The engineering effort on the USS Galaxy is in full swing. Today I watched as the entire Matter / Anti-matter reactor core was completely removed from the Starship in preparation for replacement by Dr. Brahms newest redesigned core. The engineering team has practically gutted every key system on the Starship, and I am having to relearn a lot about this Starship that I knew so well.
They fitted the new reactor core into the Starship today. It fit like a glove. Other than a few moments of excitement when the anti-grav operator had some troubles maneuvering the core, all went well. I must admit, I thought Dr. Brahms was going to kill the operator because of his little accident. She sure has been on edge lately.
The primary reactor is in place and completely hooked up. Today we will attempt our first power on testing. I am still concerned over Dr. Brahms' behavior. She seems overly emotional, and very upset. I suppose the long 18 hour days she has been working could be responsible, but I still get a feeling that there is something more.
Captain's Log: Supplemental
The reactor powered on successfully this afternoon. Other than a minor plasma conduit leak on deck 17, everything went according to plan. We will continue power on testing for the remainder of the week. Once that phase has passed, we can begin tuning the matter / anti-matter flow for performance testing.
I confronted Leah today about her emotional behavior. I expected her to blow up at me in a similar fashion she did to the anti-grav operator a few days earlier. Instead she just broke down and cried. We had dinner in her quarters were she told me of her marital troubles. It seems her dedication and technical brilliance are interfering with her marriage. Leah and her husband have been separated for a short time. She has just learned that he wishes to file for a divorce. I feel sorry for Leah. Right now she needs a good friend. Hopefully I can fill that roll. G'day.
Power testing of the reactor has passed with flying colors. Over the next month a team of warp specialists will tune the matter / anti-matter stream for peak performance under no load conditions. Upgrades to the phaser arrays and photon torpedo tubes have begun, as have the structural upgrades to key areas of the ship. Dr. Brahms seems to be more relaxed now that the power testing phase has completed.
They installed the new system consoles on the bridge today. I'm told they are supposed to draw 25% less power and operate 10% faster than the original equipment. I will believe it when I see it. I have read through the technical manuals for the consoles, and frankly, I don't see where they are getting these numbers from. Perhaps I'm just suffering from technical overload. I haven't read this much text book material since I attended Starfleet academy.
Dr. Brahms has informed me that the preliminary refitting of the USS Galaxy is done. The next phase of her plan calls for in flight testing, and tuning of all installed and upgraded systems to round out the refit. I'll have to scramble to put together a skeleton crew to accommodate her wishes.
Captain's Log: Supplemental
I managed to convince Ensign Jiron, CPO Crandle, and Lt.jg Sanchez to assist in the flight testing and tuning of the USS Galaxy refit. I also managed to have Starfleet academy post a class of fourth year cadets on board to man the other systems. I will keep an eye on these young cadets. If they work out, I may request they be assigned to the Galaxy upon graduation.
The USS Galaxy cleared space dock for the first time in nearly a full year. It was really the first time since I was promoted to Captain that I actually felt like I was doing what I was meant to. Dr. Brahms wouldn't allow us to exceed warp factor 2, but after a year reading text books at Utopia Planitia, even that was exhilarating.
The warp engineering team is still having trouble ironing out a warp harmonic problem. We have reached speeds up to warp 7, but Dr. Brahms doesn't want to proceed until she can figure out what is causing the harmonic vibration. I think she is being a bit conservative, but I can under stand why. This new matter / anti-matter reactor core is much more powerful than the original design. I'm told the weapons systems are fully on-line and ready for testing. Soon as we get the green light from Dr. Brahms.
They think they have figured out what is causing the warp harmonics. Dr. Brahms is having intermediate flow deflectors crafted for installation in the main wave guide conduits. She is theorizing that they will smooth out the power flow in the mid range area, similar to a modification she saw implemented on the USS Enterprise. Dr. Brahms seems to be in a much better mood than previously.
The flow deflectors did the trick. Today we obtained warp 9 with nominal warp harmonics. Dr. Brahms has authorized entering the next phase, weapon systems testing. I have contacted the USS Hood and USS Sutherland for war game simulations next week.
The Hood and Sutherland have arrived and today we begin a week long series of drills. The USS Galaxy is still way under staffed, but the fourth year Starfleet cadets are working out nicely. I expect we should have a lot of fun with these war games. Beats the hell out of studying books at Starfleet Academy.
Dr. Brahms has completed her refit of the USS Galaxy. Today the majority of her engineering staff will depart from the Starship. Dr. Brahms wishes to remain on board to continue system fine tuning and collect scientific data to help in future Starship designs. Dr. Brahms has been a pleasure working with these last few weeks. A 100 percent change from the start of this project. In the mean time, I have to get hopping to get the USS Galaxy fully staffed for her next tour of duty. I have received numerous applications of officers wishing to join. Now comes the colossal task of sorting through them all and deciding on my crew.
Leah and I have become very good friends. It seems her marriage is over. She is not depressed however, indicating that she and her husband really were not meant for each other. She thinks she needs someone who shares in her personal interests, and reluctantly admits she is seeing someone. I tried to find out who it was, but Leah can be quite tight lipped when she wants to be. I am very happy for her. She deserves someone special. G'day.