Torpedo Launcher

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Typical Torpedo Launcher

The torpedo launcher that is currently installed in Star Fleet vessels are similar to earlier versions. The primary difference being the level of automation used in the launcher system. The increased level of automation has allowed for quicker fire times for the torpedoes along with the inclusion of the ability to launch multiple torpedoes in one launch. The torpedo launcher can be loaded with up to ten torpedoes for simultaneous launch. While this allows ships to pack a serious punch the standard practice is to fire torpedoes in individually to keep the ships from running through their entire torpedo inventory and removing a powerful weapon from the ships arsenal during a tactical situation.

The torpedo launcher is physically made up of two different stages. The first stage of the torpedo launchers are the reactant loaders. The reactant loaders work in pairs where one loader supplies the deuterium and the other supplies the antideuterium. The torpedo launcher is equipped with two or more pairs of reactant loaders. Once the warheads are armed the torpedoes are move to the launcher tube.

The second stage of the torpedo launcher is the launcher tube. The launcher tube is thirty meters in length and constructed from machined tritanium and sarium farnide. The launcher tube is equipped with launch assist gas generators use to launch the torpedo or probe. The Launcher tube is also strung with sequential field induction coils to provide the initial power to the torpedoes warp sustainer engines. The induction coils allow a ship traveling as speeds less than warp one to launch a torpedo or warp probe at warp one or grater speeds.

Launcher Operations:

Torpedo launch system on a refit Constitution Class ship

The torpedo launcher can fire the torpedoes individually with anywhere from two to six seconds between launches. The launcher can also fire multiple torpedoes in one pulse. When the order to load, torpedoes is received from the bridge. The torpedo casings are convened from the storage racks to the reactant loaders where the warhead is armed with the deuterium and antideuterium. From there the now armed torpedoes are loaded into the launch tube where the targeting information is downloaded onto the torpedoes from the ships tactical sensor arrays. The Launch assist gas generators and field inductions coils are brought to hot stand by mode.

When the order to fire is received from the bridge the gas generators inject pressured gas into the launch tube providing the initial momentum for the torpedoes while induction coils fire is sequential order providing greater speed and in the case where the torpedo is to travel at warp speeds the induction coils will provide the initial warp field to sustainer engines.

In the event that the torpedo order is rescinded the torpedoes are returned from the launch tube to the reactant loaders and the deuterium and antideuterium are off loaded before the casings are returned to the storage racks.