Scotty's memo

Archivist's Note: The complete record of these development memos in their original context is available here.


6. Aft Motion Warning System: The installed internal warning system has been de-activated and replaced with a system that is detectable both inside and outside the shuttlecraft.

This haves effectiveness of implement primary/secondary auditory feedback control system does improve for orange conditions typical of unfortunate circumprius conditioning of external. Option of "Hello Kitty" popular variation also package availables. The assistance of vision impulse conditions. Does not replace of warp auditory safety implement. Hello Kitty.

I would have discribed #2 as, not a resize, but as a Warp Coil Upgrades for increased vector stabilization during warp flight and increased effectiveness in hazardous nebulas and ion fields.


1. Ionizing Plasma Chambers for reducing particulate out-flow: Warp corridors are increasingly stressed by frequent over-use of high warp. The Ionizing plasma chambers reduce the overall damage that vessels cause to the fabric of subspace.

2. Primary and Secondary Magnetic Field Coils:

* Primary interfaces directly to the port and starboard nacelles, and also recaptures kinetic energy as the craft drops out of warp, resulting in both engine efficiency gains, and in decreased use of reverse thrusters (a formerly troublesome and frequently replaced component). * Secondary aids in the recapture of kinetic energy, but also contributes energy to the warp reactor when the warp field is active. It also serves as a warp-inducer by dumping energy directly into the warp reactor, since unlike other vessels of this class, the warp field is actually allowed to collapse during impulse travel, and must be re-created in order to enter warp.

3. Warp Reactor: Unusually small for this class of vessel, it has a fairly standard 4 dilithium chambers, but uses both a smaller plasma displacement than many other shuttlecraft, and an unusual frequency of subspace fluctuation to maintain the warp field, known colloquially as the "Atkinson Cycle," after James Atkinson, who was phase-shifted directly into warp-space during an early warp field test accident. He became the first and only human to travel at warp speed without a vessel, however the consensus is that he could not have survived for more than 6.02e-23 seconds in that state, and that even if he did survive, there's little hope of his return.

4. Magnetic Field/Warp Intermix Regulator: A particularly clever bit of engineering allows the subspace and magnetic fields to interact, providing very impressive efficiency gains over other shuttlecraft. The warp reactor is allowed to operate at optimal efficiency during non-combat operations, and the magnetic field coils actually play a major part in sustaining the warp field, which was previously thought to be too dangerous to attempt! The Intermix Regulator also negates the need for standard power couplings to the warp chamber, which are volatile and inefficient components at best. Your engineer will thank you later for that!


The Ferengi who sold me mine also charged me extra because he said he had, against Starfleet regulation, installed a stealth device that could be activated by careful manipulation of the throttle. He then proceeded to sell me (for a pretty unreasonable price, I might add) a stealth interface component that makes stealth easier to use, and more consistent in its operation. It turns out that the stealth system AND the interface were actually manufactured by Starfleet, but because of existing Fedration treaties, they can't make it available to starship captains in this quadrant. So if you run into a Ferengi named Ozek, punch him in the ears for me.


More standard features:

External ambient kinetic energy sensor.

Modular cargo bay.

Comm-link for shipboard use of hand-held communicators.

Voice-responsive computer. (But damn, don't I wish I could just say "computer" to engage the voice system instead of pushing that button!... and I wish that Majel Barrett's voice was in there ;)

And you must have the emergency destruct mechanism, right? Explosive charges installed in both the pilot and navigator positions, as well as along upper edge of the access ports.


I've done up a relatively short [?] page about our Altwheels experience, at which also points out to other fun bits some of you have seen already.

Normally the delicate engineering work done to upgrade starship propulsion systems is strictly off-limits to unauthorized personnel due to radiation hazards and Klingon spies and other factors, but here's your opportunity to get a rare glimpse into what happens down on those decks! You can also see some of the training materials we use at the Academy to turn the finest cadets into the top-notch engineering crews you'd really want to have along on your own missions -- the guys and gals that can find you the loopholes in the laws of physics on a routine basis and think nothing of it.


Crew Cabin: Enhanced nano-ceramic spectral rejection shielding for primary forward, aft, and lateral view stations.