Propulsion Systems

5.0 PROPULSION SYSTEMS

5.1 WARP PROPULSION SYSTEM

Type: First-Run Advanced Propulsion Drive (APD-01) designed by the ASDB and developed by Mercurion Inova Inc. This lighter, high-power core utilizes swirl technology instead of a reaction chamber. Additional improvements to Plasma Transfer Conduit technology makes the drive system energy efficient and allows for the variable warp geometry evinced by its maneuverable nacelles. Improved verterion coil manufacture allows for smaller nacelles producing superior warp fields. Information on this Warp Drive can be found in any Starfleet Library or Omnipedia.

  • Normal Cruising Speed: Warp 7.5
  • Maximum Speed: Warp 9.975 for 12 hours

Note: Vessels equipped with the APD-01 ( M/ARA) Drive System no longer have the maximum cruising speed limit of Warp 5 imposed after the discovery of subspace damaged caused by high-warp speeds.

5.2 IMPULSE PROPULSION SYSTEM

Type: Outfitted with twin fusion-powered Krayne-19 impulse drives mounted on the aft section of the nacelle pylons. Built by Krayne Industries, the K-19 drives were specially designed for the Intrepid class with tolerances built-in for the mobile nature of their mounts, as well as variable ethereal vanes for direction of hydrogen flow.

Output: The impulse engine can propel an Intrepid class starship at speeds just under .25c, at “Full Impulse” and an upper ceiling of .80c at three quarters the speed of light. Generally, Starfleet Vessels are restricted to .25c speeds to avoid the more dramatic time dilation effects of higher relativistic speeds. However, such restrictions can be overridden at the behest of the ship’s captain.

5.3 REACTION CONTROL SYSTEM
  • Type: Standard Version 3 magneto-hydrodynamic gas-fusion thrusters.
  • Output: Each thruster quad can produce 3.9 million Newtons of exhaust.

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