The Chimera Directive

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1.0 CHIMERA DIRECTIVE INTRODUCTION

The Rosenante Class Starship


1.1 MISSION OBJECTIVES FOR ROSENANTÉ CLASS PROJECT

Starfleet has long been charged with a broad spectrum of responsibilities to the citizens of the Federation and to the lifeforms of the Galaxy at large. As the volume of explored space continues to grow, and with it the Federation itself, so do Starfleet's duties.

These duties range from relatively mundane domestic and civil missions, to cultural contact and diplomacy, to defense, to our primary mission of exploration and research. Many of these responsibilities are best carried out with relatively small, specialized ships. Yet there continues to be an ongoing need for an even narrower role vessel to protect the Federation against enemies that would use espionage and subversion to wage war against the Federation.

This particular threat to Federation security is further complicated by political and economic restraints placed upon the Federation caused by the demands of maintaining an active war first against the Cardassian Union and then a Civil War between Doenitz Loyalists and 52nd Fleet seditionists. The Federation had suddenly found itself pressed on many fronts at various levels of engagement, often ill-prepared or incapable of information gathering against potential interior and exterior threats to the continued existence of the Federation.

In response to the alarming number of intelligence related activities conducted against Federation projects, personnel, and equipment by exterior Intelligence Organizations, such as the Tal Shiar, the Dominion Shapeshifters, and The Cardassian Obsidian Order, Starfleet Intelligence has found itself grossly outnumbered, and under-appreciated by Starfleet Command. This lack of interdepartmental cooperation was only strengthened by Starfleet Intelligence's inability to detect and detain several pro-Revolutionary agents that had managed to infiltrate Starfleet Command, the Council of the President, and several other critical posts within the governmental structure of the Federation. The agents proved to be the first signs of the coming Civil war that would shake the foundations of the United Federation of Planets over the next several years.

These breeches of critical security protocol within the government provided the critics of Starfleet Intelligence with ammunition to pressure Starfleet Command to tighten its control on the Intelligence Department. In late 2390s, with the Cardassian Union pressing their offensive against the Federation, Starfleet Intelligence learned of other threats to the Federation's continuing existence, as reports began to come into Starfleet Intelligence's Romulan desk reporting a large number of Romulan Infiltrators had somehow managed to concentrate themselves on the Federation Starships patrolling the Neutral Zone. With reports indicating that the Tal Shiar compromised a large majority of Starships patrolling the Neutral Zone, and with SFI fearing a Romulan Invasion, a massive counter Intelligence operation began. This operation, dubbed Sword and Shield, inserted several dozen Starfleet counterintelligence Specialists onboard the suspected Starships. For the better part of a year, these operatives played a deadly game of cloak and dagger against the expectant Tal Shiar operatives. This massive undertaking resulted in the largest capture of external espionage operatives in Starfleet history, 38 Starfleet officers (including 2 Ship Captains) and 12 Enlisted Starfleet personnel were arrested and charged with espionage against the Federation. 6 Starfleet Intelligence operatives lost their lives in this operation.

It was to this threat that Admiral Rodrigo Doenitz would propose a solution. That solution came in the form of a Starship, dedicated completely to the tasks of espionage and interdiction operations. The vessel would be operated entirely independently of Starfleet command. Only Starfleet Intelligence would have any command authority over the vessel and its missions. This proposal created a scandalous outcry by Starfleet Command Officers, with the end result becoming less than favorable to the Doenitz cause.

However, the dramatic success of Sword and Shield eased the tension against Starfleet Intelligence, and by the end of the War with the Cardassian Union in 2398; Starfleet Command realized the inability of SFI to conduct operations in hostile space, or to operate independently without the immediate assistance of Starship under Starfleet Command authority. It was in August of that year that Admiral Talbot, with the support of Admiral Doenitz proposed the idea of creating a new class of Starship capable of supporting Intelligence operations in hostile space, while simultaneously capable of performing signal, traffic and visual surveillance of facilities, ship movements and communications. Admiral Talbot argued that if SFI were equipped with such a vessel during the War, that the effectiveness of the Cardassian attack against the UFP would have been greatly reduced, if not altogether neutralized. Additionally, Talbot argued, such a ship working in Romulan space would have been priceless in determining the intentions and movements of the Tal Shiar during Operation Sword and Shield.

Admiral Talbot’s conceptual Starship was deemed impossible to build, and also in violation of Starfleet Intelligence Command’s charter and the project was immediately disapproved. But that was not the end of the situation.

Admiral Talbot, through secret channels with the complete support of Admiral Rodrigo Doenitz established a secret construction facility. Through various nefarious means, funds were funneled into the project and experienced Starfleet ship engineers were tasked to assist in developing a new class of Starship that could function efficiently within the confines established by the joint visions held by the two admirals.

A special Starfleet Intelligence Operation was begun in a secret shipyard facility around early 2397. SFI operatives assigned to the operation interviewed and recruited Starship designers from across the Federation, purposely avoiding any designer that had ever worked on a Starship Project for the Federation in the past. These designers, assisted by the technical and personal experiences, of selected Starship Engineers laid down the design parameters for the project.

After Admiral Doenitz’s successful coup, the project would prove to outlive many of its critics. With the full power of the office of the president of the Federation, Doenitz fast tracked his project making it an official Presidential Directive. This Directive was codenamed the Chimera Directive.

The Rosenanté Class Starship designed by the Chimera Directive represents the most advanced design and systems innovations in the Federation. The basic design concept was developed around the Sovereign class and is considered the most advanced evolution of Starfleet Ship design to date.

Design Objectives

Pursuant to Starfleet Intelligence Directive 1045.35, the following objectives have been established for the Rosenanté Class Starship development project:

  • Provide a mobile platform for a wide range of ongoing intelligence and counterintelligence projects.
  • Provide autonomous capability for full execution of Starfleet Intelligence policy and directive options in hostile areas of space.
  • Incorporate recent advances in technology and protocols.

To provide for these objectives, the Designers recommended that the Rosenanté class starship meets or exceeds the design goals in the following specification Categories;

Propulsion

  • Sustainable cruise Velocity of Warp Factor 9.4. Ability to maintain speeds of up to Warp Factor 9.7 for periods of up to 12 Hours.
  • Sixth-phase dilithium controlled matter/antimatter reactor for primary power. Sustainable field output to exceed 1, 650 cochranes, peak transitional surge reserve to exceed 4,225% of nominal output. (170ns phase)
  • Warp Driver coils efficiency to meet or exceed 98% at speeds up to Warp 8.0. Minimum efficiency of 68% to be maintained through Warp 9.4. Life cycle of all primary coil elements to meet or exceed 1,200,000 cochrane-hours between neutron purge refurbishment. Secondary coil elements to meet or exceed 2,000,000 cochrane-hours between neutron purge refurbishment.
  • Warp field geometry to incorporate modified 85° Z-axis compression characteristics on forward warp lobe for increased peak transitional efficiency at high warp. Warp Nacelle centerlines to conform to 2.56: 1.1 ratio of separation to maximize field strength.
  • Secondary (impulse) propulsion systems to provide sub-light velocities up to and including .92 light speed (c). Engine systems of choice to include but not limited to at least two YPS 8063 fusion drive motors. All units to be equipped with subspace drive accelerators, field output not less than 180 millicochranes at 1.02 X l0³K. Reactor Modules to be field replaceable.

Mission

  • Ability to operate independent of Starbase refurbishment for moderate periods of time. Independent operation mode capability of 1 Standard years at nominal Warp 6. Ability to execute deep-space exploration missions including charting and mapping, hostile contact scenarios, intelligence gathering and infiltration missions, full technical, biological and ecological studies.
  • Ability to support a wide range of mission-related ongoing research and other projects without impact on primary mission operations.
  • 'Full Spectrum EM, optical, subspace flux, Gravimetric, particle, and quark population analysis sensor capability. Multimode neutrino interferometery instrumentation. Wide band life sciences analysis capability. 2 twelve-meter interphasic field focused telescopes.
  • Upgradeable experiment and sensor array design. Ability to support on-board and probe mounted science and intelligence instrumentation.
  • Support facilities for auxiliary spacecraft and instrumented probes for short-range operations to include at least 1 independent launch, resupply, and repair bays.

Environment/Crew

  • Environmental systems to conform to Starfleet Regulatory Agency (SFRA)- standard 102.9 for Class M compatible oxygen breathing personnel. All life-critical systems to be triply redundant. Life support modules to be replaceable at major Starbase layover to permit vehicle-wide adaptation to Class H, K or L environmental conditions.
  • Ability to support up to 200 non-crew personnel for mission related operations.
  • Facilities to support Class M environmental range in all individual living quarters, provisions for 2% of living quarters to be equipped to support Class H, K and L environmental conditions. Additional 1% of living quarters volume to be equipped for Class N and N (2) environmental adaptation.
  • All habitable volumes to be protected to SFRA-standard 347.3(a) levels for EM and radiation. Subspace flux differential to be maintained within 0.02 millicochranes.

Tactical

  • Defensive Shielding to exceed 9.85 X 103 kW primary energy dissipation rate. All tactical Shielding to have full redundancy, with auxiliary system able to provide 75% of primary rating.
  • Tactical systems to include full array of Type XII phaser bank elements on hull capable of 6.1MW maximum single emitter output. 6 Photon Torpedo launchers required for ship defensive capabilities.
  • Tactical systems to include anti-detection components capable of defeating sensor and optical scan.
  • Tactical systems to include variable decreased emissions systems affecting primary and secondary drive systems.
  • Tactical systems to include components to reproduce or produce false sensor signatures at displaced coordinates in vessel reference.
  • Tactical systems to include components to produce ambient radiation and gravitational energies consistent with surrounding spatial occurrences.
  • Tactical systems to include variable EM field dampening systems to reduce or eliminate vessel EM fields and signatures.

Design Life

  • Space frame design life of approximately 100 years, assuming approximately 5 major ship- wide system swap outs and upgrades at average intervals of 20 years. Such upgrades help ensure the continuing usefulness of the ship even though significant advances in technology are anticipated during that time. Minor refurbishment and upgrade to occur at approximately one- to five year intervals, depending on specific mission requirements and hardware availability.

2.0 General Overview

The Rosenanté class of Starship was originally categorized as an intelligence-gathering vessel. The Rosenanté class is only the second starship class created by Starfleet command to receive this designation. The other is the Spectre Class. While most starships may be adapted for many different mission types, the Rosenanté class starship is designed primarily to perform a single type of mission objective, in effect limiting her overall flexibility within a more generalized Starfleet. Seen from a comfortable distance of two or three kilometres, the starship takes on the resemblance of the more familiar Sovereign class explorers. Upon closer inspection however, one can see that the engineering hull is more sleek, lending a highly manoeuvrable appearance to the Rosenanté class of starship. The engineering hull actually extends both above and below the saucer section, lowering the overall silhouette of the class. Additionally, the saucer section itself boasts a number of changes that are easily noticed even by the most novice of observers. This divorce from standard Starfleet design protocols is both advantageous and disadvantageous for this class of starship. The unique hull design allows an immediate reduction in stresses generated by high warp speeds, while allowing greater manoeuvrability at sub-light speeds. This hull design concept has its drawbacks however, as high speed warp manoeuvrability is reduced in favour of speed. The exterior hull material is stronger, lighter and more durable than that used in standard starship production. This reduces the need for otherwise necessary supports and braces, leaving a greater interior volume for habitation. This material used on the ship's hull is more difficult to reproduce and repair, as specialized facilities must be implemented to perform these functions.

2.1 Physical Arrangement

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The hull, remarkably birdlike in its strong, hollow construction, is reinforced against flight stresses by active energy fields that tighten and flex where required to compensate for natural and artificial internal and external forces. Structures integrated into the hull allow for a variety of necessary functions.

The bridge consolidates the command positions for the rest of the starship, windows allow crewmembers needed vistas while in space, phaser arrays and photon torpedoes provide offence and defence against hostile forces, and a specialized communications system allows interaction with other worlds and their ships.

Lifeboats allow for escape in dire emergencies, transporter emitters afford reliable near instant movement of crew and gear, navigational sensors and deflectors give the starship distant vision and a method for clearing obstacles, and powerful warp engines propel the starship at amazing speeds.

The twenty-eight decks are internally divided among major load-bearing structures. A great many systems, especially the habitation sections are suspended within the open spaces, essentially "floating" on flexible ligaments to minimize mechanical, thermal, and conductive radiation shocks.

The living areas of the starship have been designed for maximum comfort and safety while the crew is conducting a mission. Long-term studies of humanoid cultures have revealed that as each race embarked upon permanent occupation of space, large personal living spaces had to be established, especially on early sub-light missions. The Rosenanté class starship allows for some 120 square meters of living space per person, in addition to community space and areas allotted to purely working functions.

3.0 Spacecraft Structure

3.1 Main Skeletal Structure

The primary space frame of the Rosenanté class starship is fabricated from an interlocking series of Terminium/Tritium microfilament truss frames. These members average l.05m² in cross section and are capable of bearing the same load as the standard Tritanium/Duranium truss averaging l.27m² in cross section used in standard starship construction. These truss frames are located an average of 20 meters across the ship's exterior, while the standard trusses would be located every 25 meters along a ships exterior. The tightening of the trusses allows the vessel to withstand greater stress imposed upon it by warp travel, while still producing a lighter space frame.

As with other starship designs, larger numbers of these trusses are located integral to the main impulse engine sections, the warp nacelle pylons, docking interface latches, and along the centerline of the hull structure. Smaller Trusses averaging 0.35m² in cross section are located every five meters on average, and also provide internal supports within the deck and core structure of the spacecraft interior.

A mechanical framework provides physical integrity to the vehicle while at rest. A parallel series of aluminum crystal foam stringers are phase transition bonded to the primary trusses, providing low frequency vibration attenuation across the main truss structure, as well as support for certain utility conduits.

Also attached to these stringers are various conformal devices built into the hulls structure, including elements of the deflector shield grid, H.l.S.S. components, as well as subspace radio antennas, which are incorporated into the skin of the spacecraft.

3.2 Secondary Framework

Mounted to the primary space frame is a secondary framework of micro-extruded Terminium trusses to which the inner hull of the structure is directly attached. The secondary framework is mounted by means of 3.2 cm diameter X 5.1 centimeter long semi rigid polydurinide support rods, permitting a limited amount of mechanical isolation from the primary space frame for purposes of strain relief, plus sound and vibration isolation. Secondary space frame segments are also separated from each other (although mechanically attached) to permit replacement of inner hull segments and associated utilities infrastructure during major Starbase layover.

Structural integrity during powered flight is provided by a series of forcefields that reinforce the physical framework. This structural integrity field (SIP) is distributed through a network of molybdenum-jacketed wave-guides, which in turn distribute SIF energy into ceramic-polymer conductive elements throughout the space frame. Without the structural integrity field, the vehicle would be unable to withstand accelerations greater than 3l.4 m/s² without significant deformation, or greater than 49.18 m/s² without unrecoverable structural damage.

Exterior hull substrate is joined to the primary load bearing trusses by means of 4.8-cm diameter electron-bonded duranium pins at 1.01-meter intervals. These pins are slip-fitted into an insulating AGP ceramic fiber jacket that provides thermal insulation between the space frame and the exterior hull. The pins, jacketing, and hull segments are gamma welded together.

3.3 Hull Layers

The exterior of the spacecraft consists of multiple layers, which afford structural and atmospheric integrity for the space frame, integral wave-guides and field conductive members for the structural Integrity Field (SIP) and H.I.S.S components, and pathways for other utilities (including deflector grids), as well as resistance to radiation and thermal energy. The exterior shell substrate is composed of interlaced micro-foam duranium filaments. These filaments are gamma welded into a series of contiguous composite segments that are 4.7 cm thick and are typically 2 meters in width. The substrate segments are electron-bonded to three reinforcing layers of 1.2- cm biaxially stressed terranium fabric, which provide additional torsion strength.

In areas immediately adjacent to major structural members, four layers of 2.3-cm fabric are used. The substrate layer is attached to major structural members by electron-bonded duranium fasteners at 2.5-cm intervals. The substrate segments are not intended to be replaceable, except by phase-transition bonding using a transporter assembly jig during major Starbase layovers. Two 3.76-cm layers of low-density expanded ceramic-polyrner composites provide thermal insulation and secondary SIP and H.I.S.S. conductivity. These layers are separated by an 8.7-cm multiaxis triennium truss framework, which provides additional thermal insulation and a pass through for fixed utility conduits.

A 4.2-cm layer of monocrystal beryllium silicate infused with somniferous polycarbonate whiskers provides radiation attenuation. This layer is networked with a series of 2.3-cm X 0.85-cm molybdenum-jacketed conduits. These conduits, which occur at 1.3-m intervals, serve as triphase wave-guides for the secondary structural integrity field. Conductive tritium rods penetrate the wave-guides at l0-cm intervals and transfer SIF energy into the ceramic-polymer conductive layer. The outermost hull layer is composed of a 1.6-cm sheet of AGP ablative ceramic fabric chemically bonded onto a substrate of 0.15-cm triermium foil. This material is formed into segments approximately 3.7m² and is attached to the radiation attenuation layer by a series of duranium fasteners, which allows individual segments to be replaced as necessary. (Micrometeor erosion is kept to a minimum by the deflector system, but is sufficient to warrant replacement of 30% of the leading edge on the average of every 7.2 standard years.) Individual outer hull segments are machined to a tolerance of ±0.05-mm to allow for minimum drag through the interstellar medium. Joints between segments are manufactured to a tolerance of ±0.025-mm.

Also incorporated into the outermost hull layer is a series of super conducting molybdenum-jacketed wave-guide conduits, which serve to absorb and disperse sensor emission energy that interacts with the hull. Segmented sections of this network serve as housings for the unique DECS components, responsible for producing the ship’s tactical deflector. Unlike a standard starship, there are no thermal regulating assemblies built into the skin of the starship. Instead this duty is regulated through a series of intercoolers and radiators housed inside the interior of the Bussard Collector Assembly.

4.0 Command Systems

4.1 The Bridge

The Bridge, located on Deck 1, provides primary operational control of the Rosenanté class starship. The bridge directly supervises all primary mission operations and coordinates all departmental activities. These activities are handled through the individual command consoles located in various positions on the bridge. These workstations are modular and can be interchanged, removed, or added as necessary to fulfill specialized mission requirements. At any one time there can be up to 12 workstations installed. The standard bridge design calls for 2 Science Stations, 1 Operations Station, 1 Flight Control Station, l Auxiliary Engineering Station, 1 Tactical station, 1 Communications/ H.I.S.S. station, 1 Internal Security Station, and 2 Command Stations, one each for the ship’s commander, and the First Officer. Other facilities located on Deck 1 include Astrogation, the captain's ready room and head, the crew head, and a small mission briefing room. Major connections to the bridge include a pair of Turbolift shafts, four electron-plasma power distribution wave-guide conduits; four environmental support plenum groups, nine primary and two back-up optical data network trunks, two replicator wave-guide conduits, and three service crawlways. As an interesting side note, a tertiary backup power distribution system consisting of hardwired nonreactive, conductive ceramic-polymer relays are also in place.

4.2 Display Panels

The display panels on the bridge and through out the ship are constructed and operated the same as those on any other Federation starship. The layouts and reactivity of the panels are augmented and display properties shown in a different manner. The coloration of the interaction displays is altered to create a different aesthetic affect, while also allowing a variant-programming matrix to be utilized. This new language utilizes advances in Holoprogramming to create three-dimensional matrix strings; this in turn allows a more efficient and quicker computer response time. Critical internal components of the display panels are mapped to the molecular level allowing a replication driven pro-holographic matrix damage control system to repair damaged components. The components necessary to facilitate this activity are collectively known as the Self-Replicating Damage Control System (SERDACS). The SERDACS components are present in all non-integrity dependant systems throughout the ship.

In addition to the standard anchored display consoles located throughout the ship, a series of Holoemitters have been seeded throughout the vessel to allow ship's personnel to utilize a holographic interface to tie directly into the ships computer regardless of the location of the crewmember. These emitters also allow the EMH to be activated in any compartment in the ship, and also allow for the construction of holographic crewmembers to fill non-critical positions on the ship. These holoemitters are capable of creating non-electronic tools for emergency use, and in conjunction with replication systems could produce vital simplified component reproduction anywhere aboard ship.

4.3 Bridge Stations

4.3.1 Flight Control (CONN) This console is responsible for the actual piloting and navigation of the ship. From this station all SIF and IDF systems are monitored, as well as navigational deflectors, and their subsequent systems. This console performs the same functions as it would on board any other Federation starship.

4.3.2 Operations Management (OPS) This console is responsible for power maintenance and resource allocation. This console dictates priority status of all shipboard systems and operations. They coordinate activities between departments and between the ship and away missions. This console performs the same functions as it would on board any other Federation starship.

4.3.3 Tactical Operations (TACOPS) This console is responsible for the operation, monitoring and maintenance of the ship's tactical systems. These systems include the phaser arrays, the photon torpedo deployment systems, probe deployment systems, H.I.S.S. system, Signal displacement system, tractor beams, and Tactical deflector systems. The Tactical station aboard the Rosenanté class starship differs from those of standard Federation starships. The main difference is the divorce of the ship's tactical systems from the internal security systems of the ship. This allows the tactical officer the ability to concentrate on the tactical aspects of the ship without the need to also monitor the internal security status of the ship. Another major difference in the Rosenanté class starship is the addition of a sensor array specifically for use by the tactical officer.

4.3.4 Security Operations (SECOPS) This console is responsible for the monitoring and operation of internal ship security systems. The Operator of this console is responsible for the deployment of ship's security personnel aboard the ship. This console controls the internal security containment fields, internal ship's sensors. The SECOPS officer can monitor the security status, security systems and personnel deployment for the entire ship. They can control door mechanisms, containment fields, the turbolift car, and weapons settings of all Federation weaponry on the ship. In addition, security can control personnel access to restricted areas, and utilize sight-to-sight onboard transporters.

4.3.5 Communications (COMMOPS) This console is responsible for the encryption and decryption of intercepted communications, for the transmission of communications, maintaining the Emissions Control Protocols, and the operation of specialized communications interception equipment. The Communications officer is often called upon to triangulate communications sources, decipher enemy transmissions, and encrypt outgoing communications. They often assist in Traffic Analysis of enemy troop deployment, and maintain secure communications with away teams.

4.3.6 Science Stations I & II These consoles are responsible for data collections, primary and lateral sensor operations, and database referencing. It is the responsibility of the science officer to operate the ship's sensors, teleoptical systems, and imaging systems. They observe, record and document data important to shipboard mission objectives. These stations can be utilized together or separately. This station also acts as the primary database access terminal for the Federation database carried aboard all Federation starships. Both passive and active sensors are controlled from this station.

4.3.7 Auxiliary Engineering Station This station is responsible for maintaining and monitoring shipboard systems. This console works in conjunction with main engineering, and is capable of performing the same functions as the computer in that section of the ship. From this station the warp fields can be tuned, altered or monitored, as can all primary and secondary shipboard systems. This station is not always manned.

4.3.8 Command Stations I & II These consoles are responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of the ship's computer and all primary and secondary systems. Only the commanding and executive officer have access to these consoles. From these consoles the commanding officers can display data concerning ship's systems, status, condition, position, speed, heading, and power management distribution. These consoles can access the database, and has priority authority over all computer functions. These consoles are the only terminals capable of activating the ship's self-destruct mechanism. Any officer in command of the starship may utilize these consoles, although some functions may be unavailable.

5.0 The Computer System

The computer system aboard the Rosenanté class starship is identical in construction to the computers used on other Federation Starships. They utilize the same back up and failsafe hardware and communicate through the same methods as the standard starship computer. The computer system of the Rosenanté class starship is composed of 2 synchronized computer cores, identical to those used in the Galaxy Class starship. The only differences between the standard Federation computers and those aboard the Rosenanté are the storage medium and programming language that the system uses to communicate. The storage of data and processing networks of a standard Federation computer system depend upon isolinear chips. On the Rosenanté a new type of data storage chip, the Hololinear chip is introduced. Taking advantage of new replication and holographic programming breakthroughs, the new Hololinear chips, or HL chips, allow data to be stored in a four-dimensional, subspace format. A new programming language known a Bilinear Unilateral Networking Code (BUNC) allows data to be stored in a temprometric tagged holographic string, thereby allowing data to be stacked almost exponentially upon other data, linked by temprometric strings of associated data. Retrieval time is decreased as the data can be read from any point along its data string, rather than starting at a specified point as is required by the standard isolinear chip design.

6.0 Warp Propulsion Systems

The Warp propulsion system in the Rosenanté class starship is radically different from Those used in other starships. The majority of the system is developed to utilize existing warp technology and materials. There is however a few major changes in the system. All warp engineers are familiar with the laws of warp transition, which dictates that warp geometry and power requirements dictate a vessel's ability to achieve various levels of warp speed. This same law also dictates that a warp field must be balanced in order to achieve maximum efficiency to make a warp transition.

The Graph below represents the transition energy requirements for the Galaxy Class Starship design and also for that of the Rosenanté class starship.


Warp transition chart


ln the chart above the Cochrane values are represented over the white bar for the Rosenanté Class starship. At lower warps (below Warp 6) there is an actual decrease in warp efficiency, although at higher warp there is a worthwhile increase in efficiency, where the differences in efficiency matter most. It is important to note that a Galaxy class starship is incapable of traveling at Warp 9.97, and thus the numbers represented for that class is theoretical.

The ability to sustain warp 9.97 is a result of multiple warp engines working in synchronization and a natural by-product of the embedded nacelle design. The synchronization of the dual warp drive is accomplished through the use of a Warp Energy Synchronization Router, or WESYR. The WESYR unit is highly classified, but its basic function is to synchronize otherwise out of synch Waveforms created within two near identical meshed Tuned Plasma Streams. Because of the additional energy that this system produces, a higher capacity EPS Power Tap and Series Relays were developed to handle the additional power loads. A dual bypass system allows any single Warp drive to power ships functions, at a significant reduction in overall power. Also a major redesign feature of the upgraded power system resulted in the addition of a second Port and Starboard Power conduit assembly and relay subassembly. This allows the power delivery system to function more efficiently.

Interestingly enough, a bizarre natural byproduct of running a dual synchronized Warp Field is the creation of a "double" warp bubble. These warp bubbles are divided by 2.3-mnm (micronanometers) and help produce the effect of the change of reduction caused when making Warp Transitions. As subspace resistance passes through the Outer shield it is reduced as normal, then again as the remaining resistance passes through the inner bubble, it is further reduced. This causes the starship to experience less resistance and shearing warp stress associated with high rate warp travel and maneuvering.

Spiral Warp Drive

In addition to the standard warp drive used by all federation starships, the Rosenanté class is also equipped with an experimental Spiral Warp Drive. This drive creates a subspace "tunnel" or "wormhole" through which the Rosenanté may then travel. The tunnel integrity is maintained by the main deflector dish. The tunnel basically allows the ship to drop into subspace, effectively disappearing from normal space for a short period of time. The speeds that are achieved through the use of this drive are akin to those used by the Borg when using transwarp conduits. Unlike transwarp conduits, however,the tunnel being opened by the Rosenanté would dissipate as soon as the ship moves through it. In a similar manner, the spiral drive can only be used to travel in straight lines. This means that the vessel may make a periodic series of short hops to correct course when using this system.

7.0 Deflector Emitter Cluster System (DECS)

The Deflector Emitter Cluster System, or DECS, represents the newest Federation breakthroughs in Federation tactical shield technology. This innovative new system utilizes a convex “honeycombed" arrangement of octagonal emitters offset slightly to produce a unified, overlapping tactical field. This primary tactical system allows a tighter tactical shield to be produced, thus resulting in a lessened tactical shield cross section, which in turn reduces starship detectability.

Whereas the Rosenanté class of starship possesses the standard Deflector Emitter Array (DEA) that all Federation starships do, they use that particular system as a primary shielding system. The DECS assembly operates by producing several smaller polyhedral segments of shield interdependability, rather than creating a "shell" segment standard to all other Federation starships. The DECS requires more power than standard tactical DEA systems, but yields a 20% increase in shield output. The DECS is calibrated to respond and recalibrate the loss of a single emitter or emitter cluster, resulting in a greater overall performance and defensive capability of ship systems. The standard DECS system is installed to provide tactical shielding whenever the starship is experiencing DEA failure, or power requirements do not allow the use of the DEA. Another advantage of the DECS over the standard DEA is its modular design. It is quick and efficient to repair or replace in the field whereas the replacement of the DEA system requires a major overhaul at a Starbase.

8.0 Hull Integrated Stealth System.

The Hull Integrated Stealth System, or HISS, is a series of alterations to the ships exterior hull and systems to create a reduced sensor and visual silhouette. The details of the HISS are highly classified, although the general concepts behind its incorporation are not. A network of specialized integrated hull webbing allows the hull to emit energies that effectively allow light waves to pass through it and its contents. In addition to visual bands of radiation, the specially designed ablative hull absorbs sensor energy, while emitting the same energy signature as the starship's surrounding space. Thus, the vessel becomes virtually undetectable either through detection or complete omission of detection. In addition to this, specialized hull features act as complex Magnetic field disruptors, reducing the EM field of the vessel, and also neutralize radioactive emissions through a complex series of intercoolers and sheathed cowlings. The ship's Impulse, Thruster and Bussard collection systems are incorporated to nearly negate all detectable signs of their use. When the HISS is active and used in conjunction with strict Emissions protocols, the ship vanishes from visual and sensor detection.

9.0 Advanced Sensors Systems

The Improved Sensor Integrated System, or ISIS, is a modified high yield Federation sensor array. The ISIS utilizes the newest development in sensor technology to quantum phase the active and passive ship's sensors to greatly reduce detectability. These new sensors are more powerful, and almost impossible to detect without performing extensive and time consuming alterations to a starship's sensor array, which then is useless to detecting other aspects of its surrounding. Some of this technology is loosely based on cloaking principles.

10.0 Sensor Displacement System

The Sensor Displacement System, Or SEDIS, allows the Rosenanté class of starship to offset its actual energy signature, and even produce an additional energy signature. This is designed to improve the starships ability to prevent "true" detection, or to act as a decoy system in the event that the starship is detected. This system is capable of operating within a 6000Km range of the vessel.

11.0 Displaced Communications System

The Displaced Communications System, or DICOMMS, is based on the same technology as the ISIS. This energy is used to send nearly undetectable communications. The Rosenanté class starship is equipped with standard Federation communications systems as well.

12.0 Interior Systems Modifications

There have been a variety of interior alterations to the interior, habitable areas of the Rosenanté class starship. The most apparent alterations are in the functionality of the corridor and turbolift systems. The oversized personnel quarters offer the most luxurious and spacious accommodations aboard any Starfleet posting, while unique interaction software insures crewmembers peace of mind.

Many Starfleet admirals believe that the Tactical and Scientific Equipment carried by a Starship to be the most important asset to any Starfleet facility or starship. The designers of the Rosenanté class of Starship also felt that crew morale would also serve a very integral role in the operation of the starship. To these ends the interactive systems and habitations were designed to provide a reassuring and relaxing environment for the ships crew.

12.1 Safety Systems

The most paramount function of any Starship is the maintenance of its crew in adverse conditions. Integral to this school of thought is the ability to protect the crew under hostile threats. To these ends, the designers of the Rosenanté class starship developed a series of counterinsurgency systems to minimize crew contact with alien forces boarding the vessel.

12.1.1 Isolation Field Systems

The Isolation Field System, or IFS, was designed with the intent to isolate hostile alien forces that boarded the vessel for the crew. This function is considered vitally important when consideration is given to the fact that the Rosenanté class starship possesses a very highly trained crew. The IFS fundamentally isolates the threat through the use of perpetual containment fields, reinforced by miniature shield defenses for the IFS emitter assembly. The IFS is always active, limiting the mobility of non-authorized personnel, securing sensitive sectors of the ship, and effectively hindering the process of any hostile aliens that may manage to board the vessel. The ship's computer monitors the movements of every official member of the ship's crew at all times. In this manner, the computer is able to activate or deactivate the IFS screens on an individual basis as needed. This allows authorized crewmembers access to shipboard systems and compartments as needed. The IFS consists of a series of Level 8 containment fields spaced an even 12.5-meters along the corridors of the vessel. In addition to these, an IFS field also isolates each access portal and hatch. In the event that a commbadge should be captured, or fail, that badge is automatically removed from all access rosters, until security can investigate the occurrence.

As a benefit of the perpetually active IFIS fields, studies indicate that shipboard damage caused by fire and/or decompression was drastically reduced. The fields prevented large area decompression, and also limited the range of fire dispersion radically.

Although in larger compartments the IFS system is not perpetual; all compartments are equipped with the capacity to further "compartmentalize" these large open areas. The computer is capable of assessing threats to the crew and equipment of the vessel, and can respond using the IFS system, nearly instantly. The IFS system was designed to operate independently of the ships main power supply when necessary. Each IFS emitter and processor assembly is equipped with an independent high-yield Sodium Kelleride power system. This power cell is further treated with a Potassium Unified catalyst. This allows the production of oxygen as a by-product whenever the secondary power system is operated. This allows a crewmember to be compartmentalized in an otherwise decompressed area to survive asphyxiation and loss of pressure. This secondary power system will allow the full yield operation of the IFS emitter in question for a period of 4 standard hours. Setting the emitter to a lower containment setting can extend this time.

12.1.2 Fire Suppression Systems

Although the IFS system hinders the progress of a shipboard fire, it will not necessarily extinguish it. To facilitate this a hybrid field emitter, environmental suppression system was developed. This system isolates the flame from its fuel source using advanced forcefield emissions systems, while simultaneously adjusting the environment around the fire to assist in its suppression. A functional IFS contained area further supports the adjustments, as a smaller area of the ship need be adjusted at any one time. There are certain types of plasma fires that could be unaffected by environmental conditions and or can not be contained in this manner. It is in those situations that the fire suppression systems remove the fire and all affected material through use of the ships sight-to-sight transporters. If this cannot be performed due to a greater risk being imposed on the crew, more conventional methods of fire suppression must be performed.

12.1.3 Internal Ballistics Dampening Fields

In key areas where materials stored aboard ship have the potential to be propelled through sections of the ship, a series of Internal Ballistics Dampening Fields, or I-BAD Fields, have been implemented. These fields are found primarily in the armory, cargo bays, Shuttle Bays, storage bays, and personnel quarters. The I-BAD system uses advanced internal sensing equipment specialized to calculate mass and velocity of non-anchored materials. In the event that these materials should be propelled at a speed that the computer should indicate hazardous to crew, then a series of inertial Dampening Fields are erected to reduce the velocity of the offending object. The IDF relays cannot stop a propelled item, although it can shorten its travel distance and relative speed considerably. The sensing systems ignore the movements of personnel. The I-BAD emitters in no way affect the reduction of stresses upon the vessel caused by acceleration, deceleration, or maneuvering.

12.1.4 Advanced Ergonomics

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Throughout the vessel, specialized memory seating systems have been implemented. These systems monitor the stresses upon the body of the crewmember presently utilizing them and adjust the contact points with the crewmember to minimize physical stresses. All station seating and this material affects standard seating in personnel quarters. The design is such that is can self adjust to allow for non-humanoid crewmembers. The standard bedding and medical bio beds are also adjusted in this manner. This has proven to reduce fatigue and discomfort resulting from prolonged duty shifts. The conceptualization of advanced ergonomic design is further implemented in the layouts and design of the personnel quarters on the ship. Each individual’s quarters are ergonomically designed to his or her unique specifications. The height and shape of interactive systems, the design of the shelving and storage facilities, and the layout of the waste management system are all adjusted to the unique requirements of the compartment owner. Even habitation shape and colour are carefully implemented to create an environment in harmony with its occupant.

12.1.5 Tactical Sight-to-Sight Transport

The ship's computer possesses the ability to assess tactical breaches in to the vessel's security. When appropriate, the computer may implement tactical redistribution of security personnel to facilitate the disarmament of tactical threats. The computer determines the size of any aggressive and/or threatening force on the ship, and then determines logical methods of containing and overcoming this threat. The computer is capable of briefing shipboard security personnel on the state of a threat, operating IFIS units, and evacuating non-essential personnel from potential or actual combat areas. The computer can deploy security personnel using sight-to-sight transporters and tactical deployment subroutines. In addition to automatic response to internal tactical threats, the ship's computer can suggest tactical deployment options for security personnel, utilizing data stored in its memory. This tactical deployment data is only suggested when asked for, and is prepared for planetoid deployment, boarding actions, counter-boarding actions, and sight security. When a medical situation presents itself the same sight-to-sight transporter system can be utilized to transport critical patients to the sickbay.

12.1.6 Emergency Medical Hologram

The Emergency Medical Hologram, as standard to all Federation starships, is also present on the Rosenanté class starship. A series of modifications allows the EMH system to be activated in any habitable portion of the vessel. This function is performed by a series of specialized emitters seeded throughout the ship. Each emitter is equipped with an array of medical scanners and programmed with trauma and first aid protocols. Each emitter assembly is capable of independent operation in the event that power systems become unavailable. The Sodium Kelleride power source can maintain EMH use for 1 hour before expending its charge. When operating normally, the EMH can access the ship's medical database. When operating independently, only the trauma and first aid subroutines may be accessed. While operating on ship's systems no more than three EMH programs may be running at any one time. Independent operation is possible among any number of EMH emitters.

12.1.7 Emergency Replication System

The Emergency Replication System, or ERS, is a series of secondary replicators that operate completely independent of the ships systems. The ERS units are located aft and fore of the starship, two per deck. They are always inert until activated. The ERS system is "hidden" behind corridor paneling, and consists of a single equipment replicator, a single food replicator, an atmospheric condenser, a single medical tricorder, a standard tricorder, and a pair of Class I Phasers. A high-yield Sodium Kelleride Battery that allows light use of the replicators, for a period of 3 days, powers the ERS units. The Tricorders and Phasers are pre-powered, and can be recharged once, using the supplied connections. Accessing the ERS panel will alert security. The Class I phasers require a personal authorization code to be activated. The computer monitors the ERS system very closely, immediately notifying engineering if a problem is detected. Although the ERS is a fully functional Replication system, it is programmed to create materials that require very little energy to reproduce. Thus, the food replicators produce only a single nutrient rich disk for consumption. The Tool replicator is limited to equipment that possesses simple physical structures, such as hand tools and only simple electronics materials. Neither replicator system can reproduce power sources, or advanced electronics.

12.1.8 Emergency Transporters

The Rosenanté class starship is equipped with 2 emergency transporters. These transporters are located centrally along the berth and length of the vessel on decks 5 and 15. The emergency transporters are integrated into the primary corridor on the aforementioned decks. All transporter hardware is stowed in the surrounding corridor structures. 20 high-yield Sodium Kelleride Batteries independently power the control operation panel and the emergency transport systems. Each Emergency transporter is also equipped with its own short-range sensor array, for destination determination. The control panel is "hidden" behind the corridor paneling, and floor paneling hides the transporter pad. In order to operate the transporter this floor paneling must be removed. The emergency transporters are each capable of transporting 60 personnel. After that there is no power remaining to continue transporter functions. Preparing the Emergency transporters for use alerts security.

12.2 Medical Bay

Due to the number of personnel stationed aboard the Rosenanté class starship, the standard Medical Bay arrangement was not utilized. Instead a specialized medical bay was designed to maximize space, while still attending to the variable needs of the ship's crew. To this end, the sickbay possesses a complete quarantine ward, a single surgical ward, and the central sickbay. A office allows for the CMO to perform administrative tasks without interruption. In the surgical area, all the equipment necessary to perform any level of surgery is present. Specialized negative pressure systems allow operations to continue upon contaminated personnel without worry of integrity loss. The central medical area is equipped with the newest and most efficient systems that general practice has to offer. A multitude of sensors and medical dedicated processors facilitate medical data gathering, while advanced holographic modeling systems allow hands-off data model construction. Forty Biobeds are located in the Sickbay, which studies indicate was the most efficient number of patients to treat at one time.

In addition to the standard biobeds and Infirmary treatment bay, There are also two dedicated Medical Laboratories, One General Practice Clinical Ward and Three configurable Bays, which can be changed to meet the specific requirements of the medical needs of the vessel.

The Quarantine area is equipped with a series of Biocide units capable of detecting, isolating and destroying over three hundred billion contagions. Negative pressure atmospheric systems, ionic decontamination systems, and bio-phased containment fields guarantee the isolation of harmful contagions. All containment systems in the sickbay are maintained by secondary and tertiary power systems. A medical dedicated replication system allows the creation of any replicable pharmaceutical known to Starfleet.



All images compliments of Roger Wackowski
Spiral Drive concepts by Anthony Keen
All other technical aspects, created, written and designed by Daniel Greene