The Transporter Room
YOU HAVE ENTERED THE TRANSPORTER ROOM TO MOST THIS IS THE FIRST PART OF THE MELBOURNE THEY SEE. THE MELBOURNE HAS 10 TRANSPORTER ROOMS ONBOARD GREATLY DECREASING EVACUATION TIME TO AND FROM THE SHIP.THE MELBOURNE'S TRANSPORTERS ARE STANDARD STARFLEET ISSUE OR SO MY CHIEF
ENGINEER WOULD HAVE ME BELIEVE.
Developed in the early 23rd century, the general look and layout of the transporter system has been an integral part of Federation starships for over 150 years. Always a sophisticated technical system, transportation has become far more reliable in modern times, with malfunctions far less common than in the pioneering days of the original USS Enterprise NCC
The transporter provides not only a faster and less time-consuming mode of travel than vessel landings but also a means of carrying out rescue, repair and covert assignments into overwise-inaccessible locations.
The normal operating range can be up to 40,000 km, though this is affected by the payload and the relative velocity of the materials being transported (a standard transport can handle six people). Most starships also carry emergency transporters to be used for evacuations; these tend to have a more restricted range of around 15,000 km, depending on the available power.
However, any form of transportation is impossible when the deflector shields are raised, or while the ship is traveling at warp speed - unless the landing location is traveling at exactly the same integral velocity. (It is not recommended to transport even then).
The Transporter sequence
1 Transporter operation sequence all those preparing to be transported enter the standard six-person chamber and take up their position on each transporter pad of the platform, which is elevated to prevent the chance of occasional static discharge. At this time, the transport operator uses the system's automated controller - a dedicated subprocessor located in consoles off to one side - to run a self-diagnostic check in order to verify that all of the various system components are in full working order.
2 Transporter Check All the main components of the transporter system are checked automatically each time it is used in order to eliminate any potential malfunctions. These components include the primary energizing coils, the phase transition coils, the molecular imaging scanners, the pattern buffer, the biofilter and, on the ship's exterior, the emitter pad arrays and the targeting scanners.
3 Destination Coordinates The destination coordinates are relayed via computer from another ship's station or input directly by the operator, and once the system and travelers both signal 'ready' the operator 'sweeps' the three red touch-sensor controls upward. This is usually performed upon the traditional command to 'energize'.
4 Confinement The annular confinement beam (ACB) creates a spatial matrix from the primary energizing coils overhead. A secondary inner field is a back-up safety feature, to prevent an energy discharge if the ACB is disrupted.
5 Scanning Four redundant molecular imaging scanners in the overhead pads make the 'memory file' of each transporting subjects quantum state.
6 Records The pattern is stored in the ship's computer as a retrievable transporter trace and an entry in the transporter log records the beam-out itself.
7 Disassembly Using a wideband quark manipulation field, the phase transition coils in the lower pads begin the actual disassembly of each body by partially unbinding their energy on the subatomic level.
8 Matter Stream Once recorded and deconverted, each pattern's matter stream is held in the pattern buffer until the Doppler shifts between ship and the destination can be determined.
9 Pattern Buffer The Pattern Buffer is a superconducting tokamak device holding the pattern in suspension. One pattern buffer is shared by each twinned set of transporter chambers but, as with every stage of the beaming process, a backup is assigned for emergency shunting if needed.
10 Beam out Once beam out is secured, an ACB 'carrier' directs each pattern's matter stream through an emitter array on the external hull of the ship toward the target coordinates. A booster set of the coils and scanners then work in reverse within the ACB to reassemble each pattern into its original form
11 No receiver required Because no special arrival apparatus is required, a transporter destination may be another point within the same ship, another vessel, or a planet surface. In adverse cases, a destination site's transporter system may be used to aid reception, if so equipped.
12 Warp Limits Transport between two objects is not possible unless the warp factor is matched precisely, and the procedure requires an experienced operator.
13 Arrival Within five seconds of the initial energizing signal, the transported body has fully reformed at the target destination.
14 Return The repeat process from a destination without its own transporter system is accomplished in much the same way, using a crew member's personal communicator, or ship's sensors in other cases, to provide a lock-on signal.
15 Security Weapons or other accessories deemed unwanted for security reasons may be detected, deactivated or even removed form persons arriving within the ACB.
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