Variable Geometry Warp Pylons

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The idea of Variable Geometry Warp Pylons was first explored as a way to increase warp engine performance for flights at speed greater that Warp Eight. In 2370 it was discovered that the accumulative effect of warp drive on subspace in areas of heavy traffic would cause the formation of subspace rifts. Several research projects were started to investigate this subspace damage and how to prevent further damage.

Once of the first solutions was to revisit the idea of Variable Geometry Warp Pylons. These pylons were included in the design of the Intrepid Class ships. Flight tests of the USS Intrepid gave the final proof that the Variable Geometry Warp Pylons allowed for a tighter warp filed resulting in preventing damage to subspace.

During warp flight the warp pylons are raised to the warp flight position bringing the nacelles in closer to the ship and during sublight flight the nacelles are lowered into the impulse flight position allowing for a smother flight while in impulse flight.