device that contains a number of general purpose or mission specific sensors and can be launched from a starship for closer examination of objects in space. There are nine different classes of probes, which vary in sensor types, power, and performance ratings. The spacecraft frame of a probe consists of molded duranium-tritanium and pressure-bonded lufium boronate, with sensor windows of triple layered transparent aluminum. With a warhead attached, a probe becomes a photon torpedo. The standard equipment of all nine types of probes are instruments to detect and analyse all normal EM and subspace bands, organic and inorganic chemical compounds, atmospheric constituents, and mechanical force properties. All nine types are capable of surviving a powered atmospheric entry, but only three are special designed for aerial manoeuvring and soft landing. These ones can also be used for spatial burying. Many probes can be real-time controlled and piloted from a starship to investigate an environment dangerous hostile or otherwise inaccessible for an away-team.
The nine standard classes are:
CLASS I SENSOR PROBE:Range: 2 x 10^5 kilometres Delta-v limit: 0.5c Powerplant: Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion Sensors: Full EM/Subspace and interstellar chemistry pallet for in-space applications. Telemetry: 12,500 channels at 12 megawatts.
CLASS II SENSOR PROBE:Range: 4 x 10^5 kilometres Delta-v limit: 0.65c Powerplant: Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion, extended deuterium fuel supply Sensors: Same instrumentation as Class I with addition of enhanced long-range particle and field detectors and imaging system Telemetry: 15,650 channels at 20 megawatts.
CLASS III PLANETARY PROBE:Range: 1.2 x 10^6 kilometres Delta-v limit: 0.65c Powerplant: Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion Sensors: Terrestrial and gas giant sensor pallet with material sample and return capability; onboard chemical analysis submodule Telemetry: 13,250 channels at ~15 megawatts. Additional data: Limited SIF hull reinforcement. Full range of terrestrial soft landing to subsurface penetration missions; gas giant atmosphere missions survivable to 450 bar pressure. Limited terrestrial loiter time.
CLASS IV STELLAR ENCOUNTER PROBE:Range: 3.5 x 10^6 kilometres Delta-v limit: 0.6c Powerplant: Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion supplemented with continuum driver coil and extended deuterium supply Sensors: Triply redundant stellar fields and particle detectors, stellar atmosphere analysis suite. Telemetry: 9,780 channels at 65 megawatts. Additional data: Six ejectable/survivable radiation flux subprobes. Deployable for nonstellar energy phenomena
CLASS V MEDIUM-RANGE RECONNAISSANCE PROBE:Range: 4.3 x 10^10 kilometres Delta-v limit: Warp 2 Powerplant: Dual-mode matter/antimatter engine; extended duration sublight plus limited duration at warp Sensors: Extended passive data-gathering and recording systems; full autonomous mission execution and return system Telemetry: 6,320 channels at 2.5 megawatts. Additional data: Planetary atmosphere entry and soft landing capability. Low observatory coatings and hull materials. Can be modified for tactical applications with addition of custom sensor countermeasure package.
CLASS VI COMM RELAY/EMERGENCY BEACON:Range: 4.3 x 10^10 kilometres Delta-v limit: 0.8c Powerplant: Microfusion engine with high-output MHD power tap Sensors: Standard pallet Telemetry/Comm: 9,270 channel RF and subspace transceiver operating at 350 megawatts peak radiated power. 360 degree omni antenna coverage, 0.0001 arc-second high-gain antenna pointing resolution. Additional data: Extended deuterium supply for transceiver power generation and planetary orbit plane changes
CLASS VII REMOTE CULTURE STUDY PROBE:Range: 4.5 x 10^8 kilometres Delta-v limit: Warp 1.5 Powerplant: Dual-mode matter/antimatter engine Sensors: Passive data gathering system plus subspace transceiver Telemetry: 1,050 channels at 0.5 megawatts. Additional data: Applicable to civilizations up to technology level III. Low observability coatings and hull materials. Maximum loiter time: 3.5 months. Low-impact molecular destruct package tied to antitamper detectors.
CLASS VIII MEDIUM-RANGE MULTIMISSION WARP PROBE:Range: 1.2 x 10^2 light-years Delta-v limit: Warp 9 Powerplant: Matter/antimatter warp field sustainer engine; duration of 6.5 hours at warp 9; MHD power supply tap for sensors and subspace transceiver Sensors: Standard pallet plus mission-specific modules Telemetry: 4,550 channels at 300 megawatts. Additional data: Applications vary from galactic particles and fields research to early-warning reconnaissance missions
CLASS IX LONG-RANGE MULTIMISSION WARP PROBE:Range: 7.6 x 10^2 light-years Delta-v limit: Warp 9 Powerplant: Matter/antimatter warp field sustainer engine; duration of 12 hours at warp 9; extended fuel supply for warp 8 maximum flight duration of 14 days Sensors: Standard pallet plus mission-specific modules Telemetry: 6,500 channels at 230 megawatts. Additional data: Limited payload capacity; isolinear memory storage of 3,400 kiloquads; fifty-channel transponder echo. Typical application is emergency-log/message capsule on homing trajectory to nearest starbase or known Starfleet vessel position Source: A Call To Duty
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