Spatial Torpedo

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Spatial Torpedoes were added to the inventory of United Earth Star Fleet as a supplement to energy based weapons used. While the torpedoes were somewhat effective in some cases during the year after the launch of the NX-01 in 2151 the short comings of these torpedoes became obvious resulting in the development of the Photonic Torpedo that were added to the fleet’s inventory in 2154. Even after 2154 ships routinely carried both the new Photonic Torpedo and Spatial Torpedoes.

Armory of an NX Class with Spatial Torpedo ready for launch

Torpedo Operations:

To fire a Spatial Torpedo the Armory officers were required to manually load the torpedo on to the launch rail. The torpedo would then be loaded automatically into the torpedo tube to be fired toward the target.

There are two major draw backs with the Spatial Torpedoes. The first being the thruster engine used in the torpedo. The engine used in the Spatial Torpedo was under powered resulting leaving the torpedo vulnerable to being targeted and destroyed by enemy particle weapons. The second is that when used against shielded targets the Spatial Torpedo has been observed to bounce off the shields and detonate without causing damage to the target.

Torpedo Components:

Spatial Torpedo

Outer Casing:

The Outer Casing of the Spatial Torpedo is composed of machined Titanium. The outer casing is constructed in three segments to make adding the internal components easier. The outer casing segments are connected via pin locks and magnetically sealed.

Guidance System:

The forward segment housed the guidance system. This guidance system allows the torpedo to track the target while in flight. At 2.3 seconds after launch torpedo guidance is handed off from the ships targeting scanners to the onboard guidance sensors.

War head:

The warhead consists of a detonation chamber of duranium lined with shaped charges an around a sphere of tricobalt. At the point of detonation, the shaped charges are detonated simultaneously causing the tricobalt sphere to compress unto the point the material starts to fuse and the sphere reaches supercritical mass starting an exponentially growing nuclear chain reaction that leads to the destruction of the torpedo and damage to or destruction of the target.

Thruster Engine:

The Thruster Engine is a powered by a liquid helium fusion reactor. The liquid helium used to power the thruster is stored in a cylindrical storage tank just forward of the thruster engine. When engaged the liquid helium is drawn from the tank to the fusion reactor where the liquid helium is exposed to strong magnetic fields that compressed the liquid helium to the point of fusion.

The resulting plasma is exhaust through the exhaust nozzle. This exhaust nozzle can deflect the exhaust products up to five degrees to affect a course correction during flight to the target.