I used to play Asovil and dive into her department's science by hitting science blogs and paraphrasing or working premises into the posts. Star Trek is notorious for scraping the surface of science but then going their own way with it, so I none of us will judge.
Posted on 2021-03-05 at 14:15:09.
t_catt11 Fun is Mandatory RDI Staff Karma: 371/54 7067 Posts
At the risk of sounding like I'm trying to tell you all how to play (which I'm not), a few items occur to me in terms of dealing with the asteroid:
Destroy it via phaser/torpedo. We have the capacity, but I don't know that we could do it and those actions not be known by Starfleet (not sure how closely they'd audit us) or Calican II.
Break it up via the same. Likely less noticeable.
Redirect it. My science/space geek son is freaking out that we don't just push it out of the currect trajectory with a shuttle, or even with the ship itself.
Theoretically, you could get cute with, say, banking a smaller rock into it to again redirect the big one.
I lean toward the redirect it. Less likely to have any major ramifications and/or notice by Starfleet or the Callicans. Probably also the easiest... we are in a time crunch.
Also... there have alredy been issues with the memory banks on the Peregrine after Chimera, so whose to say that the earlier scans of the trajectory made by the Peregrine don't somehow become corrupted in the process of trying to fix the memory banks.... Oh Kennedy is just going to dig herself deeper and deeper... But basically... who knows what the original trajectory was...
Once she's certain that Drake isn't going to throw her in the brig for lying to him she's likely to make that suggestion. I've just been holding on until she gets a pass from the Captain before doing anything further.
This was an interesting article... www.csmonitor.com/Science/2018/0817/How-to-deflect-an-asteroid-hurtling-toward-Earth
Maybe all we need to do is give it a push, or a tug... so the planet and it won't line up when the time comes.
Or we could paint it white and see what happens... I lean toward the tug, maybe a tractor beam on it for a few hours, it won't stop it but if it slows it down enough the planet passes out of if's path before it hits...
Maybe science could track where the asteroid came from to tell if its flight was altered, maybe by Star Fleet?
Or Federation mining? Something caused by the Federation that we can fix?
(or at least it could look like the Federation did it and we are obligate to fix the error...just check with the CSO....)
Posted on 2021-03-05 at 19:25:38.
Eol Fefalas Lord of the Possums RDI Staff Karma: 470/28 8758 Posts
One of Tochi's suggestions was to push/pull the asteroid off course via the tractor-tow/pressor push method. Peregrine swoops in on one side and gets ahold of the space-brick with a tractor beam, two or three shuttles flank the other side and hit it with pressors (i.e. inverted tractor beams), and the asteroid gets dragged off course.
The torpedoes were considered in the event that the pull/push method needed a bit of pepper.