Quantum Slipstream Drive
The Quantum Slipstream Drive, or QSD for short, is an extensive modification to several key systems that allows the craft in question to travel at incredible velocities for a limited time before returning to realspace. The duration of the Quantum Slipstream Drive's operational limit varies from craft to craft in part to several key features such as hull shape and warp nacelle geometry. No matter the configuration, the Quantum Slipstream Drive requires 12 hours of non-operation after any duration of operation in order to allow the Benamite crystals time to recover from their usage. While the crystals are seemingly in a constant state of decay, usage of the Quantum Slipstream Drive accelerates their decay considerably. The cooldown time after each use allows for maximum usage of the QSD system while extending the life of the crystals as long as mathematically possible.
The systems affected are the Deflector Array, the Computer Core, the main Power Core, and the Structural Integrity Field. Installation of the system is handled at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, which takes upwards of 2 to 6 weeks. Afterwards, the installed ship is required to make an annual visit to a qualified starbase for a full inspection to track crystal degradation and system optimization. Provided no issues are found in the inspection, this should only take 1 standard week. However, any issues found may result in a trip back to Utopia Planitia for an overhaul, the duration of which depends on the severity of the issue or issues in question.
(REQUIRES R&D APPLICATION REQUEST AND APPROVAL) Quantum Slipstream Velocity: 15 to 40 hour run time, dependent on Class (12 hour cool down time after every use)
- Quantum Slipstream Drive(QSD) powered by Benamite The QSD is integrated into the ship's power and navigational deflector array.
- Advance Deflector Array installed which is specifically designed to handle the power consumption used to maintain Slipstream travel.
- Secondary computer core specifically designed to maintain and process QSD and calculations during Slipstream flight.
- Advanced Structural Integrity Field to handle stresses of Slipstream conduit travel.
Benamite Crystal is a rare and unstable form of crystal which was extremely difficult to synthesize. The crystals are always decaying, and decay even faster after every Quantum Slipstream usage. Synthesizing more can take years.
The initial installation of this QSD Refit are all done at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards and take approximately 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the class, installation tests required, and full crew training of the technology. Every Star Fleet vessel is required to return to Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards for full bow to stern inspection on a yearly basis. Down time for this inspection is only one week so long as no major issues are found.