Navigational Deflectors

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When travailing at warp speeds or impulse speeds impacting with even subatomic particles can result in severe damage to a space craft. To protect the ships Navigational Deflector systems are used. While the system works well to protect the ship during normal flight the Navigational Deflectors are not meant to protect the ship during tactical situations. During tactical situations the ship will use deflector shields for protection.

Deflector dish operations diagram

Main Deflector:

Origional configuration Constitution Class deflector dish
Refit configuration Constitution Class deflector dish

The Main Deflector is composed of one to four high power graviton polarity source generators. Each generator consists of a cluster of six 128 MW graviton polarity sources feeding a pair of 550 millicochrane subspace field distortion amplifiers. The flux energy output of these generators is then directed and focused by a series of powerful subspace field coils.

The dish itself consists of a duranium frame work onto which is attached the actual emitter array. This array is constructed from a series of molybdenum-duranium mesh panels at radiate the flux energy output. The dish is steerable under electro-fluidic servos capable of deflecting the dish between five and ten percent from the ships Z axis.

Phase-interference techniques are used to achieve fine aiming of the deflector beam, using modulation control of the emitter array. Subspace filed coils just upstream of the actual deflector emitter dish are used to shape the deflector beam into two primary components.

The first is a series of five nested parabolic shields that extend nearly two kilometers ahead of the ship. These low-power fields are relatively static and are used to deflect stray hydrogen atoms of the interstellar medium as well as any other sub-micron particulates that may have escaped the deflector beam.

The second is the beam itself. Controlled by the subspace field coils the beam is a powerful tractor/deflector that sweeps thousands of kilometers ahead of the ship, pushing aside larger objects that may present a collision hazard.

Secondary Deflector:

Secondary deflector dish on an Intrepid Class vessel

There are several ship classes such as the Galaxy class and the Intrepid class are equipped with secondary deflectors. Secondary Deflectors come in two versions the Fixed Focus deflector emitters such as used on Galaxy Class ships or smaller steerable dishes as used on Intrepid Class ships. The Secondary Deflectors act as low power backups to the Main Deflector and with ships with hull separation abilities such as a Galaxy Class ship the Secondary Deflector acts to protect the saucer section while operating independently from the engineering section.

Ships with no Deflector Dish:

In ships designed with no Deflector Dish an array of Fixed Focus deflector emitters are used in concert with the ships primary shielding systems to protect the ships during impulse and warp flight. The Fixed Focus deflector emitters are the primary flight path clearing units and a low powered gravitation filed is emitted forward of the ship via the ships tactical shield emitter grid to act as a backup to the deflector emitters.

Like the deflector dish the Fixed Focus deflectors are powered by gravitation polarity source generators feeding subspace field distortion amplifiers. The resulting flux energy is then directed to a molybdenum-duranium plate that radiates the flux energy output forward of the ship along the ships flight path.