Engineering Log, Lt. Verok, Stardate 30315.2236
I am exhausted. After nearly 36 hours of back-to-back duty shifts working with damage control teams on the Falcon, I am just now getting a chance to get some rest. The good news at least is that we are making a great deal of progress. However, I have discovered something that if it turns out to be what I think it is, we have a serious problem on our hands.
The team I have primarily been working with was assigned to deal with the hull damage and system repairs in the forward section. Our first task was to establish a stable energy transfer to the Falcon to get life support back online. Not having to use EVA suits to make repairs certainly makes the process go quicker, so we made that a priority. Amazingly enough, once we isolated the forward section from the power grid, and sealed off the sections exposed to space, life support and gravity immediately came online in the aft sections and in Engineering. Unfortunately, emergency forcefield generators were still offline in the forward section so there was no way to seal the hull breaches quickly to retain atmosphere. One of the team members had an ingenious idea to use another ship’s shield generators to wrap a low-energy shield bubble around the Falcon to temporarily contain the atmosphere. So, with the help of our helm officer Ens. Flashheart, the Hunter was maneuvered into position below the Falcon, the Hunter’s shield generators were recalibrated, and the shields sealed up the forward hull breaches.
The forward section was a nightmare of twisted bulkheads and ruptured conduits. We spent the better part of the first day just cutting away debris to clear access to the damaged sections. The forward sensor array and the port beam emitters were damaged beyond repair. It did appear that the forward shield generators and starboard beam emitters are salvageable, but the power conduits to these systems were virtually gone. We definitely had a lot of work cut out for us. On a slightly more positive note, I continue to be amazed about how durable gravity plates are. Since their power conduits are embedded within the plates and are routed separately from the primary conduits, they were able to be quickly activated once engineering had power. I think those things could survive a supernova. Having life support and gravity both online in that section will make our jobs so much easier.
Since the shipyard and other cargo ships in the area weren’t carrying a large stock of hull plating, it was decided to create a makeshift refining and manufacturing facility and utilize the ore in the local asteroids. Unfortunately, there were no mining ships available, so we had to improvise. The Hawk was sent out into the asteroid field with her beam emitters modified to generate a high-temperature continuous beam to bore holes into the asteroids. Then, munitions specialists very carefully planted warheads from homing missiles inside the asteroids. Once detonated, the asteroids were split into large sections that they were able to tow back to the shipyard for refining. This brought our manufacturing facility up to full capacity and it started producing hull plates and various other parts we desperately needed.
By the end of the 2nd day, in the back of my mind, something was bothering me that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. By this time, we had the hull breaches mostly patched, and had the emergency forcefield generators online, so we were able to restore life support fully in the forward section. We then moved to replacing power conduits while other teams began replacing the newly manufactured exterior hull plating. I began preliminary work on the two damaged beam emitters, and that’s when I noticed something very strange about the pattern of damage. The pre-fire chamber of the beam emitter was ruptured. I have seen ships destroyed by minefields and nukes where this particular component survived many times. The pre-fire chamber is made from a super-dense alloy that I didn’t think could be breached by anything. But there it was. Once I noticed this, I started looking around the area of the beam emitters, and started to see a pattern. The damage in this section radiated out from that point, directly towards the hull breach in the forward section. I went back to the Hunter’s visual logs of our original inspection of the records, and noticed something else – the hull damage and debris pattern showed an outward explosion. We were so busy with ensuring that the towing ship was protected that we didn’t notice the pattern, and the process of towing the ship disturbed this part of the hull so it wasn’t obvious until we saw the damage from the inside of the ship. After observing all of this, I knew that the explosion had to come from inside the Falcon.
Is it possible that the Falcon’s own beam emitter breached the hull? How is that even possible? The magnetic containment fields for the emitters are powered from the emitter itself, so as long as there is energy in the prefire chamber, it feeds the field. As long as the weapons are active, the energy is contained. On top of that, the material that makes up the chamber as well as emergency forcefields in the compartment should have contained any kind of forcefield failure, unless these systems were somehow disabled. Is this a design flaw in the beam emitter? Or was the Falcon sabotaged?
Unfortunately, the Falcon’s sensor logs contained within the main computer have been corrupted. I’m hoping that one of the other ships in the area may have received a telemetry update from the Falcon before the main computer went offline, or possibly has their own sensor data that can verify what I have found.
I am immediately shutting down repair operations in this section of the ship and am recommending that a forensic team take high-resolution scans of the damage. If I’m right, we may have a much more serious problem than a few ambitious pirates. If they did manage to get aboard the Falcon and plant some kind of explosive, we have to know. Or, what if the beam emitters on all of our ships are susceptible to a catastrophic failure of this nature? Either way, we have to act before something like this happens again.
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Computer, transmit this log entry with high priority to Flt. Captain Xavier.