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Sensor Probes

From Bravo Fleet Infobase

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While Star Fleet vessels are able to handle a wide variety of situations there are some occasions were an area of space is to hazardous to risk a ship. Then there are times when the observation times or mission requirements do not allow a ship to linger in one location for the required time to complete the required scans. For such situations Star Fleet vessels carrier a mixed load of probes.

The probes are divided into nine classes by sensor types, power, and performance ratings. The space frames of the probes are gamma molded duranium-tritanium and pressure-bonded lufium boronate. Certain sensor windows are triple layered transparent aluminum.

Sensor Probe Classes

Class I Sensor Probe

Range: 2 X 10^5 km

Delta-V limit: 0.5c

Power plant: 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 km

Delta-V limit: 0.65c

Power plant: Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion; extended deuterium fuel supply

Sensors: Full EM / Subspace and interstellar chemistry pallet for in-space applications, enhanced long-range particle and field detectors and imaging system

Telemetry: 15,650 channels at 20 megawatts

Additional data: Modified class 1 sensor probe


Class III Planetary Probe

Range:1.2 X 10^6 km

Delta-V limit: 0.65c

Power plant: Vectored Deuterium, microfusion propulsion

Sensors: Terrestrial and gas giant sensor pallet with material sample and return capability; on-board chemical analysis submodule Telemetry: 13,250 channels at 15 megawatts.

Additional data: Limited SIF hull reinforcement. Full range of terrestrial soft landing to subsurface penetrator 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 km

Delta-V limit: 0.60c

Power plant: Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion supplemented with continuum driver coil; extended maneuvering deuterium supply

Sensors: Triply redundant stellar fields and particles detectors, stellar atmosphere analysis suite.

Telemetry: 9,780 channels at 65 megawatts

Additional data: Six electable / survivable radiation flux subprobes. Deployable for nonstellar energy phenomena.


Class V Medium-Range Reconnaissance Probe

Range: 4.3 X 10^10 km

Delta-V limit: Warp 2

Power plant: 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 observability coatings and hull materials. Can be modified for tactical applications with the addition of custom sensor countermeasure packages.


Class VI Comm Relay / Emergency Beacon

Range: 4.3 X 10^10 km

Delta-V limit: 0.8c

Power plant: Microfusion engine with high-output MHD power tap.

Sensors: Full EM / Subspace and interstellar chemistry pallet for in-space applications, enhanced long-range particle and field detectors and imaging system

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: Modified class III. Extended deuterium supply for transceiver power generation and planetary orbit plane changes.


Class VII Remote Culture Study Probe

Range: 4.5 X 10^8 km

Delta-V limit: Warp 1.5

Power plant: Dual-mode matter / antimatter engine.

Sensors: Passive data gathering system plus subspace transceiver

Telemetry: 1,050 channels at 0.5 megawatts

Additional data: Modified class V. Applicable to civilizations up to technology level III. Low observability coatings and hull materials. Maximum loiter time 3.5 months. Lowe-impact molecular destruct package tied to antitamper detectors.


Class VII Medium-Range Multimission Warp Probe

Range: 1.2 X 10^2 l.y.

Delta-V limit: Warp 9

Power plant: Matter / antimatter warp field sustainer engine; duration 6.5 hours at Warp 9; MHD power supply tap for sensors and subspace transceiver

Sensors: Full EM / Subspace and interstellar chemistry pallet for in-space applications, enhanced long-range particle and field detectors and imaging system plus mission-specific modules

Telemetry: 4,550 channels at 300 megawatts

Additional data: Modified torpedo casing. 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 l.y.

Delta-V limit: Warp 9

Power plant: Matter / Antimatter warp filed sustainer engine; duration twelve hours at warp 9; extended fuel supply for warp 8 maximum flight duration of fourteen days.

Sensors: Full EM / Subspace and interstellar chemistry pallet for in-space applications, enhanced long-range particle and field detectors and imaging system plus mission specific modules

Telemetry: 6,500 channels at 230 megawatts

Additional data: Modified torpedo casing. Limited payload capacity; isolinear memory storage 3,400 kiloquads; fifty-channel transponder echo. Typical application is emergency log/message capsule on homing trajectory to nearest star base of known Star Fleet vessel position.