Transporters

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Transporter Room on a Constitution class vessel

Transporters are the primary way of moving personnel between a ship or station and a remote location. This is accomplished by dematerializeing the transport subject move it to a remote location and reassemble the transport subject safely.


Transporter Types:

Transporter Room on a Galaxy class vessel

Personnel Transporter:

The primary transporter system on any ship or station. Personnel transporters come in a variety of sizes ranging from the single and two person units used on shuttle and runabouts to the six person units that are the standard size used on most federation ships up to larger ten person transporters used primarily on space stations. Due to the need to disassemble and then reassemble members of the crew the personnel transports operate at a quantum resolution level.

Cargo Transporters:

Cargo transporters are the primary means of moving equipment and materials on and off the ship or station. Where the personnel transports have a transporter pad for each person using the transporter the cargo transporters are equipped with a single large pad that is either circular or rectangular in shape. Under normal operation conditions the Cargo transporters operate at a molecular resolution level but can be quickly reset to operate at the quantum resolution to facilitate moving large amounts of biological materials on and off the ship or evacuation operations.


Transporter Functions:

Transporter Room on a Intrepid class vessel

Beam up / Beam down:

The beam up and beam down functions of the transporter are virtually the same with the only major differences between the two being that the emitter array acts as the primary energizing coils during the beam up instead of the primary energizing coils used during beam down. Also the matter stream is processed through the bio filter during beam up instead of the pattern buffer as is done during beam down.

Site to site transport:

During a sight to site transport the subject is demilitarized at a remote location. The matter stream is routed through a biofliter and into a pattern buffer. Instead of being materialized on a transporter pad the matter stream is shunted to a second pattern buffer before being sent to one of the transporter emitters for transmission to second remote location.

Hold in pattern buffer:

If the transport subject has not yet begun the materialization process it can be held within the patter buffer for up to 420 seconds without image degradation depending on the payload mass. Holding the matter stream in pattern buffer can be done to give the transporter operator to deal with problems detected with the matter stream wave guides or transporter emitters. Also the matter stream can be held within the patter buffer can be undertaken for security reasons.

Dispersal:

Dispersal of a transport subject is accomplished by disengaging the annular confinement beam and beaming the subject into space. To do this two safety interlocks must be manually bypassed. By disengaging the annular confinement beam will result in the transport subject materializing as randomly dissociated gasses and microscopic particulates. This processes is most often used to safely dispose of hazardous objects such as an explosive devise.

Near warp transport:

Transporting through a low-level subspace field, less than 1,000 millicochranes requires a series of adjustments to the transport sequence including a 57 MHz up shifting of the annular confinement beam to compensate for subspace distortion.

Transport at warp:

Transporting while at warp requires that the ship and the remote site be enveloped by warp fields of the same integral value. An up shift of 57 MHz of the annular confinement beam is also required. Should the ship and target fail to maintain warp fileds of the same value it will result in severe loss of of the annular confinement beam and pattern integrity. This is fatal to living transport subjects.

Evacuation from or to ship:

In the event of evacuation to or from the ship the transporters can be used as long as there is enough power to operate the transporters. In such a scenario the ships personnel transporters can be supplemented by the cargo transporters. The cargo transporters will fist have to be reset to quantum resolution this will result in the cargo transporters operating at a payload reduction of forty-five percent.

Evacuation speed is limited by the duty cycle of the transporters. Each time the transporters require a full ninety-two seconds to transport a subject or group of subjects then cool down and reset.