Horseshoes for the Pegasus"
By: Jonathan Wright, Executive Officer, [PC]
M'Ressha Mikaht, Fighter Pilot, [RNPC]
Randi Dorton , Warp Core Designer , [NPC]
Thomas Swenson , Attache Engineering Specialist , [NPC]
Stardate: 58209.12 0800
Thomas Swenson was already getting tired hiding his identity. It had not been a problem at first; all he had to do was hide out in the engine room of the Pegasus. Hiding his face was the easy part. It was an entirely different matter to hide his years of experience. Pretending to be an ensign was harder that he thought it world be. Now, because of the failure on the Pegasus he had to leave the safety of the Peg's warp core and venture out onto the Zion. The entire crew had been summoned to try and figure out what went wrong with the last test run. TJ was pretty sure he had a good idea and Randi Dorton was not going to like it at all. TJ entered the conference room to find Commander Wright, Dorton, and the two pilots already there. He quietly took his seat and waited for the meeting to begin. "Alright, let's get started," said Wright. Wright turned to face Dorton, "Do you have a status report Lieutenant?" "Yes Sir," she replied, "As you know, the Pegasus is equipped with a revolutionary warp core design. It is very compact. It appears that rapid power-ups generate harmonic interference because the Matter anti-matter injectors are too close. This has been a historic factor up through and including the contemporary designs. My theories, uhm, our department's work, helped overcome these long standing limitations."
She paused, "But it seems in real world environment, the harmonic dampening fields just aren't enough."
Engineers who work in this "real word environment", thought TJ, have been "unofficially" modifying the J34 harmonic dampening unit to combat this problem. He was certain that Dorton knew it too. The problem was that it was a rather unorthodoxy mod as "design engineers" like Dorton have a hard time wrapping their mind around that sort of thing. "Are you telling me that this is something we are going to have to live with?"
"In a sense, yes Sir, But..." she put her palms down on the table top and drew a deep breath. At this point she had to summon her efforts to to be tactful. In more ways than one.
"Most of the smaller cores have similar limitations. I think with more tweaking we can get it perfect. We just have to tighten up the influx regulators so they don't overload the injectors and cause the shutdown."
Blitzer groaned slightly.
"You have something you want to say Lieutenant?"
"I'm sorry Sir. Its just that the Pegasus is the snappiest ship I've ever flown in its class. What she's saying will reduce its ability to accelerate and maneuver," said Blitzer.
"Will you still be able to perform with these restrictions?"
Blitzer hung his head slightly, "Yes Sir."
Before the Catiian hung his head TJ gave him a quick wink hoping to let him know that this was not going to be a problem.
"Very well, what is the Pegasus' current status?"
TJ cleared his throat. "I'm almost finished with repairs to her warp core. Should have her up and running tonight."
"I should have the results from the last test mission compiled and the regulators adjusted by 0900 tomorrow," added Dorton.
TJ decided that he would add his own mods after Dorton was finished. What he did not know would not hurt her.
"Very well then. Keep working on it. I've also asked the Major to start the crew on training simulatiuons to prepare for the upcoming mission." Wright stood up. "Dismissed."
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