The Photonic Torpedo represents a major advancement in torpedo technology over the Spatial Torpedo. The Photonic Torpedo could be fired while at warp, had fifty times the range of the Spatial Torpedo and utilized a variable antimatter warhead. Introduced in 2153 during the refit of the NX-01 Enterprise the Photonic Torpedo was the precursor to the highly successful Photon Torpedo.
To fire the photonic torpedo the torpedo is moved from the holding rack to the transfer tube automatically by the auto load system once in tube the antimatter is loaded into the torpedo. The now armed torpedo is moved through the transfer tube into the assigned torpedo launcher.
If it is required that the torpedo be disarmed and returned to storage the process is reversed.
The antimatter for the torpedo is drawn from the ships antimatter supply. The amount of antimatter loaded onto the torpedo can be modified as needed providing control over the strength of the torpedo’s detonation.
The outer casing is 2.1 x 0.76 x 0.45 meters and constructed from pressure molded Tritanium. The outer casing is constructed to two equal halves that are then electron bonded together once the torpedo systems have been put in place. The thruster exhaust ports and system access panels are cut into the casing halves via plasma cutters.
The warhead is a magnetically shielded duranium cylinder. A Sarium power cell is mounted just behind the cylinder to provide power to the magnetic field. The warhead can be set to detonate upon impact with the target or after reaching a specific distance from either the target. If the torpedo is set to a proximity detonation the magnetic field will collapse allowing the antimatter contained within to react with the duranium cylinder resulting in the initial detonation releasing the reaming antimatter to react with the rest of the mater making up the torpedo and the target.
At the time of launch the photonic torpedo is under direction of the ships targeting sensors. At 1.5 seconds after launch the torpedoes flight control is handed over to the on-board guidance system.
The photonic torpedo is capable of sustaining warp flight if launched at warp. The warp thrusters are powered liquid helium fusion reactor. The resulting exhaust products of the reactor are diverted to the four exhaust ports at the aft end of the torpedo. The amount of exhaust products diverted to each port can be increased or decreased as needed. This change of exhaust products to the exhaust ports results in a modification of the flight path allowing the torpedo to be steered for greater accuracy.
Just forward of the exhaust ports the exhaust ports are verterium cortenide coils. These coils react with the exhaust products allowing the coils to grab hold of a portion of the ships warp filed and maintain that borrowed field. The torpedo is unable to generate a warp filed of its own and if the borrowed warp filed is lost the torpedo will decelerate to sublight speeds and continue as those speeds to the target. The photonic torpedo is capable of grater speeds when traveling at sublight speeds than those achieved by the Spatial Torpedo.
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